Regardless of the position of the winch launch vehicles & launch point, in west wind conditions glider pilots will usually land towards the west, into wind.
There are a number of circuits a pilot could adopt in these conditions, some of which are shown below. However, please be aware that these do not cover all landing options flown by DLGC pilots, or those flown by two-seater training gliders.
Those under training or those being tested will be regularly placed in challenging locations in and outside of a normal circuit, to test their skills. This will mean that not all gliders landing at Camphill will follow a set pattern. Pilots are regularly trained and tested to cope with situations in circuit when things could go wrong; out of position – too low, too high, too close or too far away!
Most glider pilots who have chosen to land towards the west will fly over or close to the gulley (Deadman’s Clough) at heights between 400ft – 800ft, at speeds ranging from 45kts to 70kts (50 – 80mph). The aim, to position the glider on the east, downwind side of the airfield, at a height of no less than 300ft (higher in strong winds) for a straight-in approach at between 50–70kts
HG & PG pilots should be aware that when a glider is flying the down-wind leg of a west wind circuit, the ground speed of the glider will be its flying speed plus that of the speed of any tail-wind, so gliders flying east over or close to the gulley (Deadman’s Clough) are likely to be doing so with a ground speed of between 60 – 90mph. Encountering a hang glider or paraglider at that point could be very challenging for even the most experienced pilot, so HG and PG pilots are strongly advised to take cognisance of the ‘Rules of the Air’, the ‘Skyway Code’ & ‘SERA’ and NOT ATTEMPT to fly through or endeavour to climb in the airfield’s circuit.
Such actions could have deadly consequences.