Soaring in the snow
Looking to make use of the final weekend before everyone can fly again, all current solo pilots took to the skies over the past couple of days, in what can only be described as surprising! On both days, thermals were produced by low lying clouds, allowing our pilots to achieve some fantastic milestones.
Saturday kicked the weekend off with a bang. An ambitious 136km task was set around the usually inactive Lincolnshire countryside, which was successfully completed by all who attempted it. In addition to this task, 5 hour flights were completed by not one, but two members of the club, Sean and Angus, an incredible achievement to be completed on what was originally thought to be a boring day. As a result of these tasks, a total of 31 hours of flight time were accumulated, from just 24 launches. We also saw an assortment of assets come out to play in the skies, ranging from an ASW27 to a Discus, all with the help of the fantastic voluntary ground crew.
Although Sunday, ironically, wasn’t sunny, soaring flights were still achieved, as well as a single seat conversion to the club’s Grob Astir aircraft. Well done Charlie. A daunting 90 degree crosswind from the North stopped a few aircraft coming out of the hangar, but our experienced pilots and crew made full use of the day with the gliders that remained and continued to use the 2-4 knots of lift to enjoy the scenery around them. A few snow-showers passed over the airfield occasionally, however they didn’t dampen our spirits to
Next weekend, we welcome back the return of student dual flying, although our usual COVID precautions remain while on the ground. Same as the last couple of weekends, a thank you goes to all who attended knowingly that they would not be able to partake in the flying, I’m sure you are eager to return to the skies next week!