Flying in Wave, Maybe
Multiple ear infections, a house move, work and family have kept me away from the flying field for nearly two months. So last Friday I made a trip up to Midland Gliding Club for what looked like promising conditions for some ridge soaring.
A 10Kt SSW wind was forecast which didn’t materialise on the day, instead we got a SW wind of around 8Kt. Not great for the ridge. After a couple of check flights with MS I took a launch in the club’s ASK-23 EVV and found some ridge and thermal lift along the ridge, varying from 0Kt to 1Kt. At around 1500 ft the lift became very smooth and found mostly at the north end of the ridge from the club house to Pole Cottage.
I continued to climb at 0.5 – 1 Kts for the rest of the flight getting to around 2,800 foot before a very slow moving rain shower and chatter on the radio about a storm made me think it might be a good idea to land.
Lots of side slipping, speed and steep turns brought me back down into a circuit and landing. A total flight time of 55 minutes. Excellent!