Wednesday 21st. A cloudy, overcast day with a light SSW’ly flow, saw 11 ATs with the majority in the club 2 seaters, as another group of 5 trainee, fast jet pilots from RAF Linton on Ouse were introduced to gliding, including the MillitaryFlight Safety Inspector. With a strong inversion present under the strong anticylone, lift was non-existent so circuits were the order of the day, the longest flight being 18 minutes. Alan Dowd, after a 12 minute flight solo in the K21, converted to the Astir, having 2 flights. Well done Alan. The day’s flying was completed by a single sortie in the Falke.
Thursday 22nd. The anticyclone continued to shift its position so a light to moderate ESE’ly blew with hazy conditions, although there were some hints of convection later in the day. 5 ATs were flown, all in one of the K21s, mainly for the benefit of a single Trial Lesson pupil and a Day Course member, the latter having his 3 flights, the best being of 20 minutes duration with Andy Parish. Andy and Pauline Luty managed to make it a soaring day with 34 minutes with a flight in the early afternoon. There were 3 flights in the Falke.
Friday 23rd. A very light NNW’ly flow and early morning mist developed into a very murky day with the visibility so poor no flying was possible.
Saturday 24th. Early morning fog in the Vale of York heralded another day of extremely poor visibility in a light ESE’ly flow. No flying was possible.
Sunday 25th. Early morning fog in the Vale of York threatened a repeat of Saturday, but improving conditions as a moderate SSE’ly developed allowed a group of 7 visiting Scouts from the Hillside Troop to be flown along with 3 Trial Lesson pupils, a Learn to Fly package student and 9 other launches, giving 21 ATs in all. This included 3 private owner launches. Circuits were again the order of the day as the anticyclone had re-intensified, putting a low lid on any convection, but Martyn Johnson and Mark Walton in K21 JVZ beat the 30 minute mark by 2 minutes off a 3000′ tow to record the longest flight of the day.
Monday 26th. The persistent anticyclone now produced a day of clear blue skies and a light to moderate SE’ly flow with very warm temperatures for late March. However, member turn-out was low so no flying was possible.
Tuesday 27th. The clear conditions again prevailed, giving frosty mornings and warm afternoons in the light and variable winds, but the low inversion again precluded any usable convection. 6 ATs were flown, principally for 5 Trial Lesson pupils utilising K21 JVZ and the DG1000, while there were 3 Falke flights for field landing checks. The lack of any lift meant 3000′ tows for the Trial Lesson pupils with flight times in the 20-25 minute band, but on the last flight of the day, Mike Smith gave his Trial Lesson pupil 27 minutes in the DG1000.
Wednesday 28th. The pattern of frosty mornings and warm afternoons continued under clear blue skies and light winds, but as the high drifted slowly out into the Atlantic a light NNW’ly flow developed during the day and temperatures peaked above 20C. The prospect of some thermal activity encouraged a goodly number of members to turn up and, bolstered by 5 Trial Lesson pupils, the day’s AT count reached 17 with a further 3 flights in the Falke. Initially circuits were again the order of the day, but come early afternoon, blue thermals developed, some of these being strong and topping out at around 4,000 asl. Dick Cole in the DG303 took most advantage with a flight of 1:13, landing at 17:31, while Andy Parish/M Cox had 56 minutes in K21 JVZ, a further 5 flights exceeding the 30 minute mark. The clear skies and hot sunshine combined to cause the first sunburn victim of the year as Ian Plant, covering for caterer Brian’s absence, relaxed in the open air after the bustle of lunch time. Ian will have recovered by the time he starts his Summer tugging/winch driver/instructor and sundry other duties next Monday.
Thursday 29th. The previous day’s clear blue skies now contained patches of thin cirrus and some high lenticulars, with the wind at ground level initially L&V but becoming moderate WNW later in the day. 8 ATs and 3 Falke flights constituted the flying activity, this including 3 Trial Lesson pupils and 2 private owner launches. The thermals of the previous day mainly failed to develop, with the temperature peaking a few degrees lower, although George Rowden managed to climb a few hundred feet with his Trial Lesson Pupil in the DG1000 to give him 26 minutes in the air. Colin Troise took a high tow in his DG600 and was able to maintain his release height of around 4000′ in zero sink for a considerable period before losing out and landing after a flight of 59 minutes. George Rowden in his LSt18 had a flight of 1:37, in which unsuccessful early attempts to utilise broken thermal meant a engine burn to regain launch height after which a good thermal was contacted, enabling a climb to around 3500′ asl. The thermal gradually become smooth signifying a transition into wave which was then utilised to very slowly climb to just over 5,000′ asl, the lift being on a line from just north of Lake Gormire to Hemsley with the wind speed at 5000′ being 27 kts NNW.