Sunday 9th September
Windy day on runway 27. We cancelled 4 of the trial lessons but flew the 2 who were already on their way. Was soarable to 2500’ for a couple of hours so a few extended flights. Finished early when everyone had filled their boots and then de-rigged LRT and the Astir ready for their ARCs.
Saturday 8th Sept
Brilliant day today with One Day Course students after the rain cleared to thermals.
Friday the 7th.
Last day of this week’s course for Howard, David and John and an interesting day. A forecast of a strengthening westerly meant setting up on runway 27, it was a bit hit and miss in contacting the thermals, but when we did, climbs to 4000’ were available with some fantastic views in the clear air. A few club members also took advantage of the day and we had a drop in from a Lasham pilot who had an aerotow retrieve back home.
6 September club day
winds 360/10 cloudbases 3300 QFE
A busy club day with several private owners and club gliders on the grid. many thanks to everyone for making the day run smoothly.
Soaring was better than expected with several notable flights, Climbs locally were 2 to 4 knots.
On the course John Hammond resoloed, David Potter is now the unprompted pilot and Howard Bunn is almost the handling pilot.
The remainder of the week looks flyable.
4 September Low cloud and launch failures
winds 010/10, very low cloud and drizzle to start. Clearing early pm.
Perfect conditions to practice ultra low and low launch failures. Later practising signal too fast and abandoning the launch.
In between the good spells, classroom work included unravelling DALRs and SALRs and how we determine thermal heights and cloudbase.
The weather Wednesday will be much improved, but still not like our glorious summer.
3 September another course begins
winds 340/15 visibility 30K, thermals early afternoon to 3400 QFE
The day started with a cable change, many thanks to Tom and Dave for the assistance.
John Hammond, David Potter and Howard Bunn join us on the course this week. The day was spent getting everyone up to speed with the equipment and how to use it. Hopefully John will resolo again this week and David will get closer to solo (David is a member at Lasham). Howard is a newbie and is now just getting to grips with how the controls work.
Many thanks to Dave Breeze who spent a few hours on the tractor today cutting the grass---which has now started to grow again.
Barry Green and Alan Carter spent much of the evening planning their trip to inspect an SF27.
The outlook for the week is a little mixed but should be flyable all week for those who want to pop along and keep current.
29 August Club day
winds 330/15, soarable pm
Mike and his team had a successful day with the sportability group, managing to get into wave in the afternoon.
The course all tried their hand at thermalling, David dawkins is now the handling pilot while Tiago and Jason have now mastered fully held off landings.
Roger and Tony kept the club flying going.
The outlook for Thursday is good after about 11 am, a high pressure setting up with associated light winds and strong thermals.
Tony Parker will be running the field on Friday, many thanks to him.
Mon/Tuesday 27/28 August
Welcome David Dawkins, Tiago Oliveira and Jason Jennette onto the course.
Much quieter on the airfield now as the last of the nationals visitors depart.
Training well underway now, well done to Tiago for converting to the K23.
Roger Smith joined us on Tuesday and enjoyed the soaring slot in the afternoon. Gentle thermals to around 3000ft QFE.
The rest of the week looks flyable and potentially some good soaring later in the week.
Wednesday 15th August A quiet club day
winds 230/25 vis 25 K drizzle am with low cloud
One club member (Paul) today with Roger Bagley to start and Tony later.
The drizzle delayed flying for a while, then the low cloud limited activity to launch failure practice. lectures and discussion (aviation) on the bus with bacon sarnies and jam rolls.
Condition brightened in the afternoon with a short soaring window. Mike and Patrick continued to practice solo in the K21 while Rhys tackled the awkward cross wind very competently.
A cold front is expected Thursday am with rain, this should clear to give a short soaring window in the afternoon.
A few more trailers have arrived as competitors ready themselves for the competition.
Tuesday 14 August
winds 200/15 visibility 35K , modest thermals for part of the day.
Patrick Moran and Mike Walker now solo , while Rhys and Sebastian continue their training.
Ruth took her last launch of this season before returning to the wild north. Similarly John who will be doing the breakfast for the nationals took a currency launch before putting the ASW20 safely away in its trailer.
Some activity now as preparations begin for the Nationals next week, areas being marked out and grass trimming to make the place look more respectable.
The course had its own challenges with all 3 buggies out of action for a few hours, the exercise pushing the gliders helps to keep the waistline in perfect shape! Many thanks to Robin Birch for repairing the K21 puncture.
Probably a little breezy tomorrow, rain expected Thursday am and some good soaring pm.
Monday 13th August
Vis 30K winds 310/15
Welcome to Patrick Moran, Rhys Williams, Sebastian Archer and Michael Walker. Yes another week of intensive training and development begins.
Patrick and Rhys are on their 2nd week this season and hope to solo this week. Sebastian was nearly solo 5 years ago and so is hoping to make some good progress this week and Michael ,an ATPL from Hong Kong) was solo several years ago and is hoping to get back into the saddle this week.
Great to see both tractors out today giving the grass a trim. many thanks to those involved.
The soaring forecast is a bit mixed this week, Tues day not looking brilliant but still flyable.
The evening talk was on launch failures ---in readiness for tomorrow.
Congratulations David Roberts
David Roberts, a BGA vice president, has been awarded the prestigious FAI Silver Medal for 2018.
The award citation notes;
David Roberts has dedicated much of the last 20 years to defending the rights of the Air Sports community throughout Europe.
He has served terms of office with the European Gliding Union, as a Chairman of the British Gliding Association and as Chairman (and now Vice President) of the Royal Aero Club of the UK, as well as numerous positions within the Cotswold Gliding Club.
David joined the Board of Europe Air Sports in 2003 and was elected President in 2009, a role which he fulfilled until standing down in March 2018.
In early 2012 he initiated a challenge to the European regulators to adopt a different approach to the regulation of recreational and sporting aviation and was a leading member of the small team, under the leadership of the French CAA (the DGAC) that wrote the European General Aviation (GA) Safety Strategy paper in 2012, and which led directly to the European Commission’s “GA Roadmap” which is now being implemented.
David has been a vital contributor to the development of European Regulations, ensuring representation for the interests of the European Air Sports Community at the highest level.
CGC joins the wider Air Sports community in thanking David and congratulating him on this highly deserved recognition by the FAI.
Cotswold Airport Scholarship Day
On Tuesday the club again took part in Cotswold Airport's scholarship program by introducing the 10 scholars to gliding. The feedback suggests that they all had a great day with all of them experiencing soaring flights. Quite a few of the scholars had only flown in commercial airplanes before so it was really satisfying to be able to introduce them to 'real' flying. They were also kept busy in retrieving gliders, helping at the launchpoint, visits to the winch and having to think about the questions posed by Simon and myself at any time we were on the ground. The scholars were at the start of a 2 week program which includes aerobatics, drone flying, helicopters, flex wing as well as visits to Brize Norton and other aviation companies. This is a fantastic program open to 14-18 year olds and more details can be found at -
Many thanks to Simon Buckley, Roger Smith, David Roberts, David Hart and anyone else that helped on the day. (I know there are only 9 scholars in the picture, one was still at the winch!)
Another excellent soaring day - perhaps the last of this exceptional summer?
Two flights over 400 Km were flown by Andy Smith and John Macwilliam.
Craig Mustowe completed the navigation part of his Cross-country Endorsement in the DG500
winds 250/10, visibility 30K
Welcome to Alison Elliott, Roger Johnson and Brian McDermid.
3 August last day of course
thermals late starting winds light NW
bacon sarnies on the bus at 8 am, first launch before 8.
Patrick Moran resoloed, Brian McDermid converted to the ASK23 and Max now flying unprompted flights and very close to solo.
The launch point was busy with many club members trying to soar in the difficult conditions and getting relaunches. Meanwhile a K8 from Nympsfield taunted us by soaring happily before landing at Aston Down. A total of 3 gliders from Nympsfield arrived during the day.
Our new CFI Simon Lucas popped in to see us , we all offer our thanks for the work Gerry Holden, our outgoing CFI, did for us.
1 August Grant off on his travels
210/15 thermals to about 4000ft QFE
A busy club day, the T21 came out for an airing and Robin and Tony Parker spent the day flying it and taking visitors up for a treat.
The soaring conditions were delayed by top cover which reduced the thermal strengths.
The regular Wednesday team helped keep the launchpoint operating smoothly, thanks in particular to Paul who managed to get trapped on the logkeeping all day. Lesley popped in for a flying visit, great to see her.
The course did well, spinning in the K13 was the order of the day for Brian and Patrick, meanwhile Max is getting to grips with circuits.
The outlook for Thursday is not so great for soaring, frontal systems have changed the picture somewhat. Briefing is planned for 7am and last launch 15.45.
Friday looks like some modest local soaring pm. Last launch still 16.00hrs.
Dinner at the tunnel house later was very pleasant.
31 July another good soaring day
220/15. cloudbases rising to 5000ft QNH
A very quiet morning before the thermals started going. Lots of lone pilots arrived for a launch and the course guys stepped up and got them launched with very few complaints---well done to the course guys who in some cases have less than 2 days experience, also thanks to those who stopped to give us a hand.
Everyone on the course had a decent soaring flight and some soaring training. The evening briefing was on finding and making good use of a thermal.
The evening flying group was busy again, flying visitors on flight experiences.
Wednesday will be good soaring, club day, Grant Needham sets off on his travels, cycling in the evening, and the course dinner at the Tunnel House.
Thursday will be more good soaring and Davids birthday.
Friday good pm and last launch 4 pm
30 July a new course begins.
Winds 200/20, isolated showers of rain cloudbases 1500-2500 QNH.
The fibre optic cable for the internet has been replaced and fingers crossed it will now be trouble free. Thanks to Matt for organising it and supervising the BT crew.
The new course starts today with Patrick Moran and his son (Max) and Brian McDermid. Patrick is a repeat course member as is Brian.,---both working towards bronze C.
Brian McDermid and his wife Pauline have joined the club now and will bring their caravan to AD this week.
The outlook for tomorrow is still breezy but flyable, winds easing for Wednesday. Both days should be good soaring.
29 July Internet back on--very breezy day
Thanks to the efforts of Matt Page the internet is now back on while BT try to figure out why the new optic line is not working.
The course went well. Bob Carter went solo again his daughter Isabel is now an "unprompted pilot". Charlie Palmer, another junior is now the "handling pilot" as is Solomon Hodson (nephew to Adrian Giles). Many thanks to all the helpers this week, we couldnt have had a successful week without you.
You might notice the bus coolant level glass is now clear so it can be used properly, Tim Brailsford busied himself with this task on Saturday. Sadly no flying on Saturday due to the weather.
Sunday weather was dreadful, synoptic chart shown below.
The week ahead will show steadily improving weather, a new course starts on Monday, cycling on the airfield on Wednesday evening.
Grant Needham will be leaving us on Wednesday to start is motorhome tour of Europe, I am sure everyone will join me in a vote of thanks for his background support and wish him a safe tour.