Archive for August, 2016

 

3600m and potential to 200km+

August 25th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Well, that was yesterday. Only 2 of our pilots took off; Joe and Richard.  Who unfortunately did not get to the good section where I waited at 3600m just N or Piedrahita.  An amazing cloud street following the convergence predicted by rasp   was ahead, but I landed near home and we had some great […]

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Good Open XC potential

August 24th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Today we have similar conditions to yesterday, but ramped up in wind and strength and cloud.  The wind strength will likely force us to use La Lastra as it is less likely to come onto PN.  Very marked convergence lines to the north like yesterday.  Likely congestus clouds forming late in the day with some […]

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PB for Richard. Excellent day for all.

August 24th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Fantastic conditions with perfect Cu around 3300m.  Most went from PN towards the Pass then moving N towards Salamanca, Richard to its East for a PB of 62.5km and Hugh to West for a similar distance.  Both Joe and Dave tried to make it back, Dave making around 100km.  I flew with Alan on the […]

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Convergence to NNE

August 23rd, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Not disimilar to yesterday but with stronger conditions and a higher base.  an interesting convergence line running to the NNE after the Pass, but more defined than yesterday.   Once again we would like very much for it to come onto PN.  Higher climbs, and will be easier to go beyond 3000m earlier in the […]

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Excellent 1st Day for DSC

August 23rd, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Really pleasant conditions yesterday for the new group who mainly kept to the valley.  Dave Allen did the best with an out and return of around 50kms to beyond the N of the Pass. Really spectacular evening flying.  Light winds but with thermals to 3100m.

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Light winds, 3000m potential.

August 22nd, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Winds are generally light starting in the SE.  Some convergence to the north of the valley swinging up towards Peñaranda and  beyond.  Good quality climbs with some inversion below below 3000m early in the day , but later just one at around 2950m.  Generally, a good thermal soaring day. Our key decision will be which […]

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Sunday 21st.

August 22nd, 2016 - Posted by Steve

A memorable day as the van broke down on the way to the airport.  However, all good with new hire van.  Evening flight for the new Derbyshire/Dales group with a smoothish N wind.

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110 km O&R for Sebastian, and a near 80km circuit for others.

August 20th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

Excellent day but not so high, with climbs not often over 2300m, though touching 2600m occasionally. However, powerful strong, especially at the Cemetery near the Pass.  Most of us turned at the Pass excel for Sebastian and Simon.  Eric, Andy and I flew together to Barco via the centre of valley then back to take […]

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NW, decent soaring day but limited XC day

August 20th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

A fair amount of status early on which should burn off, but unusually we still have quite low inversions.  However, the direction is perfect for easy soaring on the mountain and winds light enough for pleasant flying and Moderate XC flying between the Tornavacas and Villatoro Pass.  It may be worth going over for some, […]

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Sebastian to Avila, then lots over Pass on evening flight

August 20th, 2016 - Posted by Steve

With forecast higher winds we were rather cautious during the day, but those winds did not arrive till late in the day, giving good thermal climbs, but to not much over 2200m till mid afternoon.  A spectacular evening flight with good Cu forming at 2800m.  Much of our German contingent took advantage for a flight […]

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