Eye in the Sky - September 2017

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Sat 30 Sep 2017

Report by John Alder

Although the wind was on the strong side, I managed an hours' soaring at Ringstead this Saturday - no other pilots were there! My first HG flight for a year & a lucky one to boot 'cos the sun came out, I climbed at will to around a grand ATO, described a nice OLC triangle of 6.5 km and managed to land and pack up before the rain arrived.... Goodie!

Wed 27 Sep 2017

Report from Chamonix


Alpine flying is very different.

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Report by Richard Mosely

Decided on Ballard. The only person there besides walkers and cyclists. Decided on a flight westwards for an adventure and managed to make it to a small hill fort behind Bowlease. The flight was exciting and nearly decked several times. Crossing the valley from the back ridge to Kimmeridge and Gadd cliff, exciting as was the transition from the se face of Ringstead to the Whitehorse ridge. But the conditions had deteriorated as I beat up and down the White horse and looked across at the pilots flying up and down Bowlease, they were not that high. Tried the bowl and picked a small thermal up, but with the high tension power lines coming up and the clearance inadequate, I chickened out, the glide forward saw me decked.

Enjoyed the challenge and the scenery, although not a great distance.

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Report by Richard Mosely

Knocked off a little earlier than usual and arrived at Ringstead for an evening flight. Seb, Angus and Ben being the only fliers there and apparently had flown down to Bowlease. Took off after the 20 min rig and flew down to Gadd cliff then back down to cross the pub at Osmington when it started to spit with rain. So flew back and packed up. As I picked up enough height on the main ridge to fly back to the landing field, I Saw Seb disappearing down the coast southwards.

More from Ringstead


Early start 0800, and off to the cliffs just for an hour until it blew out.

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Report from Ringstead


Ringstead steadily increased but allowed some coastal fun.

Mon 18 Sep 2017

Report from Bell Hill

A fly at Bell despite the conditions.
Fri 15 Sep 2017

Report from Portland West

At last a flight after a long wait.

Some photos from Portland West for your perusal and consideration.

An ideal day with good conditions allowing Robin W to achieve his Maiden Flight.

Report by Robin Wallace


Robin and Russell at Portland West. The closeup shots from a passing photographer.

Sat 02 Sep 2017

Report by Everard Cunion


Light winds at Ringstead resulted in a crowded sky.

Report from Kimmeridge

A completely thermic day with good height gains to 750' ATO. enjoyed by 10 Pilots today. Some making the crossing to St Aldhelms.

Fri 01 Sep 2017

Report from Monksdown

Lots of XCs, Sean Staines bagging 3.

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