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
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!
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.
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
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.....
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.
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.
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.
Taster Day 2015 – Some FAQ s
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!
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?
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.