Sunday 23rd. Another hot day at Sutton, but with a light W’ly that slowly increased to moderate as the day progressed, soaring conditions were greatly improved compared to Saturday, these improved conditions leading to some turbulent tows. 33 AT’s were flown, with all the club fleet apart from the Ka8 operating, plus 13 private owners. 23 of the flights exceeded an hour and there were 5 Trial Lessons with visitor P McAuley having 3 hrs of soaring in his ASW 24B. Chris Teagle took advantage of the conditions to notch up a 176 km cross country in his LS6C, visiting Northallerton, Pocklington and Pickering in the process. Steve Ball and Jon May deserted their Duo Discus for a 1 hr flight in the club K21, while John Shaw had 2:23 in the club Astir.
Monday 24th. The wind had now become a moderate NNE’ly with a resulting drop in temperature. The more unstable air mass led to some rough thermalling conditions but of the 17 ATs, 8 led to flights of over an hour. The majority of the flying was by private owners, with only one of the club K21s utilised, mainly for the 5 Trial Lessons of the day, but the majority of the private owner flights were in the 1:30 to 2:30 range. Home pilot Dave Ashby, flying his ASW 22 had 2:48 aloft, with the visitors from the Stratford Gliding club amassing a goodly number of hours in the air between them. One of the Trial Lesson pupils, N Taylor, clocked up the longest 2 seater flight, 37 minutes in the K21, with instructor David Hodgson. The Rotax Falke made did a brief O/R to Bagby for its annual radio check.
Tuesday 25th. Tuesday started off overcast with light rain and drizzle, and although the precipitation died out by midday the cloud base remained disappointingly low thereafter. The overcast skies and the light to moderate NE’ly wind combined to restrict the maximum temperature to around a chilly 7 C. Although the low cloud base meant the gliders remained in the hangar, there was one Rotax Flake flight with visitor Barry Kerby taking to the air with Andy Parish. The opportunity was taken to trailer the Astir off site for some maintenance at NY Sailplanes.
Wednesday 26th. A light to moderate SE’ly under milky skies led to some early cumulus development so that the first flight of the day, a Trial Lesson around 1000 hrs, found weak but consistent lift under a cloud base of 2500′ QFE. Thereafter 9 ATs were flown off runway 20 by 5 private owners and the club’s K21 and Ka8 and the cloud base rose progressively to around 5000′ asl before a trough moving down from the north brought increasing medium level cover, weaker thermals and eventually rain around 1330 hrs. Barry Kerby from the Stratford GC took an early launch in his LS8 and visited Pickering among other local spots in his flight of 2:28, one of 6 to exceed an hour. Another of these was achieved by Hugh O’Neill, who on his 50th glider flight, converted to the Ka8 and logged his first solo flight of over an hour. Chris Stothard meanwhile was checked out as a Tuggie on the Super Cub after a very long break, so congrats to him. Carol Tiffin and Andy Parish had 39 minutes in the K21 but the rain intervened to prevent the 3rd Trial Lesson of the day, some compensation being provided by a brief introduction to gliding on the simulator.