Wednesday 23rd. With the high pressure well in charge, 1039 mb atsite, the dry, sunny weather continued, with thermic conditions from about lunch time. The initially light NE’ly veered into the SW by noon and became W’ly by late afternoon, strengthening slightly. 21 ATswere flown with 12 flights exceeding an hour, the Bannerdown visitors taking full advantage of the conditions with Mr Woods having the longest single seater flight of the day, 3:10 in their Discus, one of 4 private owner/visitor launches and Tony Gee/Mr Whittaker having the longest 2 seaterflight, 1:15 in the YGC DG1000. YGC members were also busy, with all the available club single seaters flown, plus 2 of the 2 seaters, the single seaterfleet being back to full strengthwith the return of Astir KRN from its ARC. David Lynch had 2:02 in the Ka8 and Rob Bailey 2:40 in the Discus. In addition there were 3 Falke flights.
Thursday 24th. The high had declined a little but conditions remained similar to Wednesday, the wind now a light SW. 14 ATs were flown, 5 by private owners/visiting single seaters and the rest by the club’s K21s, DG1000, Astirs and Discus while the Rotax Falke had 3 sorties. The Bannerdown visitors continued to make the most of the thermic conditions with G Baker having 3:40 in their LS8 and Tony Gee taking past YGC member Alex Robertson for 1:07 in the DG1000. Rob Bailey continued to amass solo hours with another 3:14 in the Discus and 3 Trial Lesson pupils were flown.
Friday 25th. A sunny day with a light N’ly to start, this slowly veering into the E, saw 11 ATs flown, the soaring conditions being a little more difficult than the previous days and horizontal visibility increasingly poor. In spite of these difficulties, 5 of the flights exceeded an hour, G Baker again topping the endurance stakes with a flight of 3:01 in the Bannerdown LS8. Club gliding utilised the DG1000, Discus and Astir with 4 launches by private owners/visitor’s single seaters. Rob Bailey released from tow at 800′ QFE in the Discus into what he thought was a good thermal only to find that it wasn’t and entered the record books for the shortest flight of the day, 6 minutes. He then redeemed himself with a later flight of 1:26 in the same glider. Lindsay McLane did his spin checks with Andy Parish in the DG1000 and there were 3 Falke flights.
Saturday 26th. A low base overcast in a light flow from an E’ly quadrant saw flying confined to 3 Falke flights and the simulator in action. At least the horizontal visibility had greatly improved.
Sunday 27th. A depressing start with the site in cloud and rain gave way to a flyable afternoon in a light mainly S’ly flow. 18 ATs were flown as well as 3 Falke sorties, with 4 members doing their winter spin checks in the DG1000, one of the K21s and the Astir also being flown. The only private owner launch of the day saw Matthew Woodhouse have 34 minutes in his Open Cirrus this only being bettered by Andy Hatfield who had 37 minutes in the Astir. Rob Bottomley took his Trial Lesson pupil Mr Henley, one of the 2 of the day, for 27 minutes in the K21.
Monday 28th. High pressure was again in charge with the result that horizontal visibility was again poor and the morning started with low cloud encroaching from the NE in a light and variable wind. With the wind forecast to go into the S/SE and freshen, operations started off on runway 24 with landings on 20 and the first flight of the day saw David Cambell/George Rowden off in the Falke for the latter’s annual field landing refresher. Thereafter, 26 ATs were flown with the K21’s, DG1000, Astir, Ka8 and DG303 busy with 7 visitors from the Cambridge University GC and 4 members of Paul Conran’s aerobatic course. Soaring conditions developed by around lunch time and cloud base eventually rose to around 3500′ asl withstrong climbs being tricky to find under the extensive cover that developed. Rob Bailey found lift on the upwind face of a couple of clouds, climbing above cloud base to 4000′ in his flight of 1:44 in the Discus, with 3 other flights being just under an hour, one of these being John Marsh’s flight with Mr Bell in the DG1000 of 53 minutes. Cambridge students John Shaw and Graham Spellman were checked out for solo flying, John going aloft in the K21 solo and Graham in the Ka8. Meanwhile the aerobatic course members found sufficient holes to fly their aerobatic routines and then during the cloudier parts of the day, analysed their flying via the cam corder that was fitted to the inside of the canopy of the K21.