Thursday 6th August

Today on the Flying Week the drizzle and low cloud plus the need for social distancing, didn’t stop Mike Jenks giving an excellent interactive briefing on a variety of important subjects from launch failures to stalling and spinning. Don’t let the weather put you off attending .

Dennis enthralled us with his experiences of stalling and spinning Hunters, Gnats, Hawks, Venoms and many other types at impossible g loadings and attitudes. +6 G spin anyone?

Alastair

Wednesday 20th May

Today was a trial to see if we could operate safely under the new current government rules. The CFI gave 17 members a long and thorough briefing, and we then flew some Venture flights and eight aerotows with a mix of private and club gliders. The soaring wasn’t great and most of us struggled to stay airborne in very weak blue thermals but it was great to be flying again. The images show Mike Thorne in 919 taking the first launch at the club since the end of March.

After flying we then had a very thorough group debrief and discussion. We are certain that we can fly and run the club safely, but there are many new important procedures and practices to follow. The Chairman will be sending out an email at the end of the week to explain.

It’s unlikely we will fly on Friday due to the weather, but we plan to on Saturday where we will be using the winch as well as the tug.

Don’t forget the flying week next week .

Alastair

Restarting flying

There will be solo flying by aerotow only on Wednesday 20th for those who have arranged flying with the CFI. We then plan to have a more normal operation from Friday, but solo only unless with a member of the same household.

Bournemouth airport

I came across this unusual image of Bournemouth airport yesterday. If you are reading this from an email you will probably need to look online at the blog to see the image

In these difficult times I thought it might be worth a caption competition.
Any suggestions? Perhaps “Airport proves traffic forecast doubters wrong?”. But I am sure you can do better.

Alastair

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