Friday 22nd. A moderate SW’ly that backed into the S towards the end of the day saw 15 ATs, 5 by private owners and the balance by the club K21s, DG1000, Astir and Discus. Hill lift and thermals provided soarable conditions with 9 flights exceeding an hour and the Day Course member and the single Trial Lesson pupil enjoying their introduction to gliding. Don Austin flying his Kestrel had 3:32, Ken Duxbury 2:26 in the Discus and Albert Newbury/Sue Aherne 1:08 in DG1000.
Saturday 23rd. A cloudy and wet NW’ly airstream kept the gliders in the hangar but the simulator was put to good use on training.
Sunday 24th. Saturday’s depression with its associated front had moved off east but left the site in a cloudy NW flow, the wind speed varying from 5 to 20 kts. Only the K21s were flown, one for a group of Scouts while the other was for club flying. After a late start, 8 ATs were flown by the latter group, the first take off from a point just N of the winch track near the clubhouse along runway 02 proving interesting for all concerned, as the curl over held the tug down for quite a long time. Subsequent launches were from further S on the same runway. As usual, climb out conditions varied from the “fine” to the “not so fine” and once aloft lift was hard to find, with flight times mainly in the 10-20 minute range. John Marsh, taking a visiting German glider pilot, C Ozur, for a flight, found a 4 kt thermal that took them from 1500′ to cloudbase at 2700′, giving them the longest flight of the day at 27 minutes. The Keilys visited in a Falke.
Monday 25th. A ridge of high pressure produced a clear, sunny but cold day, with the temperature not exceeding 7 C. With the start of Paul Conlan’s aerobatic course and visitors from the Nene GC the launch point was busy with 39 ATs flown in a light wind that started in the NW but backed slowly into the SW. All 4 club 2 seaters were flown as well as the Astir and there were 5 private owner launches as well as 5 Trial Lesson pupils. Conditions were ideal for the aerobatic flights and 10 were flown, but those pilots wanting to stay up found conditions difficult. Indeed, there was only 1 flight of more than an hour, Rob Bailey having 1:02 in his LS8t. Visitors C Sheppard/C Hill flying the DG500 had 30 minutes in the air, this being matched by Ian Plant and his Trial Lesson pupil in the DG1000.
Tuesday 26th. A depression with its accompanying fronts deposited 8 mm of rain on the site during the morning and kept the site in cloud all day. Consequently, no flying was possible. The simulator was however used and some useful tidying up work carried out.
Wednesday 27th. The departing depression with its fronts left the site in a moderate to fresh W. 36 winch launches were flown while the aerobatic course members added a further 8 launches by aerotow. All the club gliders were flown with the exception of the DG303 and there were 8 private owner launches, the good soaring conditions generating 19 flights of over an hour. 3 Trial Lesson pupils were flown and there was a single flight by the Rotax Falke. In addition to hill lift, thermal and wave were also present, although wave climbs were generally slow and limited in altitude with typical heights being in the 3500′ to 4500′ asl range. A number of pilots found the best lift on the windward side of passing Cu and John Ellis flying his Nimbus 3t made best use of this to climb to 6300′ asl, the best of the day. The slow climbs also required patience as evidenced by John’s flight time of just over 5 hours, the longest of the day. Bill Payton/Paul Foster flying in Bill’s DG1000t, ventured as far as the Tontine in their flight of 1:59 while John Marsh with guest C Marsh had 1:24 in the club DG1000. Conrad Thwaites had the longest flight of the day in a club single seater, 2:37 in the Discus. Flying continued to around 6 pm with the later flights landing on 20 as the wind backed into the S and moderated.