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Tuesday 27th September - MBd crewed fly the ASK-21mi. Light northerly winds produced weak wave. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?dsId=2139018 . Flight time 1:22.
Sunday 25th September - KD, DR, IC, LS, BT, SB, CC, and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, ASW-20, DG-400, and ASK-21mi. Surface winds early were moderate south easterlies moderating to light winds later. Early there was wave lift to over 10,000 ft and later there were thermals to cloudbase at around 8,200 ft. Thirteen flights for 11:01.
Mt Bogong from the ASK-21mi at around 10,000 ft. on Sunday. Photo - Ian Cohn
Saturday 24th September - KD, DR, IC, LS, BT, SB, CC, and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, ASW-20, DG-400, and ASK-21mi. Surface winds early were moderate southeasterlys moderating to lightwinds later. ater there were thermals to cloudbase at around 8,200 ft. Thirteen flights for 11:01.
Thursday 22nd September - KD, DR, IC, OB and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, Astir, and Libelle. Surface winds were light northwesterlys with stronger WNW winds at higher altitudes. There was difficult light ridge lift at lower levels and thermals to cloudbase around 7,500 ft. Max height 7,300 ft. Seven flights for 11:29. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=-1873321894 .
Mt McKay from Mark Bland's Libelle on 22nd September.
Monday 19th September - KD, AE, DR, IC, and MBd crewed fly the Pilatus, Astir. ASK-21mi and ASW-19. Surface winds were light northwesterlys with strong NNE winds at higher altitudes. There was difficult light ridge lift at lower levels and strong turbulence higher. Later rotor turbulence was encountered with weak wave above that. Max height 8,400 ft. in wave limited by daylight hours. Nine flights for 8:55. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=-2134145288 .
Sunday 18th September - LS, BT, CC, OB, KD, MP, AE, DR, IC, ID and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, Libelle, ASW-20, Pilatus, Astir. ASK-21mi and ASW-19. Surface winds were light northwesterlys. There was difficult light ridge lift and weak thermals at lower levels. There were stronger thermals over the higher terrain if you could get to it which could be difficult. Max Height 7,600 ft. Seventeen flights for 12:52. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=2071651150 .
Saturday 18th September - LS, BT, CC, OB, KD, ID, DR, IC, RL and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, Libelle, ASW-20, Astir, ASK-21mi and ASW-19. Surface winds were light northwesterlys. There was difficult light ridge lift and weak thermals at lower levels. Max Height 3,600 ft. Seventeen flights for 12:52. .
Thursday 15th September - AE, IC, and MBd crewed to fly the Libelle, and ASW-19. The ground level wind was northwesterly at around 5kt to 10kt subsiding later with west to northwesterly winds higher. Cloud base was around 6,500ft. There was broken thermal and ridge lift at lower levels and wave lift of up to 3.1 m/s above 5,000 ft near Mt Fainter. Max Height 9,700 ft. Two flights for 5:53. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=1813606955 .
Wednesday 14th September - SB, IC, OB and MBd crewed to fly the ASW-19, ASK-21mi and Astir. Moderate north westerly winds gave extensive ridge lift and some patchy wave with some strong thermals and heavy sink mixed in. Maximum altitude 8,100 ft. Three flights for 9:44. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=1734397901 .
Monday 12th September - SB, IC, MBd and GV crewed to fly the ASW-19, Mistral, Libelle and ASK-21mi. Moderate north westerly winds gave ridge lift with some thermals. Maximum altitude 6,500 ft. Four flights for 11:44. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=1553322971 and www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=1621419377 .
Monday 5th September - GV and IC crewed to fly the Mistral. One flight for 14 min.
Saturday 3rd September - KD, BT, MP, LS, MBd, GV and SB crewed to fly the IS-28, Pilatus, Mistral and ASK-21mi. Twelve flights for 5:56.
Thursday 1st September - GV and SB crewed to fly the Mistral. Two flights for 19 min.
Sunday 28th August - GV, SB, KD, LS, BT, PO, IC, OB and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, Libelle, Astir. ASK-21mi and ASW-19. Winds were light northwesterlys. Cloud base was variable at around 5,500ft. There was difficult broken thermal and ridge lift. Max Height 6,000 ft. Eleven flights for 12:05.
Saturday 27th August - GV, MP, SB, KD, LS, BT, and MBd crewed fly the IS-28, Pilatus, Astir. and ASW-19. Winds were light northwesterlys. Cloud base was around 6,500ft. There was broken thermal and ridge lift. Max Height 5,500 ft. Fifteen flights for 8:25. A first solo for LS and another solo after 10 years layoff for KD.
Thursday 25th August - GV, OB, SB, IC, and MBd crewed to replace the old winch cable and fly the Libelle, Astir. ASW-19 and ASK-21mi. The ground level wind was northwesterly at around 5kt to 10kt subsiding later. Cloud base was around 6,500ft. There was broken thermal and ridge lift at lower levels and wave lift of up to 2 m/s above 5,000 ft just to the northwest of Mt Bogong. Max Height 9,300 ft. Four flights for 11:20. See www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=-1712861 and www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=5544376 .
The view from ASW-19 VH-EAT on 25th August. Two MBGC gliders visible just in front of wave induced cumulus at around 8,000 ft.
Photo - Steve Bradbury
Monday 22nd August - SB, AE, IC, MBd crewed to fly flew the Libelle, Astir and ASW-19. Winds were calm and there were difficult weak thermals. Four flights for 2hr 43min.
Saturday 20th August - SB, KD, IC, BT, IDy and MBd crewed to fly flew the ASK-21mi, IS-28, Astir and ASW-19. Winds were calm and there were difficult weak thermals. Fifteen flights for 3hr 20min.
Friday 19th August - MBd and visitor Ron Boxhall flew the ASK-21mi in wave conditions. One flight for around 4hr 30min. OLC flight data is at http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=-454608463 .
Mark Bland's flight path on 19 August 2011
The view from the cockpit.
Sunday 7 August - No flying due to wet weather.
Sunday 7 August - No flying due to wet weather.
Saturday 6 August - No flying due to wet weather. Work was completed on the IS28 Form 2 annual maintenance.
Friday 5 August - 2 flights totalling 6hrs 17mins in brisk NW winds were enjoyed by Mark Bland in Libelle in VH-GUK and Andrew Evans in ASW19 VH-EAT. Longest flight 3hrs 13min by Andrew and greatest altitude 8800’ by Mark. Mark flew to Mt Hotham where he phoned son Adam who was skiing there and waved as he flew overhead. Andrew flew around Big Hill, Mt Bogong, North West Spur area and north up the Kiewa Valley. Unfortunately Mark forgot his flight logger, but estimates he covered an OLC distance of about 150km.
Mark Bland enjoying the view on his 8800’ 3 hour flight on 5 Aug 2011. The grin says it all! Photo - Mark Bland
Mark Bland after his 8800’, 3 hr flight to Mt Hotham on 5 Aug 2011. Note the mountain man thermal shorts for winter flying.
Sunday 31 July - No flying due to wet weather. Craig Collings, Mike Pobjoy, Laura Sullivan, Manfred Rueff and Andrew Evans continued with the IS28 Form 2 annual maintenance.
Saturday 30 July - No flying due to wet weather. Craig Collings and Ben Talbot continued with the IS28 Form 2.
Friday 29 July - Mark Bland, Mike Pobjoy, Steve Bradbury, Andrew Evans and Bernie Hochwimmer flew the ASK21mi-GVS, Pilatus-GCD, ASW19-EAT and Astir VH-IKS for a total time of 4 hrs 4 mins in 9 flights. Highest altitude 5000’ by Andrew in his ASW19 and longest flight 1hr 29 mins also by Andrew. Partly cloudy with light NE wind.
Mt Bogong from ASW19-EAT 29 July 2011. Photo Andrew Evans
Sunday 24 July - No flying due to rain.
Saturday 23 July - Mark Bland, Steve Bradbury and Ian Dealy flew the Libelle-GUK, ASW19-EAT and Astir-IKS. Total flight time 2h 15m in 7 flights. Longest flight by Mark 1hr. Greatest height 4000’ by Mark. Partly cloudy, with light ESE winds.
Friday 22 July - A strong SE wind prevented use of the fixed winch and wave cloud looked enticing. Mark Bland and Andrew Evans flew the ASK21Mi-GVS in wave to 8700’ near Mt Bogong for 2hrs 14 min. West Peak rotor provided very rough lift gusting to 10 kts. Smooth wave lift was then accessed parallel to the Mt Bogong ridge. See the OLC flight record on: http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=1349422639.
Andrew Evans & Mark Bland in ASK21Mi-GVS in wave near Mt Bogong on the way to 8700’ on 22 July 2011. Photo - Andrew Evans
Sunday 17 July - Laura Sullivan had 4 training circuits in IS28-WVU with Instructor Andrew Evans. Andrew also had 2 circuits in the ASW19 in light rain.
Laura Sullivan preparing for a training flight with proud Grandfather Charles and Mum Jill looking on. Photo - Andrew Evans
Saturday 16 July - Steve Bradbury and Mark Bland flew the ASW19 for 2 flights for a total time of 2 hrs 1 min. Longest flight time 69 mins by Steve and max height 5700’ by Steve. Mostly sunny day with light NE winds.
Steve Bradbury’s winter flight to 5800’ with Mt Feathertop in the right background. Photo - Steve Bradbury
Friday 15 July - Mike Pobjoy and Andrew Evans had 9 flights in the Pilatus and ASW19 for a total time of 78 mins in weak conditions. Sunny winter’s day with light SE Winds. Longest flight 17 mins by Andrew.
Andrew Evans (left) & Mike Pobjoy preparing for flights on 15 July in Pilatus-GCD & ASW19-EAT with snow capped
Mt Bogong in the background. Photo - Andrew’s auto timer camera balanced on the winch bomb