Flight Logs

Where and when we've been flying

fred looking for a landing spot

Saturday promised similar fare to friday (see previous flight log).

When Ruth and I arrived, Jamie and Rob were already at launch. Jamie was quickly into the air and blowing some cobwebs away.  Dudley and Rob were also soon getting a feel for the conditions as Derek, Fred and Ian arrived. Dave H, Dorita, Quentin and Steve also joined. Once again it did not take too long for conditions to get strong and although Fred was able to climb out he was glad to get out of a powerful thermal and guide his feet back on terra firma in Ettrickbridge.

OK, so we've been good so far and followed Covid restrictions and not been flying since 1 Jan, however Scottish restrictions allow exercise and travel up to 5 miles over the regional border provided you start and finish in the same place.  15 March brings high pressure and consistent NW winds and the Moorfoots parking is about 100m over the Borders border so, without any plans to meet others, it's time to see how rusty I am and if a winter wing service makes any difference.

Arrived at Bridend around 11am . Bit of a breeze on the loch and its NE.  Its Sunny and feels pleasant.  So I set off on my own.

Covid Tier 2 restrictions mean no travelling to higher tiers and stay as local as possible for outdoor activities. Also, I understand the exercise should be longer than the travel time!!!  Being in the Borders has many advantages, one is the remoteness of the flying sites and low population density with no urban conurbations to negotiate. 

The forecast wind was towards the weak end of the range but right on the nose of the hill. Predicted to be moving more to the North as the afternoon progressed. It was VERY flat as we made our way on the road from Selkirk to St Mary's Loch.