Tuesday July 18th 2017
Posted: 18/07/2017 23:25
An anticyclonic day with a light southeasterly backing to become a lively easterly. Another day to slap on the sun block!
The early low stratus had burnt off by 10-30 when operations got under way on r/w 20. Training and air experience flights predominated throughout the day as x/c opportunities appeared limited given the conditions. Most two seater flights were of the order 30 mins to one hour but a change to r/w 08 during the afternoon as the sea air came in meant shorter flights of little more than 15 mins.
Earlier Tom Dale and Peter Wright each took the club Astir DPO for half an hour or so. The only private owners to fly were visitors from other clubs, one of whom, Paul Robinson from Esses GC, had the longest flight of the day in his LS6 - 1 hr 40 mins in which he turned Harrogate N and flew half of the leg to Barnard Castle before sensibly heading back to Sutton Bank - a total of around 100km. That beat the locals at their own game.
It being a Tuesday Steve Thompson once again ran evening training flights until around 8-45pm. He was aided and abetted by Ron Beezer and Fred Brown. Fred advised your scribe that he had climbed to over 10000ft in Sundays wave but could not retrieve a trace for the ladder. A belated well done to him.