Archive for June, 2012

 

Lighter wind W going NW. Good XC day

June 30th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

midnight past Skew T 1500 Passage of weak cold front yesterday cleared the air giving us greater visibility and improved thermal conditions.  The heat low seems to be displaced further to the E and today the winds are lighter, probaby going more north towards the end of the day.  Cloud base around 3000m with some […]

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Friday. More threat of wind but better thermal quality

June 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Once again probably high winds from the SW.  A slim chance of a safe take off if the wind comes onto Peña negra .  Not worth risking the S site at Lastra. Local mountain forewcast showing 65km at 3000m.  Saturday still looking good. 17.30hrs Not too bad and every one flew OK till thewind started […]

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Lightweight harnesses. Seatboard or Hammock?

June 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Models tried: Nearbirds Zippy and Woody Valley X alps GTO. I have tried to reduce my kit weight and dimensions this year.  There are now plenty of new models offering pod harnesses with considerably less weight and bulk than my Kortel Cannibal. Amongst the most desired, if the waiting list and price demand shows, the […]

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Further SW wind

June 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

The low pressure up near the UK moves more E introducing cooler air ovr the Peninsula.  This will give a drop in temperature (though only to around 32ºC).  Wind will continue to be very near, or probably over the limit for safe paragliding, though at the present time seems considerably better than yesterday a this […]

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End of 6 day run of good conditions

June 27th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Not a good situation for paragliding today.  Upper level trough and surface low plus ealy on high humidiy at mid to upper layers casuing thick cloud.  Presence of Sahara dust – which arrived dramatically when we were flying yesterday – does not improve things.  A bid drop in mid-upper level humidity my early afternoon shoud […]

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U Turn Black light – first impressions

June 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Today was a good test day: a mixture of very gentle thermals, then later strong climbs with a decent dose of turbulence.  I flew the SM, so was a little light, maybe around 90kgs (top end 100kg). The glider looks very nice and has all he bells and whistles you would expect from a newly […]

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U-Turn Blacklight SM testing

June 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

This week we have a brand new demo (SM) of the new CEN B U-Turn Blacklight.  This glider comes with a supposed 10:1 glide ratio – the first manufacturer to boast such a glide.  Steve will be flying it today. Also this week and next we have the Rush 3 for demoing.  It is the […]

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High XC potential again:4000m +

June 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Heat low continues to develop.  Today we should have higher temperatures than yesterday with a potential of climbs to over 5000m.  However, some cirrus may calm the conditions a little. Winds from W, generally light with convergence.  Once again a latish start, briefing around 11.15.  I will not be flying with a tracker today as […]

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Potentially Epic XC day

June 25th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Hight pressure at surface level but with developing heat low over centrakl and S Spain.  Light winds starting NE but going W.  Convdergence very likely.  Blue thermals to around 3300m with potential Cu at 3800m in the hot spots and potential to buid congestus at end of day if Cu form.  Good chance for Segovia […]

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Another nice day

June 24th, 2012 - Posted by Steve

Sunday:Very hot, around 35ºC.  Airport day, but reports of good flying inthe day.  Nice evening flying

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