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12
May

some of the worst flying conditions..

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The weather conditions on Saturday and Sunday have been the worst that we have encountered for months.

Everyone had to put up with the ordeal of clouds indicating turbulence in the air. Thermals were too easy to pick by just flying towards large cumuli - another bother was the fact that the thermals were too large and did not require to fly at high bank angles. Lift was also defined as being too smooth. The last flight on Saturday (a joyflight) had to be abandoned after only 45 min because it gets dark in the evening. Laurie had to come down after hitting 4 knots whilst flying straight and level. He nearly did not make it back down. Other comments from pilots that flew on Saturday: "I never encountered so little sink between lift.." are another testimony about the shocking conditions.
We only did 24 launches on Saturday.
Reports from pilots flying on Sunday weren't much better: "Every cloud worked.." Last flight on Sunday was also abandoned after less than an hour because the next day wasn't a weekend or public holiday.
The number of launches on Sunday were just short of having to start the second flight sheet.
Clyde and Dan flew declared tasks on Sunday that included turns to the East of Warwick and North to Pitsworth - 150k distances at merely speeds of 82 and 92 km/h. (well done Clyde and Dan!)
Andres flew 120km x-country as well and was not able to outland.
A "Warwick Autumn Mug Weekend"..
 
Proof of Sunday's condition - just before 16:00
Conditions earlier in the day were much much worse..
 
 
 
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