I had flown at this site three previous years. My first was in 2000 and that experience
prompted me to share it on the internet.
See "Bluenoser's Wave Flying at Sugarbush"
In the period 14 to 22 October of 2006 I had four soaring days. The nice thing about this flying was that I was able to fly ridge lift, thermals as well as wave lift. Unfortunately, weather patterns were moving through the area during the period quickly and conditions were changing so quickly that no cross country flying or long flights were possible. However, as an example of fun flying late in the season, away from home, I am sharing my experiences here.
My visit to Sugarbush Soaring was part of an annual expedition of York Soaring pilots to Sugarbush each year. Thanks to Peter Rawes for organizing the event!Click on the photos to see a larger version in another window.
|15 Oct. 2006 - Two hours of ridge soaring on the East Ridge. Maximum height 6000 ft.|
|16 Oct. 2006 - Four hours of small tight thermals mostly over the East Ridge.|
Maximum height 6000 ft msl. The Airfield is at 1450 ft.
|19 Oct. 2006 - An hour climbing through cloud to 7400 ft then dashing down to get below cloud before the hole closed. Unable to thermal back up in the primary.|
|21 Oct. 2005 - Two hours high above cloud deck and good lift along the West ridge allowed for some travelling north and south. There was an exciting dash down through a closing hole downwind of the field and east of the East Ridge. The spiralling paths in this trace are the rapid decent with dive brakes open. The cloud deck was 4000-5000 ft. Maximum height 13 000 ft.|
|21 Oct. 2006 Barographic Trace. I was heading south at the time I made the greatest height (and could have climbed more) but then had to pull dive brakes as the holes in the clouds started to close. I flew south over holes downwind of the airfield watching them and then had to dive down through those before they closed. Description of the flight under cloud thru the Roxbury Gap to land.|
|At the end of the first day, wave clouds were clearly visible to the west.||In the morning of the last day, There was a dusting of snow over the ground and wave structure was obvious when looking up.||This is the field where we rigged and a view to the clubhouse||On raindays there still was some good scenery to enjoy.|