Flight Logs

Where and when we've been flying

A hat trick of winter hike and fly adventures.

17 / 18 / 19 December 2021.

You could see the settled high pressure coming on the forecast from about a week before it arrived. Surely there would be some flying to do.  With super light winds and an inversion coming with the high pressure, it looked like hike and flys might be the order of the day. Fine with me! I love hill walking and I love being in the air!

First and foremost Wingbeater's another grand bit of a do at the Gordon Arms thank you all for making it happen, As behavior goes maybe because we have new club pilots in the fold, Christmas is in motion.
There was talk of flying Moorfoots the next day, early forecast had it looking quite strong but on the morning review it looked doable i myself felt the need of a fly, A quick call to head coach to see if he was thinking of gaunoot a plan wis set tae meet up at Innerleithen 11am, A O K i thought and then received a call to say pick me up at the house and keep the engine running and be ready for a quick getaway. That was quite evident on arrival at Tommy's house he threw his kit in the back of my van and says go go with Fiona in hot pursuit which i can only describe with a box in her arms saying Christmas lights, The birth of a Outlaw for sure, 
TOMMYSOWERTHEWITTER ( Tommy is no longer suspected )

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Arrived at the Moorfoots courtesy of GED.

  Other pilots were already there with a few other cars arriving.  They all went for the face at the carpark. 

  GED , Michael and myself walked in to the usual face along the ridge.

  We observed one glider launch from the east and it was clearly gale hanging. 

  By the time we were on launch the wind felt fine so I launched into nice smooth conditions from the NNW.

  I stayed around for a few minutes to check it out then made my move along the ridge with Michael in hot pursuit .

   I was doing fine and was almost at the far end when I felt the wind drop of so I top landed.  I could see Michael had landed further back down the ridge so I waited for a bit more breeze before flying back to join him.

  We waited looking back to the East and could see gliders flying at the cars. It looked like a long walk...

   5 min later the wind was back and we launched and continued to the west end playing around.

 I had a suspicious feeling things were going to drop off again so I blasted back passing a few doomed gliders that were in the bottom.  But I was hanging on and without touching the brakes at all made it back to the car.

  The last km was low and fast no brakes over the top of the quarry legs out ready in case the glider decided to land .

  I was pretty chuffed to make it back. 

   Good day out.



Wow! What an incredible day out! What a totally crazy and surreal sport!! How is it even possible?!?

Esteemed Wingbeaters Dudley, Rob, Tommy, Fred, Jamie, Simon and some novice newbie to the sport called Michael (me) headed to Glencoe for what turned out to be a stunning day in the azure blue skies above Rannoch Moor. Conditions were amazing with lift to be found all over the place.

The Famous Five go thermalling …

Wingbeaters Tommy, Dudley, Rob, Ruth and Graham convened for a late afternoon/evening session at the Bridgend site. Ruth and Graham already heady from a Ranger led tour of the delights of the Ettrick Swamps. What a place and highly recommended.