Sunday, 19 October 2014

Aboyne 2014 Week 2 Day 5

Thursday 16 October

DNF A cold wet day - ideal for tourism! Visits to Loch Muick and the local distillery. Patrick braved a cycle ride over the Glen Tanner estate.
David Griffiths produced a superb three course meal in the accomodation for the entire course which was appreciated and enjoyed by all.


Aboyne 2014 Week 2 Day 4

Wednesday 15 October

A wet morning eventually cleared into a bright afternoon and with the continuing absence of wind and everyone checked out for solo, Bob was on the lookout for his next student. Ryan Littlejohn, a local trainee, who is hopeful that he will be able to solo on his 14th birthday in early December was offered a flight in the DG which he eagerly accepted. Meanwhile, Patrick enjoyed a short unexpected 500' climb above the 2000' cloudbase - the high point of the afternoon!

Ryan and Bob prepare for take off


Aboyne 2014 Week 2 Day 3

Tueday 14 October

An overcast and calm day without soaring, resulted in our group being the only pilots who wanted to fly. A few more practice circuits, approaches and landings got the remainder of the group solo in these unusual calm conditions.


Aboyne 2104 Week 2 Day 2

Monday 13 October

The day started with an overcast sky and not a breathe of wind on the airfield - not ideal conditions for wave but perfect for honing the skill set required for solo flying in calm conditions. Michael Oakley and Geoff Martin made good use of SH9 during the morning. Then a trial lesson discovered and reported weak wave mid afternoon over Tarland. Roger W and Bob soon followed in the DG and explored the line running between Aboyne and Logie Coldstone. They were joined by Patrick Geraets with Merv in the K21 and David Griffiths in the Grob 102. Not to be left out, Tim Lean and Morag also appeared in a Puchacz to join in with the unexpected fun. The K21 set off to explore further upwind and promptly fell out of the lift but Mike Beaumont and Bob confirmed that it was still there until late.

Patrick looking east along the gap.

Aboyne 2014 Week 2 Day 1

Sunday 12 Oct

A promising collection of wave clouds greeted us on arrival at the airfield, but by the time the mandatory site briefing and preping the gliders had been completed the clouds had morphed into some fair weather cumulus.
The 4kt thermals were smooth and took us to the 4300' cloudbase and the gentle breeze effected some impressive streeting. We took the opportunity to fly all eight of the group on check/introductory flights with the requirement of landing on the runway and using the radio providing some new challenges for those new to Aboyne. The good thermal conditions disappeared towards the end of the afternoon as spreadout cut the sun off and Roger Williams with Merv was fortunate to stumble into some weak wave to end the day landing well after six while the others were propping up the Wave Bar in the clubhouse. Jim Duthie had the longest flight of the day with 2.75 hours in the discus.


Friday, 10 October 2014

Day 4 It was raining as everyone arrived at the airfield and a short wait while the clearance came through was spent sheltering in the hanger. Unfortunately we found two gliders and a drowned car had been put in the hanger after we had closed the doors. By the time we got into the air the thermal activity had disrupted weak wave and only the first glider had contacted it for a short while. However some good thermalling flights were to be had. Bill Vesty had nearly 2 hours in the DG1000 climbing in thermals up to 4500'. Winds were 225/5 going to south later in the day, even at 4000' the winds were  no stronger. One of our expedition succumbed to flu like symptoms and Mike Wild managed to blag a ride in an ASH25M to Portmoke and disappeared for the day, now he wont stop talking about it! Everyone flew in the thermic conditions during the day and as the heat of the sun faded by 1700hrs we all went in search of weak wave in the now southerly wind. Merv and Hilton Thatcher had some success to the south of the Lochs climbing from 3000' to over 4500'. John and Colin Simpson played in wavy thermals up to Loch Mick managing to arrest descent for a while. A lovely sunset followed
Day 5 An early start turned out to be a good move. The cars were frozen, the canopies were misting up so much we had to wait for the sun to play on them. Anyway we were first to launch and found an area of weak wave over the east of Morvan from 2000'. The wind was north-westerly at 10kts. slowly we climbed to 4500' and started to explore other areas. As we did the wind went slowly to the south-west and slowed to 4kts at which point we all fell down! However nearly 2hrs of soaring had been completed. A period of no wind or thermals followed with a shower over the airfield. Further flights in the 2 seaters started when the sun started to go down with high tows hoping to contact wave to the south. Not much was found but the visibility made for wonderful views. The end of a great week has arrived with everyone saying they will return. Good luck to the next week and thanks to a great team.