Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th February 2018

Tuesday 13th. A slow moving occluded front kept the site in cloud all day and deposited a new layer of snow, albeit not very thick. Consequently, there was no flying. Wednesday 14th.  After a cold and clear night, the temperature at Topcliffe dropping to -7.4C, another Atlantic front brought more low cloud, fresh SSE'ly winds […] Read More...

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Thursday 8th to Monday 12th February 2018

Thursday 8th. There was no flying as a nearby frontal system kept the site in cloud and a little rain for most of the day, the light NW'ly wind slowly backing into the WSW. Friday 9th.  The back edge of the front provided a covering of snow at site, the snow falling between o900 - 1300 […] Read More...

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Thursday 1st to Wednesday 7th February 2018

Thursday 1st.  A low in the North Sea provided a cold, moderate and blustery NW'ly flow at Sutton, the wind gusting to over 40 kts.  Consequently, there was no flying. Friday 2nd.  The blustery NW'ly flow continued into Friday but slowly declined in strength to become light, allowing flying to commence just before 1500 hrs as […] Read More...

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Friday 26th to Wednesday 31st January 2018

Friday 26th.  Cloudy skies in a moderate NW'ly that subsequently decreased to become light, meant that it was a gliding rather than a soaring day.  14 ATs were flown off runway 02, with some behind re-engined Pawnee Tango Mike.   A predominance of sinking rather than rising air meant that even off 3,000' tows flight times […] Read More...

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Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th January 2018

Tuesday 23rd.  A mild day at site accelerated the snow melt but cloudy skies with isolated showers in  the moderate and at times moderate to fresh SE'ly did little to dry out the airfield, so another non-flying day resulted. Wednesday 24th.  An active front crossed the site around 0700 hrs bringing a period of rain […] Read More...

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Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd January 2108

Thursday 18th.  A light WSW'ly slowly increased to become moderate over the course of the day but in spite of acceptable flying conditions, the state of the airfield ruled out any flying. Friday 19th.  Another pleasant, if cold, day as a  light to moderate WSW'ly blew but with flying again thwarted by the state of […] Read More...

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Wednesday 17th January 2018

Wednesday 17th.  Members arriving at site prior to the normal 0930 hr briefing were welcomed by a light to moderate WSW'ly wind but this quickly increased to moderate/moderate to fresh while staying in the same direction.  As a result it was a winching day with 8 launches off runway 24, the last flight landing around […] Read More...

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Saturday 13th to Tuesday 16th January 2018

Saturday 13th.  The moderate ESE'ly flow continued to bring in extensive low cloud and even a little rain around midday, so it was again a non-flying day. Sunday 14th.  The wind speed remained moderate with the direction changing slightly to the SE, but the major flying or not flying factor, cloud base, remained disappointingly too […] Read More...

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Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th January 2018

Tuesday 9th.  The cloud that had come up from the south on Monday had thickened and lowered sufficiently to bring periods of drizzle and  swathe the hill top, the wind remaining a light to moderate E'ly, but showing a tendency to veer into the ESE.  Correspondingly, there was no flying. Wednesday 10th.  The cloud and  […] Read More...

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Saturday 6th to Monday 8th January 2018

Saturday 6th.  A moderate and cold NE'ly flow with associated showers limited flying operations to 6 ATs off runway 02, with 3 of these being for First Flight pupils.  With no usable lift to be had, flight times were all below 20 minutes, even from 3,000' tows, an indicator of lots of usable sink. Sunday […] Read More...

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