Wave Week 2 - Monday 3rd Oct - Friday 7th Oct.

It's hard to know how best to convey how good this week was. We started with cloudy, unpromising conditions but a few brave souls took off and found wave. From then on things just got better, we got less cloud and more wave ! Wednesday was the best day with, at one point, 22 gliders airborne and Will Greenwood from Parham reaching just under 18,000'. George Rizk (Buckminster) and our own Derek Ward achieved Gold Height claims. By Wednesday night we had done 98 launches and over 214 hours of flying - an average flight time of 2 hours 11 minutes. At the briefing on Thursday morning those present were asked to put their hands up if they had been above 10,000' the previous day - 28 hands went up ! On Thursday, for a change we went thermalling and, whilst the cloudbase was quite low we still managed 30 launches with, virtually, all being soaring flights. Friday spoilt the week by being dull and drizzly - but at least we got a rest.

Some photos follow giving something of the flavour of the week.

Buckminster GC's new Perkoz got a thorough airing

Some folk may not like Grouse shooting but the moor management has some advantages - not hard to see where the air is going up !

The Flarm monitor Wednesday lunchtime

The BGA Ladder daily scores - actually we can't show the whole lot, there were 46 height claims put on the ladder

and at the end of the day the wave is still visible with the stars shining through
Photo taken by Tim Pearson, visitor from Camphill
Other photos taken by Stuart Black

Congratulations to Trevor Dale

BAeA Saltby Open 2016

Congratulations to Trevor Dale who came third in the Saltby Open Plate aerobatic competition this year. To put this in perspective, the winner was Dietmar Poll and second place went to Ramon Dormans.

The winner of the Saltby Open contest is the pilot who gains the highest percentage score regardless of the category in which they fly.

Trevor's View

It was an early start, up at 6:30am, breakfast at 7am, briefing at 8am (with the two Unknown Sequences issued to all competitors) and a long day to get some 44 flights done on the friday as this was the only realistic weather day of the three allotted for the competition, heavy rain and thunderstorms either side.

Was really pleased with a personal best ever overall score of over 80% and that the first, second and fourth placed pilots were all flying the Swift S1 Aerobatic glider!