Flight Logs

Where and when we've been flying

Wind. Lots of it. All from the East or North east. Do people not understand that it's not a great day if it's 27deg but bl**dy windy?

Ok rant over. well. maybe. Stupid Cheap Weather!

Got lots on this week but thought there was a chance of some flying before it got dark. At this time of year its about 10pm so there is plenty of scope for evening flying if you are not in too much of a hurry.

Monday was double-booked so no chance of me getting out flying. Then hospital appointment was over double quick, and work can always wait, so took the early 4pm finish and headed up Hillend. Strange that it was working there - perhaps a continuation of the baffling weather forecasts? - as the whole of Scotland seemed to have some sort of southerly and only Edinburgh had it NE. Bizarre.

Proof is in the viewing, and reassured to see Ian K soaring back and forth, with some scratchy moments. So up the hill on the moonwalk tow and jog to the top making it from house to launch in 35 minutes and still with some breath left in the lungs for a change.

Took off, and normal hill above the ski slope was not working so well, so shot over to the crags to take a look, arriving quite low, so very relieved to hear the beeps getting stronger as I tucked into the face. At times it was big and lifty, others very sinky, so enjoyed a right good roller coaster of ups and downs, having to work quite hard in at the face to get back up, or pushing out and east and connecting with big climbs further than I have ever got before.

After about an hour it became more scratchy than lifty, .so went for the final fly down and managed to find and work lots of little bubbles on the way to give a really extended flight. A really enjoyable bit of flying and less than two and a half hours door to door! Certainly made up for yesterday's disappointment at Singlie despite the lovely cloud streets.

DaveH

 

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Forecast implied we might get some flying in earlyish on sunday morning but we all know forecasts change. Was getting ready to head out when rob said it was raining with him (lovely sky here in lockerbie).

A quick check of the rainfall radar. Doh! timings had changed and it looked wet not long after I would get to the hill.

Not long ago, we rarely flew MountBenger. Don't know why not, cos it just seems to deliver the goods every time. Once again a Wingbeat half dozen (Fred, Dudley, Derek, Rob, DaveH and later Alek) gathered at the Mount and took advantage.

Monday was forecast westerly so the original easy option plan was to head for Mountbenger.  However local early morning drift suggested it was a tad stronger and Fred was heading to Dungavel.  Negative psychology then kicked in over a coffee and paper work.  A call from DaveH to say he was heading down to collect his glider and offering a lift was courteously declined (negative again!!).  More coffee and common sense kicked in 'what the hell' let's head to Dungavel to join the throngs with Dave.  Yet again the right decision for another days flying (3 in 7 days!!). 

Arrived at Dungavel to see 6 wings, including Fred, in the air trying to gain lift under an overcast sky.  Since Dave was driving he kindly said - "just go for it if you want, I'll pick you up".  A gentle walk to the upper slope saw the number of wings increase, the intermittent breeze was light but 'smack on' suggesting thermic cycles.  We both unfurled the gliders with Dave first to launch into the scratchy lift band, avoiding others trying the same.  I slowly kited further up the slope and tried a couple of launches with short beats, slope landing each time to avoid a walk up (or pilot that had forgotten etiquette!!!!)

After sitting and  watching for a while it was obvious there was a thermic cycle so I flicked the wing up, stood and waited for a clear takeoff, launched and after a couple of beats started to S in gentle lift . Ged had been asking after the weekend flight at Mountbenger when was the right time to leave the hill, 500ft, 1000ft......this time it was far lower, 360ing just above the hill in a gentle thermal watching a hot wing (D) climb out.  Time to concentrate and just go with the flow joining ' D' in a left hand 360 but again watching some below switch between left and right hand circling!!!!!!! 

The umbilical had been broken!!!!

The lift generator stayed to just below base at 3600' drifting slowly up the valley towards Coulter and Biggar .   I had no real plan other than try and stay in lift, 'D' headed back towards Dungavel for more lift and  I headed towards Biggar looking for anything that may trigger a thermal whilst being conscious of showers in the distance towards the M74.  A short top up before Coulter gave an excellent view of Culter House and ride and I committed to flying down the valley in sinking air to Biggar checking fields for thermal breaks and landing options (mistake - should still have been thinking UP)

A small thermal over a plantation near the Symington road end gave hope of the next lift to base but was not to be so the next low save option was a housing estate but unfortunately the only beeps were down.  Luckily 3 stubble fields were close by so, after checking for power lines and cables, it was a gentle turn into wind to land by the rugby club.  It was only a short walk into Biggar to the Cross Keys and a pint or two while waiting for Dave and a lift home.

A good day out...yes :)

Satisfied with the effort ...yes

Lessons learned - think UP all the time...next time follow the hill line towards Broughton and east (Fred made Dawyck)

Thanks to Dave for the lift

 

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Nahhh. Can't be right. A flyable Saturday down in the lakes in March. too windy on our sites so a plan of sorts was formed.

Forecasts changed so 07.30 Saturday morning. Rob calls.

Errr looks ok for mountbenger. Can't be arsed with the drive down to the lakes. What do you think?