Dartmoor Gliding News-Thursday 19th May 2022

It was my duty IFP day, but in contrast to Scratch’s previous one (comprising over 6 flights) I had only one booking for 4pm. I duly did a stint on the winch to fill some of the time. I gather there had been some work done on the winch to alleviate some over speeding issues, and this was borne out by the absence of weak link breaks or wave-offs. Returning to the launch point around 1pm, I had a five-minute circuit in the K6 to check conditions (tricky) prior to my visitor Stephen Barratt arriving (one hour early) at 3pm for his Trial Flight. It was a 60th birthday present, so I wanted to extend the flight to make it more memorable. However, as with all gliding exploits, the weather intervened. With only 1000ft on the launch and choppy thermals, we were soon back on the ground. Stephen will return another day when hopefully conditions will be more suited to first time flyers.

Stephen Barratt awaits his Trial Flight.
I really must do something about my hat!
With only two short flights to my name thus far, and the prospect of conditions improving, I jumped back into the K13 rear seat, with Richard Roberts (right) in the front seat. I wanted to do a hangar landing exercise but was hopeful of some soaring. My wishes were granted shortly after releasing and pushing into wind towards the south. What ensued was a thoroughly enjoyable half-hour romp around the thermal cores north of Tavistock, topping out around 1800ft for us.

“Straps tight in the front?” “Yessir!”
Conditions were to improve again later, as I found out when taking a flight with Robin Wilson in the K13. Robin ramped up his flying time with a 51-minute soaring flight to 3100ft! Some of the climbs were at +6kts although the cores were still quite narrow. We were photographed (below) by Mike Jardine with whom we shared a thermal up to cloud base.

Robin Wilson and I in the K13 from Mike Jardine’s
vantage point directly above the airfield.
What follows are some submissions by other DGS pilots who flew on the day, taking advantage of an unexpected but very welcome improvement in conditions.

Hugh Gascoyne

I arrived at the club not sure if I would rig my glider. Exiting my car to open the gate I bumped my head and cricked my neck. Then followed a headache that cleared after drinking water. So not in the right state of mind to rig.

Gavin – sans headache, ready to take the north cable.
After several hours running the tower I took a launch in the club K-8. I climbed 150' above launch height but then found sink so I had only 8 minutes in the air. Then I launched into yet more massive sink and realised that I had to modify my circuit and land on the runway from the other end (the wind was directly across the runway). The total flight time was 3 minutes. Things were getting worse not better.

So, I waited until almost 5pm and made a soaring flight in the local area, managing to climb to cloud base at 3,100 ft height above the runway. I shared several thermals with the big wings of Peter's Kestrel and some buzzards. After 1 hour 19 minutes I made a hangar landing and put the glider away.

Despite the inauspicious start, a most welcome soaring flight meant that at the end of the day all was well in the world. Headache and cricked neck forgotten. Gliding does that to you!

Gavin Short

Not much to report, I trimmed the vegetation that was obscuring our glider sign on the A386 north of Tavistock on the way to the club. First launch was to 800 feet so back on the ground in 5 minutes.
Second launch managed 29 minutes but then around 1530 the sky changed, and I watched as everyone launched and got away, so I then went again, managed to get to 3000 feet and came down to Grenofen and over to Lamerton - nice bimble around like everyone else. Nice end to the day.

Pic is me flying over my house.
Steve Fletcher

I had two flights today in Kestrel G-DDBK. A few pilots had been staying airborne, but as I prepared to launch some were returning to the airfield. The sky still looked as if things were working, but with only 1000ft to play with it resulted in only an 11-minute circuit. It wasn’t until late afternoon that things improved, and pilots started staying up again. I took another launch, and this time found some lift quickly and was soon climbing past 2000ft. I pushed into wind and was south of Tavistock towards Grenofen.

View of the Tamar from south of Tavistock
I spent a lot of time in this area with climbs up to 3100ft. As my confidence in the Kestrel is growing, I will be able to go even further as the summer progresses. This second flight was a duration of 1 hour 57 minutes.

Peter Howarth

Scratch approaches for landing in the Cirrus
Phil H in the DG300 tracks along by the side of the convergence
at 65 knots, still climbing!
Mike B surveys the energy line to the north
before his 25-minute soaring flight in the K6
Robin and Mal awaiting a launch in the Twin Astir.

Summarizing the day from an operational perspective it was undeniably a good day for launches and flight durations. Looking at Page 1 of the Log sheets there were 6 flights of over an hour in length. Provisional Flight of the Day goes to John Allen in the K6 with 2 hours 47 minutes - unless Page 2 says otherwise! Perhaps someone can corroborate this? The photo was taken from overhead Tavistock, at around 2600ft.

John Allen's view from his K6

Hugh Gascoyne

Dartmoor Gliding News-Saturday 14th May 2022

With a reasonable looking forecast today was always going to be busy. The day started early with an absolute fleet of private gliders being rigged along side the club gliders which were emerging from the hangar under a less than encouraging sky. It definitely looked like it could be showery but the forecast was correct on this point and there was no rain all day. The wind was going to be light(ish) and southerly. The launch point was set up at the east end.

The rigging area was busy
This was also a busy day for visitors. Steve Lewis was expecting a "flying visit" from a couple of glider pilots from Lasham who flew in in a Robin single engine powered aircraft. 

Steve's visitors arriving in the Robin
IFP Scratch (Dene Hitchen) had a full diary, Lily and Lola O'Flaherty, Peter Lewin, Liz Beckett  (flown by Gavin) and Lawrence Barnes ( also flown by Gavin). Club member Mark Elliot had several friends visiting, one of whom, Katlin Hellier had a couple of flights with Scratch towards the end of the day.

Gavin with Liz sharing a joke
Scratch with Katlin
Gavin presents the certificate to  Lawrence
The solo pilots really made the most of the soaring opportunities. As is often the case the challenge was finding and using the initial climb. Once above about 2000ft the soaring was a lot easier leading to Andy Davey (Libelle) disappearing for a day topping 4 hrs 5 mins. Other notable flights were Rick Wiles (Std Cirrus) 1hr 43, Hugh Gascoyne ( K6 FUB ) 1hr 56, Phil Hardwick ( DG300) 2hr 47, Malcolm Roberts and Robin Wilson ( Twin Astir) 1hr 12, Steve Fletcher ( Open Cirrus ) 2hours, Mike Jardine ( Std Cirrus) 1her 34, and Adam Hoskin ( K6 "Woody") 1hr 57. There were quite a few soaring flights in the up to 1 hour group.

K13 G-CFGN launches agaain
Hugh seems satisfied with his cross country foray to the north
See separate blog post
K13s share a thermal
Mike Jardine's cockpit view at 3000ft.
Phew. What a busy day. 41 flights with an average flight time in excess of 30 minutes. Once again, many thanks to all the helpers.


Dartmoor Gliding News-Thursday 12th May 2022

 On my arrival this bright sunny Thursday morning, there was a forecast with some room for optimism.  Wind was given as a light westerly and RASP was giving a few stars. 

Club gliders were prepared and equipment setup with the winch at the west end.  Briefing was conducted, notably with NOTAMS indicating we should keep clear of Willsworthy firing range, and that someone may be playing with a large model aircraft north of Oakhampton.

Flying commenced with a few solo flights to test the conditions, some managing to stay aloft for a few extra minutes but soon returning to earth.  

Richard Roberts in his Discus, had other ideas and quickly reached cloudbase, then disappeared off northwards out of sight to find better conditions.  Richard writes;

“A front had just past the airfield and the cloud base was considerably lower. I used a broken tight thermal to get up to base and then headed north. Cloud base jumped up to 3000ft AGL. Spent a fun hour going up and down the edge in some clear air but mostly in the rain.

With few other chances of pushing out further, I headed back to the club from Launceston to find nothing but heavy sink.  Rain on the canopy hampered eyeballing the final glide. Computer still said I could make. After optimistically calling down wind on the radio, I decided that the lack of height for a full circuit meant only one thing, turn in early and land in the top field.  Much to my “retrieve crews” amusement! Wooden spoon nomination number one for the year…… open to all of course"

Richard waiting in the rain for his retrieve from Stephen Fletcher
Stephen Fletcher dutifully packed up the tow out gear and headed off to repay his debt from a few weeks ago.  Stephen had landed out in Somerset – a retrieve is a retrieve, and he did have to take down the fence on his own in the rain!!!

In fact Malcolm Wilton-Jones had also just experienced the same heavy sink only a minute before and made a wise decision to drop by the winch to say hello in his Twin Astir – making my session winching rather exciting today.

Anne Shears came from Ivybridge with her husband to take her trial flight that had been previously delayed by bad weather.  Both had a scientific and teaching background and were most interested in how gliders and the winch launch worked. Gavin was the duty Introductory Flight Pilot today, and managed to find some lift to extend the flight to 9 mins, even finding some lift in a rain shower before returning to earth.  We hope to see Anne again making use of her three-months free membership.

Anne Shears ready for take off on her Trial flight
Anne receiving her Certificate and 3 Months Free membership.
John Smith in the Club K8, added to his mounting total of (returning to) solo flights with some very challenging weak thermals at various points during the day. Also making some very tidy landings.

John Smith ready to launch
Rick arrived at around 1300hrs as per the new Thursday instructor rota, and flew a couple of flights each, by way of Trainee Basic Instructor training, for Scratch, Phil Hardwick, then later on a few flights with Gavin Short.  Gavin was asked to fly without using the stick, just the rudder, a very challenging exercise.

In the middle of the day the clouds overdeveloped, but within the grey there were still opportunities for some extended circuits.

Stephen Fletcher took a flight in his Open cirrus for 20mins, and Peter Howarth flew another flight in his new Kestrel, with its lovely slender 19m wings.  Mike Jardine took a quick flight in the K8.

Peter Howarth with his 19m wingspan Kestrel
Right at the end of the day at around 1745hrs, John Smith and I lined up for a final flight to hanger land the K8 and SF27 respectively.  The greyness cleared into a beautiful bright evening and the heat of the sun restarted some thermal activity. John was unlucky as the very promising dark grey cloud drifting towards us was just out of range for the K8. By my launch on the second cable it had helpfully drifted within range of extra glide angle of the SF27.  What I thought would be a quick final circuit and hanger landing, turned into a nice thermal to cloud base, then soaring about in the evening light for 55mins.

Looking down on Cox Tor 
Looking west towards the airfield (right of middle)
Views to Plymouth Sound
3kn of lift along the leading edge of the clouds to cloud base at 2,700ft
Keeping a mindful watch as the last glider was packed away on the ground, and finally seeing a circle of pilots, beers in hand looking up, I decided it was probably polite to head down – apparently it had been my round of beers, and was volunteered to write this blog – but the flight was worth it.  Thank you everyone for the flight and to everyone for making it a great day. 

You never know what or when the weather will do it's thing in Gliding!

John Allan

Dartmoor Gliding News- Saturday 14th May 2022 - Hugh Gascoyne Cross Country

 My last foray into the wild blue yonder of cross country flying was over 20 years ago, so today was a personal challenge. With Rasp hinting at a 4 star rating I got to site early (although still behind Mike and John my K6 syndicate partners!). 

With the K6 parked up at the launchpoint and packed with all XC kit (bar plumbing!) I eagerly watched the first launches. I had decided on BRT - Roadford - Launceston - BRT as my task. I could see some good Cu developing to the north so hopefully this would spread southward within reach of Brentor. Of the early launches, one or two landed back after short flights but most were staying up. Time to go! I put the K6 online and went through my checks. 

Relaxed and waiting to go
With a slight tailwind I barely made 1000ft on the launch. Conditions were immediately challenging - the thermals choppy and tricky to centre in. Still out of range of the good Cu to the north, I set about staying up rather than going anywhere! So it was that I spent the first hour chasing thermals between 1200 and 1500ft - becoming more resolute as the minutes ticked by. I was finally rewarded with a climb to 2200ft which enabled me to head north. I could see some of the fibreglass ships scuttling up and down at cloudbase ahead so I pressed on gamely, only to scurry back to Brentor to top up, having become uncomfortably low. 

My second attempt pushing out was successful, finally clawing my way up to 3000ft. I clung on to my height and made sure I was inside the TP sector over Roadford Lake. Took a couple of snaps then looked over at Launceston - blue all the way except for a few bits of scrappy Cu. I would have gone for it except for two factors - starting to feel tired and lack of in-cockpit plumbing! So with TP1 in the bag I headed home, to arrive with plenty of height in hand for the circuit and landing. Milestone achieved! I now look forward to more tasks before the season is out. 

Roadford Lake Turnpoint
Thanks to my syndicate partners Mike and John for helping to prep the glider. A memorable day."

Hugh Gascoyne

Dartmoor Gliding News - Sunday 15th May 2022

 With no emails predicting good soaring conditions and the rasp forecast predicting winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts of 25 knots, would we even be ably to fly today. On arrival at the club some early activity with the ground kit showed some optimism that flying may be possible. The wind was certainly less than forecast and with 8/8ths cloud cover everything looked good for some circuits only. With only one trainee we took a K13 to the launch point to fly. With the windsock starting to dance around a bit, I decided to take a weather check flight. Straight off the top of the launch I was straight into weak wave. After climbing to 2000ft I decided to land for others to fly as it can never be guaranteed how long the wave would last.

Distant wave bars.
Although I was happy for solo pilots to fly, both Adam Hoskin and Ed Borlase chose to have a flight with me to see what the conditions were like. Both had flights of 24 minutes and 25 minutes respectively.

Adam climbing well on his flight.
Meanwhile Andy Davey and Martin Broadway had rigged their Libelle. Andy took the first launch and disappeared for 45 minutes before returning to let Martin take a launch. Martin unfortunately didn't manage to get away and decided to wait until later. Richard Roberts appeared with his Discus and promptly disappeared for 1 hour 43 minutes.

The only trainee at the club today was Freddie Colton. Two circuits with high approaches and full airbrakes left Freddie astounded by the steepness of the approach and what a different picture was in front of him compared to a normal approach. Two flights later with more normal approaches included a 27 minute wave flight. All four approaches were flown by Freddie and will hold him in good stead for the future.

After Andy's earlier flight, it was the turn of Martin Broadway to fly the Libelle again. This time he managed to contact the lift. Also Adam Hoskin had also decided to fly the K6 Woody. Both were seen flying at just over 2000ft on a roughly north south beat.

Martin ready to fly the Libelle.
Shortly after it could be seen that both Martin and Adam had moved and were now climbing higher. I launched again with Ed Borlase. Straight off the top of the launch we managed to stay clear of cloud and were soon climbing well up the side of the cloud.

Climbing up past the clouds.
Our view at 4000ft
Adam high above us.
Ed and I topped out at just over 4000ft. We were thinking the clouds may be closing in so we opened the airbrakes and descended under the cloud to land after 33 minutes. Adam had already landed after a flight of 2 hours 8 minutes. Shortly after us Martin landed to claim flight of the day with 2 hours 11 minutes. He also reported that he managed to top out at 5800ft.

A day that started with us thinking we may not fly and ended with 13 flights and an average time per flight of 43 minutes per flight. All that flew had a wave flight. Thank you to all at the club today especially Phil Hardwick who winched and didn't fly after finding a problem with his DG300.

Peter Howarth

Dartmoor Gliding News - Sunday 8th May 2022

Several emails over the last couple of days gave hope of some good soaring conditions. RASP gave a shorter period of good conditions compared to Skysight. Early arrivals at the airfield were privateers rigging their aircraft in hope. The view towards the moors showed low orographic cloud which could provide some interesting navigation for the Ten Tors walkers returning to Oakhampton Camp.

Orographic cloud over the moors.
After unpacking the hangar to access the two serviceable K13's we got ready to start flying. Mark Worsfold was first to step into the K13. The first launch was abandoned at 1000ft as we were about to enter cloud. This short first flight was followed by two full launches with good circuits.

Mark with trusty mirror keeping a good lookout.
Next to fly with me was Paddy Cosgrave. Paddy will soon be off on a month's trip to Sicilly, so was hoping to leave on a good note. Four flights saw him execute his first approach and landing including a 17 minute soaring flight.

Paddy happy after his first landing.
Freddie Colton was next into the front of the K13. Today Freddie experienced his first launch failures. The first was a demonstration by me followed by a go around failure flown by himself. This seems to start happening as you approach the latter stages of your training. The end of the day saw Freddie have a 46 minute soaring flight topped off with a perfect approach and landing. Well done.

Today we had returning One Day Course Candidate Trevor Williams. His previous visit was curtailed due to the weather. Trevor was treated to a 43 minute soaring flight, a launch failure and two other flights. He left happy with his progress and a better understanding of what gliding is about.

Trevor with Richard on his previous visit.

Oliver Hunt and Riley Powell-Thomas were back at the airfield today. As they are at the stage of practicing upper air exercises, they flew with Richard to lighten my load. They also got stuck into some groundwork retrieving gliders and launching the aircraft. Next stage will be to fly with an instructor to continue their training.

Solo pilots Ed Borlase, Steve Fletcher and Adam Hoskin all enjoyed flights of different lengths. Ed had 1 hour 12 minutes.

Ed ready to launch in K6 EWO
Steve Fletcher managed 2 hour 5 minutes in his Open Cirrus CGY.

Steve launching in the Open Cirrus.
Having helped around the launch point and doing a sterling job winching, Adam Hoskin thought he had missed the boat for a soaring flight. Steve had previously reported that there was a line of energy south of the airfield that could be used to stay aloft.

Adam in K6 BVR aka Woody
Adam was soon seen using the reported line of lift which seemed to develop and was soon climbing well. He eventually returned when he noticed the rest of the field was being packed away. This resulted in pipping Steve for flight of the day with a creditable 2 hour 6 minutes. The K13 also had extended flights in this area which was put down to thermal with a wave influence and included Freddie's previously mentioned 46 minutes.

Steve's view to the north.
Ed's view south.
Ed's view of the Open Cirrus
Ed on approach.
Thank you to all at the airfield today. A day that promised a lot more earlier on, but saved the best part of the day towards the end of the day.

Peter Howarth

Dartmoor Gliding News - Thursday 5 May 2022

 Thursday is the new Wednesday.  Most members got the memo!  This change is due to instructor availability.  So mid-week flying will now be on a Thursday with instruction starting from 1300.  Licenced pilots of course can fly before that time.

I will admit to a slow start.  Having taken early retirement it is one of life’s pleasures, from time to time, as is ensuring my better half is off to work on time!  But even so she remarked “You’re late for gliding”.

So when I arrived (some 20 minutes later than normal) the hangar doors were still shut but there was a lot of activity.  Definitely a different vibe for DGS today.  

Although the hangar doors were shut there was much activity in the trailer park.
Gliders were being rigged.  And there was much fettling, which included painting white Hammerite, occurring at pace.  I even got in on the act by applying white Hammerite to the Total Energy probe locating tube, on my Standard Cirrus that was showing some signs of surface rust.

There was a new glider in the trailer park.  Peter’s new acquisition; a 19.0m Kestrel. You might immediately conclude that Peter is in the glider pilot camp of TINFOS, 'There Is No Substitute For Span', by his acquisition.  But you would be wrong.  Surprisingly, the scurrilous website SIFOW, 'Span Is For Wimps', lists the Kestrel in its glider SIFOW database. Lots of our gliders are in there – Have a look.  Span is For Wimps Web Page

Unsurprisingly, the Kestrel attracted lots of interest and willing helpers to rig.

The Kestrel’s wings are so long that helpers have to run to get to the other side of the fuselage.
Richard and Phil disappeared up the east end to rig their gliders (Discus and DG300) and the Richard took the first stint on the winch so he could be ready to launch at about 1300.  Later a cannily timed launch at 1323 allowed Richard to claim the flight of the day with 2 hours 17 minutes.

Peter briefed the day’s weather and NOTAMS
A busy launch point with club and private gliders arranged waiting
for the cumulus to start popping
Early punters got lined up on the grid and there was some successes at getting away from circuit height.  Then gliders started (mostly) to stay up.  Conditions were reported as difficult low down and then the lift built into a more predictable format but for most it wasn’t cross country conditions.  Indeed, the cloud base was lower than forecast and barely exceeded 2,200 ft above the site.

Authorised pilots prepare to aviate
Then at 1300 the Duty Instructor, Mike Jardine, arrived to be welcomed by the K-13, CCY, lined up, Daily Inspection and positive checks complete, ready for his use. I am sure he could get to like this level of service.

With the Twin Astir Hors de combat for a few days due to wheel, brakes, and inner tube problems Malcolm reverted to the SF-27.  The vicious sink reported by pilots taking early flights was confirmed as it took Malcolm three launches before he managed to soar for 39 minutes.  It must have been difficult!

Gliding is a very thoughtful sport
and requires great levels of concentration
After Scratch came back after 1 hour and 12 minutes I took the K-8 up for 54 minutes.  Most of my time seemed to be spent thermalling, especially low down.  The north westerly wind kept on pushing me towards Dartmoor, and the active ranges, so I had to break off some climbs and head for better conditions in the direction of Tavistock.  Disappointingly the cloud base was still no more than 2,200 ft by mid-afternoon.  

The weather was obviously cycling when I came down.  Malcolm and Phil had just landed and were clearing the airfield.  Mike Bennett was on opposite base leg to my planned circuit so as I was higher, and further back, I reversed my diagonal leg andset up for a stub landing into wind.  I then taxied up the airfield to the left leaving the runway as clear as possible for Steve Fletcher’s approach a few minutes later in his Open Cirrus.

My hazy view towards Tavistock from the K-8.  The lift under the cumulus was
not that impressive due to the almost continuous top cover reducing the solar heating.
Despite many of us checking the trial flight bookings, and seeing there were none, Phil took a flight to get to know his DG300 better.  However, he was called down after 1 hour and 19 minutes as a trial flight visitor had arrived at the field and Phil was the Duty IFP.

Lindsey George hails from Callington and Phil was very happy to introduce him to gliding with three flights in CCY thereby giving Mike Jardine a welcome break for lunch after soaring with Paddy for 30 minutes.  Mike then conducted a check flight, and then a practice launch failure, with Martin Broadway.

Lindsey about to fly with Phil.  Phil looking remarkable chirpy
 after being unexpectedly called down to the launch point!

Hooking on gliders all day can get to you
Phil presents a happy Lindsey with his certificate and three months membership
More practice launch failures weren’t needed today as we suffered five weak link failures – curiously all of which were blue weak links.  John Smith contributed three, as recorded in the log.  He professed that he was only aware of two but the log never lies, John!  This led to a shortage of made-up strops which were deftly managed by Scratch and Colin during the flying day.  Scratch and Dave Bourchier will kindly make up more strops over the next couple of days.  As a result there was lots of field pacing, looking for errant strops, at the end of flying.

Paddy goes again.
Paddy’s training today covered the ground run, the transition into the climb, the full climb, the release, and then into free flight.  Keep it going Paddy!

Special mention goes to the K6, FUB syndicate who achieved 11 flights, totalling 1 hour and 49 minutes between the three of them.

Despite him not being on the field, a shout out to David Archer whose tireless work on the air band and ground antennas recently allowed for good communications all day.  In particular, the ability to talk to the duty IFP aloft and call him down to earth!

Even Peter’s fancy camera phone couldn’t capture
the full majesty of the Kestrel’s 19.0m wing span
And now some recollections by other pilots.

Today Peter Howarth was focussed on his new acquisition, a 19.0m wingspan, flapped, Kestrel:

“After enlisting help to rig, I spent some time re-familiarising myself with the aircraft.  Having already flown a Kestrel 30 years ago this didn’t really take too long.  The only thing remaining was a slight nervousness about the first flight at DGS.  Checks done, including setting flaps for take-off, I hooked on and had a smooth launch to 1,200ft which gave me time to start searching for lift.  I was soon climbing to just over 2,200ft after which I pushed off into wind.  I spent nearly two hours flying around the local area and really got used to the Kestrel again.  Then it was time to land, flying downwind, setting landing flaps, and making my approach for a good landing.  It was a great feeling being back flying the Kestrel.”

John Smith with his steed, mentally preparing himself for another cable break,
 as indeed one should always be so prepared
How Hugh Gasgoigne saw the day:

"The day started out with great promise, and by 11am many privateers were preparing for early launches. The grid contained some impressive glass ships - some pilots having been awarded early Christmas presents for good conduct!

Richard and I ran the winch and retrieve to get them all away. High cover was evident to the west for several hours, making any departures in that direction unappealing. Richard launched around 1pm, and after briefly sharing a thermal with the K6, his Discus was seen scurrying off to the southeast.

Our K6 was kept busy with Mike Bennett and John Allan both enjoying soaring flights. However, circuits and several cable breaks punctuated the launches, so conditions were clearly challenging for everyone at times. Having had to leave the site for an errand, I boarded our K6 later in the afternoon. My first launch concluded at 200 feet with a weak link break. Thereafter two circuits followed under a milky sky bereft of cumulus.

As I am gradually engaging the cross-country mind set, I chose to make a hangar flight, superimposing my imaginary small field over the site. Although soaring eluded me today, my four launches, four landings and a real cable break provided useful prep for my cross-country aspirations this year. The photo shows me in my 'field' awaiting my crew!”

Hugh in his “field” after a successful outlanding, awaiting his crew!

So it was a day that over promised but, despite the sometimes testing conditions, a good day was had by all.  All who wished flew and despite this being a half day for instructor cover flying continued until 1800 and amassed a total of 34 flights.

Gavin Short