Saturday 26th September at the Park. A few pictures from today 😎.

Good evening dear aviators.

A few pictures from today at the park.

I tried to add these images to Mikes Blog update for today in the “comments” section, but it didn’t quite work so I’ve added them here instead.

Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Ready for launch.

We have lift off.

Heading back to base.

Sunday 13th September at the Park. “A generous serving of glorious sunshine today, topped off with a soupΓ§on of both Ridge lift and Thermal lift” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Blue skies and glorious sunshine all day at the Park today, a real seasonal treat at this stage in the year, it felt more like a Sunday in July than one in September.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks, and locally the opportunities to soar were modest. It was an almost completely blue day with very few clouds. Early in the day the upper wind was approx. 10 – 15kts at 210 degrees, easing to a balmy 5kts later in the day.

There was some Ridge lift early in the day, and later in the day as the wind eased the local south facing slopes that had been baking in todays glorious sunshine started generating thermal lift for the pilots to enjoy. The enthusiasm to fly continued all day with launching  only pausing briefly for cable retrieves.

Mike J had a productive day instructing, Julian R was kept busy flying todays guest, and Alastair M was on hand to Pilot the Tug for the days aerotows.

A very pleasant and sunshine filled day at the Park πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Glorious weather all day at the Park today. The only clue that today was a day in autumn and not the height of summer, was the mosaic of freshly harvested crop fields around the airfield.

Terrific enthusiasm to fly today. The Launch Point was kept busy all day, pausing only briefly for cable retrieves before commencing launching one more.

Smiles all round today, a great atmosphere and everyone working hard to keep the airfield running smoothly πŸ™‚.

It was great to see every available club Glider out of the hangar and being flown today.

Martin D, making good use of the days clement conditions to get comfortable at the controls of his new steed “306” πŸ™‚.

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Wednesday 26th August at the Park. “Not much thermal lift around today, but we kept ourselves busy and bathed in glorious sunshine all day” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks or extended Local Soaring flights. The Park was nonetheless a hive of activity, with plenty of flying and lots of work going on to keep our Park in tip top condition.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 2,500ft QFE. Early in the day the upper wind was approx. 25kts at 280 degrees, backing and easing to 17kts at 270 degrees later in the day.

There wasn’t much thermal lift around the Park today, however the enthusiasm to fly remained undiminished and the launches kept on going, pausing only briefly for cable retrieves. The whole of the Park was a buzz today with Members keeping busy with all the essential jobs that keep a Club running smoothly πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Mike J had a productive day instructing, and John H was on hand to Pilot the Tug for the days aerotows.

A very pleasant and productive day at the Park πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A trio of visiting aviators.

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Well dear aviators, I’m really not sure what caption to write beneath this picture πŸ˜‚.

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Caption competition perhaps? πŸ˜‰.

Monday 24th August at the Park. “A very pleasant and relaxing day at the Park today” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

As the forecast suggested, todays weather wasn’t quite good enough to tempt many Club Members up to the Park. There was light rain for much of the morning and early on in the day cloud base sat obstinately around 200ft QFE.

We did however have a very welcome guest booked to fly, Will P, so a small band of aviators hung around to see if the weather would improve so we could get him airborne.

As luck would have it, by around midday there was break in the inclement weather. The rain cleared and the cloud base went up to around 2500ft QFE, with a balmy 240 degree wind quickly drying the airfield.

Mike J was Duty Instructor today to fly Will, and John H was on hand to expertly aerotow them on Wills first soaring flight.

Will is already a PPL holder, so hopefully today will have ignited within him the same passion we all share for soaring aviation.

As there was no one else left to fly once Mike and Will had completed their flight, I took the opportunity to ask Mike if he would fly me in the K21 as a demonstration of aviating best practice. I have recently completed all of my Bronze assessments, and I was very interested to see what the difference between my present aviating ability is in relation to an experienced instructor. It was a very illuminating experience for me, and also a very enjoyable one. During my flight with Mike today I observed that his control inputs and his decision making, all appeared that bit more crisp and polished than mine, he is after all our CFI. It was a real pleasure to just sit and relax as a passenger in a Glider being piloted by someone with Mikes experience, and I now have a refreshed bench mark on where I want my own level of aviating capability to be. It was a terrific experience and one I will definitely repeat in the future.

I took some pictures of my flight with Mike to share with you all. As Mike had full control of the aircraft for the flight, I took quite a few pictures, hope you enjoy them.

A very relaxing and pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

Kind regards.

Damien.

It’s a very relaxing experience being the passenger on an aerotow.

As a passenger it was very nice to have all the time in the world to examine the fields we were being aerotowed over, and assess each one for potential land out scenarios.

There’s more time to enjoy the view as a passenger too πŸ™‚.

“Low tow” being demonstrated by MJ….

…. and “boxing the tow”.

Spectacular cloudscapes around the Park today.

Not sure if that is a cloud in the image, or just some fluff on my camera lens πŸ˜‰.
Heading back to base.

Mission accomplished 😎.

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Sunday 23rd August at the Park. “A chill wind blew, but we all kept smiling” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks or extended Local Soaring flights. The cloud base never rose much above 2,400ft and there was very little thermic activity. There was however still plenty of flying going on, and no shortage of willing volunteers keen to help keep the airfield running smoothly πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Locally, Cloud Base rose to approx. 2,400ft QFE, with a 10-15kt 280 degree upper wind.

The wind had a real chill factor to it today, but nothing appeared to be able to dampen the enthusiasm of the attending Club Members. As the day progressed the temperature did dip considerably with the wind chill. Coats went on and hoods went up to protect us from the wind, but everyone kept smiling. It really was a delight to see the entirely undampened enthusiasm from everyone to enjoy the day πŸ™‚.

Mike J and Mike T, had a productive day instructing.

A chilly but still very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Lots of Club Members mucking in and getting jobs done at the Park today. John H even got the strimmer out and tended to the grounds around the hangar/club house πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

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The longest flights of the day were flown by Dennis S in BNH, and John H in CCU.

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The two seater Gliders kept going all day, only pausing briefly for cables before taking to the skies once more.

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The enthusiasm to fly, and the enthusiasm to help out at the airfield, remained undiminished right up to the end of the day.

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Saturday 22nd August at the Park. A band of like minded aviators, “converged” on some terrific local soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays forecast really didn’t promise too much at all for the days flying. From early on in the day however extended thermic flights were enjoyed, and by the afternoon a terrific convergence had developed above the Park that resulted in some excellent local soaring, with wings level climbs of up to 6kts being experienced πŸ™‚!

Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 3,300ft QFE, with a brisk 20kt 240 degree upper wind.

Thermal activity wasn’t suitable for Cross Country Tasks from the Park today, but was excellent for Local Soaring.

Mike J and Andy F, had a productive day instructing, and John H was on hand to take care of all of our aero tow needs in the brisk cross wind conditions.

A very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Saturday 1st August at the Park. A very pleasant and productive day for training and currency flights 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Only a very modest soaring forecast for today at the Park, but still a very pleasant and productive day for training and currency flights.


Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 2000ft QFE, with a 10kt upper wind, varying between approx 240 – 270 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally very low at the Park today so no Cross Country tasks were flown. Many Pilots did however make very good use of todays modest thermal conditions for training and currency flights, culminating in a flight total today of 25 Glider flights and 3 Motor Glider flights.

Mike J and Adam B, had a productive day instructing.

A very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Heavy cloud cover for most of today at the Park.

Many Pilots made good use of todays conditions for currency flights and training.

Nick B contacted some gentle wave today in the Motor Glider, that carried him to a little over 3000ft QFE.

By the end of the flying day, the clouds had parted and we were treated to some glorious summer sun 😎.

Wednesday 29th July at the Park. A very pleasant days Summer Soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A relatively modest forecast preceded what turned out to be a very pleasant day for local soaring.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 3,300ft QFE, with a light 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 240 – 270 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally very good all day for local soarers, occasionally thermal strength would fade, before cycling again and becoming soarable once more.

Although local soaring was very good, there wasn’t sufficient thermal activity for our Cross Country Pilots to fly tasks from the Park today.

Mike J and Phil G, had another productive day instructing.

A very pleasant days Soaring from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A “Low, Winch Induced Launch Failure”, being demonstrated to a pupil by MJ.
Club Puch FUY, rounding out before gently touching down, following the “Low, Launch Failure” demonstration.

Tuesday 21st July at the Park. Flying Week day 2, another excellent days Soaring πŸ™‚.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Our Clubs Flying Week continues, with another excellent days Soaring 😎.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 5,700ft QFE, with a light sub 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 330 – 030 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, with many Pilots enjoying extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force again, and there is another selection of very impressive BGA Ladder updates to enjoy for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had another productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

I left the Park at 18:50 today and Doug T was still airborne! With only 10 minutes remaining to achieve his first 5 hour duration flight, and still going strong at 4,000ft QFE, Doug had his Silver Badge 5 hour duration flight in the bag . Well done Doug, great effort πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

Lets hope these terrific soaring conditions continue.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

The sky surrounding the Park, started to show promise from very early on in the day.

Club members worked hard at the Launch Point getting the days Pilots airborne.

Even better visibility today than yesterday.

The countryside around the Park looked spectacular bathed in todays sunshine.

Following the energy lines around the Park today, regularly resulted in over 2kts up of sustained lift in level flight.

Now I’m not saying the image in the centre of this picture I took today, is a Sky Angel. But it may be one dear aviators πŸ˜‰.

Monday 20th July at the Park. An excellent start to the Clubs Flying Week πŸ™‚.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A truly excellent soaring forecast, preceded the beginning of our Clubs Flying Week.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 4,700ft QFE, with a light sub 10kt upper wind, varying between approx 330 – 030 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, with many Pilots enjoying extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force, and there are lots of very impressive BGA Ladder updates for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had a productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Monday 13th July. Wave hunting from the Park 😎. Didn’t find any, this time πŸ˜‰.

Good afternoon fellow aviators.

The thermal forcecast for today was very modest, but there was the potential for some light wave πŸ™‚.



Locally, Cloud Base was 5,000ft QFE, with approx a 10kt 270 degree upper wind.

With such a modest thermal forecast we opted for aerotow flights today to the Ridge at King Alfreds Tower, to see if we could connect with any Wave.

There were signs of light Wave, but the conditions weren’t quite right this time. A high performance Glider would have had a reasonable chance of connecting with the Wave, but the best we managed today was reduced sink and a few bubbles of very light lift.

Many thanks to our CFI for today’s very informative Wave hunting instruction, and Adam B for being available to fly the Tug for us.

A very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators, and fear not, that Wave can’t elude us forever πŸ˜‰.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Sunday 12th July at the Park. Into the wild blue yonder 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Another excellent forecast, preceded another excellent days soaring from the Park πŸ™‚.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 5,300ft QFE, with a light sub 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 245 – 325 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, even out in the blue πŸ™‚.

Locally, many Pilots enjoyed extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force, and there are a few BGA Ladder updates for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had a productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A packed Launch Point is always a good sign, of a great days soaring to come πŸ™‚.

Locally Cloud Base was 5,000ft plus for most of the day.

Strong thermal activity all day, even out in the blue.

Saturday 11th July at the Park. An excellent days soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

The forecast for today was very promising, and Mother Nature certainly delivered πŸ™‚.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 4,300ft QFE, with a 330 degree 5kt upper wind.

Thermal activity was generally excellent, with my vario indicating 8kts up on a couple of occasions, and many Pilots enjoying extended local soaring flights. Cross Country expeditions were equally successful, the days BGA Ladder updates are an impressive read πŸ‘πŸ».

Duty Instructor John H put the ASK 21 to another very productive days use, instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Tuesday 7th July at the Park. Some moody looking skies, but happy looking aviators 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A very pleasant days flying at the Park today.

The moody looking skies above the Park today looked very atmospheric, but didn’t promise much in the way of soaring. Locally however, soaring was very good with many extended flights through the day.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 3,300ft QFE, with a 240 degree 10Kt upper wind. Thermal activity was generally very good, but with quite a lot of top cover, the lift sources would sometimes fade for a time before then re-cycling again through the day.

A good selection of Club Single Seat Gliders and Private Single Seat Gliders, were lined up at the launch point through the day.

John H, struck thermal gold locally with a climb in the blue that took him to 4,700 ft QFE, well above local cloud base! Mike T even managed a respectable out and return to Ilminster, turning back from an attempt to reach Culmstock when the thermal strength was starting to fade and rain could be seen out over the Bristol Channel.

Our CFI had another productive day in the ASK21, completing check flights with Pilots returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown. Our Club has the good fortune of having the use of an ASK21 fitted with the EASA approved polycarbonate screening modification, that shields the front and rear cockpits from one another. Greg C, Merv B, and Doug T, were the Pilots completing their check flights with the CFI today. It was smiles all round, as the Pilots were clearly delighted to be back flying again.

A very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

Some pictures from the day below to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A moody and atmospheric looking sky above the Park for most of today.

It was nice to see so many Pilots lining up to enjoy the days soaring opportunities.

John H, struck thermal gold with one climb in the blue, that took him to 4,700ft QFE, well above the 3,300ft cloud base!

Occasionally the lifts sources would fade through the day….

But the airmass would then quickly start to re-cycle, and continued generating thermal opportunities right up to end of todays flying.

Tuesday 16th June at the Park β˜”οΈβ›΅οΈπŸ™‚.

Well we certainly made the most of what todays weather had to offer us πŸ™‚.

The soaring forecast for today wasn’t a particularly good one, so understandably only a small but hardy band of aviators assembled for some local soaring.

Our CFI Mike J led the way today, taking a Cloud Climb to Flight Level 100! Before having to leave the 8 knot averaging thermal that had taken him there, as our club craft don’t as yet have onboard transponders. In typical Mike J style he made good use of the available height during his descent with a multi-turn spin, and a few aerobatic manoeuvres that were enjoyed by the Pilots waiting back at the Launch Point 😎.

As the day progressed the soaring conditions did tail off unfortunately, with the lift becoming very patchy. All Pilots who wanted to fly did get the opportunity. Chris B had an enjoyable flight in the Motor Glider, Trevor H and Nick M scratched away in the cooling conditions extending their flights as much as was possible.

I took the final flight of the day. It was a tentative attempt only, as we had already identified rain curtains visible to the South East of the Park. As I released from the top of the winch at approx. 1400ft QFE, the elevated perspective confirmed our suspicions that rain was on its way, so I promptly headed home. I was logged down with a flight time of 3 minutes! Not sure if that’s a record short duration from a full launch flight, but I’m claiming it until someone tells me it isn’t πŸ˜‰.

Heading back promptly turned out to be a good call, as some rain did arrive not long after. Realising the best of the days weather was now behind us, we decided to pack away. We got everything packed away in the Hangar in good time before the worst of the weather arrived, but did get a little wet in the process.

From the safety of the hangar, we watched the weather build in intensity while tracking it on the Met Weather Radar.Β  The Park was soon to be enveloped in a tremendous storm. Rain of almost biblical proportions ensued β˜”οΈ. Even though the inclement weather had shortened our Gliding day, it was smiles all round. It would appear everyone enjoys watching the spectacle of good storm, from the comfort of a warm and dry vantage point πŸ˜‰.

While driving back home across the Deverill’s this afternoon, I did keep a watchful eye for a large wooden vessel ⛡️, captained by a bearded gentleman by the name of Noah. ButΒ fear not dear aviators, I saw no such vessel, so our Flying Week will continue πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures of this afternoons monsoon to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

The Park found itself right in the heart of a storm this afternoon.

From the comfort of the hangar, the ensuing storm was an impressive spectacle.

Challenging conditions at the Park today dear aviators, but we made the most of what opportunities there were 😎.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Monday 15th June at the Park πŸ™‚.

A great start to Flying Week dear aviators 😎.

Locally we had a usefully high cloud base of approx 3,700 feet QFE, combined with abundant thermal opportunities πŸ™‚.

The Clubs Cross Country Pundits had a successful days flying also, no doubt we will see a few updates on the BGA Ladder later today πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚.

A usefully high local cloud base today of between 3,600ft – 3,700ft Β QFE.A useful high local cloud base today, varying between 3,600ft - 3,700ft QFE.

No hunting around in the blue today. One spectacular cloudscape after another continued to roll in throughout the day 😎.


Kind regards.

Damien πŸ™‚.

Sunday 7th June. Some Cumulus of potential πŸ™‚.

Another bright, sunshine filled day at the Park. Quite a few Cumulus around today too πŸ™‚. Not quite as strong a soaring day as some of those we have been treated to recently, but still a very pleasant days flying πŸ™‚.

I took the below picture shortly before the first launch this morning at 10:45.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Tuesday 2nd June: A few pictures from the day.

Another great days flying from the Park dear aviators 😎.

Glorious sunshine and an abundance of excellent thermal lift πŸ™‚.

It was mostly blue around the Park, but before taking off, I took a few pictures of some very picturesque cloudscapes to share with you all.

Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

“Just smile and wave boys…. smile and wave” 😎.

Good evening my fellow aviators.

I enjoyed my first ‘Wave Flight’ today.

I’ve taken a trip up to Portmoak in the hope of finding some extended Ridge and Wave flights. Portmoak has not disappointed. The weather conditions here have not been as stellar for soaring as they can be, but there has still been an abundance of very workable lift.

The Wave I encountered was only a gentle 1 knot up, but it was still a terrific experience, and the views were as spectacular as they always are here.

I have taken a few pictures below to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Thanks.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A small sample of some famous Portmoak Wave.
A modest 1 knot up, but still a terrific experience.
The views at Portmoak, as breath-taking as always.
And the soothing glow of a deep red sunset, to warm our spirits as we packed away.

Bath Wilts aviator, continues his odyssey of spectacular UK Autumn/Winter Soaring sites 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Continuing my tour of spectacular UK Autumn/Winter Soaring sites, I visited “Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club” at the weekend.

DLGC is a hill-top Gliding site nestled in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The airfield sits 1350ft above sea level with soarable ridges flanking its Western and Southern edges. Locally there are three more soarable ridges. To the North is Win Hill ridge, and Mam Tor ridge. To the East is the Froggatt Edge/Hathersage ridge. The wealth of available local ridges, combined with local wave effects, creates soarable conditions throughout the year, dependant on suitable weather conditions of course.

As it was my first time visiting here, I have taken a few pictures below to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚.

Being situated in a National Park, means even the views at ground level are special.

The airfield is generously proportioned, with take off and landings possible in Northerly, Southerly, and Westerly directions, dependant on wind direction.

The launch point is run a little differently here than at Bath Wilts. They run two Winch lines parallel to each other at DLGC.

Fear not dear club members, no need to put down your evening glass of gin & tonic, you are not seeing double πŸ˜‰! The winch area is run a little differently here than at Bath Wilts. At DLGC they set up two winches side by side, and run the two cables from each winch to the launch point.

The cable retrieve land rovers are modified with extendable cable mounts so that they can tow 4 cables at a time to the launch point, this enables more Gliders to be launched per cable retrieve.

Fear not dear aviators, you may continue to sip your evening cocktail, you are not seeing triple πŸ˜‰! This trio of hardy machines are the Glider retrieve vehicles used at DLGC.

This was my trusty steed during my visit πŸ™‚.

This was the view from the cockpit while I was readying for launch on the Southern edge of the airfield. The port wing was resting on the ground when I took this picture, but I think you can still get a real sense of some of the undulating terrain of the airfield from this shot. The undulations of the airfield surface, and the spectacular terrain of the Peak District surroundings give this site an enticingly adventurous feel.

The moment you release from the winch and reach level flight, the beauty of the National Park surroundings washes over you.

The first few seconds of flight here are quite intense, as the view appears to become more and more beautiful as you survey the panorama.

It’s an emotional experience, and one I thoroughly recommend.

The waterway you can see in the picture above is Ladybower reservoir. The Derwent Dam, which separates Ladybower reservoir from the Derwent reservoir, was used for bombing raid training during the Second World War by the famous “Dambuster” Lancaster Bomber crews, in preparation for raids on strategic German targets. During training, the Lancaster crews would approach Derwent Dam just 60ft above the water of the Derwent reservoir! The Dambuster crews were said to have been specially selected for their prowess and ‘press on spirit’.

As you can see in the picture above, the fields surrounding DLGC are plentiful and generally not used for crops. This gives gives good ‘land-out’ options for Glider pilots. One weekend every year DLGC gives pilots the opportunity for real ‘land-out’ practice with one of their instructors in a local field.

An interesting facility at the DLGC is their Gliding Simulator. The two seater fuselage you can see above was converted from a Janus two seater trainer.

The simulator runs Condor 2 software, and utilises a three projector screen display system.

The simulator can be used for a wide variety of Gilding training including launching, circuits, soaring, and aerobatics. I spent a fascinating few hours with the simulator and club instructor Dave M.

Dave very kindly sent me a link to the BGA forum for Simulator use, as well as a report on Simulators by the Gliding Federation of Australia, and a handbook on Sim training produced by the French Gliding Federation. I would be very happy to share these with any club member who also has an interest in Gliding Simulators.

All in all dear aviators, I had a terrific time at DLGC πŸ™‚.

Many thanks to all I met at DLGC. A special thank you to Andy W, Sylvie and John, for settling me in over the weekend and making me feel so welcome. A special thank you also to club instructors Dave M, Bryan A, and Chris R, for sharing with me their wealth of technical and local soaring knowledge πŸ™‚.

If you visit a Gliding Club that sits on a hill-top, 1350ft above sea level, in the Peak District, in autumn, you will likely need to wrap up warm, but I promise you it will be worth it πŸ˜‰.

Where should I visit next I wonder dear aviators….

This Bath Wilts aviators odyssey of spectacular UK Autumn/Winter Soaring sites continues 😎….

kind regards.

Damien.