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Now that’s what I call a wave bar!

What a stunner. Conditions were challenging on Saturday, with strong wave influence on the hill. Most often, wave is somewhat elusive, but sometimes it smacks you in the face. David Heimerdinger’s photo shows the lee side of a bar upwind and to the west of the club, and clearly illustrates the gap downwind of it […]

A crisp start to 2022

Tuesday 4 January The first flying day of 2022, and what a great day it was.  A brisk west/north westerly airflow produced consistent wave lift throughout the day.  All 15 club members who attended that day were able to take advantage of the excellent soaring conditions to see the Peak District from a vantage point […]

Guy Martin drops in

Guy Martin flew with us… While filming for the documentary honouring WWII bomber pilots back in September, Guy Martin and his film crew found Camphill to be a very useful support location. Not only was their Tiger Moth refuelled here, but they were also restocked with flour bombs. You’ll have to watch the program to […]

Prize-giving 2021

Prize-giving at the AGM 2021 Life showed another sign of adapting to a new normality yesterday when the club held its AGM in the clubhouse, with the twist of an extended audience: approximately half the attendees joined from home, via Zoom, resulting in a much larger turnout than usual. Fitting then that the club also […]

Ridge, Wave and Thermal for Saturday

It was worth the wait Saturday’s forecast was for strong and gusty winds, with rain until mid to late morning. The upside was that it was predicted to be Westerly, and for the sun to come out. So the day went ahead, with ridge flying eagerly anticipated. The morning started with briefings for those wanting […]

Steve’s first solo

Congratulations to Steve Pearce Steve is looking very happy after being sent solo by Brian Allen yesterday. Steve has worked hard to achieve this over the shortened season this summer. His efforts were well rewarded, with three solo flights in conditions somewhat more demanding than the usual ‘solo scenario’. Great effort Steve. And from the […]

Jonathan resolos

Jonathan re-solos

Welcome back! Following a break of a couple of years, it is good to see instructor Jonathan Thorpe back in the air as a solo pilot. Here is John MacKenzie congratulating him after flying a Puchacz, before Jonathan later went on to fly the K18. Good to see you back!

A rare outing

Into Edale and beyond Despite, or perhaps bevause of, good looking skies, Mike Stephens declined the use of his syndicate’s ASW27B (JPT), in favour of his partner’s refamiliarisation with Jupiter. But when the opportunity arose to fly the club’s ASK18 (JKU), he leapt at it, and made very good use of it too. Initially joining […]

Pilots’ Bullseye

A rare sighting of this form of the Brocken Spectre Seen in wave forming over Camphill yesterday. Brian needed three attempts to connect with the wave lift from the ridge, catching it later in the day. Being above the clouds creates the opportunity to spot your Pilot’s Bullseye! Photographing it is an added bonus. In […]