As it turned out Thursday was our last days flying thanks to the arrival of another band of rain and strong winds, so we pack up and headed home on Friday.Colin.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Day 4. Cold feet.
With prospect of strong winds in the morning we arrived at the airfield before eight to rig the Duo and get an early launch. Obviously lots of other people had the same idea and the hangar was being emptied as we drove in. When the wave bars are sat just behind Morven, it’s amazing how quickly you can throw a Duo Discus together.
Paul Haliday was inserted in to the front seat and we launched just after nine. Releasing at 3000ft we were immediately established in the wave with the vario pegged on the stop. At 10,000ft the lift started to drop off and it was then a slow climb to 13,500ft.
After topping out we decided to head up wind and cross over the next two wave bars and eventually ended up over Corgarth castle. At this point the cold was starting to set in and we decided to head for home.
More later when the rest of the team have finished flying.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Day 3 update.
The Duo Discus launched first with Hugh kindell and Paul Haliday at the controls and they soon reported a steady climb over the lochs to the west of the airfield. We then threw Ingram and Glyn off in the same direction, and after that went back to the club house for a late lunch .
A very nice afternoon's soaring was had by most of the team with the showers curtailing the fun for a while at 4pm. Best gain of height for the day was Ingram who topped out at 10500ft. After the showers had gone through, Gary Coppin and myself took the last tow of the day and clearly there was wave around as the tow lasted 20 mins thanks to the tug pilot finding the down going air. Unfortunately by the time we got back to the right position over the Loch’s all we could do was maintain height.
We were the last glider to land and by this time the hangar was clearly not capable of accommodating and ASH 25 and our Duo, so a de rig by hangar lights ensued.
Strong winds are forecast in the morning, so it looks like an early start tomorrow, and I promise to take a camera.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Week 3. Day 2.
Eventually the gaps opened up and the Duo was launched towards the Southwest with Paul Haliday and Colin Watt on board. It was a slow climb over a small gap to the south of the airfield. This finally topped out at 7500ft and at the same time the gaps started to close and a rapid decent was started.
As we were driving towards the airfield the sight of the early morning classic wave to the East of the airfield gave some hope for a good day. As often is they were firmly in the Aberdeen airspace and would only be usable if you were flying a 737.
The wind was almost no excitant on the airfield but looking at the clouds there was a definite southerly airflow. The gaps in the lower cloud were opening and then closing fairly rapidly and this caused a number of people to stop climbing in the wave and descend through cloud on the turn and slip.
The day lasted long enough for all the expedition members to get a wave flight and some more practice at landing the Duo on the narrow Aboyne runway.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
After a short break for weather flying resumed on Tuesday. By the end of the day all the team were cleared to fly the single seaters and several did until the mist came down and curtailed flying for the day (about 5 minutes before it got dark).