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Sunday 18th November

After their display on Saturday evening, the two motor gliders departed around 0800 for Hus Bos after a runway beat up. With a brisk 16-18 knot easterly forecast, the operation was set up on 09. The first couple of flights were into poor visibility so with the conditions, a limited operation and a good number of UWE students to fly we decided to cancel the trial lessons for the day. It did improve later and some had extended flights but it was cold! We were glad of the hot soup and rolls available in the clubhouse after packing the kit away.
Thanks to everyone that helped.

Saturday 17th November

I was pleased I’d flossed my teeth this morning – on the One Day Course were Dentist Martin and Dental Technician Andrew. They were good sports and didn’t mind a bit being turned upside down on their last flights. Club members Philippa Roberts and Andrew Mugleston were getting married today down the road in Tetbury (I heard Philippa had a puncture going down the aisle, but I'm sure that’s not true). We wish them a long and happy life together – it ain't going to be dull. Luckily the weather gods got the memo and the clouds cleared around 11.00 to give a sunny if somewhat chilly day. We had a good day’s flying off the west end of the cross runway – there was even a bit of lift about. Many thanks to the UWE students and others for washing the DG500 trailer and to Dave Howell , Pete Laws and Stuart Thackray for driving the winch.

Wednesday November 14th

An excellent day's flying yesterday with a stiff breeze in the morning moderating to allow a few pilots a little soaring. The longest flight of the day was John Docherty's 14 minutes in LRT.

We hope to be flying again on Friday, do come along and join the fun.

Sunday 11 November

A small band of enthusiasts and helpers turned up including Tim Brailsford, all the way from Staffordshire. We had a good day with sunshine, mostly blue skies, some thermals, no rain and winds 220 / 20-25kts giving cracking launches for the 2 x Ka 21 and Ka 23 on the line. The head-on sun in the afternoon made landing alongside R/W 21 slightly tricky. Several trial lesson visitors enjoyed their flights and a Bristol University 3rd year aeronautical engineering lady student (“Georgie”), who is Silver C level and currently flying at Nympsfield, dropped in to see our operation. She left duly impressed, and we hope to see more of her.
Tim Brailsford last week gained his helicopter pilot’s licence, which will make his round trip from home in Staffs easier if more expensive (!). But the main good news today was seeing Adam Mayo back in action flying with instructors Darren and Simon, following his serious biking accident in Switzerland in the summer and subsequent hospitalisation for head injuries. He has made such good progress we are all relieved he’s fully on the mend and will be able to take up his role as a valued member of the active student / youth contingent at the Club.

DGR

Portmoak

Monday evening the wind increased so much that a trip to airfield was required to re position the Gliders left out overnight.
Tuesday 23rd was as forecast, 25kt winds and gusts of 40kts or more. All except Christoph decided that the rewards did not justify the risk and we would not fly.
Christoph self launched in his DG400, reaching 1000ft in the length of the airfield, looking more like a helicopter than a Glider. He managed a max climb in weak wave to 3000ft, spending as much time going backwards over the ground as he did forward. He made a safe landing a couple of hours later and we all retired for food.
Wednesday had promise, some the locals were up and away early aero towing or self launching into the hills. The rest including us waiting for the cloud to lift off the hill enough to enable us to launch, by 10 am the cloud started to clear and there was a steady stream of winch and Aero tow launches looking for wave.
The conditions were unusual with the outside air temp at 3000ft 8 deg c, and at 6000ft 15 deg c with the wave locally petering out at 7000ft.
All pilots contacted the wave achieving heights of over 6000ft, with notable achievements from Caleb McKinstry who reached 7000ft and Martin Hayward who flew the DG500 GBZ solo reaching over 6000ft on their first solo wave flights.
Picture shows The evening sky as we left the airfield.

Portmoak

Portmoak So Far

All 11 pilots and aircraft arrived safely and by Saturday evening and most got their paperwork signed ready for the week.
Sunday was forecast for rain in the morning, the forecast was correct and the airspace and weather briefing was well attended in the morning. The weather cleared lunch time and all the visiting gliders were rigged and enjoyed an afternoon on the ridge and very fickle weak wave.
Monday was forecast to wave with the winds strengthening in the afternoon, all except one launched in the morning and the wave worked, unfortunately the gaps kept filling in so 8000ft was the most we could get.

Saturday 21st September

What a great day, despite the fog to start and low cloud which gave us a rest at lunchtime, our first 10 UWE students had a great time and were kept busy by the duty team ably assisted by Jonathan Apperley and our new CFI Elliott Apperley. Other club members also helped out with running the launch point and a few of them flew. Chris Ashworth flew the two one-day courses. Thanks to Fran who is expecting another load of "First flights" tomorrow too, and anyone else I have missed!

18 October

winds 060/05 good visibility.

Interesting NOTAM for Kemble,

L6982/18: Kemble: Aerodrome : miscellaneous plain language
Q) EGTT/QFAXX/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5140N00203W005
RESTAURANT CLOSED
FROM: 12 Oct 2018 13:46 GMT (14:46 BST) TO: 19 Oct 2018 16:00 GMT (17:00 BS

Soaring possibilities today.

Another great day.

Barrie Taylor joined us for the day and had a currency flight in the K23. Lesley popped in for a cuppa and chat, the LS3 and ventus ct came out for an airing, and the lawnmower came out to trim the grass.

Some fun flying for the course, with loops chandelles and cloud recovery practice.

A good area of grass was cut today, now it is getting cooler we hope the grass will stop growing so quickly.

The day ended with dinner and some red wine at the old Lodge. After all the Kemble restaurant was not available.

The pictures show david on sandwich making duties, the tractor off to the launchpoint, and a flight above the clouds.

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

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