Worcester SA

Worcester airfield is in the Western Cape province of South Africa in the centre of the Breede Rivar Valley and is home to the Cape Gliding club.

Worcester is an arid location, often hot and windy, giving excelent soaring opportuinities. The area is central to some spectacular mountian chains which offers ridge flying all year round.

Winds are generally from the South East (a shallow, low-level wind) or North West (a wind which extends to great height), and both produce ridge lift. Northerly winds also produce lee-wave conditions.

Aerodrome Information

Latitude deg, min, sec S33 39 45, decimal.degrees 33.6625

Longitude deg, min, sec E19 24 49, decimal.degrees 19.4136
Elevation 650ft (198m msl)
Runway 15/33 Gravel
Nearest weather station FACT (Capetown)

All glider circuits should be commenced at 1000 feet (above ground) / 330m / 1650 AMSL, and should be on the Northern side of the airfield (this is the town side). This means a right hand circuit for RWY 33 and left hand circuit for RWY 15

Airspace at Worcester

Worcester airfield (FAWC) is situated 10km inside the Cape Town TMA. Airspace in this portion of the TMA is uncontrolled up to FL85. Outside the TMA airspace is uncontrolled up to FL145.

CCS2004 Slope Files

Ivan Rogers has compiled a set of slope data files for CCS2004 so you can also enjoy ridge soaring in the mountains to the North of Worcester.

FS9

FS9 users will require the following.
The terrain Mesh below is optional but it will enhance your ridge soaring and scenery

FSX

FSX users will require the following.
The terrain Mesh below is optional but it will enhance your ridge soaring and scenery

Suggested Tasks

All of these tasks use the ridge to the north as part of one or more of the legs. To make best use of the ridge, set the wind in flight simulator to 180/17kts. Thermal cloud base in your thermal generating program can be set to 6000ft and upwards.

FSX users make sure your CumulusX! ridge lift is ticked in your CumulusX! contol panel.
FS9 users using CCS2004 ensure that the slope files are installed in your CCS2004/Slope data folder.

General Task 1 367km

Starting from Worcester FAWC take the mountain ridge east-south-east to TP SWL Swell Corner then east to TP DNK Dankbaar. You will then need to come off the ridge and find some thermals north east to TP Bop then proceed on the last leg west back to Worcester.

General Task 2 256km

This is a similar triangle to Task 1 but shorter. Starting from Worcester FAWC take the mountain ridge east to TP MDD Middelrug then east-south-east to TP MKL Meeuklip. You will then need to come off the ridge and find some thermals north to TP Bop then proceed on the last leg west back to Worcester.

General Task 3 218km

Starting from Worcester FAWC take the mountain ridge east to TP MDD Middelrug then east-south-east to TP MKL Meeuklip. You will then need to come off the ridge and find some thermals west to TP MCG Mcgregor then proceed on the last leg north west back to Worcester.

General Task 4 108km

Starting from Worcester FAWC proceed to the TP KRM keerom just to the north east then take the mountain ridge east-south-east to TP MDD Middelrug. You will then need to either come off the ridge and find some thermals or take the ridge back to Worcester.

General Task 5 503km

This task is a long distance one, could be good for getting the Gold badge endurance
Starting from Worcester FAWC proceed to the mountain ridge and take all the turn points along the ridge east to TP RTR Ruiter and track back along the same course back to Worcester.

League Task 6 80km (Approx task time 55min)

For a bit of a competitive element a shortish 80km course has been created. Try to get around in the quickiest possible time. You can do this course as many times as you like, this is a great way of trying to improve your gliding performance.
Practise using the McCreedy settings.
Think about spending most of your time in thermals (rising air) and less time between them (sinking air). Think about what else you can do to improve your performance.

Starting from Worcester FAWC proceed to the TP Worcester North (TP N1) just to the north east then take the mountain ridge east-south-east to TP ROB Robspur. You will then need to come off the ridge and find some thermals east towards TP Nekkies then head north-north-east across the Brandvlei Dam back to Worcester.

You can take a winch or aerotow upto 2000ft AGL for this task.

The task actually starts on the ridge at TP N1, so after the launch at FAWC, take a thermal up so you can make the ridge.

Points awarded will go into a league table which will be continually updated as pilots improve their scores. The score will be based on the BGA ladder.

FS9 League Task 6 Files

FS9 Task 6 ver 2 Download (1.37 Mb)

FSX League Task 6 Files

FSX Task 6 ver3 Download (318.27 Kb)


Overall League results

CN  Pilot  Task Points 
G-VGAL  J.Allen  771.22 
G-VGAN  I.Rogers  755.58 
G-VGAR  A.Robinson  752.46 
G-VGAP  S.Dobby  532 
G-VGPH  P.Hawkey  504 
     

Individual Results for James Allen

CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments 
G-VGAL  Duo Discus X  12:14:32  13:02:00  00:38:20  121  81.63  677.48   
G-VGAL  Duo Discus X  11:47:57  13:03:17  01:15:20  99.45  81.63  590.24   
G-VGAL  ASW-28  11:57:22  12:35:28  00:38.06  121.68  81.63  700.77   
G-VGAL  ASW-28  12:35:26  13:12:46  00:37:20  125  81.63  713.42   
G-VGAL  Discus2b  12:21:08  12:56:32  00:35:24  131  81.63  740.77   
G-VGAL  Discus2b  12:17:05  12:51:35  00:34:30  135  81.63  755.58   
G-VGAL  ASW-28  12:24:22  12:58:12  00:33:24  138.94  81.63  771.22   
                 

Individual Results for Ivan Rogers

CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments 
G-VGAN  ASW-28  11:47:20  12:25:40  00:38:20  121.68  81.63  700.77   
G-VGAN  ASW-28  12:06:23  12:40:43  00:34:20  135  81.63  755.58   
                 
                 

Individual Results for Alex Robinson

CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments 
G-VGAR  Discus B  12:16:35  13:03:26  00:46:51  101  81.63  639.67  Old Thermal File 
G-VGAR  Discus B  11:47:15  12:24:07  00:36:52  128  81.63  752.46   
                 

Individual Results for Phil Hawkey

CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments 
G-VGPH  DG-808  11:49:15  12:34:27  00:45:12  103  81.63  504   
                 

Individual Results for S.Dobby

CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments 
G-VGAP  Discus b  13:12:42  14:15:36  01:02:54  76  81.63  532   
                 

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CN  Glider  Start  Finish  Time  Speed (kph)  Dist (km)  Points  Comments