Flying Report 7/5/16

We were chased away by a big CB today!

In a weak easterly wind, we set up with the launchpoint at the west end of the field. The field condition is pretty good now having had several days to dry in warm weather.

Speaking of warm weather, the club weather station recorded a high of 22 degrees today in 85% relative humidity. “Muggy” was an understatement. The visibility wasn’t fantastic with a moderate haze which although not obscuring the lateral view of the ground too badly, was masking the approach of expected towering cumulus and CBs.

All of the club pure gliders flew, the LS4 coming out late as two members wanted to fly it. The Astir was lined up for Kit and David D to convert onto but their intentions were scuppered by rumbles of thunder from an as-yet invisible approaching CB. Hopefully the field doesn’t get too much of a drenching this evening and the weather plays ball so they can have another try tomorrow.

Soaring wise, the thermals were slow and the visibility poor enough that no private gliders turned up at the launchpoint but Iain R managed a one hour flight in the SZD Junior scratching between 1,500′ and 1,700′. The next nearest flights out of 26 launches were only a quarter of that duration.

Ultimately, the rumbles of thunder decided that it was hangar-landings for the aircraft aloft and a long tow-home for the others. The hangar was packed with just a bit of time to spare before the first rain arrived.


Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Doughnuts

We were lucky with the weather up to a point today. We knew it was going to rain in the early afternoon, it was just a case of when. We did manage to make a fairly early start and were flying just after 10am. The rain did not start until 12-45 so we got nearly 3 hours of flying in.

Launches were good with most people getting around 1700′ to 1800′. If the rain had held off a little longer and with the slowly increasing wind I am sure we would have seen 2000′.

So it was worth opening if only for half a day, the details are below.

Total Launches……………….17
Longest Flight…………………11mins. Well done to MartinC in the K18. There were 5 people hot on his heels with 10min. each.
Average Flight time…………..8mins.
Total Flight Time……………..2hr. 26min.

Many thanks to everyone who helped get everything ready nice and early. And especially to Allan who spent a very frustrating hour sitting in a traffic jam after a car crash blocked the roads out of Bromsgrove.

See you soon, Steve P.

Monday 23rd January Dougnut Day

It still looks like it was  good decision to fly today. Tomorrow is looking very wet in the morning with quite big changes in the wind direction during the day.

Today started off a little overcast at 9am but it soon brightened up  and by late morning we had plenty of sunshine and a good westerly wind, not quite strong enough to get us to 2000′ but 1700′ was normal.

There were 15 members on the flying list and everyone flew, the only fly in the ointment was a hail storm at about 2-30. We could see it coming so we were prepared but a few members still got wet and Nick spent a happy half hour sitting in the K18 near the cross track while it poured down.  I am sure the company was very good. After half an hour the sun came back out and we only stopped flying when canopy  misting became a problem at 4-15.

Grusome details are,

Total Launches 26
Total Flight Time  3hrs. 6mins.
Longest Flight(s)  10mins, so no records there then. Well done to Martin Clark, David Clark  and Humph.
Average Flight time 6mins.

Many thanks to Allan for a brilliant day and stepping in at short notice.

Thursday is still looking like a good day so fingers crossed.

See you soon,  Steve.

Tuesday 17th January 2012

We had a good turnout today with about 15 members on the flying list. It was a very quiet day with a  gentle S.S.W. breeze. Visibility was poor all day and canopy misting finally put paid to flying a little earlier than we wanted. Appologies to George who missed out on his 4th. (free) flight . If he had been a bit quicker with his eventualities he may just have got it, hey ho some you win, but in the end better safe than sorry.

Congrarulations to John H who went solo in the Junior, only problem is he is going to want it out every day now !  It WILL cost you John !

Finally the grim statistics,

Total Launches.   30
Longest Flights, (we use the term “longest” very loosely here)  Honours go to Humph, Roger and Pete (the Meat) with a mighty 8mins each !!
Average Flight time 6mins.
Total Flight Time  3hrs. 4mins.

A good time was had by all and in the end it was not as cold as we expected.
Thanks again to Alan, I don’t think we had to hot berth him today but he still worked very hard all day.

See you soon,  Steve.