Ridge soaring at its best at Southdown Gliding Club!

These past few days have shown that when there is a northerly wind the South Downs of the UK are the place to fly your glider. Ridge flying at Parham started on Monday of this week with a few intrepid pilots getting together and organising a tug pilot to get them on the ridge with average flights of 3-4 hours reported. A further few flights were reported on Tuesday. However, yesterday (Wednesday) was a great day with 53 launches (average launch height 1000’). The club DG505 was put to full use and did several runs along our ridge (Parham – Lewes North – Parham – Butser Hill – Parham) with experienced pilots introducing ridge flying to Southdown Club members – all reported the trips as fantastic experience. We had visiting pilots from Kestrel Gliding Club and Lasham who thoroughly enjoyed their day. Come again folks!

A number of pilots completed the Southdown Club Task of 334kms (LWN Lewes NW – BUT Butser Hill – LWN Lewes NW – BUT Butser Hill – Lewes NW – HAR Harting) at speeds ranging from 90kph up to 155kph – WOW!