Archive for July, 2013


3500m+ light S leading to Cb. Some success and some bombe outs

July 11th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

  Early congestus build up with those making it up heading North to the other side of the valley (Ian, Beat, Nigel and Dave).  the others, including myself, had an inglorious bomb out in the very gentle early conditions.   Full Cbs by 15-30.  

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PB for Bart, 80km and 99km for Mark and Beat

July 10th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

Website up and running this morning so here is the weather blog!  Yesterday was a bit windy and rough and only Felix flew. A better situation this morning with less wind and  less chance of big cloud build ups.  Generally W to SW so a big Open distance could be possible.  Once again the trigger […]

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Light NW, Blue thermals to c3500m

July 8th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

A heat low forming over Spain with generally high temperatures.  Winds qutie light from NNW probably turning more NE at the end of day.  A day for an out and return to the Avila Valley, or conceivably over the back to the Valley of Tietar. What Happened. Pleaseant soaring conditions and all our pilots except […]

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3700m light N, Convergence 3 X 80km Out and Returns

July 5th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yes it is!   Looks like a remarkable day for a big circuit. What Happened An epic day of conditions with three of our Pilots going for an 80 km  out and back over the Pass to towards Muñogalindo.  PB for Rob, jacob and nigel gettting back and Mike and Hans  out and a bit […]

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Light SE climbs over 3500m. Circuits and PB for Mike.

July 5th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

Lighter SE winds but some risk of congestus.  A good reason to follow yesterdays flight direction .  Wind is also more favourable for that.  it should come onto PN with this windspeed, but we could change launch to Chia. What Happened A very nice day with climbs to around 3600 and convergence out in front. […]

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Light NE, Blue thermals to 3200m

July 4th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

  A high trigger temperature today which will make it slow to get going.  A decent thermal top height and relatively light winds may allow us to fly to the NW, though if weak we will have to go the Cherry Tree valley direction. Briefing at the house at 11.30am uptdate 11.25.  Wind at t.o […]

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Light N, blue thermals. Barco trips.

July 3rd, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

  Potentially very good XC day but maybe not enough to do the route over the back.  We will decide in the air. What Happened Very gentle conditions for the first XC attempt as a band of cirrus slowed things.   Just a trip to Barco with climbs no more than 2600m.  We decided to […]

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4000m+ SW blue thermals. Excellent for Open XC

July 2nd, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

  The upper level trough causing the instability yesterday has moved northwards giving us a day with Blue thermals and less cloud concerns.  Wind perhaps a little stronger from SW, but should be OK.  Climbs well above 3000m again and thankfully an inversion at 3800m. An excellent day for 100km+ What Happened Well, not so […]

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Mike Thomas’s Blog July 2013

July 1st, 2013 - Posted by Paul Russell

Day 1 – Sunday 30th June Day 1 of my annual pilgrimage visit to Piedrahita with, for what will hope to be a fun week of cross country flying. It’s always a long day the first day, with an early start and a late evening flight. WE landed at 10pm, had dinner closer to […]

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Started Well then got too big

July 1st, 2013 - Posted by Steve Ham

Classic looking forecast for Open distance with 4400m base, SW convergence. Heat low developing. Dare I say it, but a bit EPIC Briefing at the House at 11.30am What Happened Great Climbs to over 3000m at take off then an easy run over the Pass.  build up towards Avila made us go North past the […]

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