Video of Nialls flight out to Cockermouth
Niall has created a short video of his flight from Skelling Farm out to Cockermouth and back to Frenchfield Sports Club. Some fantastic footage of the hills and lake district from the air.
Patty's Grand Day Out
July at Edensoaring
The last few weeks have been pretty good at Edensoaring. We have had a number of Bronze legs from last year’s crop of solo pilots, a Bronze completion, another 1st solo, a silver duration and we have completed winch training of a number of local members. Trial lessons are going well and our July/August special offer is attracting new visitors.
The weather has also been kind with glorious thermal days giving cloud bases of 6000ft, occasional wave even in July and some spectacular convergences that the more experienced have explored far afield. Oh yes, we have had a few landouts from visitors and members alike but without damage.
I almost forgot that the Crossfell Pennine ridge has also been working very well when we have had some Westerlies and on 2 occasions we have enjoyed a mild Helm to 7500ft.
John Castle (Duty Instructor)
No daily membership fee during July & August
That's right! Absolutely no daily membership fees during July and August for visiting pilots.
So given that it costs nothing if you don't fly... and the size of our ridge and regular wave why would you not come?!
THIS OFFER NOT AVALABLE in 2016
My awesome week at Edensoaring 10-16 May 2014
Saturday 10 May
Did some local PR with simulator at North Lakes Hotel, Penrith. Assisted by superstars David, Sandy and Keith.
(BTW the Edensoaring simulator is brilliant! Its cockpit was “donated” by a visiting pilot and the rest is a standard PC running the Condor gliding simulation projected onto a portable screen. I’ve “flown” it all over the Eden Valley and the Lake District mountains… err… but only from the comfort of my spare bedroom this winter.
Disadvantages: no real risks associated with bad decisions.
Advantages: landing out is “free”, retrieve time is nil, its warm, plenty of tea nearby, no in-flight plumbing required! :-)
Meanwhile back in reality…
Weather: Showers, SW 15kt
Everyone else went flying… some check flights for our visiting Expedition from Nene Valley: average flight time 25 minutes, some vouchers flown too. Not bad considering the persistent conditions.
Sunday 11 May
Did some more PR with simulator at North Lakes Hotel, Penrith.
This season the Edensoaring simulator will be available when we can’t fly and generally to give visiting pilots (who want it) a bit of local ridge soaring sim time to get their eye in. Tea and loos available on site.
Monday 12 May
Weather: rain and thundering nearby.
Tuesday 13 May
Weather: dry, calm, (and booming thermals!!! :-)
Soaring flights average time today: 183 minutes.
YES!! Solo flight no. 7 for me since re-soloing on May 2nd and both Bronze C qualification flights in the bag!!
Wednesday 14 May
Weather: WNW, 8kt
Soaring flights average time today: 106 minutes.
I did... solo flight no. 8... 5 minutes. On the plus side I did some “impressive” thermal-ish turns before scuttling for low-key ;-)
Awesome day for everyone else... except me :’(
Thursday 15 May
Weather: WSW, 10kt, but not anything in particular
Late start, club training and visitors in our K13 and in their single seaters.
Looking at the average times from the log sheet, Edensoaring were ahead (just ;-)
I stayed at home, stayed at my computer, drank too much tea and pretended to work.
Friday 16 May
Weather: SW, 10kt
Soaring flights average tiem today 141 minutes including me doing 2:39 on solo flight no. 9!!
Mixture of ridge, thermal and wave soaring, many pilots over 8000’.
Also: Martin was winched off of Latrigg by Pete Whitehead et al and did 8000’ over Helvellyn.
**** And many thanks to our visitors from Nene Valley – this week wouldn’t have been the same with you! ****
The previous week at Edensoaring had been great for me – I re-soloed and did over 1 hour 09 minutes on solo flight no. 6.
This week was just AWESOME!!!!
(P.S. 19 May: I have flown 600 minutes at Edensoaring on 9 days since the beginning of May).
What will next week be like at Edensoaring..? Bring yourself to England’s most awesome expedition site to find out!
Did I say “Awesome” again? :-)
It really is.
- Jon March, 17th May 2014
Edensoaring 2014 – The season begins!
Hello to all Edensoaring members,
Just a quick update on what has happened and what is about to happen at Edensoaring, Skelling Farm.
Over the winter we have acquired the use of a 2nd K13 that we shall be operating alongside GBA and the K8. We still have a T Hangar to build so any help with this will be greatly appreciated. Martin Sandwith is project manager and currently trying to re- source the materials (let down by one guy).
Flying starts on 1st May (Thursday) with John Castle as Instructor and Frank McCloughlin as winch driver/guru for those needing the practice. Setting up of the site commences on Saturday 26th April when trailers etc. will be allowed on site.
There will be a new addition to the North end of the field – a small caravan with long sofas for us to shelter from the sun on (we are trying not to allow rain through the day) and also a gas stove where we can boil a kettle.
We will also have a new ‘tablet’ based flight log system so we will all need to learn how that works – Jon March and Howard Roper’s baby! I am assured it is very simple and saves loads of admin work.
The main thing we need is for you to come along and fly, pitch in with the usual ground work and have fun! Please turn up on the 1st to support John and Frank and get Edensoaring off to another great season, - we need you!
Let’s get flying!!
Chairman, Edensoaring Ltd.
Do you have time on your hands, do you want to find something outdoors to do that will engage you, keep you fit and help you meet new people?
We always need helpers to run the club and to take part, learn to fly if you want to or just help run the day. We are out all day most days, even if it rains, as long as it's not a total day of rain we will be there. On a site with the most fantastic views of the Eden valley.
We fly all day, we have instructors, we have pilots, we always need more pupils and lots of people on the ground to drive the truck, launch the gliders, answer the phone, keep a log, make the tea!
If you are out of work or retired, want to keep active, we can use your help. We are looking to build on our reliable workforce so everyone can enjoy fun in the sky this summer.
Ladies don't be shy this is a sport/activity for everyone. Email us for more details.
We will be on display at the visitors centre on the 16th March.. Come along to see what we get up to and try out on the simulator as well as chat about taking part,becoming a member or buying a gift for a loved one. Mother day soon and some mums will get a thrill out of a flight this summer!
Visit us at Rheghed
Visit us at Rheghed, Penrith on Sunday 16th March 2014.
A great opportunity to meet local pilots and discuss the possibilities and opportunities of gliding in teh Eden Valley and Lake District.
2016 Membership Forms
Time to prepare for the season. The latest 2016 membership forms are available for download from the downloads page. Hope to see you all soon.
What a glider can do...
Here is a map of the flights taken on May 25th 2013 in the UK, these were just the flights logged and placed on the national ladder, there will have been many more flights not shown here. Cross country flights from the Midlands & South of England to Wales, round the London TMA and much more, the dark areas will be the local club activities so you can clearly see where the clubs are. Pilots, this is why the ladder is a useful tool for air space issues and data. Non pilots, WOW, did you ever think there were so many sailplanes floating up there on one day?
Keep a good look out you might see them one sunny day.
Looking forward to the New Year and new season at Edensoaring, lets get our flights on the ladder.
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