Saturday 26th. A fresh to too strong WSW’ly kept the gliders in the hangar, the wind getting stronger as the day progressed with gusts to around 50 kts.
Sunday 27th. A fresh W’ly gusting to 45 kts delayed flying until around lunch time, the delay being exacerbated by a puncture in the DG1000’s tail wheel. Thereafter, 7 winch launches were flown off runway 24, John Marsh taking the first of these in the DG303 to record the longest flight of the day, 1:59. How much of this time was spent trying to lock the wheel down prior to landing, only John can reveal. Hill soaring conditions were quite rough but there were indications of wave, Nick Gaunt getting to 1600′ QFE in his flight. Conrad Thwaites doubled the day’s total of flights over an hour with 1:08 in the Discus and Jack McGregor and Peter Wilkinson had 35 minutes in the DG1000.
Monday 28th. A cold, cloudy moderate S’ly started the day, increasing slowly to fresh and gusting to 30 kts as the day progressed. 4 ATs were flown off runway 20, Mike Smith taking the DG303 for 25 minutes, while Mark Prickett and David Arbcaster, visitors from the Welland GC, had the last 2 flights of the day in the DG1000. Mark flew with David Hill as P1 and contacted wave, climbing to 7,100′ asl and taking the pictures shown below. David, having a check flight with Les Rayment, climbed to 6,100′ asl, not bad for a check flight of around 35 minutes.
Tuesday 29th. A moderate S’ly and bright skies greeted the day but a rapidly increasing wind speed as an active cold front approached from the W meant that a decision to get the Astir out of the hangar was quickly reversed and flying ceased after 2 ATs off runway 20. On the first of these Andy Parish and Mark Pricett, flying the DG1000 climbed to just under 5,000′ asl in 3-4 kts of wave, breaking off the climb while still in lift to allow Andy and the other visitor from the Welland GC, David Arblaster to also sample the wave up to around 4,000′ asl in a flight of 38 minutes. Both flights experienced turbulent and high sink rate approaches to runway 20, the wind at around 2000′ QFE being 50 kts. With the arrival of the front around 1500 hrs the wind gusted to over 45 kts and rapidly veered into the W.