Eye in the Sky - March 2016
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
Report by Grant Oseland
Fortune favours the brave, or is that favours the stupid? Monks was maybe the place to be today. I say maybe as it was very strong stood on take off and gusting and a lot. What seemed like eons passed and the wind did not drop, if anything it got worse. Eventually Pete C could take no more and deemed it to be top end but doable. This is where the brave or stupid part comes in as Chris W and I followed Petes lead. Profanities were broadcast over the radio about how unpleasant the air was and that it was indeed top end as speed bar was required to move forward at times. Pete duly bottom landed and probably kissed the ground like the pope departing his aeroplane. Chris and I stuck with it. Chris going over the back first but loosing the thermal just over the back of the hill and then getting drilled to the deck behind take off. Witnessing this I decided I needed a lot more height before I went over the back. 2 hours of impromptu acro later, I still had not found a good solid thermal to take over the back. Then eventually it came, a good looking cloud that lifted me away from the roller coaster of launch, and all the way to a declared goal of Swange.
Report from Monks Down
Only the very brave took to the air, 2 for all of 15mins. Grant persisted in lumpy conditions for 2 hrs in front, then went over the back and got to Durlston Head in double quick time. I went and got him. We returned to Monks at 1815 hrs to find 3 wings boating about so I joined them till the sun was obscured by a large cloud. Hey Ho.
Fri 25 Mar 2016
Report by Olly Smart
Ringstead - An early start at Bell proved to be challenging with a couple of Top to Bottoms and some scratching. Club Coaches were very helpful as 2 got away over the back it just seemed to die off. So a message from Ringstead had us on our way. Again some ridge soaring and futile attempts at going forward proved fruitless. However, there were lots on the cliffs and it was certainly daunting especially with news of one Pilot stranded west and below the White Nothe and another just missing the power cable and stuck in a tree. All the warnings of long lay offs proving true.
For us low airtimers it was pleasing to fly 2 Sites in a day and meet other more experienced Pilots Thanks.
Mon 21 Mar 2016
Report by Richard Walters
Bell Hill - A slow start with so many on the hill. Too light then like magic it switched on and stayed flyable until the evening, First 360s for me and some "Alpine Launches" early in the day. Lots of aircraft about. Winter hibernators also enjoying the spring sunshine. Some Skygods working the lift up to 3500AMSL. Thanks to the Club Coaches for their help and encouragement.
Wed 16 Mar 2016
Report by Grant Oseland
La Muela, Spain - First flight on arrival, big vultures, nice sky enjoyed by Gordon, Nigel and Grant.
Thu 10 Mar 2016
Report by Sean Staines
Monksdown - A tricky forecast today with a static occluded front running north to south down the centre of the country. RASP’s thermal strength forecast had Monksdown pretty well on the western edge, with some hope of thermic flying.
Sun 06 Mar 2016
Pictures from Bell-Hill
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