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Thursday 18 May 2017

A tricky day XC

A good turnout for mid week with 4 trial lessons and quite a few members getting check flights or training from Mike Codd and Martin Watt together with a few visiting pilots as well. It was also nice to see Martin Brockington back tugging after his "eventful" trip to Kosovo - ask him about it when you see him, but be warned it's not for the faint hearted!

A small group of us, Mike T, Mike S, Me and Alex Jenkins, set ourselves a task of 180km To Sennybridge, Tenbury Wells (just east of Leominster), Brecon and back and by luck and some skill all four of us made it around in varying times from 2-3 hrs.
But it wasn't quite as straight forward as that. As is the way with most XC's an unexpected spanner is always thrown in just when you think you have it sussed out. Up until Leominster it had been a very good run with reliable strong 3kt+ thermal s, cloubase around 4000ft QNH and some streeting but then as we approached Leominster it started going to worms. Some high level cloud had moved in to that area and started shutting down the thermals with the sky going very grey and flat around the turn point area.
So it was a bit of a "Geronimo" moment of dive in for the turn point, get back out west again and try and connect with the lift around Leominster before meeting the ground!

Well as I said we all got back but on at least two occasions between Tenbury and Shobdon I was down to just over 1000ft above the ground desperately working anything that came my way whilst keeping a close eye on landing options.
I was very glad I hadn't put my fleece on, and was just in a T shirt, coz I was working very hard and at the time it felt like I was generating more heat in the cockpit that the sun was producing thermals outside!

After completing the task the sky over in the Beacons looked too good to miss so I wandered over attempting a small undeclared task. As I entered the Beacons via Talybont Reservoir I was greeted by the best elevator ride you could ever want - as the saying goes "I was climbing faster than a home sick angel".
There was a convergence line running along the tops of the mountains that went up to 6000ft QNH and cruising along at 80kts I was still going up at 2-4 kts - outrageous stuff for Wales but great fun. I turned at Cray in some rain and then went down to check on Judith, who was working her allotment in Crickhowell, before returning back to the club.

Wonderful day and the task was good fun especially having others around you trying the same thing - more please!

Martin Pingel

 


Sunday 14 May 2017

Bidford O/R

The forecast was for an unstable SW airstream with possible showers, drying out as the day progressed. There were only a dozen or so intrepid aviators at briefing with a few people away elsewhere. The SW ridges were working well with dynamic lift and thermal to a base of about 4000' QNH initially.
A large cell developed over The Beacons which stopped operations for about 40 minutes as it passed by. I managed to avoid it by going to the southern end of the Cwmdu Valley where the conditions downwind towards the east looked good with a few showers.
I abandoned any thoughts of going west to Sennybridge and headed off east to try Bidford out and return. Base went up as you went east with strong climbs and streeting. I arrived at Bidford 50 minutes later with a speed of 111km achieved - how a tail wind helps! It did the usual 'Vale of Evesham' as some moister air penetrated the area from the Severn giving a few lower Cu and slower climbs.
Turning back west towards TAL into the 20kt wind was not quite so easy but base rose to 5700' QNH near The Malverns and good streets were still present. I was able to make long glides under the streets which saved a lot of circling and going backwards.
After landing at TAL the sky opened up and looked good for another hour plus - should have stayed airborne and then gone west?
Thanks to Chris and Gordon for running the day, Geoff for hurling us all skywards and Bob for doing his airfield retrieve service.

Mike 615

 


Thursday 11 May 2017

Unexpected wave to 7200

RASP indicated that wave was unlikely: No inversion (actually quite a high lapse rate) and wind veering markedly with height. However after morning tea (how civilised!) our eagle-eyed tug pilot Tony Crowden spotted an edge in the clouds in the lee of the Black Mountains overhead the Wye Valley. So off we went in search of it. After a lively tow through the rotor we eventually found 4 knots of the smooth stuff. All the way up to 7,200 feet. Running from Hay , past site and all the way down the Cwmdu Valley. A nice surprise for a trial lesson and Ray Smith who also joined me in K13. What a fabulous site we fly from.

Mike Codd

 


Wednesday 10 May 2017

Another great day out!

Lovely warm weather with little wind - now that doesn't sound like Tal does it? Heavy inversion at first meant very poor viz and weak thermals to about 3500 amsl with only small haze caps. We'd set a task to New town, Llandeilo and back for 200km but it soon became clear this was maybe a little ambitious. Nevertheless yours truly decided to give it a go and was soon regretting this as I scrabbled around too low for comfort near Hundred House where landing options were limited!
Anyway I a mercy thermal and scuttled back towards the club but then diverted into the Beacons, joined by Mike T, where we had a brilliant time in a convergence directly over the tops running almost all the way to Llandeilo at heights up to 6000ft amsl - a final glide 40km says it all.
Lots of other flying going on and when I left at 6pm Mike Codd was still flying some visitors.
Great day (yet again)

Martin Pingel

 


Sunday 7 May 2017

A great day out...

I'll have to give this report from my perspective because I was in the air for nearly 6 hrs and so don't really know what else was going on.

We set ourselves one of the club tasks (see the ladder for the whole list) of Llandeilo -Mynd and back for a 224 km triangle.
Soaring conditions got going from about 11.30am and soon Dave Hope was off in his Ventus followed by me.
There was little wind so we opted for some good looking cu NW of the club for Tony C to drop us off and, after getting to cloud base at around 4000ft QNH, flew back to TAL for the start.
I turned my radio down as the chatter was non stop and a real distraction so didn't keep up to date what others were doing. However, my flight started going to worms fairly early on! I got into the Beacons via the Talybont end and made my way up to P en-y-fan where, despite some lovely looking cu, I found myself scrabbling around low down near Llanfrynach picking out fields!!
After a slow recovery in some very iffy lift I headed towards Cray where I'd had enough of the scary low stuff and so changed my task to another club one TAL-CRY-SAR(sarnesfield between TAL and Shobdon)-TAL for 114km. This I achieved without too much stress although as it had gone blue by then it became a bit of a lottery as to whether I was going to find the next thermal.
After returning to TAL i just played around for some hours all over the Black Mountains and up north to Llandrindod by which time the coud base had gone up to 6000ft QNH.
Near Llandod the sea breeze front had pushed in from the west and gave some very consistent lift. However, as it was now getting late in the day things started decaying quite quickly so I made a straight line glide back to TAL.
There was a paragliding comp on at Hundred House (just to the east of Builth Wells) and the number of them all over the sky at varying heights was a sight to see. They are doing some amazing flying these days regularly putting in 100km and even 200km flights.
By the time I landed just before 6pm most had de-rigged and gone home but I slowly put my glider away reflecting on a gorgeous day playing around the skies and left the club with that lovely serene feeling of satisfaction.

Oh nearly forgot to say congrats to Dave Hope as he was the only one to get around the original task.

Martin Pingel

 


Yes it was a lovely day - summer is here! I went quite high and slow all day - it probably paid off.
Starting at about midday I made it to Llandeilo quite easily, but with some quite big diversions to stay near cloudbase. After some dithering I eventually decided to go to the East of the danger area - not the shortest way but the Beacons were definitely attracting lift in the weak NE wind. At Builth it went blue but clouds of colourful paraplonkers gave me some targets to aim for, so I pressed on.
Note to self: the blue is never as barren as it looks. If you've got some height you are bound to bumble into something usable.
The thermals were a bit broken and affected by wave so solid climbs were hard to come by - I often had to abandon a climb rather than ride it all the way up. This made progress North quite slow. Coming back to TAL after a l ucky climb over MYND was fairly easy - as Martin said, bases were getting higher all afternoon.
I could see the convergence that had developed from 2 sea breezes from the west and the south, but I was getting tired after 4.5 hours so called it a day. The landing was interesting - landing East in a flukey breeze I think I got a bit of a tailwind. I used the opportunity to test my wheel brake and have a close look at the hedge. Note to self: don't embarrass yourself by making an approach that might appear to the CFI to be 'hot and high'.

I'm sure we don't use the local convergence patterns enough. It was predicted by RASP - just click on the 'BL Max. Up/Down (convergence)' button for about 2pm on any sunny day with light winds.

Dave Hope

 


Wednesday 3 May 2017

NE wave 9000 ft

The forecast brisk NE wind made conditions on the field a bit sporting!!! During the morning, Cu bubbled up nicely with no sign of the cursed wave - Hoorah! The forecast also predicted cloud increase by Midday. I took the second launch onto Troed in my recently returned, refinished and fettled Nimbus. The ridge was working well and the thermal climbs were vigorous. My plan was to push up wind to Hay Bluff and to use the Pandy ridge, but that wasn't possible on the first attempt so I dropped back on to Troed. And lo, the sky changed, the Cu disappeared and the wave set up, curses.

A broken climb to 6000ft and the sky changed again with a sudden build up of cloud, I spiralled down through a closing gap - no drama - just being cautious. Once below cloud base I had enough height to reach Hay Bluff, the Cats Back was working well but I felt that the wind needed to be more Easterly for the Pandy ridge to work - no problem to reach Hatterall Hill, but getting back might be an issue. On the other hand, reaching the Blorenge would be a breeze (down wind) then the Llangattock ridge would get me back to the Cwm Du or onto the Beacons.

And so it came to pass, on returning to the Cwm Du, the sky had opened up again, the wave was better organised and I climbed to 9000ft. The wind decreased above 8000ft and so did the climb rate, there were good looking wave bars to the North but nothing went as high as in the Cwm Du.

Clarkie

 


Wednesday 26 April 2017

ice and stuff ...!

A fun day at the club with 10kt northerly and lots of big clouds some of which were dumping ice and stuff down to ground level. Crystal clear visibility with 6/7 knot climbs tempted a few to attempt the Mynd but in the end it was too showery up there. Mike Codd was clearly an aiming point for the USAF when a couple of heavy jets came far too close on the main ridge... an airprox is being filed by Mike. Quite a few out playing today,,,,

Robbie Robertson

 


Monday 24 April 2017

Late wave

     

Turning up in the morning with the cloud halfway down the hill, drizzle in the air and a cold front on the way -- didn't look very promising we would be getting airborne. The tug pilot decided to go home after a couple of hours of watching cloud base descending.

Come 15:00 the conditions started to improve, I wanted to rig but no tug pilot! a quick call to TC solved that problem. 16:00 I had a launch followed by Mike Codd in his Ventus. The main ridge was working nicely and it was relatively easy to find an energy line and go exploring. As the airmass dried out and became a lot more stable there were definitely signs of wave. I was surprised when I contacted wave over Y-das, though unfortunately the sun was sinking faster than I was rising, so couldn't get a ladder flight and had to break off whilst climbing at 2 kts, landing at 20:00 (at least I could derig in the light).

A really enjoyable evening flight and both of us getting some wave. Thanks to Tony who came up to give us a launch.

Martin Watt

 


Thursday 9 March 2017

First good day of the year - wave to 7000ft

Ground is a bit soft but drying out fast. First good day of the year and nearly 4hrs cruising up and down the ridges with some lovely mellow thermals and then a wee bit of wave to 7000ft - the season has started so get up there and get some in ! :)

Those out incl Tony B, Tony C, Tony P, Anne C, Mike R, Andy Sutton and a visitor from Usk. Mike Codd did the briefing and instructional flights whilst Keith and Tony C shared the tugging. John and Edna Horley made a welcome visit.

Meanwhile the bore hole is pumping water out at a substantial rate whilst the plumber completes the installations.

Matin Pingel

 


 

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Updated: 18 May 2017 MF