Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Jaca 2016 Week 4 Day 6

At last. A gentle southerly wind clear skies. The mountains were working well all the way to the  Ordesa Gorge. Cloudbase 2800 metres = 9200 feet.

It is better to have the climax at the end rather than at the beginning (said the actress to the bishop). In the end we flew on four days out of six and I would have probably settled for that in advance.  JMc

Friday, 1 April 2016

Jaca 2016 Week 4 Day 5

Everyone flew today. It was sunny with a brisk northerly. Wave bars were everywhere until just before we started launching, but thermals were available up to 8500ft over the main valley and to the south. The high peaks were clagged in until later in the day.
Dinner is with Toya this evening.

Jaca 2016 Week 4 Days 3 & 4

We have been getting some great weather at night! However Wednesday turned out OK and so everyone who wanted to fly got up among the snowy bits. Thursday was a write-off, but today has dawned bright and sunny with some interesting smooth clouds to the north. Looking round Jaca for places to eat has been interesting. Casa Fau and Lilium (with the 20 euro menu) proved to be the biggest hits so far. Last night there were 20 for dinner at the airfield. JM

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Jaca 2016 Week 4 Days 1 & 2

The team assembled on Sunday in wonderful weather. There was cumulus above the snowy peaks as far as the eye could see. I have never seen Jaca more crowded than on Easter Sunday. Finding a place to park needed creativity and hiking boots. Inevitably Day 1 started cloudy. By mid-afternoon two of the group thought it was worth flying and as a result one Duo did 2 hours of local soaring around Stage 2 while dodging vultures. The rest of the team are biding their time. Today (Day2) started wet but it was forecast to improve by lunchtime, but it didn't. Tomorrow looks more promising. JMc

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Jaca 2016 Week 3 Day 5 and 6

Day 5 was overcast with light winds so there was no flying, but this was replaced by an excellent walk up the Hecho valley and into the snow to visit the mountains in the slow painful way (top tip from Merv - never climb a mountain without a glider).
Day 6 looked great but failed to produce the thermals that the clouds suggested but shade temps around 16C made for very pleasent airfield sitting while the expedition managed 1 hr ish sorties for the final day in the borrowed Duo and a Grob 103. The Lasham Duo has been repaired in time for week 4.


Friday, 25 March 2016

Jaca 2016 Week 3 Day 4

Blue skies and a lighter wind from the west made for easier flying conditions today. The borrowed Duo 'T1' was flown by John P and Terry. We climbed in thermals up to a 6500 ft inversion but we're unable to get higher into wave but at least we were not thrown about like the previous day. Unfortunately the club Duo had a wheel up landing in almost the same point on the runway as the DG which has grounded it for a few days while a temporary repair is carried out. Luckily there are good workshop facilities here but we are having to arrange to borrow a second glider from the home club (Grob 103 - fixed u/c) which we may have share with club members. Bob Akehurst and Phil Holland also flew T1 making it four flights in that one today.


Jaca 2016 Week 3 Day 3

Blue conditions and a strong northerly wind delayed launches until 1:30 when Phil went off with Bob Johnson in the hired (and metric) Duo followed by Terry and John in the Lasham Duo '3'. Conditions were expected to be challenging and we were bounced about by the rotor off the mountains. Climbs were rapid and narrow but the sink was massive as well so making upward progress was hard work and both gliders were quickly out of gliding range of the airfield giving Bob Johnson and John Brook plenty to do. Airfield landings (from the back seat) were quite spectacular with 25kts+ of cross wind at 90 degrees to the runway and huge amounts of sink and lift in the circuit.