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21 June A busy club day

Airfield Blog - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 05:58

Winds 240/10 cloudbase about 1000ft QFE.

Operating on 21 until freshening winds forced a move onto 27.

The day started with the hanger shuffle, moving the Pawnee to the rear of the hanger and the single seaters to the front. Thanks guys for the help.

Grass cutting continued on an ad hoc basis, Lawrence Wood and Paul Baker volunteered to do some mowing rather than sit around waiting for the weather to perk up. We now have a large area cut, fantastic job. As usual more volunteers required so we dont burden a few number, an hour each will do it easily.

Barrie Taylor and Jim Eva spent the day polishing their skills in readiness for good soaring on Thursday and Friday. Chris Sanderson is now the "handling pilot" coping with the entire flight from take off to landing.

Roger Bagley got the club flying underway and Tony Hayes took over a little later. Drizzle stopped play around 1pm.

The instructor training started after normal flying had finished and continued well into the evening.

Preparation for the Spartan event progresses satisfactorily, the South field will be out of bounds for flying ops from tomorrow (Thursday).

The outlook for the next two days is excellent, fingers crossed the forecast is accurate.

19 June

Airfield Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:12

Winds 230/15 cloudbases rising to around 1500ft.

The course continues, Barrie and Jim completed their launch failure refreshers and were off solo in the K21. Meanwhile Chris was learning the art of trimming.

Many thanks to David Hart for assisting on the winch and to Grant who is persevering with the shower refurbishment in readiness for Enterprise.

Grass cutting has started now. Volunteers to do an hour or so will be welcome, let me know if you are a qualified driver.

18 June Course week starts

Airfield Blog - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:52

winds 260/20, visibility 30K cloud cover expected later (1000ft QFE) Wave

The Pawnee arrived and is now safely in the hanger ready for competition Enterprise.

The Spartan event preparation is now underway on the edge of the south field.

Barrie Taylor, Chris Sanderson and Jim Eva join us on the course this week.

Operating off runway 27, the guys had a good day of refreshers, the evening briefing was on effects of controls and threat and error management.

14 June end of another course week

Airfield Blog - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:42

Another very good course week.

Overall the weather was not as soarable as might be expected for June, but a couple of days showed some promise.

Simon Stannard filled his boots flying the K23. Simon from Derby and Lancs club is a solo pilot, getting closer to his bronze C.

Richard Kennett resoloed, having been on courses before finds it an effective way of getting concentrated flight training into the week.

Lolan Naicker went solo for the first time on the Friday. Well done to him.

David Hart got checked out as a winch driver under the training of Dave Taylor. david is thinking about adding birds nest soup to the menu?

It was good to see members taking advantage of midweek flying and using the club single seaters. Adrian Irwin gave the ASW19 an airing on Friday.

8 June last day of course Mick Keats go solo

Airfield Blog - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 07:28

winds 060/05. cloudbases starting at 1300ft QFE and forecast to clear with a lowish inversion.

4 people on the course this week Andrew and Mick Keats, Collin Boden and Lawrence Wood. Andrew and Mick got themselves up to solo standard and Mick went solo, sadly the grass collection operations started and Andrew was unable to finish off his training. Well done to both of these very nice guys.

Collin and Lawrence are both club members and spent their week developing their flying skills and flew more advanced exercises as part of their post solo training.

The week was not particularly good for soaring, but everyone had a lot of fun.

An eventful few days

Airfield Blog - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:16

generally very mixed weather with grey skies and low cloud and some very heavy rain.

The course activity continues,

Tuesday saw both Chris and Marek practising launch failures, while marek acted as interpreter while we tried tom teach Wytek (polish speaking ) to fly.

Richard and Tom were seen buried under the grass cutting tractor examining the faulty gearbox. Grant cut the grass to mark the area set aside for the farmers sillage.

Tuesday evening it was time for ENK to have a puncture on the main runway. The photo shows Marek attemting to re-inflate the wheel. Eventually the glider was moved to the side to let our expert Robin take a closer look.

Wednesday gave us very heavy rain and low cloud bases, meanwhile Robin repaired the inner tube and ENK was back in business.

Marek and Chris worked on their bronze theory in preparation for their written and oral tests.

Thursday had a dreadful forecast with warnings of significant storms. These did not materialise until later in the day---so we took advantage of the respite and worked on the skills test. Jules came out and flew his duvet for an hour or so, and described his flight with 2 red kites, really good fun. The glider was put away before the heavens opened at 4.30.

David Hart completed his first winch launches under the watchful eye of David .Chris Godding completed his bronze C exam, well done Chris.It was off to the Butchers arms for a well earned meal and a beer or two.

28 May Bank holiday and a new training course begins

Airfield Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:05

misty to start with winds 060/05. low cloud most of the day, steadily rising to 1000ft.

The forecast improvement in cloudbase didnt materialise.

many thanks to Paul Lazenby Tim Brailsford and David Hart for your assistance, sadly Paul didnt get the weather conditions to take his friend flying and Tim didnt get the conditions for his hoped for soaring flight in the ASW19---he did however have the longest flight of the day (well 8 minutes is better than nothing).

The course had a good day, starting with the inevitable launch failure and low circuit training. Briefings on aircraft limitations and altimetry in preparation for the bronze C oral test. Bronze exams this week and preparation for the flying skills test.

meanwhile Richard and his shadow inspected and repaired various pieces of ground equipment (including my injured metal eagle---er inoors will be pleased). Dave Breeze got the mower out and gave the hangar field a trim---that was before the hydraulic hose came off! oh well back to the workshop.

We look forward to an improving day tomorrow.

24 May A fantastic training day

Airfield Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 08:02

Low cloud to start rising to around 1200ft QFE

The Aim Higher team spent the day learning more cross country theory, a very good use of poor wather time.

Adrian (our chairman) spent time fettling his skylark 2.5 (at least that is what I think it is).

The course spent a few hours in the classroom before going out and consolidating launch failure practice as well as landing on a runway. James Purviss is now flying good safe unprompted flights and just learning how to deal with launch failure, Davishas now completed 10 solo flights.

Dinner was at the Bell in Sapperton . coincidentally the course and the Aim Higher group both chose the Bell. Cotswold Gliding Club took over the pub for the evening!

23 May, club day David Westcott goes solo

Airfield Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:36

winds 040/10, starting overcast and going blue with thermals to 2500ft.

Roger Bagley got the show on the road in preparation for Tony Hayes. The club flying was steady with winter refreshers featuring highly on the schedule. The Wednesday crew did their normal excellent job, keeping the launch rate going---good teamwork, thanks chaps.

Our visitors from Burn gave their aircraft a further airing today, hard work but good fun.

David Westcott went solo for the first time, congratulations to him. David is another member from Dartmoor and is preparing to be able to fly his newly acquired K6. Meanwhile James Purviss is now flying unprompted circuits, very well done to him.

David Hart, a professional driving instructor, spent the afternoon with Sally Purviss teaching her the finer points of towing caravans and trailers. We are very fortunate to have an experienced towing specialist available to the club members.

The Aim Higher group spent time in the classroom learning the finer points of cross country flying.

Our CFI took the motor glider on a field landing training session---its all go!

21 May Day 1 of course 10 and Aim Higher group

Airfield Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:40

Light winds 060/05 few clouds at 4000ft QFE, thunderstoms and heavy rain and grains of snow predicted later in the day.

The course gets off to a good start with good introductory soaring flights, james getting to grips with controls and trimming, while David converts to a K21 from his accustomed K13 (Dartmoor).

The Aim Higher group emerged from their morning briefing to attempt to put some of the ideas into practice.

It was good to see jules flying his "duvet" . The visitors from Burn enjoyed flying their LAK in new surroundings.

2 grass cutters going today, thanks to Jules and Grant, the lawn is beginning to take shape again.

Many thanks to David Hart, Chris Power and Steve Purkiss for their help on the ground.

Visibility became very poor with towering cumulus until the heavens opened, can you believe rivers running through the hangar.

The picture shows james flying towards a developing CuNim

Sunday 20th May

Airfield Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:17

Another very good day.

Perhaps the pundits were exhausted by their previous day's efforts but tasks so far posted to the National Ladder were more modest.

The beginners continued to enjoy more soaring and upper air exercises, so are now realising what gliding is all about.

Two visiting Australians who dropped in were highly delighted to experience the joys of soaring, saying they would look up a suitable place to take up the sport when they got back home.

Saturday 19th May

Airfield Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:11

Light winds and strong thermals with cumulus provided an excellent day for both pundits and beginners.

Two tasks over 600 km were completed and two over 500: -
668 Km by Andy Smith, 655 by Jonathan Huband.
505 by Dog Gardner and Mike Weston, Doug in his 15 mtr LS3 without water.

The UWE members were astonished by soaring to 4-5000 ft on every flight, when all their previous experience had been 7 minute winter circuits.

18 May The last day of course 9

Airfield Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:00

lighter winds, cumulus and strong thermals.

The 8.15 morning briefing was well attended.

The course finished on a high note with Chris Owen completing his 2nd qualifying flight for his cross country endorsement. All 3 pilots achieved their goals this week.

For a change the K21 flew mini triangles while Pete Harvey polished his soaring skills and inter thermal techniques.

Another very busy day at the launchpoint, thanks everyone who pitched in and helped.

The picture is Pete Harvey starting to climb away near Kemble.

17 May Blue, Soarable and very busy

Airfield Blog - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:28

Winds 060/10, visibility 40K, blue conditions and thermic from around 10am

Day 4 of the course, and the team are doing well. Well done Chris Owen to be soaring a good 45 minutes before the pundits got going.

Another landing area has now had a grass trim, thanks to Grant Needham.

Andy Smith took a little trip down to Parham, not bad for an afternoon jaunt.

As you can see from the picture, the launch point became very busy, with both aerotow and winch operations, thanks to everyone involved in trying to unravel the logsheet muddle.

Rumour also has it that a silver 5 hour was completed today , more news on that as soon as I have an update.

Chris Power arrived to lend a hand and was rewarded with a flight in the K21, easily climbing away to 3500ft before practising stalls and general handling, a pretty fair job for someone who hasnt flown since October!

Tomorrow promises to be another good day.

16 May Busy club day

Airfield Blog - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:02

Winds 030/15 visibility 15K and some isolated rain showers
Kemble class D until 9.45 am

The Parham boys took themselves off to the Yeovilton Air Museum for the day.

Well done to Chris Owen resoloed in the K23.

Robin Birch stood in as duty instructor and found himself busy and that was before the 5 UWE students arrived! between us we managed to complete all the training, and a good day was had by all.

Once again many thanks to the regular Wednesday crew for helping us run a slick launchpoint .

The instructor team took over at the end of the regular flying day and undertook their own aerotw refresher training with Gerry.

Should be a reasonable soaring day tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Tuesday 15 May Blue day

Airfield Blog - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:05

winds 360/10 CAVOK, blue thermals from around 12 noon.

It was good to see Jules and his flying duvet this morning, a splash of colour brightens everyones day.

The Parham group had a good time once the thermals started to burst into life. Adrian Irwin,on the course, completed his aerotow training and went off solo in the K23--well done to him.

Grant started the grass cutting in the hangar field, many thanks to him, and thanks to Steve for volunteering to help out at the launchpoint.

Evening flying started today

Caption for the picture---Ok then, where are the thermals exactly?

14 May Blue thermal day

Airfield Blog - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:28

Winds 350/10, CAVOK, strong thermals from 11 am.

Kemble Class D airspace restricted activity during part of the afternoon, but otherwise a quiet day

Course No 9 started today. Welcome Pete Harvey, Chris Owen and Adrian Irwin. All 3 are now solo, and we are hoping the ASW19 will be back on line for them sometime during the week.

Andy Smith managed the Mynd and back, well done in blue conditions. Mostly pilots stayed local with lengthy soaring flights.

Looks like more of the same tomorrow.

Chris Owen is seen here packing up after a productive first day of the course.

Tuesday 8th May

Airfield Blog - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:25

Temperatures were much more pleasant today after the searing heat of the previous few days. Robert, Richard and John, all from the IOW are progressing well on the course. The farmer dropped in and cut the grass today (hurrah!) so after removing grass from ENK's nose wheel a few times we opted for runway landings. Hopefully the grass will be picked up today. Tony Parker conducted some refresher training with Shobdon's CFI, giving the tractor driver a scare in the process!

1 May Silver distance, a first solo, and bronze exam completed

Airfield Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 07:49

Winds 220/25, good visibility and a few showers later in the day.

Well done to Stephen Fletcher, a pilot from Dartmoor GC who has completed his silver distance flight, well done to Rex Lampier on his first solo, and Martin Capps a pilot from Usk who passed his bronze C exam.

It was good to see a bunch of club members who decided today would be a better flying day than Wednesday , smart move! Thanks for all your help guys.

The K21 (LRT) was delivered back today, the workshop has more steelwork on it, and the motor gliders were out in force giving themselves an airing.

30 April some great soaring

Airfield Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:29

winds 360/25 and gusty in the morning. strong thermals pm.

The grass outside the hangar is now trimmed, and it looks great.

The course is underway with Mike Bennett, Rex Lampier and Martin Capps, welcome also to Stehen Fletcher who has joined us with his own open cirrus. Mike and Martin have now gone solo in the K21 and are working on their bronze C, some good saoring flights were had pm.

The workshop has now sprung up, steelwork emerging from the mud below.

We look forward to another good day tomorrow.