Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th April

Friday 23rd.  A light W’ly that briefly went onto the S and strengthened before moderating and going back into the W was accompanied by a persistent medium level overcast that was however thin enough to allow thermic activity during the afternoon.  17 ATs were flown utilising the club k21s and Ka8 and there was a single Trial Lesson flight.  Two of the launches resulted in flights of over an hour, Duncan Pask keeping the Ka8 up for 2 hours and Sue Aherne/Mike Smith having 1:06 in the K21.  The relatively quiet conditions were ideal for Hugh O’Neill’s 2nd solo in the K21 and Gordon Wallace’s first solo, which he enjoyed so much he stayed up for 32 minutes.  Gordon’s normally happy disposition was greatly enhanced by the experience, so well done Gordon.

Saturday 24th.  A warm, hazy day with a light to moderate SSE’ly that slowly went into the SE, saw the site busy with members plus Scouts and their supporters from Bedale as well as other visitors.  Thermal activity started up around lunch time but remained blue and limited to around 2500′ QFE.  51 ATs were flown off runway 20 with all the club fleet in action and there were 15 private owner launches, a number of these by Mike Wood in the privately owned T21 who gave some of the Scouts that distinctive open air introduction to gliding.  4 Trial Lesson pupils also took to the skies and 4 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour.  Bob Calvert in his Astir came to the end of his Winter Membership and said goodbye in typical fashion by having the longest flight of the day, 2:25.  We hope to see Bob again.  Mr Preston had 2:07 in the Discus and Andy Hatfield 1:20 in the Ka8.  Andy Darlington had his first flight in Fred Brown’s Cirrus having purchased an insurance share and is looking forward to a good soaring year.  The hive of activity at the launch point proved a little too much for some as the following photo shows while the Easter bonnet tradition showed no sign of abating.

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In the evening an instructors and tug pilot’s meeting was followed by the AGM which reported a profit for the year and the outlines of a 5 year plan which the members were encouraged to comment on and get involved with.

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