Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th September 2021
Posted: 29/09/2021 20:17
Saturday 25th. A light to moderate SSW'ly that slowly backed into the SSE brought cloudy skies thick enough for some light drizzle at times, with little chance of soaring conditions. In spite of this the launch point on runway 20 as busy from mid-morning until late afternoon as 19 ATs were flown, 7 of these being for First Flight pupils, one of whom had the second longest flight of the day, 21 minutes with Fred Brown in K21 KLW. Fred also gave his guest Neil Stephenson, the longest flight of the day, 22 minutes, in the same glider. Astir pilots Sarah Stubbs (2 flights) and Andy Tyas, plus DG303 pilot Dave Thompson investigated whether single seater gliders had a duration advantage over the 2 seaters, with the result a resounding no. While it may have been a relatively unexciting day at Sutton, over at Pocklington, Toby Wilson successfully completed his BGA ASCAT course, so well done Toby. The photo below shows, left to right, Graeme Cooksey, member of the Wolds GC who also was on the course, Tony Kendall, course coach, Ged Terry, examiner and Toby.
Sunday 26th. The log for Sunday is yet to be received so the report will be provided at a later date. However, the good news is that Ben Haslam has was successful with his application for a Caroline Award Busary, so well done Ben.
Monday 27th. An active Atlantic front brought of short period of heavy rain around 0800-0900 hrs with the weather rapidly improving thereafter, the W'ly wind becoming fresh as the front passed and then declining to become moderate. Like Friday 24th, Jesper Mjels was the only pilot to fly, self launching in his DG400 and using wave to have a flight lasting just under 5 hrs. During his flight, Jesper visited Thirsk, the Tontine and the area between Ripon and Masham, but I have been unable to ascertain his maximum altitude.
Tuesday 28th. A small, transient ridge allowed a morning's flying before an active front brought low cloud and rain from lunch time. The morning's operations were off runway 20 as a initially moderate S'ly blew, this declining to become light as the front passed. The day's flying was restricted to 5 launches, 4 of which were for First Flight pupils, while the remaining flight saw instructors Chris Collingham and Clive Swain fly the DG500. The day's First Flight pupils, mainly flying in K21 JVZ with Laurie Clarke, had flight times of between 18 and 25 minutes.
YGC Expedition to Millfield. Colin Troise's report on YGC flying at Millfield is given below.