Flight Logbook

TypeDateLaunch TimeGliderSiteDuration (h:m)CommentsHeight Gain (ft)Distance (km)Hours (h:m)
HSat, 14 Jun 201415:20AirBorne Sting 3:168Bo Peep00:20Took off in strong winds which quickly dissipated. Tried to scratch back up for a top landing but ended up in the crop at the bottom.15070:38
ASun, 08 Jun 201412:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Plumpton Aerotow00:19First flight since the glider was repaired; using the old harness.1,60070:18
OSat, 17 May 201400:00Other AvianI visit Avian to get my glider repaired and while there catch a glimpse of a new glider being developed! Oh, and I ordered a new U2 160 from Wills Wing!069:59
HSun, 23 Mar 201410:45AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:55WNW 20-25 mph; thermic with some storm activity. Major crash as I popped the nose when top landing in the paddock. Pilot ok, but glider a complete mess!1,47369:59
HSun, 16 Mar 201411:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:49WNW - 15-20 mph. Spring like thermals. Harness and hang position adjusted. Bottom landed, but feel I've got the harness technique sorted now23269:04
HSat, 15 Mar 201410:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke01:26WNW 15-20mph. Thermic, wind backing westerly. Still struggling with new harness - probably hanging too low. Bottom landed.53168:15
HSat, 30 Nov 201313:25AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle01:27N; 15-20mph. First flight with the Myth 3 harness, Flew to the beacon twice. Top landed. Need to move foot plate back a couple of inches.40066:49
HSun, 24 Nov 201314:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:06N; Started raining so had to get enough height for a top landing. Top landed ok.065:22
HSun, 24 Nov 201312:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:10N; 15-20 mph. Rough air. Got busy so top landed.065:16
HSat, 23 Nov 201313:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:26N; 15-20mph. Similar to earlier flight. Top landed as it felt like wind was dropping off.065:06
HSat, 23 Nov 201312:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:27N; 15-20mph. November thermals. Reasonable climbs, but thermals rough and punchy. Top landed.064:40
HMon, 11 Nov 201314:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:21NW; but strength dropping off from earlier. Lots of traffic over the pub. Hard to see with low sun, so top landed. Landing field was obstructed with glider and a family and I stalled a wing trying to dodge. Somehow got glider back into wind, skidded across ground, flared, tapped a tree and landed.20064:13
HMon, 11 Nov 201312:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke01:15NW, strong to start with. Everyone flying the pub hill so I ventured along to Truleigh and spent most of my flight clear of traffic. Good top landing in the paddock.50063:52
OSat, 09 Nov 201300:00Other Ordered my Myth 3 Harness from Aeros062:37
HSun, 29 Sep 201312:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:16ENE; 15-19 mph. Launched. Not much lift for wind strength. Watched a rigid fly straight down to the bottom landing where he impacted the ground hard. Flew down to bottom landing field to find pilot unconscious.18762:37
HFri, 27 Sep 201316:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:36ENE; 15mph. Worked small thermals to almost 1000ft ATO. Thermalled with Matt. Explored the ridge then top landed.90562:21
HFri, 27 Sep 201314:05AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:19ENE; strong when took off, but then flew to adjacent bowl to allow Paul to take-off. Got stuck and ended up bottom landing.14761:45
HTue, 10 Sep 201318:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke01:00NW-WNW; gusty (10-22mph) and rough below 300ft ATO. Smoothed out higher. Top landed in paddock as the sun began to set.48461:26
HSat, 31 Aug 201312:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:18NNW-N; Small undefined thermals making it hard to climb. Lift dropped off so top landed.30860:26
HSat, 01 Jun 201313:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:18NW; got weak almost as soon as I took off. Bottom landed avoiding the crop again.14060:08
HFri, 31 May 201316:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke01:03NNW 10-15 mph. Thermic. Made it to Truleigh Hill, but didn't get much above ridge height. Came back to a sky full of paragliders. Struggled to get enough height for a top landing so ultimately landed at the bottom.35059:50
HSat, 25 May 201313:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:13NW, 5-15 mph. Thermic cycles. Launched into a cycle. Thermalled for a while, flew with a buzzard, then top landed when the lift cycle stopped.55058:47
HSat, 25 May 201310:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Firle00:11NNE-N, and the wind dropping. Maintained for a while then had to bottom land.058:34
HThu, 23 May 201319:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:03A quick top to bottom after a storm passes overhead.058:23
TSun, 12 May 201314:45AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:08Still windy; 10-15 mph but wind smoother. Full tow to 1000 feet. Broken thermals with sharp edges. Managed to dip in and out of a thermal maintaining 500feet until landing 1.6 km from launch.1,0001.658:20
TSun, 12 May 201313:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Windy launch; 10-15 mph. A little crosswind. Opted to release half way up on tow fearing weak link or cable snap. Missed right upright when landing which made for an interesting landing approach.70058:12
AThu, 02 May 201320:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Sywell Airfield00:0850:50 bridle moved 2 inches forwards. Sun setting. Bar pressure reduced but still high (no VG on this time). Tow to 1500ft.1,50058:09
AThu, 02 May 201319:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Sywell Airfield00:21Flight with a 50:50 bridle attached to the base of king-post. Still high bar pressure. Tow to 3000ft.3,00058:01
HSat, 20 Apr 201312:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:05With a risk of a sea breeze, it was time for a quick top to bottom. Made a little more interesting with an uphill, downwind landing!057:40
HFri, 29 Mar 201312:40AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough01:10Cold with occasional thermals ato around 700ft. School soaring flights and top landing through the gate70057:35
OFri, 15 Mar 201300:00Other Article discussing amendments to the BHPA Aerotowing procedures.056:25
HFri, 01 Mar 201315:15AirBorne Sting 3:168Bo Peep01:00Difficult conditions on take-off - 15-20 mph NE, waited for lull then launched. Wind increased and reports that it was gusting to 36 mph on launch. Decided on bottom landing for safety.80056:25
STue, 04 Dec 201200:00AirBorne Sting 3:168My glider goes to John Barratt of South Downs Hang Gliding for a service which includes the replacement of the side-wires, a chute repack and the fitting of a bridle knife to my harness.055:25
TSun, 11 Nov 201216:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Mini out and return70055:25
TSun, 11 Nov 201215:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:04Shadow ultra light passed under me on landing approach70055:22
TSun, 11 Nov 201213:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:04Weak link break70055:18
TSun, 11 Nov 201211:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Perfect no step landing69055:14
HSat, 29 Sep 201212:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:30WNW, backing W and strength increasing.1,4002.1555:11
HSat, 22 Sep 201211:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:30NE; landed next to Brighton Marina.2,0506.154:41
ASat, 08 Sep 201214:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Plumpton Aerotow00:15Full VG; towing much easier-reduced bar pressure.2,10054:11
ASat, 08 Sep 201213:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Plumpton Aerotow00:152,10053:56
ASun, 22 Jul 201215:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Plumpton Aerotow00:15SSE-SSW; blue - smooth tow & final glide back to launch.2,30053:41
ASun, 22 Jul 201212:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Plumpton Aerotow00:20Awful tow; very hard to control glider. Fault with tug found after I landed after early release. Flight maintained in thermal for a short time.1,00053:26
HTue, 22 May 201215:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:4020-25 MPH; NNW; Truleigh Run20053:06
HMon, 21 May 201218:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Devil's Dyke00:45Lovely afternoon flight after work; missed approached at the Dyke and an interesting slalom between all the cattle in the landing field. Went around and top landed.20052:26
TSat, 21 Apr 201216:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Speedy flight; no lift and landed very close to the set-up landing spot.70051:41
TSat, 21 Apr 201213:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Heavy rain in-bound.65051:38
TSat, 21 Apr 201212:30AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:03Others went XC but unable to connect with any lift on this smooth tow and return flight.60051:35
TSat, 21 Apr 201212:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Mendlesham00:01Cable snap20051:32
HSat, 14 Apr 201214:00AirBorne Sting 3:168Swanborough00:15Another quick flight; conditions rough low down so concluded with a top landing then packed up.16051:31