Our generally mild climate means that many of our clubs fly throughout the winter. However, there are a number of factors that we need to consider while enjoying winter flying, not least of which is making sure we’re dressed for the weather. Wind chill is a significant issue and can easily catch out those who are new to gliding. Please take a look at the chart below.
Other considerations include;
- Low sun impacting on visibility
- Misting canopy
- Slippery ground surfaces
- Ice on wing surfaces
- Low cloud – particularly when winch launching
- Powered aircraft may need extra attention – CAA safety sense leaflet ‘Winter Flying’ includes useful advice