Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th October 2021
Posted: 07/10/2021 11:25
Monday 4th. A day of sunny intervals and occasional showers as a light to moderate SSW'ly blew led to operations off runway 20 with 27 AT flown, the start of flying being delayed until just before midday. Two of YGC's private owners and 7 visiting pilots flew, with the club 2 seaters being also busy with members and 7 First Flight pupils. A lack of information from KTrax due to a fault with the on-site Flarm station means I was unable to garner any height information, but at least one of the day's flights contacted wave and climbed to over 9,000' asl, this being by Jesper Mjels in his DG400. During this flight Jesper also visited Masham, Pateley Bridge, Ripon and Boroughbridge in his flight lasting 4:22. The only other flight to exceed an hour was by visitor Nigel Clark with 1:06 although John Carter and Mark Newburn came close with 58 minutes in the DG1000. Others to have more than 30 minutes on a day of limited soaring opportunities included YGC member Ritchie Toon in his LS7, Steve Codd and a First Flight pupil in the DG500 and visitor Chris Jones , all with 41 minutes. Apart from Jesper's flight, ventures from site included more local places such as Boltby, Bagby, Easingwold and Hawnby.
Tuesday 5th. A depression crossing the UK resulted in a non-flying day due to low cloud, strong winds and rain, with peak gusts around 40 kts and over 20 mm of rain.
Wednesday 6th. Tuesday's depression had disappeared to the east leaving a pleasant, mainly sunny day, albeit with a few showers in a light to moderate N'ly that soon became light from the W. The change in wind direction led to the initial ATs being of runway 02 but operations later changed to runway 24 with landings on either 24.or 20. Soaring opportunities were hard to come by, so out of the 23 ATs flown, no one had more than an hour with the longest times being just over 40 minutes. Thus, visitors Graham Morris had 43 minutes in his ASW27 and Mr A Noble 41 minutes. The best of the YGC pilots was 37 minutes by Nigel Burke and one of the day's 4 First Flight pupils in the DG500 off a Mile High flight.