Tuesday 10th. The YGC/BGA Simulator stand at the Great Yorkshire Show attracted long queues of primarily young teenagers some of whom had to be gently persuaded that the simulator was not a video game but a tool to teach people to fly, with one youngster enquiring where the bombs were! The benefits of a Trial Flight as a present for enthusiastic youngsters was stressed by the YGC members manning the stand, some of whom are shown on the following photos.
Following torrential rain, the show was then cancelled due to the state of the car parks, with Quad bikes, 4WD vehicles and even a bulldozer used to get people out of the mire shown in the next photo.
Wednesday 11th. A moderate NNW’ly backed into the W as rain and thunderstorms arrived early afternoon, but not before 9 ATs had been flown in K21 JVZ, the DG500, Discus and DG303. Importantly, John Kliszat and John Leonards started to put all that simulator and theoretical training into practice as they had a few flights each as part of their holiday course. Flight times were generally below 30 minutes but Rob Bailey had just over an hour in the Discus with Albert Newbery/Pauline Luty having 25 minutes in K21 JVZ off the last flight of the day.
Thursday 12th. A light to moderate WSW’ly accompanying a weak ridge of high pressure, brought a good soaring day, enabling the 2 Johns on the holiday course to get a taste of what gliding is all about. 47 ATs were flown with 9 private owner launches and most of the club fleet utilised. A number of pilots disappeared for 3-5 hours but only Phil Lazenby put his flight on the National Ladder, a 167 km tour of North Yorkshire, only marred by a late launch, a forgotten declaration and a post task foray to Masham that resulted in a land out at Bagby as the thermals died. Stewart Heaton/Albert Newbery were reported to have visited Burn in their DG1000t in a flight of 3:11 and John Ellis was similarly reported to have visited Leyburn in his Nimbus in his flight of 3:38. 14 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour including Rob Bailey in the Discus with 3:41 and Ian Plant with returning holiday course member Mike Rolph with 1:09 in the DG500. 3 Trial Lesson pupils enjoyed a day of excellent visibility and a 5000′ asl cloud base while 2 flights in the Falke completed the days flying activities.
Friday 13th. A moderate NE’ly under predominately cloudy skies produced some wave. Good bars and gaps were formed over the North Yorks Moors but the wave appeared to be out of sync with the western edge of the moors as a single and very variable bar formed over Sutton Village giving inconsistent climb rates with no downwind bars to be seen. 8 ATs were flown, mainly in K21 KLW, the DG1000 and Discus, but Bob Calvert was the only private owner to launch in his Discus. Maximum heights achieved were of the order of 5000′ asl, and 3 pilots exceeded an hour in the air, the aforementioned Bob Calvert and Rob Bailey, who had 1:43 in the Discus. Colin Troise and his passenger had 1:44 in the DG1000. The day’s flying included 2 flights for Trial Lesson pupils.
Saturday 14th. A light WSW blew all day and with flying continuing from just after 1015 hrs to just before 1700 hrs 23 ATs were flown, 6 by private owners and the balance in the club K21s, DG500 and Discus. Although soaring conditions were not brilliant, 4 flights exceeded an hour and the instructors were busy with 1 Day Course member and 5 Trial Lesson pupils. Jon May/Steve Ball had 3:30 in their Duo Discus xt, Rob Bailey had 2:50 in the Discus and Colin Troise/Korrina Schneider Zapp had 47 minutes in K21 JVZ. The Falke was also busy with 3 sorties.
Sunday 15th. Sunday saw the wind in the same WSW’ly direction but with an increase in strength to moderate. The day saw a mixture of strong thermals, a convergence over Osmotherley and wave, which cancelled out the hill lift at times, so launching varied between the winch, 17 launches and ATs, 32 being flown off runway 24. 12 private owners launched with all the club fleet, with the exception of Astir KRN and the Ka8, flown. The duty instructors were again kept busy with 2 Learn to Fly package and 6 Trial Lesson Pupils, as well as club members and, with good soaring conditions, 29 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour. Around the site, maximum altitudes in the wave were around 6000′ asl, but those pilots who ventured further west were rewarded with higher climbs. Martyn Johnson, flying his DG600 got to over 8,300′ asl and Bill Payton in his Ventus cxt along with Don Austin in his Kestrel, got to around 12,000′ in the lee of the Lakes, but had to spend a little time hill soaring Cross Fell before recontacting the wave for the ride home. Lindsay McLane had 5 hrs in his Ventus 2t and Bob Calvert 5:42 in his Discus. Jon May/Steve Ball had the longest 2 seater flight with 2:51 in their Duo Discus xt while Bob Beck and Fred Brown shared a flight of 2:12 in the DG1000 and Andy Hatfield put up the longest flight in a club single seater with 3:19 in the Discus.