Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Simon Holland reported that one way of knowing which way is down is to dribble, though I prefer to stay in vmc!
Monday, 25 March 2013
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013
In the K21, Andy took John up first, flying the length of Echo valley to 7,000 feet (stage two) using bowls and rotor for a couple of hours. John Simmonds took Paul in the Duo, polishing rock behind Andy and John, for two and a half hours.
The Fins were third away but came back after half an hour. They hadn't forgotten anything - they'd just pulled-off too soon (helpfully, somone suggested they might try not pulling off at all :-)).
Richard was next to go with Andy, taking the same route along Echo valley and finding wave to reach over 10,000 feet. In a three hour flight they took in Canfranc and Orielio before a look at Bedun.
Adrian was John's second for the day - spending two and a half hours working Hecho valley to 7,500 feet (stage 3).
Martin was Andy's last flight for the day, two and a quarter hours polishing rock and soaring before a close-up with a Vulture.
Paul was John's last flight of the day - another two and a half hours, ending in the wave over stage 3.
Howard reached almost the end of the Canfranc Valley - by car - and spent the day skiing.
Outlook for Thursday - another brilliant day.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Monday, 18 March 2013
Saturday, 16 March 2013
|Signs of wave over the north hanger.|
We prepared the gliders for action but as we did the weather closed in from the south and west and it is now raining. Looking like a scrub for today.
On Friday night the instructors entertained the Lasham South team with bangers and mash followed by the star attraction, Gordon's legendary Tiramisu.
Gordon may be a culinary genius when it comes to making Tiramisu, but he didn't cover himself in glory when shopping for the ingredients.
Failing to find sherry he thought an appropriate alternative would be kiwifruit cordial. 20% on the label referred to the juice content rather alcohol content. I suspect the bright green colour was really what attracted his attention.
However it was his choice of eggs that was most entertaining. The first clue ought to have been the fact that the eggshells were covered in butter but it was only when Gordon tried to crack open the first egg that the truth dawned. He had bought a dozen hard boiled eggs!
Fortunately Toya came to the rescue with fresh eggs and home made moscatel.
|Gordon realises his mistake|
|Gordon supervises Werner's portion control.|
The meal was enjoyed by all and was a great success. Many thanks to Morag and Merv for organising.
Friday, 15 March 2013
|Stage 3 makes a welcome appearance.|
|Werner gets in the spirit of Red Nose Day|
Bob and Steve followed in 431 but had to work a little harder, taking several attempts to escape the clutches of stage 1. They eventually made it to 9,000' with good views along the main ridge.
|Steve looks out at stage 3.|
|Roger and Bob ready to go.|
|Roger looks out at Jaca|
|A happy P1, Roger must be doing well.|
Both gliders had good flights but some high cloud killed convection earlier than hoped, this prevented a third sortie for the remaining member of the party.
The weather looks more difficult tomorrow but we are still hoping to do some more flying.
Thursday, 14 March 2013
775 took a high launch but didn't connect and spent the next hour grinding away in rotor thermals before finally getting up to cloud base and into wave over Santa Cillia village.
The smooth wave was a relief after the turbulence of the rotor.
431 launched after 775 reported that they were established in the wave but the wave system then collapsed. We are not having much luck this week!
|Peter in 775 looking down at the main valley.|
775 topped out at 8000' over Cuculo and then descended slowly back to the airfield.
We are hoping that tomorrow's forecast for a no wind thermal day is correct.
|Julian and Merv ready to go.|
|Are they mad?|
|The excitement ..|
Unfortunately the weather didn't improve enough to make a second sortie possible. The light flurries of snow (An unwanted import from France) had reduced visibility over stage 1. Also the warmth of the restaurant proved irresistible.
PS Sadly the restaurant is not operational at the moment. Some vending machines are currently the only option available.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The briefing indicated that the cloud would clear but an inversion would limit the wave to 10,000 feet.
|Wave over Cuculu|
|Adrian and Bob ready to go.|
|In wave over stage 1.|
|775 climbing in wave.|
|431 with snow shower to the west.|
The weather that had been lurking out to the west started to move towards the airfield so all 3 gliders landed to wait and see if it cleared through.
|Tiring work for pilots and crew.|
Currently waiting for the weather to improve.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Merv negotiated a good deal on ski hire with the help of Joanna's translating skills. The less experienced opted for a lesson and the rest took the nearest lift looking for some easy runs.
|Getting into ski boots can be difficult.|
|Steve and Bob audition for a new Fanta advert.|
|Not quite sure what Werner is doing...|
|...but he seems very pleased!|
|Gordon and Merv take a tow.|
|New larger bearing, a perfect fit.|
|Gordon delicately fits the new bearing.|
Julian was head chef and we had his excellent variation on spaghetti bolognese.
Monday, 11 March 2013
|Gordon gets to work.|
|Werner tries to meet the standards set by his supervisors.|
|Add caption Gordon looks for a bigger hammer.|