Saturday 17th February
Well, we made one 11-year-old boy very happy today. Aeroplane-mad Anakin dropped in with his parents do a bit of plane-spotting. He was pretty chuffed to have a sit in the K21, but after joining as a Junior Member he had his first flight in the DG500 with Don Brookman. Gob-smacked doesn't quite do justice to the look on his face after the flight. Meanwhile, another 11-year-old,Elliot Apperley, was impressing his instructor by flying his first launches.
Otherwise, once the early morning mist had cleared, we had a good day's flying, managing 65 launches. The Eurofox tug Alpha Bravo was kept busy doing aerotows, three pilots completed their winter refreshes and there were even some soaring flights.
Juniors Weekend at the Mynd
The DG500 visited Midland Gliding Club a few weeks ago to fly with junior pilots from across the country as part of the UK Junior Gliding winter series. We managed 150 launches over the weekend, and around 70 juniors were able to experience flying from a new airfield.
Supporting young people getting into aviation is one of the club's key aims as a BGA Junior Gliding Centre. We will be hosting the first of the new Summer Series events at Aston Down in May, which will focus on training and development for junior pilots looking to achieve their bronze and cross-country badges.
Many thanks to the club and the committee for your continued support of UK Junior Gliding.
Pupils get a taste for life above the clouds
SCIENCE Week at Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett provided excitement and interest for the children, led by Year 5 teacher Mrs Rowan Atack.
A glider from the Cotswold Gliding Club was brought to the school in its special transporter, and thrilled the pupils, who admired its impressive 50ft wing span.
They learned about its operational capabilities from Paul Lazenby, an instructor at the club, and Max Lazenby, a glider aerobatics pilot, and Lesley Waters, one of the lady members. Some children were lucky enough to sit in the cockpit, or to try on the weighty parachute pack that would be worn in flight.
The memorable Science Week also featured a visit by a hot air balloon, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter, a drone pilot and a representative of the REME Museum, who led a science workshop.
The activities certainly brought science to life for the pupils, who were fascinated to see exhibits at close range, and to have their many questions answered by the visitors.
AGM 27 January 2018
The Club's Accounts for the previous year (2015-16) have now been reviewed and a certificate of examination provided by the Club's independent accountant, Mrs Helen Turner. The accounts and the certificate can be found in the AGM 2018 folder on this website.
The Chairman's report at the AGM 28 January 2017 is filed in the AGM 2017 folder on this website, together with the powerpoint presentation of the various reports and the accounts.
The Club's Accounts for 2016-17 will be available at the AGM. They are being reviewed currently by the Club's independent accountant. Her certificate will be available in the next few weeks and will be posted on the website.
DGR / chairman
X runway, west end
Members taking a stroll around the airfield may experience a feeling of disorientation and confusion if they visit the west end of the cross runway. They will not recognise the airfield as Aston Down,because Grant Needham and Dave Taylor have been working hard to remove weeds and grass from between the cracks in the runway, and it now looks something like this:
many thanks guys
Saturday 16th December
Not a bad day's flying for December. Full marks to Duty Pilot, Grant Needham for getting the hangar doors open before 8.00am and working tirelessly at the launch point. Our trial lesson visitors enjoyed some good flights in the sunshine and excellent visibility. UWE student Arnie from Brazil had a good introduction to gliding with five flights in the K21. By half-past two we'd run out of people to fly and retired to the warmth of the club house. In the evening we all enjoyed a really excellent Christmas meal thanks to the efforts of Jacqui Huband, Helen Weston and John and Di Docherty.
Brass Monkey Saturday 25-11-17
Flippin' heck it was cold today. Despite the spectacular wind chill from the fresh north-westerly we had a good day's flying for the time of year. Our one-day course visitors Peter and Simon had a fun day in the DG 500, with yours truly. And yes, by the end of the day they both managed to remember what CBSIFTCBE stands for. Mike Weston and Simon Lucas were kept busy flying ATC cadets and UWE student in the K21 and K13 respectively. We had an enforced break at mid-day for a royal flight out of Kemble and an impressive rain shower around mid-afternoon, but otherwise managed a good launch rate. We are indebted to Adrain Giles and Richard Burgoyne for driving the winch.
The weather went almost precisely to forecast. The heavy rain that greeted us at 8 o'clock cleared through the morning and we were able to get in the air just after 11.00. Thereafter, the two-seaters were kept busy flying the one-day course and enthusiastic groups of ATC scouts and UWE students. Flying was delayed in the afternoon by one of the most impressive winch snarl-ups I have ever seen (who would have thought you can crochet steel cable?), the tow-truck getting bogged down in the wet grass and a change of runways. The last flights of the day were completed to the backdrop of a spectacular sunset.