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19 May Andy and Chris go solo

Winds 210/15 cloudbases rising to 2500.

Dave and Helen teamed up and flew the K23. Many thanks to Lesley for helping on the ground, the course guys appreciated it.

Congratulations to Andy Grant and Chris Blewett on their first solos today.

Michael Hawkins, who works at Slimbridge, continued his flight training with circuit planning lessons.

The evening party took over at 6pm and flew into the evening with a group of trial lessons. Thankfully the unpredictable weather provided a window for them.

Don

18 May how wrong can a forecast be?

Showers of rain forecast all day, low cloud and a complex low just to the North.

The rain in the morning put a lot of people off, but the day turned out to be mostly good with 2 rain showers interrupting our day.

A quiet day meant the course could get on with launch failure training. On one launch Dave forgot to give us our power failure so we went soaring instead. Thermals of 4 knots made it quite straightforward and good fun.

A rainbow gave us a photo opportunity.

Rocky 1 is back on line many thanks to Tom and Richard (the airfield fairies that fix things when no one is watching)

Well lets look for another good day tomorrow.

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17 May Second day of course and U3A group visit

The weather forecast showed winds 220/15, visibility 30K with some light rain later in the day.

Today was also the second U3A Group day. All six had extended flights in the DG500 with Mike Randle including a former Tornado and Boeing 777 pilot who took the opportunity to do some cloud flying. Afterwards Mike flew with Alan Smith, Lesley's father and former Concorde test pilot who naturally was able to complete the landing in spite of not having flown for 20 years. Lesley observed that there were two Meteor pilots with a combined age of 164 in the cockpit. Picture below.

Many thanks to all the helpers today, the U3A visit would not have worked without your help and mostly to Lesley for organising the successful event.

The course progresses well with 2 pilots now flying "unprompted circuits and landings---very well done.

16 May the start of course number 8, a great soaring day

winds 320/10, visibility 35 K strong thermals locally.

We welcome Chris Blewett, Andy Grant and Michael Hawkins to the course this week.

Winch Driver David is back from his Hols, with a big grin.

Many thanks to our band of helpers, including David Hart, Helen Chittock and Dave Breeze. Thanks also to the K21 syndicate for lending us their tow out gear.

A few cross countries today, Tony Parker reported conditions not quite so good to the south but he managed a 300 in his new toy.

Looking forward to a good day tomorrow.

Don

Another Aerotow day

Jonathan after staying overnight, again offered tows behind his Ikarus. Some members were able to take advantage of a concessionary rate while new Ikarus pilot Bruce got in his qualifying tows. Otherwise it was a day of cross countries for some and training for others.

13 May last day of course 7 and Terry Clarke goes solo.

weather 050/15, 25k visibility,cloudbases 1400ft and rising.

Many thanks again to Mike Randle and Andy Smart for helping the course and driving the winch. Everyone on the course send their thanks.

Congratulations to Terry Clarke who went solo today. Terry is a club member and also a member of the aero modeller group.

The course guys found the thermal cloudbase mix frustrating, the longest flight being about 30 minutes---never mind it is all good practice.

Everyone agreed , they will be back for more fun at the club.

Don

12 May the first soaring of the course

winds 050/20, isolated showers of rain visibility 25 K.

many thanks to our winch drivers, Tom Coles and Mike Randle. Tom was at the briefing with us at 7.15am, ready to help us make a good day.

Simon Collier and Stephen Fletcher converted to the K23, our great launch rate was assisted by several helpers, many thanks to everyone.

Stephen and I managed a wave flight at 9.30 with a steady 2 knot climb straight off the top of the launch.

The pictures show Stephen preparing to fly the K23 and Mike Randle driving the cable truck --thanks Mike for some great launches.

Well its off to the Rose and Crown now to swap exaggerated stories of the day.

Don

11 May cloudy and drizzle, Simon completes his bronze

forecast visibility 15 K,wind 060/15, cloud bases 1500ft and showers.

Well done Simon Collier, final part of bronze tests completed.

Working between the showers proved difficult, briefings on bronze C met and principles of flight to start, and thermalling to finish.

Everyone managed to get wet today. Thanks to Tom Coles and Steve for sitting it out in the winch---just to do the occasional launch between the showers.

Richard and tom Egan managed to get the tow out gear repaired after a section fell apart, that saved us a lot of walking.

The pictures show Simon working his way around a circuit in pretty cloudy conditions, and below a serious rain shower on its way.

Lets hope for better weather tomorrow.

Don

10 May Stephen Fletcher goes solo

The forecast was very unpromising with rain drizzle and low cloud.

Well, low cloud means cable break practice for everyone. The cloudbase went up sufficiently for Simon Collier to fly his first K21 solo flight and for Stephen Fletcher to fly solo for the first time. Well done to both of them.

it just goes to show, it can be worth putting up with the rain and sitting it out.

Many thanks to Chris Power for standing in on the winch---none of this would have happened without your help. And thanks again to David Hart for the assistance at the launch point.
Don

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