winds 060/05 good visibility.
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FROM: 12 Oct 2018 13:46 GMT (14:46 BST) TO: 19 Oct 2018 16:00 GMT (17:00 BS
Soaring possibilities today.
17 October gosh thats a lot of batteries
light northerly winds. cloud bases rising to 3000ft. Very little thermal activity.
Good to see the regular club members here and welcome to our visitor Ben from Nympsfield.
The first decent day for course member Phil May who managed some excellent flights from start to finish. Lawrence and Collin were perfecting more advanced handling exercises.
Roger and Pat looked after the steady stream of club members, a very pleasant and chilled day at the launch point.
The picture shows Collin checking over the electric buggies batteries, doing the routing check before topping up with distilled water.
Dinner was an eclectic mix of contributions including triple chocolate ice cream produced by David Hart---delicious.
16 October Foggy start
winds 200/15 with fog to start and low cloud for most of the day.
The K21 has now had a polish and looks a lot better for it. Thanks to Collin, Lawrence and Ethan for your efforts here.
The flying incorporated launch failures and eventually circuits learning how to interpret a turn and slip and how an ASI may be used as a crude attitude indicator. At least we got the annual refreshers completed and had some fun---despite the weather.
The day finished with a debrief on the instrument flying and then a glass of wine and dinner in the club room. Another great day
15 October 2018
Low cloud and NE winds today with some drizzle.
Welcome to Collin Boden, Lawrence Wood and Phil May on the last course of 2018.
Ethan has joined us for a few days to assist at the launchpoint, good to see you.
Lecture this morning was on instrument flying, the way to use them and how to get yourself out of trouble if you do inadvertently enter cloud with a limited panel.
Thanks everyone for the time spent housekeeping the gliders. The untidy patchwork of electrical tape on the K21 canopy has now been removed and the club gliders have freshly polished canopies---much better.
The lecture in the afternoon was on ridge soaring and the Cotswold edge.
Sunday 14th October - no flying today
Morning, looking out the window and at the various met websites we can expect the current rain to persist until at least 1500 when it will go to showers.
There is not really any hope of good flying today so flying is cancelled. Enjoy your Sunday, maybe a lie in or quiet coffee somewhere...
Flying, Saturday 13th October 2018.
In case you're in any doubt, and after several hours sitting in the wind-swept Clubhouse, Robin and I have given up any hope of flying today. The wind-gauge was regularly showing 30+ knots, and the gust forecast was for gusts of 40-50mph. Actually, we cancelled the two one-day courses yesterday based on the forecast. Maybe conditions will have moderated by tomorrow afternoon.
12 October windy
Forecast winds 190/50 with rain.
Not a good day to go flying.
11 October, the winds finally stopped us.
winds 170/25 good visibility and occasional rain showers
Flying started with the launchpoint a long way down the runway to ensure cables drop clear of buildings etc. A very awkward direction. Initially the winds were quite light and not a problem for flying. As the morning progressed, the winds reached a limit and we were forced to stop.
meanwhile Nigel Payne flew the ASW19 for the first time and Matthew Veals converted to the K23.
After lunch briefings were on instrument flying followed by a talk on Mcready. Course dinner was at the Old Lodge, Fish and chips seemed to be the favourite choice, and a beer of course.
The outlook for Friday is grim, with strong winds and rain, oh well the first 4 days were good.
upper winds 140/20 and surface winds 100/10 visibility poor
Operations were from 09 today, a very busy course day with very productive training and plenty of practice landing on the runway. A total of 28 launches including 2 self launchers.
A few club members turned up but the wind direction was a little off putting.
Many thanks to our helpers Andy Davey and David Hart.
Outlook for tomorrow, winds 170, so probably on 21. Fresh but workable winds and the possibility of rain later in the day
Andy Davey and Pat at launch point control.
9 October Matthew Veals goes solo
winds 220/20 fog to start and broken wave thermal later.
The fog lifted quickly and the course flying got underway promptly.
Well done Matthew Veals for going solo.
Charles Linton started his winch training with David, a good example to us all thanks Charles.
Mr Janikowski used the launch facility to practice a few circuits in his discus before packing up his glider. The soaring wasnt quite as good as it looked.
Gerald was spotted waiting for lunch at the winch, mind you we think it might be son of Gerald.
Flyable tomorrow, but winds may be from the SE.
winds 230/20 cloud BKN at 2500 QFE
Welcome to 4 course members. Marcus Williams, Matthew Veals, Pat Lyengar and Nigel Payne.
A very busy course day that demanded an efficient turnaround to get everyone in the air. That was achieved so well done everyone, and particular thanks to our helpers, Colin Stringer, David Hart and Andy Davey for helping get the field set up and the team up to speed with the procedures.
John McWilliam was seen disappearing in his PIK 20E, other than that it was all quiet on the club flying front.
The outlook for Tuesday is much the same as today with slightly lighter winds.
This is the penultimate course week of the year, so make sure you keep current and at least fly a circuit or two.
5 October Dave Potter goes solo
winds 220/10, Fog to start. Cloud lifting to 2000ft QFE
More classroom work in the morning, followed by launch failure practice when the low cloud permitted.
Richard spent some time fettling the buggies, while Tom Egan stayed at home nursing his twisted ankle.
Welcome to our latest new member, Rex Lampier. Rex has spent 2 weeks on courses and has decided gliding is for him, he is now solo and flying the ASK23.
David Potter went solo today, well done to him. David is a member at Lasham and lives at Lee-on -the solent.
The end of another successful week, thanks to everyone for making it possible.
4 October Mike Farmer goes solo
winds 220/15, low cloud drizzle to start then clearing to CAVOK
The morning was spent in the classroom with lectures on Met and Altimetry.
By midday it was flyable with weak wave tantalizing the pilots.
Well done Mike Farmer for his first solo flights today, and to Dave Potter for his unprompted flights.
Dave Howell and Colin Stringer joined us, thanks very much for all your help.
The day ended with dinner at the old Lodge. On our return we met the cheery aero modellers, enjoying their meeting in the club bar.
We hope for another good day tomorrow.
3 October Club day
winds forecast at 290/20. Some thermal activity during the afternoon.
A really good day despite the less than inspiring forecast.
Roger Bagley and Pat Greer kept the club flying going, while the course guys spent the day in the K13 doing various spinning exercises. Rex Lampier did his personal best soaring flight of a little under the hour.
Grass cutting around the caravan park thanks to David Hart and the South field thanks to Andy Smart.
2 self launchers went off at the end of the day to explore the wave at the Malverns.
winds 290/20 cloud bases around 1400ft QFE.
2 club single seaters and the K21 out today, operating on 27. The farmers bales are now gone, so no obstructions on the field now.
The course team managed an extremely crisp launch rate and so everyone managed plenty of training flights.
Rex is now flying the K23, while Colin Stringer kept current with the ASW19.
The course guys practised launch failures, too fast signals, various stalling exercises and circuit planning---great progress being made.
The outlook for Wednesday is similar and Thursday and Friday lighter winds but grey
1 October great start to another course
NW winds and good soaring from around 12 noon.
Welcome to Mike Farmer, Rex Lampier and David Potter.
Rex resoloed and Mike and David worked omn launch failures.
Thanks to David Hart and Colin Stringer for their help at the launchpoint.
Saturday 29th September
What a beautiful day; blue skies, little wind and for a few hours there were thermals to 2500'. Instructors were kept busy with the one-day-course and a few UWE students flying K21 and K13. Our vintage fleet was represented by the Skylark 2 (Mk4) and ETPS Oly 2b, both of which soared nicely. A few more modern private owners kept the launch point busy as well and we even saw the DG400 take a wire launch instead of using his pop up motor. Thanks to duty winch drivers, log keepers and helpers for making the day run smoothly.
Saturday 29th September
What a wonderful day. 100% turnout from red team, four club gliders at the launchpoint by 10 am. Clear blue skies and a light wind brought some thermals by lunchtime and a few private owners brought out a variety of aircraft for some local soaring, including Adrian and Frank with their 1957 Skylark and Robin's even older Oly. Finally former UWE student Dan Van de Werf unpacked his shiny new Cirrus for his first couple of flights.
Tuesday 25th, fine Autumn day on a quiet airfield
Thanks to the superior winching skills of the chairman and help from David Hart and Colin Stringer several pilots had three hours each in the air today.
Club flying tomorrow, and maybe we do the same again on Thursday as Andy Smart has kindly offered to winch. (Perhaps I will get to fly then too!)
If you want to fly Thursday please let Fran Knowles know as as she will be coordinating. We still need an instructor to supervise winching. (He gets the last launch?)
Fran's contact details will follow.
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.