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Three Days to Taster Day 2016

With less than three days to go to Taster Day 2016 the weather forecast is still promising for a warm day and light winds.

For some FAQs about Taster Day see the posting in Club News

Taster Day 2016 (Club News)

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That Was Taster Day II

Great team effort on Saturday to fly that many visitors after such unpromising weather right up to mid-day. And not just to fly them but to park them, book them in, brief them, feed them, tour the club with them, show them the simulator, get them to the launch point and back, winch them, tow their cables, log their flights, give them their certificates and finally let the last ones see that fabulous sunset over 31..... Let’s hope we get a replay of that on Thursday!

Sunset Taster Day

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1900 Update on a Fine Taster Day II Evening

A clear blue sky and the promise of fine sunset flying. A total of 150 booked in now, beating last year's number by a small margin but a great result after the unpromising start to the day. We are flying booked numbers up to 120 at the moment with the prospect of everyone flying by dusk. If not we have the "overflow" evenings - the first is next Thursday.

1900 Update

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16.00 Update on a Sunny Taster Day

Over 100 visitors booked in now and a steady launch rate on a splendid afternoon for gliding with the motor glider reporting great visibility. We've plenty of time still to fly anyone that wants to try a winch-launched flight with the forecast  of sunshine and temperature of at least 20 C until eight o'clock and the prospect of flying until sunset.

The wait time has increased to about two hours but we're offering "overflow" evenings if you book in but don't fly tonight for any reason. And we still have the executive flight offer for £75 of a 20 minute motor glider flight today.

There's a very attractive membership offer as well if you enjoy your taster flight and that's only available today .

Meanwhile the launch point is running like a well oiled machine.... or that's what they are telling me

1600 Update II

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Taster Day II is Flying!!

13.45 update: there are short wait times - may be down to less than an hour soon -  it's warming up to be a great afternoon for gliding now

The mist has cleared, the sun is out and the skylarks are singing. We launched our first glider of the day at 12.27 with visitor Mark Bendelow (right) of Sutton on Derwent and Wolds Gliding Club instructor Chris Price on board. Come along and try gliding - there's still more than eight hours to sunset.....

First launch taster Day II

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It's Getting Better.....

09.00 and it has stopped raining but still misty. Visitors are arriving and booking in. The forecast is good for flying as soon as the mist clears and the satellite photos are showing clear sky moving up from the south.

Meanwhile, instructor Jan van der Hoek is looking thoughtfully down the runway, hoping to take the first flight of the day.

Jan 0900h

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Taster Day II Dawns.....

..... with thunder and lightning, but it is passing so we're getting some gliders out ready to go when it stops. Nothing stops Wolds Gliding Club from flying the simulator though!

Sim at Dawn

 

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Taster Day II 12h Forecast

The BBC forecast this evening was for "a bit of an unpleasant start to the weekend" but that was a bit of an understatement when you listened to what was on offer at dawn - "thunder, lightning, hail, squally winds..." followed by an early morning of "misty, murky, humid conditions". But the good news is for it brightening from the south followed by a warm sunny afternoon. We'll report back at dawn but if the forecast is right then Taster Day II won't start any earlier than breakfast, if then, rather than at dawn. Until then here's tonight's picture of one of the last flights before Taster Day II at 21.00 tonight.Taster Day II t - 8h 2

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Taster Day II 24 hour forecast

The weather summary for Taster Day II less than 24 hours away is:

Saturday:Thundery rain clearing away to the north first thing on Saturday. Another fine and dry day to follow with sunny spells and again it will be very warm. Maximum Temperature 25°C.

We will be there first thing setting up and we will be ready to fly as soon as any rain has cleared. Watch this blog for further news or listen out for us live on Radio Humberside just before 08.00 tomorrow morning. If you plan to be there lunchtime /afternoon you might need hats sunglasses and sunscreen.

We don't fly if it is raining but can do as soon as it stops. On Thursday we flew an evening visit after a band of rain passed through and there was a splendid sunset over the airfield - we could still have been flying at 21.30 with that sunset. On Colin's tour tomorrow you can find out more about the RAF memorial and Pocklington airfield during WW II.

Memorial comp

 

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Taster Day 2015 - some FAQ s

Taster Day 2015 – Some FAQ s

  1. Do I need to book for Taster Day? There is no booking for the Taster Day – we will fly people in the order they arrive and book in on the day. During the rest of the year we do offer voucher flights at the weekend with a pre-booked date and time.
  2. How long will I have to wait? Waiting times are shorter at the beginning and end of the day. Last year the wait time built up to an hour or two by lunchtime and into the afternoon. We will try to keep the blog page http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/taster-day updated during the day with weather news, wait times and photos.
  3. Are there any age limits? There is no lower age limit but anyone who is very light may have to fly in the rear seat and if they are not very tall they might not get a very good view.
  4. Are there any upper size limits? Almost all gliders have been designed for many years now with a maximum allowable pilot weight of 102 kg (16 stones, 225 lbs) and for safety reasons this limit has to be strictly applied. The instructor will ask you if you are between the lower and upper weight limits for flying in the glider. People taller than about 6 feet 3 inches (199 cm) may find it difficult to fit comfortably in a glider – the canopy must close fully without touching the pilot’s head.
  5. Are there any medical requirements? Any condition that would prevent you from driving a car - generally anything that could cause you to suddenly blackout – would mean that you could not fly. Otherwise getting into and out of a glider is much like getting in and out of a bath.
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Countdown to Taster Day 2015

Three days to go and it's time to test the blog for Taster Day 2015.

There are going to be some great offers on the day if you've enjoyed your Taster Day flight and want to try gliding again or learning to fly, so look out for them.

And there's the Summer Draw where you can win great Wolds Gliding Club Voucher Flight prizes!

Here's a picture from a week or two ago. Yaw string lr

Now you won't be this high up with the clouds  on Taster Day (unless the cloudbase is extraordinarily low on Saturday). But the question is why do we fly these modern fibreglass gliders, packed with electronics, with a piece of orange wool taped to the outside of the cockpit? Is it

i) to tell which way up we are?

ii) the chief flying instructors lucky charm?

iii) an indicator of whether we are flying efficiently?

iv) to convert the compass reading to true north from magnetic north?

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Taster Day Close

Wolds Gliding Club senior pilot Eddie Room prepares to fly the last flight of the Taster Day at 18.50 BST.
We flew 145 visitors on the day with the last visitor flight at about 18.30.

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Taster Day 18.00 Update

Last few visitor flights of the day. Total visitor flights today will be 145. Largely overcast but no rain yet

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Taster Day 15.00 Update

97 visitor flights, 132 visitors booked in. Current launch rates about 15/hour.
Cumulus bubbling up and high haze. Changing runways to 31 for wind direction completed by 15.20, now flying off 31

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Taster Day 12.00 Update

It's warming up out there. Still sunny, scattered high cloud and the Puchacz has been brought into service as well as our three ASK21s
56 visitors flown, 92 now booked in

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Taster Day 09.00 Update

About 20 visitors flown at 09.00 BST.
Short wait time at present.
Warming up. High cloud thinning - bright sunshine

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Taster Day First Flight 05.00 BST

Wolds Gliding Club's youngest solo pilot Will Blackburn, 15, prepares to launch for the first flight of the Taster Day.
Early mist cleared and Will launched at 05.00 BST .
The first visitor, Matthew Slater of Middleton on the Wolds, arrived as Will launched and Matthew flew at 05.23 BST
Weather is currently bright sunshine with broken high cloud cover.

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Latest Weather Forecast for Taster Day

Taster Day forecast as at 16.00 BST Friday for Saturday 12 July sunny periods through much of the day to 23 C, light southerly wind.
Sunrise 04.46 BST, sunset 21.30 BST

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"Fly" the Simulator

Tony takes an aerotow into the mountains to test the simulator

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It could be you..... sunset at Pocklington

Sunset from the winch, ready to launch the last flight of the day on runway 13 Pocklington, 21.32 BST Tuesday 01 July 2014. Somewhere, at the end of 800 metres of steel cable, is a glider..... and a pilot

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