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.
20 July Matthew and Ben go solo
winds 240/05, visibility 30K
Lots of helicopter activity today, and some very good soaring.
Good to see so many club members out flying the club single seaters.
Very well done to Ben and Matthew Mc Evoy who went solo today.
18th Club day, its all about teamwork
very light winds and a soaring window from around 10 am to 5pm
Roger Bagley got the club flying underway and the course continued into another very long day.
Notam class D airspace nailed us to the ground in the morning, and a 2nd Notam appeared mid afternoon to limit our activities for a little under an hour.
It was a day for things to be repaired and that is when the team kicked into action. The pics tell it all, the bus main and auxialiary batteries were giving trouble with a quick fix from Richard and Tom, Robin did a pit stop on the K21 to get the brakes wirelocked properly, meanwhile ben and Matthew rigged up an alternative signalling system. A repair to the K21 tail dolly---it gets a lot of wear when we are doing launch failures and the electric buggy ran out of electrons and needed to be towed home. Thanks everyone for keeping smiling and keeping us flying---phew what a day.
Austin Rose completed his 2nd soaring flight for the cross country endorsement and all the course guys are now flying unprompted flights.
17 July an early start.
Robert resoloed today, very well done to him.
many thanks to Ethan who made an early start to help get flying going, briefing was at 7.45 to help catch up a slow day on Monday.
The evening flying took over at 6pm.
Soaring was mixed weather cycling fairly regularly. Cloudbases at around 4500ft QFE.
For the 2nd day running Jules (of Duvet fame) gave the grass a manicure. More volunteers would be appreciated.
Club day tomorrow, and some more good soaring.
Winds 200/10 visibility 20K, thermic from about 12 oclock
Welcome to Matthew and Ben McEvoy, Philip Carter and Robert McLachlan.
Thanks again to Robin Birch for getting the 2 K21s airworthy---where would we be without him?
It was good to see club members flying the K23 and the K13, some good soaring was had in the afternoon.
Another good day tomorrow, see you all there.
13 July last day of the course
The weather has been hot all week, poor David suffered a little sunstroke and was forced to take a day of rest on Wednesday.
Wednesday was very busy, with thermals going to 6000ft, see gthe picture of the grid!! Thanks to everyone who stepped up and helped get the launchpoint moving smoothly. We all noticed how dependent we are on our winch driver.
The Seahawk guys from Culdrose had a super week and put in 110% on the airfield, great to have you with us.
Remy (from Challock) went solo again and converted into the K23, Eddy (from Ringmer)has now mastered circuits and landings and has started on launch failures. Patrick (a local man) is now flying with a few prompts from the instructor. Well done everyone , good effort. Caroline and Will spent the entire week giving back up at the launchpoint.
Airspace restrictions over Aston Down due to the Fairford air display meant we could only climb to 3000ft QFE, however this was no real hardship and pilots moved off to the west in the remarkable soaring conditions we were given.
Thursday dinner was at the Tunnel house, good company, good beer and good food---what could be better.
The pictures show Eddy at 4000ft, Remy getting prepared to go solo and the busy wednesday grid.
10 July course well underway
Winds 020/10, visibility 30K, blue thermals to 6000ft
A steady return to normality after the busy competition week.
The Farnborough RIAT is now in place with an agreement that we have a sector up to 3000ft QFE.
Winchie David went home unwell , many thanks to Doug and Robin for stepping in and driving the winch for us.
The Culdrose expedition are enjoying themselves and benefiting from the good soaring conditions.
Remy , Patrick and Eddy are getting on well with the course---well on target for achieving their objectives.
Another good soaring day expected tomorrow---see you there.
29 June Will Haye goes solo on 5th day of course.
Another hot day with winds forecast 070/10.
competitors for Enterprise start to arrive.
Congratulations to William Haye, who went solo on the 5th day of the course. A very good effort on his part, and we hope to see more of him as he strives for his bronze C.
29 June Barnaby Haye goes solo
Winds 060/10 mainly blue with Cu developing in athe afternoon.
The warm breeze kept the air feeling a little cooler today.
The Surrey Hills guys kept the field running for us, many thanks chaps. fran, Andy and Dave Freeman ventured out and were treated to a great afternoon of flying.
Barnaby Haye went solo after a gap of some decades today, well done to him. He then went off and flew for over an hour just to prove he could do it.
The day finished with a great BBQ, (many thanks to Mike Weston for organising the food and then cooking it!).Meanwhile the evening group took many first timers up for a taster.