Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Booker expedition to Scotland

The annual expedition to Aboyne, where we are guests of Deeside Gliding Club, is well underway, with everyone settled into their accommodation and getting familiar with the local eating places. There have been some changes as a result of the devastating floods earlier this year, with some old favourites no longer in business, but there are new places to explore.

Many of the expedition members are staying in Birkellun, which for readers who have not visited, is a very comfortable Norwegian log cabin with a grass roof.

Sunday provided wall to wall sunshine, it started chilly but as the day progressed it heated up and people shed their warm layers. The flying was thermals, ideal for site checks and familiarising with new aircraft.

Phil and Dave waiting for the tug

First launch
On Monday we had southerly wave, which produced good lift to 10,000ft, higher later in the day, above Glen Tanar and along the Dee past Ballater. Later the wind shifted a bit and made some wave along the lee of Morven. The views were excellent, and the flights very calm and peaceful until the final minute when a bit of attention was required to deal with a spot of turbulence, to be expected in a southerly

Somewhere over Scotland
Today a front is producing a bit of cloud with the occasional rain spot but it is fine for circuit practice for new arrivals.

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