Eye in the Sky - March 2019

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Wed 20 Mar 2019

Report from Eype


Ah Ha! Looked out the window and what did I see but muzzle and clag.

A call from man of the day and we were off to Eype. Arrived to find John H setting up the flags and windsocks and it felt flyable, with mist/orographic on top of Thorncombe Beacon.

Dave MacK was first out of the blocks swiftly followed by yours truly and it was an easy transition to T.B., a few whistles and shouts to make sure we didn't collide and it was into and out of the orographic making sure of being able to see the shoreline and head out over the sea to get below and or between the cloud.

Joined by a few others including Marc T for his maiden flight at this Site.It was pleasantly flyable for 3 hours with a total of 12 Pilots enjoying some airtime.

David MacK was man of the day for his discovering a new Take Off.

Tue 19 Mar 2019

Report from Ringstead

Well did you believe the forecast? Steve S was champing at the bit! He was first to the cliffs. Paul K testing the new Gin Bonanza 2 playing in the thermals on the ridge. I thought stuff this I am going to enjoy myself on the cliffs. Then suddenly there were 9 in the air, quite buoyant and smooth with good height. David Mc staying low on purpose and Andy Mc desirous of airtime stayed up despite the temperature in his retro flying suit. Stand out Pilot of the day was LAT James B on his maiden flight to the cliffs ( Well Done James!!) A word of caution try to return to T.O. after coming back to Point A in the Site Guide.

A much appreciated day after 18 days of no aviation.

Fri 01 Mar 2019

Report from the Jurassic Coast

Robin W. called it for the Coast Run Cogden Beach to Charmouth and return.

Early messages in to say Nigel R flying at St Aldhelms and Steve S en route to Ringstead.

Well, do you or don't you of course you do! Robin fired up the Chariot and off we went to the Hive Cafe for a warming cuppa and cake.

I noticed a breeze just starting and we took the kit to a small grassy Take off. Oh! Lovely jubbly, enough to float and yes increase in height. So off we jolly well went.

Amazingly, no doubts about crossing all the gaps on this Coast Run. I have done this "Run" a number of times and have always, had to top up here and there but this was Transition Central, gaining height all the way to Charmouth.

No hugging the land to get round Golden Cap flew over the top looking down from 1350 amsl.

Robin not too far behind me testing his new wing and generally enjoying the views, shame the radio mike failed ( Robin threw it in the bin), as I was noticing a subtle change in direction and strength.

Took some footage of Robin seeking out Sean S landing on the beach at Lyme Regis ( great flight Sean).

We were receiving his radio transmissions to Andrea!! I headed back and spotted Eddy C on his Tandem quite low, definitely time to get a move on. I reached West Bay with about 1400' and realised the wind had definetly increased (no instruments as I had left the cable in the lunch bag) so just feeling the air. I applied half bar and landed back at the grassy T.O. Meanwhile Robin had landed safely at West Bay and managed to secure a lift with Andrew P back to Hive Cafe. A cuppa and cake to end the adventure. Robin well done on achieving the goal you set and entering it in the League.

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