Wednesday 224th August, 10:30
No flying today.
Tuesday 23rd, 19:00
This was done by Richard Hood, who thought it was an interesting day
and a good learning exercise. On questioning, only two pilots said they
were looking forward to the AAT, while about 20-25 said they were not
looking forward to it! Richard said they should look forward
to it, as you can fly where you want and avoid dud weather, and are
not forced to press on to a fixed point. He then discussed how to tackle
it in detail, and emphasised how you should plan your flight on the
ground, with a couple of variations to allow for the weather not behaving
itself. Almost no-one flew in a gaggle of any sort. Then we viewed a
few traces showing some very different approachs to the task. The best
results were obtained by going deep into the first sector, then as far
as practical into the second one. Good climbs were found in the first
sector,while in the second one, cloud base was higher but with weaker
climbs. Many found 4-5kts and cruised along a 70kts most of the time,
running at 4000'. The wind was variable, being 9kts in the first sector
and 16kts in the second and third. Overall those with good speeds thought
it was a great task, those with slower speeds weren't as happy.
Tuesday 23rd, 17:33
Everyone except the late starter, HXH, has been accounted for. Scoring
is progressing well, over half the loggers have been checked now.
Tuesday 23rd 16:20
A steady stream of finishers have been arriving for the last ten minutes,
and more are calling five minutes. We are trying to post speeds and
times as every five loggers are checked, so check Results regularly.
Tuesday 23rd 15:56
More finishers are calling, including EF, 486, EKP, R10, 933 and 506
99's trailer has just passed the window...
Tuesday 23rd 15:41
KEE was our earliest finisher, and 6B has just called five minutes.
Tuesday 23rd 15:12
We have our first landout - LS3, and a rather early finisher has called
Tuesday 23rd 13:30
Almost everyone has started now.
Tuesday 23rd 11:45
The first gliders are launching now. Still on the assigned area task.
Tuesday 23rd 11:05
Cumulus are starting to form in the task area now.
Tuesday 23rd 10:30
Briefing went well. The task today is an assigned area. Met says watch
for cirrus increasing - that's the cloud type of cirrus, not more of
the glider type.
Earliest first launch is set for 11:30am, it might be a bit later of
Tuesday 23rd August 8:00am
First signs are we will be tasking today. Crews are busy rigging gliders
and polishing them. Met is acceptable for the day, not great but a task
is being planned at this moment. We will have briefing at 10:00am and
grid before briefing.
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