Wednesday 29th September to Saturday 2nd October 2021
Posted: 03/10/2021 15:28
Wednesday 29th. Overnight fronts were followed by a transient ridge of high pressure, the wind being WNW and moderate to fresh with gusts into the high 20 kts. Only 2 ATs were flown off runway 24, the first saw Steve Thompson and Mr Oakes have 41 minutes flying time in K21 JVZ, during which they used hill lift to get to High Paradise Farm while als. going west and overflying Bagby. The second and last of the day's flights saw Laurie Clarke take his First Flight pupil for 26 minutes in the DG500, also overflying Bagby.
Thursday 30th. A series of Atlantic fronts meant it was a dull and wet day so there was no flying.
Friday 1st October. The fronts responsible for the scrubbed day on Thursday had departed to the east, leaving the site in a moderate to fresh SW'ly that slowly veered into the W. Consequently, it was a winching day off runway 24 with 15 launches flown. Hill lift was supplemented by weak wave with the best climbs to over 4,000' asl, Clive Swain getting to 4,300' in his Kestrel and Fred Brown and his P2 getting to 4,000' in K21 JVZ. Clive also posted the longest flight of the day, 4:07 off the day's first launch, with 5 other flights also exceeding an hour, 3 of these for the other 3 private owners who flew, Jesper Mjels in his DG400, 3:58, Tony Drury in his DG303, 2:26 and 1:46 for Rodger Burghall in his ASW19. The other 2 >1 hr flights were by John Taylor and the aforementioned Tony Drury in K21 JVZ and the also aforementioned Fred Brown and his P2. The wave, although weak was extensive, with Jesper Mjels visiting Northallerton, Thirsk, Boroughbridge and Ripon while hill lift was used by Clive Swain to get to Black Hambledon, this also being reached by one of the day's DG500 flights. This venture north was superceded by one of the day's K21 JVZ's flights which visited the relay station above the Tontine before returning to site.
Saturday 2nd. A repeat of Thursday's weather as a series of Atlantic fronts ensured that the day was dull and wet with the site being covered by cloud for much of the day.