Black Mountains Gliding Club
BMGC Flying Reports
Monday 9 December 2013
Challenging conditions in the S bowl....
Having arrived at the club this morning to sort some paperwork and pay a few bills, it was a pleasant surprise
to find the weather improving somewhat after lunch to permit a couple of flights into the south bowl, a little
challenging but great fun enjoyed by Robin, John Coward and myself. Many thanks to Keith for the tows.
Sunday 8 December 2013
Weak ridge in the Cwmdu valley, some wave
There was a good turn out of members (plus the national coach) for a pleasant Sunday with all the club gliders in action. The SW wind allowed us to soar the Cwm Du valley and the bowls at each end, and despite my husband believing I was having him on, there was wave as well. Not great heights but 4 knots plus lift at times. Added to that there was some thermal activity. Some of the low flying in the South bowl was just pilots enjoying themselves.
Sunday 1 December 2013
Soft ridge in almost zero wind...!
The Met Office wind forecast was for 2mph, gusting 3 mph - certainly the sheep were looking unruffled as they gazed down on us from the ridge tops!
Definitely a case of "I've rigged it so I am going to fly it" - the feeble wind had already dropped to zero on the field before I took off, but managed to keep up for just over 30 mins by clinging to the ridge top on the NW. The sort of day when one mistake would put you below the top then it wasnt possible to scrape back... Dewi managed a very creditable 58 minutes in the club Junior using this careful method.
Saturday 30 November 2013
Weak N ridge day
The day started clear and crisp with barely a breath of wind.
Friday 22 November 2013
Not many out today - shame really as it was a glorious day. Mikes Williams and Rossiter shared K13 for an hour on Troed and Mike Tomlinson had a couple of hours using the ridges between Troed and the Bluff and Cats Back.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Ridge, wave and starlings....
A big thank you to everyone who made our visit today really enjoyable.
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Slow start, then smooth ridge lift - NW
Turned out very nice after a slow start the orographic cloud soon burnt off and we had a reasonable 17kt WNW on the main ridge.
Sunday 10 November 2013
light NW ridge, some wave
At last, a sunny day with light NW wind so it is hardly surprising we had a good turnout today.
Monday 4 November 2013
Bright and sunny NW day
A delayed start due to a soggy airfield after lots of overnight rain.
Monday proved that although the airfield was a bit tacky - actually very, very wet, very good flying was available, and in some of the most pleasant winter flying scheme days going. We can't always have warm, dry, sunny conditions at Talgarth, but that would be nice!
Sunday 3 November 2013
Local ridges all working
Very wet airfield. Didn't start flying until the showers died down after lunch. Launched to the West starting off from below the gap in the hedge as it was the only dryish bit of the airfield. Wind was a slowly decreasing Westerly which gave us good lift on all the local ridges. Dave Hope got the best height of the day in wave towards the end of his flight. Many thanks to all the people who stayed behind after flying to de-rig CCT and get it into it's trailer. The de-rig took so long due to various "problems" that we now know that all the hangar lights still work!
Sunday 29 September 2013
Superb wave day
A special thanks to John Clark for courageously tugging up and down in the rough! Well done John.
A special plea to put your flights on the ladder to help protect our airspace.
I managed to squeeze in a Gold Height, many thanks for the tow John !
Just worked out I was 200 feet short of Gold - I should've gone for the 'dip'!
Sunday 11 August 2013
Lift everywhere, superb vis...
Prospects for the day (if you believed in the forecasts/available data) a day or so in advance had not been that good. Until mid-morning, despite early signs of wave, there was little promise but from midday onwards the conditions were gorgeous. A decent westerly blow on the ridge developing into lift everywhere. The whole area above the high ground between the airfield and Llangorse was going up, constantly. Base got up to only 3,500 – 4,000 QFE but with powerful streets lined up to the west it was an easy time. Not a great day for honing one's tight thermalling skills - just not necessary. A really nice day to be up and away with superb long distance viz.
Saturday 17 June 2013
Wave 5200 QNH
The morning appeared unpromising but after waiting for some hours wave started to appear near Y Das. Doc very kindly came back all the way from home to launch Bo and I for my AFR flight. We released at 2200 into weakish wave but put more height on after we found a few hotspots.
Sunday 9 June 2013
Cwmdu - 6500 wave
First two seater flight of the day picked up good wave to 6500QNH at the southern end of Cymdu. Several others contacted the wave during the day whilst others were happy in thermal. An enjoyable day.
Sunday 26 May 2013
Late pm - lift everywhere...
Sunday was a great sunshine day and mostly blue over the local area. I decided to declare my silver distance in the club Pirat and go and land at Long Mynd as I could not get a GPS/Approved Logger combination working. 12:30 off I went into the blue and ended up chasing the tug back with 6kt down all the way after pulling off in what seemed like a bit of lift. The aerotow was very smooth so in hind sight I should perhaps have hung on a bit longer. As it was so lovely and sunny I decided having a grump was not a good option.
Later in the afternoon a few Cu started to bubble up so I took another launch after 15:30 and pulled off at the south bowl into a climb up to 3500. Beetled about up and down the ridge for a bit and then decided to try out some of the Cu. Over Talgarth got a climb to 4000ft and then headed off up the valley up to Builth Wells with thermals all the way. I was tempted to head NE and go to Long Mynd but given the time of day decided against it and turned back to Talgarth, then headed on over to Brecon where I got a climb to 5500. Turning left I flew over Pen-Y-fan and then all the way down to Ebbw Vale followed by another left turn to Abergavenny and then on back up the Cwmdu and back to the airfield. Almost all flown at 5000+ft. Although it was blue most of the way, the thermals were frequent, strong well defined and appeared on knobbly bits on the terrain just like the text books say. I was having so much fun that it was only when I got to Ebbw Vale did I realise that the elastic band between me and the club must have twanged some way back. Funny how at that point my flying became more conservative :-) But I needn't have worried, Abergavenny and then Crickhowell kicked off a couple of stonking thermals which gave me a final glide from there arriving back at the airfield at 2700ft. Although I didn't do my silver, for me it was the best days P1 flying so far and I am still grinning! As Mike says, fingers crossed for more days like these!!!
With cloudbases extending up to 7,000 ft (yes - 7,000 ft!) and up to 6 knot average climbs on offer over the high ground there was little incentive to venture further afield. I've posted some photos of local landmarks and towns. What a day! Fingers crossed for some more days like these this summer...
Saturday 25 May 2013
Just posted some photos under album TAL-UTT-CHK-TAL of a flight I did Saturday. Intention was to do TAL-UTToxeter-Snowdon-TAL but for one reason or another I chickened out going deep into Snowdonia and turned at Chirk, between Wrexham and Oswestry. Nevertheless it was a great day and some beautiful views not least was the bumper to bumper tailback on the M6 around Stoke that was gridlocked!!
Tuesday 30 April 2013
Good XC day
Great XC day but not many at the Club as some were on an advanced xc course at Bidford!!!
Monday 29 April 2013
Strong westerlies, Cwmdu working
I thought it worthwhile doing a flying report for this last Monday. The day started with strong westerlies, strong enough for the K6 to be kept in the hangar so we had T10, K13 and FHF the junior out. Cloud base was about 3,000ft with about 80% coverage. The visitors all had flights throughout the day in one of the K13's and I took the junior. The whole of the ridge from Hay bluff, Ydas and down the Cwmdu to Crickhowell was working well. There were some soft patches down the Cwmdu valley as you would expect and it got very soft down at the Crickhowell end. Field landing opportunities were very restricted due to large numbers of four legged landing obstacles and fields that were vacant had things like power lines in the way so I decided attempting anything further round past Crickhowell with my limited options was not a good idea.
On the way back the south bowl reminded me on how turbulent the ridges can get on windy days so after a couple of beats down to Hay and Back I pushed on out down towards Glasbury to look for thermals. I got some good climbs (after working out how to centre in thermals again) to cloud base which was now at 3,800ft and headed on up wind on a cloud street up to just beyond Brecon and then down to Pen-y-fan. I didn't expect the cloud street to do much but at 3,800ft I pushed forward into wind at 75kt and stayed at 3,800ft all the time expecting it to flunk out, but it kept on going all the way until I hit the blue bit over North Brecon. After then I found blue thermal up to 4,000ft ambled about Pen-y-fan for a short while and with a strong tail wind scooted back to the airfield in some very strong sink.
By XC standards, not magnificent, but a great day for removing rust from one's flying technique.
The car park web cam does not always give you a true picture of what's going on
in the air!
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Ridge, thermal and SW wave to 5500
Maybe, just maybe, things are getting better at BMGC!
A pretty wild and breezy start to the day with strong SW winds and big bubbly
clouds! We got going pretty early with a couple of K13's and a few members plus
the eternal ITN boys. HUGE ROUGH thermals
plus all the ridges down the Cymdu Valley with good SW wave to 5500 QNH for
Robbie and Paul over the scree slope (As always ... what a great spot!)
Monday 25 March 2013
E wave to 10000 QNH
We had a great east wave day today at Talgarth.
Doc towed us off into easy to contact wave near the site and quite a few of us
got up to around 9000 QFE. Locally, the wave was very rough with one K13
making a fast return after a weak link broke on tow. The wave was a good deal
smoother down the Cymdu and, later in the day, a secondary system with beautiful
smooth lennies formed above the general cloud.
Updated: 9 December 2013 MF