Black Mountains Gliding Club
BMGC Flying Reports
Recent flying at Talgarth
Sunday 4 December 2016
Good SE wave day
A great wave day at Talgarth, reminded me why we all love to fly there....
Aerotows and circuit in extremely rough air but above 2000 smooth as silk, it was one of the liveliest tows I have ever had, but all good experience. Thanks to Geoff and Tony for enduring all the rough aerotows so we could access the smooth wave above!!
I managed to get to 9300 QNH, others managed higher, as there seemed to be several wave systems and there was an area where they came together over the river between Talgarth and Hay. The primary from the Black Mountains seemed to topple back into wind so that we were finding good wave lift over the middle of the mountains, well south of the Ydas to Hay ridge. At least that's what I imagined it was happening!
We all got up and down safely although the tuggies did call a halt to launches in the afternoon due to off-limits conditions on tow!!
Friday 25 November 2016
20kt wave day...!
Main highlights of the day were:-
All in all a great Talgarth gliding day.
Friday 16 September 2016
Good NW ridge day
Good NW wind gave reliable lift on both the main and Llangorse ridges. Initially the cloud was 8/8 with a base of about 2,500' which gradually rose during the day. There were strong thermals around and some sporadic wave down the Beacons in late morning. The cloud decreased during the afternoon allowing the wave set up in front of the main ridge. All in all a very pleasant Talgarth day. Many thanks to Brock for doing 19 tows up through some quite rough rotor which decided to sit just off end of the field.
Saturday 27 August 2016
The return of the Wave Wizard... Ivor Shattock takes to the skies again at Talgarth
Photos and text: Mark Fisher
Saturday 13 August 2016
Good Snoopy day....
Great day out in Snoopy with Robbie. NW ridge working well, thermals to over 3000 feet QFE.
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Day Trip to Snowdon
I've fantasised about this flight for a while and RASP did look good for all of Wales with a moderate Easterly and decent cloudbase. My half-baked plans were scuppered when a massive wave bar appeared over the Black Mountains in the morning. I got to about 7,400' in weak but pleasant lift, looked at the lovely clouds beneath me and put Snowdon into the Oudie - only 137 km..
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 April 2016
2 XC days in a row...
Two very good days in a row which coincided with the weekend - a very rare event.
Saturday - 4 trial lessons, quite a few check flights and instructional flights and a number of us doing various solo flights the best if which was by Dave Hope who did a 325km flight to Uttoxeter, Chirk and back although a little spoilt coz he had to light his jet at Newtown on the way back. The day offered everything from ridge, thermal and wave. Cloudbase was up to 6500ft QNH by the end of the day!
Sunday - more of the same but just 10 flights and the hangar doors shut by 3pm! - crazy after the winter we've just had. Dave took the day again with a 185km flight criss crossing between the Beacons and the Radnor Hills whilst I struggled around the task and eventually succumbed to air sickness and had to land!!
Sunday 17 April 2016
Interesting day with a 6,300' QNH average cloud base later on in the afternoon. The only fly in the ointment was some weak wave interference which gave large areas of sink and made a lot of clouds look as though they should work but didn't when you flew under them. It was a day to get high and stay high. The cloud base was very variable and I climbed to 7,250' QHN in one patch with an exceptionally high base but got spat out before I managed to contact any wave. Depending on where you were in relation to the wave the thermal strength varied from a just sustainable 1-2 kts up to one very useful 7.5 knotter. Even the main ridge started to work with the help of the occasional thermals later on in the day.
Tuesday 5 April 2016
A soggy field didn't put the dampers on the fun and games yesterday. The best forecast for a few days saw quite a lot of activity with over 20 launches of locals and visitors. The air mass was typically spring-like with convection going to a decent base and the odd shower forecast to be around, but not in our area.
Martin P (Pingu), Dave (Rocket Man) Hope and myself set Carreg Cennen Castle to the west, Shobdon NW and Brecon SW for 208km. Conditions varied from solid 6 knot climbs to a base near 5000' QNH in certain areas, mixed with others that were more like "this better work or we are on the (very wet) deck soon".
We all got round and had various tales to tell whilst others were having fun more locally in probably the best area around TAL. Thanks to Gerry for running the show and Tony for the launches.
Mike Tomlinson 615
Thursday 31 March 2016
Great vis, good XC day
Well the forecast has been broadcasting this as being "a day" for at least 5 days previously so it was no surprise to see Mike T and Dave "Buzz" Hope at the club. John Clarke would have been among us if he hadn't been rostered in to do the tugging duties (thanks John but I'm sure you'll get more than your fair share of XC's during the rest of the year).
So mike T set a 300km task of TAL-Newtown-Brecon SW- Halfway House (between Welshpool and Shrewsbury- return to TAL.
I set off almost immediately from tow and encountered varying success and solidity of thermal with cloud base at around 3.5k amsl.
As the day went on it generally got better and better, with cloudbase at 6000ft in the Beacons, but generally 5000ft amsl. However, there were often some very large gaps between clusters of large cu's so long glides resulted.
So the technique adopted was get high and glide to the next one and work your socks off to get high again because to continue to glide into the blue at low level would probably end your day. Remember we were flying over high ground for most of the flight so although the altimeter was reading say 3500ft we actually only had 2500ft to play with.
Dave Hope, in his Ventus Jet started some way behind me but by the time we got to the last turn point he'd caught me and with a quick "hi" was off on the final return leg never to be seen again until de-rigging time! Wow that glider looks so nice in the air.
Mike T had abandoned the task some time before and went off on a jolly West to Castell Cerrig Cennen (Llandeilo) to test out a new "Flarm" receiver aerial he's put up on his chimney back at home - apparently it works!
Others out were Mike E and Tony Bartlett in their SHK, Richard Robins, some visitors I didn't get the name of and Student Ben continuing his training with Gerry who was in charge of the day.
Thermals were still powering away at 6pm so me and Mike T cruised around in the brilliant viz admiring the wonderful scenery before reluctantly calling it a day and landing - ahhhhh
Tuesday 15 March 2016
Spectacular E wave
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February 2016
Spring has sprung!
Lots of flying was had this weekend. The weather was cold with a nice ENE wind and above all DRY! The field still has a few soft spots but is very usable.
A very nice flight to get back into Talgarth currency.
Thursday 18 February 2016
First flying day in 2016!!
How nice to to be posting photos of a flying day rather than the workshop progress (which incidentally was having its roof clad as we flew.
Updated: 2016 MF