K13 to 9000 feet
With the July and August free daily membership scheme we have a few visitors on site.
The last 2 weeks has seen mainly Westerly winds and the ridge working nicely. It has also brought wave on many days. John & Shaun even coaxed the K13 to over 9000ft on Saturday. Slippery plastic gliders have been doing slightly better. Andy Jones flew his recently acquired Cirrus to 10000ft on his first wave flight at Skelling Farm.
Andys Memorable Flight
Eden Soaring, bit of a hike but well worth the effort (100-110 miles) from Burn approx 2 hours in an old Land Rover. Friendly club, good instruction on ground procedures and in the air on how to fly a ridge where to go and where not to go. Interesting looking back trying to find a grass field where you launched in and amongst lots of other grass fields when you're used to looking for cooling towers and a big tarmac triangle. Again a few points on local landmarks certainly made it easier.
We now have reciprocal membership so no problem there, just remember to take your membership card, medical cert and insurance for your glider if you intend to fly your own. Club gliders are two K13's (one is an old friend GBA).
With the formalities over I launched in the DG and had an amazing flight sampling thermal, ridge and soaring the sea breeze front and there was wave out front, I thought that I'd connected but...?? Travelled out to the edge of the lakes for a look and back what scenery just stunning. Can't wait to venture back and with some practice them mountains are a calling. One of the most memorable flights that I've had in a very long time.
If anyone from Eden gets wind of this note Thanks for a great day. I't won't be my last.
Andy Kitchen, Burn Gliding Club
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Just a quick reminder for any pilots thinking of visiting us; we offer reciprocal membership to members of Currock Hill, Millfield, Burn, Lakes and Dumfries gliding clubs.
1st cross country: 50k Silver Distance
An average to good day at Edensoaring!
Flew down to Brough and then back up the Pennine ridge to Gelt Bridge (near to Brampton) and then back to the airfield at Skelling.
See the trace here.
Club Buys a Second Training Glider
Good news - we have a second K13 joining the fleet in 2015. That should keep the queues to a minimum and ensure everyone gets plenty of soaring time. Ridge soaring tuition a speciality!
See you all soon!
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
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