Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st June 2019

Wednesday 19th.  8.1 mm of rain between 0600 to 1100 hrs delayed the start of flying until around 1400 hrs, the  wind being light from the NW until backing into the SSE late in the day.  The poor start to the day meant a lack of members on site, so the 5 ATs flown off […] Read More...

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Wednesday 12th to Tuesday 18th June 2019

Wednesday 12th.  A slow moving depression covered the UK, its apparently flabby appearence belying its heavy and continuous rain which led to flooding in some parts of the country.    Only 2.3 mm fell at site but it and its associated low cloud put paid to any hope of flying.  Ron Beezer's course members had […] Read More...

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Thursday 6th to Tuesday 11th June 2019

Thursday 6th.   A light S'ly, not a direction noted for good soaring weather, nevertheless did provide one today, with 34 ATs off runway 20, including 21 by private owners.   The 18 flights in excess of an hour ranged from the 6 hrs flown by Bill Payton and Chris Thirkell in Bill's DG1000t as they visited […] Read More...

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Friday 31st May to Wednesday 5th June 2109

Friday 31st May.  A day of moderate  WSW'ly winds that slowly backed into the SSW meant it was ATing off runway 24  into a cloudy sky, although later in the day the cloud started to break up and landings then were onto runway 20.  The portion of the main bowl between Gormire and the A170 […] Read More...

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Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th May 2019

Wednesday 29th.  The wind had become a light to moderate SSE'ly as the warm front of an Atlantic depression approached from the west.   Initially sunny skies soon clouded over, but with the front only slowly approaching the weather remained flyable all day and the launch total reached 59, with the pilots and gliders of the […] Read More...

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Wednesday 22nd to Tuesday 28th May 2019

Wednesday 22nd.  A moderate W/WSW'ly blew all day, the air mass  generating good thermal conditions with a 5,000'+ cloud base  that led to 18 private owner launches and a rash of cross countries, some 17 in all, but some interfering wave in the lee of the Pennines led to some difficulties in getting to TPs […] Read More...

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Sunday 19th to Tuesday 21st May 2019

Sunday 19th.  A light, mainly SW'ly wind blew with operations off runway 20 getting underway around 10:20 hrs and continuing until the last flight landed at 16:15 hrs, the day's launches totalling 30.  The private owner launch total of 11 owed a lot to the visitors from the Stratford GC and they also contributed the […] Read More...

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Saturday 18th May 2019

Saturday 18th.  A flabby low was now controlling the UK's weather, which at Sutton Bank meant a light N'ly flow and a continuous cover of cloud, the base of which was too low to permit flying.  That is with the exception of the simulator, where Tony Drury provided some flying and decision making  challenges to […] Read More...

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Thursday 16th to Friday 17th May 2019

Thursday 16th.   The anticyclone to the east of the UK had started to move away and be replaced by low pressure moving north from France, so a different air mass resulted, giving a reasonable soaring day, although the wind, again from the ESE, had increased to become moderate.  Operations off runway 20 comprised 26 launches […] Read More...

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Tuesday 14th to Wednesday 15th May 2019

Tuesday 14th.  An initial light W'ly soon backed into the now familiar SSE/SE direction as a few isolated and transient Cumulus appeared around midday to enliven an otherwise blue day, 13 hours of sunshine being recorded.   A long and busy day ensured, as the day's activities extended into the evening courtesy of  Steve Thompson and […] Read More...

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