On Saturday 25 October the Sales and Marketing Team braved the wind and unforecast rain in Henley to promote gliding and the club and to sell courses and trial lessons. The Market Place was less busy than on previous visits but we did more business than many of the shops, and met lots of people. We look forward to seeing our visitors at the launch point.
Thursday 23 October 2008
At lunchtime on Tuesday 21st October excellent conditions developed at Booker, with strong lift under the streets that formed in the stiff breeze. One pilot reported 4-5 m/s...yes, metres/second at about 14:30. KCZ even went out to Benson and back. Unfortunately there were only a handful of people lucky enough to partake and the day resulted in a meagre 4 launches.
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Our next expedition is likely to be to Shobdon, Herefordshire, in the spring.
Friday 17 October 2008
Wednesday a mixed day for many:
Mike C and Charlie Jordon (DGC), 315, 14,200ft and managed 140km
Denis C, 370, 16,000ft
Dave B and Richard C, ECZ, managed to get 5000ft in thermals
John H, 607,Steve W and Barry M practised some circuits....
Denis, 370, 563Km at 114kph
Dave B and Richard C, 315, managed to get to 16,000ft and went to Feshiebridge and Rinnes (140km)
Mike C, 315, 12,500ft, Braemar
Steve W, JDV, 8,000ft,
John H, 607, 15,500ft, Loch morlich - Loch Muick
Wednesday 15 October 2008
Sun and cloud
A relaxed chef Jeremy and his kitchen crew in Birkelunn
Dinner at the Huntly Arms in Aboyne
Monday 13 October 2008
Sunday 12 October 2008
A sky with every type of cloud, Thursday of week 2 when it was blowing a stiff south westerly. In the foreground is the glider formerly known as 249 (now ETY) - our old friend Derek was back again for another crack at the elusive diamond, leaving his Windrusher colleagues to try their luck at Portmoak.
Snow on the mountains - a memory from week 1. Deeside's glider rack in the foreground with Glyn's G1 in the centre.
Mike C and Richard C, ECZ, 14,500ft, Braemar
John, 607, 8,500ft Ballater
Steve W, JDV, 6,300ft
Barry M, JDV,8,000ft
Dennis C, 370, Is on his way back from the western side of Scotland as i type.
Saturday 11 October 2008
Bob Smith 279, 19,000ft-Both getting their Diamond heights subject to loggers etc
Rolf 318, 14000ft- Gold height
Dave B and Leon G ECZ, 19,000ft, Lyn of Dee
Mike C and Emily 315, 16,500ft, Braemar
Dennis C 370,187km, 14,000ft
Barry M JDV, 13,700ft
John H 607 ,19,000ft, Lyn of Dee and beyond
Jane 118,15,700ft, Braemar
Wave seemed to carry on well above 19,000ft but access to the wave box was denied today, but sorted for tomorrow.
There will be more pics when time allows, we're all having too much fun to play around with computers.
Friday 10 October 2008
In the evening almost everyone met at the Huntly Arms in Aboyne for a surprisingly good meal organised by Leon, who is staying there. The Cambus O'May contingent then went back to their cocktail bar while the others dispersed to their various abodes.
Today may well turn out good later on, if the wind doesn't pick up too much.
And here's a picture of the afternoon tea earlier in the week, hosted by William, Bob and Jane at their house Clearfield.
Thursday 9 October 2008
Wednesday 8 October 2008
- Emily 318 10,000ft
- Leon and Mike C 315 10,500ft, Loch Muick and Balmoral
- Nick and Dave B ECZ 10,000ft, Loch Muick
- John 607 8200ft, Loch Muick
- Rob RM 10,000ft
- Bob 279 12,000ft
- Symeon FUN 6500ft, first solo climb in wave
- Steve JDV 6000ft
- Jane 118 8,000ft
- William MH 7,000ft
- Rolf 318 6,000ft
- Nick 318 a sleigh ride from 4,300ft
- Barry JDV first solo flights here, and a ride in the Duo to end the day
- Denis 370 went north somewhere and used his engine on the way back
Pictures to follow, the views were spectacular.
Monday 6 October 2008
Toys away, the forecast for tomorrow is for teashops.
Sunday 5 October 2008
A stiff northerly today, making for some interest on take off and landing. Various people launched and explored, but mainly found themselves experimenting with ridge lift: Andy P and Chris R in 315, then Mike C and Symeon, DR and Leon in ECZ, then DR and Barry, Glyn and Heggie in 3D, Steve in JDV, Bob in 279, William in MH and Jane in 118. John H in 607 cracked it, managing 2.5 hours and reaching the dizzy height of 5000ft.
The wind dropped towards evening, producing ideal model flying conditions. So far Glyn and Bob S have crashed their models, John H and Mike C are still doing arms length aeros.
Saturday 4 October 2008
Saturday has dawned very wet and windy, so no flying for now. It's a day for exploring the local attractions.
Friday 3 October 2008
Our master chef Jim P had headed south but he was ably replaced by Jeremy, assisted by Don, who produced a magnificent feast to end another excellent day.
Wednesday 1 October 2008
The day finished with yet another dinner served up by Jim P, aided by his two friends from RAF Leuchars.
The forecast for the rest of the week is mixed but everyone is ready for the rain to break for some more great wave days.
After lunch the conditions seemed to get even better, prompting Jane to launch again but this time in 118, reaching 11'600ft in bright sunshine. Jim went up in 208, got to 11'500ft and flew halfway to Feshiebridge before retreating in the face of strong sink on the downward side of a wave bar. Jeremy experienced an interesting reversal of fortunes in JDV when exploring why not to co-ordinate stick and rudder during the landing ground roll. His rapid 180 degree turn did however give him an excellent view of the gliders on final approach. Ed and DR experienced a very interesting flight with a combination of both thermal and wave flying.
A few drinks in the bar and dinner at Birkellun rounded off another fantastic day of mountain soaring up here in Scotland.