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.
Matt Page was spotted swinging from a pair of steps in the caravan park. He was , in fact , installing a new aerial for the WIFI, we now have a good working system. Thanks Matt, we are all very grateful.
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.
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.