Part of a new member’s initiation to Dartmoor Gliding is that any wind east of north, or south, could cause wave, so be prepared to soar to great heights. Hard on the heels of that assertion, however, come a few caveats, one of which is that the wind profile must increase in speed with height. Today’s spot wind chart did none of that, decaying from 160° on the surface at 10kts to ‘variable’ at 5,000ft amsl. So no chance of wave, then. And with that in mind, you could expect that we were in for a pretty boring day’s flying. Not a bit of it…
|Ray Boundy carrying out pre-flight checks.|
In actual fact from early morning the wind settled in the south, at between 6-8kts all day. We started off with Ray Boundy. Returning to solo pilot, Ray, having cracked both high and low launch failures, knew he had now to face up to those ‘awkward’ ones (a bit like having a teenage child), where the decision could go either way. Fortunately, after a demo by Peter Howarth, Ray flew a faultless performance from about 450ft, followed by an extended circuit (but more later). So, a very big tick achieved by him on the pathway back to solo.
|Dave Westcott prepares to fly his K-6 G-CEWO for the first time this year.|
|Malcolm Wilton-Jones gets away in the club’s SF-27.|
On the privateer side, Dave Westcott took his immaculate K-6 G-CEWO aloft for his first flight in her this year, and a little later Malcolm Wilton-Jones took the club’s SF-27 for an exploratory flight, but failed to find anything more than “2 up, 6 down” for 9 minutes.
|And the rear seat is…vacant! As Karon Matten prepares to re-solo.|
|One Very Happy Bunny..!|
|The cloud wot done it..! Convergence builds in the late afternoon.|
|With Ed at 1,700ft agl, Colin Boyd is seen here in |
the club’s K-8 at 1,900ft, just below cloudbase.
|Ed Borlase’s view of Ray Boundy and Peter Howarth in K-13 CCY |
just south of Brentor Church attempting to join him.
Thanks go to Peter Howarth for instructing, and to Malcolm Wilton-Jones and Ed Borlase for winching.