Saturday 18th May

A very quiet day at the launchpoint and only 25 flights today. That did though allow concentrated instructional flying for those who had booked. The new booking system is giving much more satisfaction to both instructors and trainees.

Alastair

Monday 6th Portmoak

Interesting day today. The sea air came in from the south meaning that we had to struggle away to the good conditions to the north. Problem was the snow showers developing over the mountains. A couple of images below of the highlands north of Crieff from just below the 7000ft cloudbase.

Alastair

Portmoak Sunday May 5th

Sunday started with a thin layer of stratocumulus which as expected gradually broke up and it became soarable. All gliders flew, most using the west wind onto the Bishop and then transferring to thermals which went to about 5500ft. Of those I have spoken to, M3 found some wave to around 8000ft, but I think most of us flew around the area to the north and west in thermals of varying strength. Quite a lot of snow showers in the mountains though.

Expecting, dare I say it, a good thermal day tomorrow.

Image is the Bishop from the Lodges

Alastair

Friday 19th April

41 launches on a nice warm sunny day for a change and great flying conditions. I heard one report of a climb to 6000ft QNH.

Congratulations to Gotthelf Weidermann on resoloing.

I thought the booking system today was a great improvement on the old system, but members, don’t be afraid to book if you need two seater flying.

 

Wednesday 3rd April

Full winter kit today, but strong thermals to compensate until the inevitable showers came in.

EZE was derigged and returned to Tim Dews and we are now looking forward to rigging and flying his K21 at the weekend.

Wednesday 27th

Some good soaring today and I expect Chris will put in a report on the flying later. Please note though that RASP is not working at the moment and if you look at it and it tells you the soaring is very bad, you could miss a good day

RASP stratus though currently is fine.
http://rasp.stratus.org.uk/app/viewer/

Alastair

Saturday 16th

 

Yes, it was quite windy today with gusts showing 48kts. But it allowed more fettling of the club gliders and now LPM, JKW, FUY and KAN (front only at the moment, rear next repeater week) have S80s installed.

This run of weather means we have only flown on four Saturdays this year, but you have my word that the weather is changing now…….

Alastair

Saturday 9th March

No flying (again) today, so I sat in on Gordon McDonald’s Inspector Seminar that the BGA held at the club today. This was for me an interesting and informative session and something I think most glider owners would have learnt a lot from.

Alastair

 

Wednesday 6th

No flying today on a Wednesday for a change, but I have attached a couple of pictures of a parachute being inspected and repacked, in case you ever wonder what is inside the pack.

Lots of the usual glider maintenance and fettling in evidence as well.

Alastair

 

Saturday 2nd March

Only two launches today due to low demand and an even lower cloud base until midday. But well worth the wait as the wind backed and increased with the ridge working well in 20/25kts of wind.

Alastair

Monday


Well, the side of the hangar now looks smarter and many thanks to Sue and Mick for their help with this. Mick meanwhile continues the work on the power project.

I think though perhaps we need a checklist with a “W” and a “T” for the last out at the end of the weekend……..?

Alastair

Saturday 9th February

Another Saturday, another rainy day, but the excellent winter lecture season continues with John Garland today giving the first of a series of talks to around 25 members and visitors on the subject of the RT licence exam. An RT licence is becoming more of a “must have” for glider pilots nowadays and I would encourage all of you to go for the licence. It really isn’t as daunting as you might think.

We have had a skip delivered and the plan is to use it to clear the junk from alongside the hangar when it stops raining.

Wednesday is the day planned for flying next week.

Alastair

Saturday 3rd February

I see it’s still snowing at the club and the temperature is around zero, so I think it’s very unlikely we can fly tomorrow due to the snow on the field and the difficulty of getting up the hill. I will take another look later today at the webcams.

Also I should add that the Bronze lecture is cancelled at Mendip tonight and the BGA Inspector seminar at the club tomorrow has been postponed, probably to March.

Back to working on my glider SDMP then…….

Alastair

http://www.bwnd.co.uk/webcam/eastcam_latest/eastcam.jpg

Soaring in January

Probably the best thermal soaring day in January I have seen. For a while in the afternoon there was some impressive streeting as in pics below.  Best flight time was 29 minutes in a Puchacz.

Alastair

 

 

Club vario upgrade

With much help from Graham today, JKW and FUY have been fitted with S80 varios. They are very easy to use and will really help with soaring. For ease of use there is a simple user guide in JKW.

Sorry about the photo but the contrast of the bright display against the workshop was too much for the camera.

Alastair

Saturday 29th

Another no fly Saturday, but the flying stats show we are lucky to fly one day in four in December, so it can only get better now.

Plenty of Hangar action though. LPM is rigged but the mice have had a chew of the straps, which will need to be replaced. Mark Player has been working on the Pawnee’s Annual and is nearing the end of the task now.

We are expecting to fly on New Year’s Day.

Alastair