Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Friday 18th.  A light to moderate ENE'ly blew all day under sunny skies, so operations were off runway 06, with 12 ATs flown, 4 of which were for First Flight pupils.  One of these, Ian Sampson, flying with Dave McKinney in K21 JVZ had the longest flight of the day, 32 minutes off a Mile […] Read More...

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Sunday 13th to Thursday 17th September 2020

Sunday 13th.  A moderate to fresh at times WSW'ly brought a good hill and wave day, albeit a blue one, with 9 ATs and 23 winch launches flown, enabling many pilots to venture vertically and horizontally.  Chief of the horizontal venturers was Paul Whitehead in his Ventus who flew 422 km while visiting Staindrop, Harrogate […] Read More...

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Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September 2020.

Thursday 10th.  A initially light NW increased to light to moderate around lunch time as it backed into the WSW.  Early sunny intervals provided convective conditions but an approaching front brought increasing cloud so that those planning cross countries  had relatively short tasks in mind.  It was a busy day at the launch point, with […] Read More...

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Saturday 5th to Wednesday 9th September 2020

Saturday 5th.  A moderate W'ly blew all day with a mixture of ATs (5) and winch launches (19) off runway 24, plus 2 self launches.  The result was 12 flights of between 30 and 59 minutes and 8 in excess of an hour, resulting from hill and  thermal lift.  Darren Lodge in his LS8-18 was […] Read More...

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Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th September 2020

Wednesday 2nd.  A sunny start to the day was followed by increasing cloudiness as a warm front approached from the SW,  the mainly S'ly wind increasing from light to moderate to moderate.  15 ATs resulted off runway 20, with 5 private owner launches and 3 First flight pupils among those flying.  Some convection and hill […] Read More...

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Tuesday 25th August to Tuesday 1st September 2020

Tuesday 25th.  Another named storm, this time Francis, brought strong ESE to SSE'ly winds which gusted over 50 kts and copious rainfall, 32.3 mm falling over the day, so there was no flying. Wednesday 26th.  The aftermath of storm Francis was a dull, overcast day, the light N'ly wind bringing in showers.  However, the low […] Read More...

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Friday 21st to Monday 24th August 2020.

Friday 21st.  There was no flying as storm Ellen brought 8.6 mm of rain, half of which fell in the early morning and the rest from heavy and blustery showers during the day, as the initially fresh to strong S'ly wind veered into the SW with 40 kt gusts recorded at RAF Topcliffe. Saturday 22nd.  […] Read More...

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Saturday 15th to Thursday 20th August 2020.

Saturday 15th.  A light E'ly brought in a low overcast that remained in place all day preventing any glider flying.  However, the Falke had 2 flights for P2 circuit practice, with the cloud base around 600' QFE. Sunday 16th.  The wind had become a light to  moderate N'ly, but the low cloud remained, this time […] Read More...

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Monday 10th to Friday 14th August 2020

Monday 10th.  A mainly light, E'ly flow was accompanied by variable amounts of thin, high cover allowing plenty of warm sunshine.  However, strong inversions, one below hill top height, meant that there was no usable convection and with the forecast for the week being dire in terms of soaring potential, it was decided to cancel […] Read More...

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Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th August 2020

Saturday 8th.  A light to moderate NNE'ly blew all day with operations off runway 02, the launch point being to the west of the winch track.  A low inversion and generally blue skies restricted soaring opportunities with only one flight over an hour and one further one over 30 minutes.  The >1 hour flight saw […] Read More...

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