What a great weekend! Useful training sessions for Adrian and Jake yesterday and Ross today. And some enterprising and brave cross-country flying by Mike, our CFI, who bagged a 300 yesterday in his ASW15, with Tony shadowing the same task in R67. The first 300km flights from Easterton for many years. Congrats to both of them! Ian, Bruce and John T also spread themselves around Speyside.
Today there were some more xc flights, with Trevor setting a 300 and getting about two-thirds through before landing out in Rothes Glen. Bruce was down towards Loch Morlich.
Trevor's retrieve proved quite tricky when we got the trailer grounded on the way out of the field, and it took four brains and nearly an hour to get the thing out, via a different gate. Great field, BIG slope up to the road!
And a couple of trial lessons thrown in for good measure.
A surprisingly good weekend for us, considering the hefty crosswinds we had from the south. They made for some sphincter-clenching tows yesterday, and sporty doesn't really do justice to the approaches!
In between, there were rowdy thermals up to around 4,000' and several soaring flights.
Today, the wind was a tiny bit more from the southeast, so the tows were still "hands on and stay sharp" through the day. But the thermals were strong and a bit broken up and cloudbase edged up from 3,500' early on to around 4,500' in the afternoon. Again, soaring and training flights and some currency checks.
Good to see so many members out over the two days, and new ones too, including young Jake, who had a useful half hour today with Mike.
Special thanks to our brave tug pilots Stuart, John and Toni, who notched up her milestone of 300 power hours this afternoon.
The midweek group struck again today, making two days out of five for the flying week. 753, HYJ, 770 and R67 doing their stuff, with thermals to the upside of 4000' and a bit of SE wave on top of that. Thanks to Toni for the tows again and to the stalwart ground crew!
Today proved to be a great example of our midweek flying group doing its thing. Bruce, Colin, Robert, Andy and Ian all had wave flights of 2.5 hours or more, up to 10,000' and more for the transponder fits. Spread around from Dufftown to Aviemore, Lochindorb to Rothes. Smashing day! Photo is from around 8,000' over Aberlour looking north east.
No flying over the weekend - low cloud, gusty winds across the field and loads of showers going through. However, we had the Highland AGM last night with a reasonable turnout, despite the lack of a flying day!
Robert, Andy and Anne were voted back on to the board and, at the short board meeting after the AGM, Robert, Anne and Bruce were reappointed as chairman, treasurer and secretary respectively.
Prizes were awarded to the following:
Duration in a club glider: Stuart and Ellen for their epic 7 hour twice-around-the-track task at last year's UKMSC in R1;
Absolute height gain: Phil, up to 19,000' last autumn;
Ladder distance: Geddes, by a clear margin of the few ladder recorded flights;
Meritorious flight: Toni and John, for their outstanding retrieve of the Eurofox after repairs, involving a diversion to Portmoak;
CFI Shield: Bruce, for general secretarial stuff and the trailer excursion to Kent and back with the tug;
Monkey: several possible candidates, but ultimately to Phil and Trevor jointly for an incident involving R1 - nuff said!
Third great day of soaring in a row today. Half a dozen good soaring flights in weak SW wave. Solid cloud cover overhead, with the first gaps a long way West.
Cracking wave today with half a dozen flights up to FL100 and beyond. Some very sporty tows and surprisingly bouncy high level rotor, but lots of smiley faces!
A beautiful, crisp day for scenic soaring. Big blue sky and enough wind to make the ridge work. This pic taken by Anne from the Eurofox. Stuart and Robert in R1.
We had a handful of flights yesterday on the ridge, the first of the year. A more unusual visitor popped in today, despite the low cloudbase that prevented any glider flying. A jolly from Easter, a quick cup of tea and off again before the weather clagged in any more.