soaring

 

  • Seems just like yesterday that over a dozen of us were at the exclusive to WMAC, Gourds Farm slope for a Club Slope Soaring Day. But in fact it was 2010! Planning ahead for a sunny day in Summer with favourable winds would appear doomed. But the Weather Gods looked down on us and granted our wish for a great fun day. Included was lots of laughter and skillful combat flying.

    A Grand Day Out.  No sheep, penguins, rabbits, cheese or animations Gromit!

    The following years the Slope Day Out was planned again but never came to fruition due to poor weather, good ol' English Summers!  

    However, smaller "on the fly" trips out to this slope have been achieved and again great fun was had by all. Followed by a "debrief" over a beer at Compton Abbas Aerodrome Cafe.

    This video was created before the cameraman had access to 16:9 camcorder.

     

  • Unusually for this time of year the temperature was quite mild at 10 degrees C.  Wind was forecast as 18 mph to 35 mph WNW so a few of us grabbed the chance for a bit of slope soaring with flying wings and gliders.  The wind  was really winding up around midday so when Mike chose to fly he used his scratch built Phase 5 a Chris Foss design from quite a few years ago. The Phase 5 has fully symmetrical wing profiles so is quite happy with wild winds.  An hour or so later the wind started to ease off so then Mike chose to fly his Orcrist, The Orcrist design is heavily influenced by the French 'Excalibur' design but uses a traditional wooden fuselage and foam wings. .Scratch built although this was in reality a re-maiden as earlier in the week it was involved in a collision with a Wild Thing. However, all repaired and now to find out if it still flies well. It does!