Sunday 30th. A light SE’ly that slowly veered into the W as the day progressed was accompanied by overcast skies with a low cloudbase. However, the cloudbase rose to between 1800′ and2000′ QFE by early afternoon allowing a group of 10 eager Scouts/Scouters to experience gliding, albeit mainly of the launch/descend variety in the absence of any significant lift, other than a few burbles off the hill. Consequently flight times were in the 15-25 minutes range. The only other flight of the day was by Colin Troise/Simona Latimer in the K21, the writer being indebted to Colin for providing a summary of the days events on the back of the flight log. All such contributions are thankfully received. There was, however, a disappointing note to the day when on landing the front seat passenger in the DG500 contacted the canopy with his head turning an existing minor crack into a hole.
Monday 31st. Monday provided a cold, but generally sunny day with a light but slowly strengthening SSW wind. Although flyable, a lack of personnel meant no flying was undertaken.
Tuesday 1st Feb. After early cloudiness, the skies cleared and with a freshening wind veering from SW to W, a good day’s hill soaring was enjoyed. 24 winch launches were flown, with both K21s, the DG1000, Astir and DG303 utilised, plus the Ka8 via the only AT of the day, in which Duncan Pask made sure of minimising his overall cost per minute by staying up for 2:38. 2 other flights exceeded an hour, one of these being Bob Beck who had 1:07 in the DG303 while Andy Parish/Nick Gaunt had 46 minutes in the DG1000 from the last flight of the day, as the hill lift was augmented by weak wave to yield operating heights of 1500′ - 2000′ QFE. The day’s activities also included 2 Trial Lesson pupils.
Wednesday 2nd. A 10 kt SW’ly flow under high cover greeted the day, but conditions were expected to deteriorate rapidly as a front moved in from west. The few members on site therefore decided to leave the hangar doors closed and direct their energies to removing the undercarriage legs off the Falke, the replacement legs and propeller having been delivered to site. The small band of helpers were soon hard at work as shown below
So much so that the job was soon completed in time for lunch, with a visit from Mr Fox from Bagby expected thereafter to prepare for the fitting of the new legs and propeller.
As with most gliding club joint efforts, some contributions were first class while others were bum, as the following photo illustrates.
Who is the owner of this derrier? Suggestions on the YGC forum please.