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Cold Sunday

Sunday the 4th of December dawned cold with a brisk easterly so runway 09 was the order of the day, one of the early launches was Steve Glassett in the Cirrus who had a bet with Jonathan that the Ikarus wouldn't tow the Cirrus to 10,000 feet, 30 minutes later, they did. Steve took the following pictures on the way down, landing just over an hour later.
A busy day with trial lessons and with winch launches up to 1600' on the short runway a good time was had by all. Several club members had aerotows in the K23 as did Andy Smart in the Cirrus, this time just to 3000' . Jonathan Apperley completed his winter refreshers, and also took an aerotow, the photo below was taken in the smooth air above the 1500' inversion. Thanks to all who helped.

Ka 23 back airborne

Yesterday the Ka 23 was test flown by Robin Birch and then an orderly queue of club members formed to fly it. The other photo is of company owner Robert Novak and Ksenija Novak handing over the finished product to me at their workshop in Lesce, Slovenia.

New Ka 23 pics

Glider Service (Slovenia) provided us with a complete photographic record of over 600 photos of the strip down and refinishing work. I'm going to select a cross section of these photos to make these available through the website to all members so you can see what is involved in refinishing a glider professionally. The photo with this post is just one showing what a superb job has been done. The lovely glider is now better than when new in 1984 and still has over 15,000 hours life left in it providing we treat her well !
She will be rigged today but has to have a test flight at AD before being available for members to fly.

DGR / chairman

Don has gone off for a holiday

Don Puttock's last day running courses at Aston Down was yesterday. He and his wife jetted off a 3 a.m. today from Birmingham A/P for some sunshine in the Canaries. On behalf of everyone I can say that Don has provided three years of dedicated energy, excellent training and encouragement to all who came on our courses. Despite the vagaries of the weather, from late March this year to yesterday, there was not a single weekday when the course members did not fly. If the cloud-base was low, then "let's do cable break practice" said Don !
After three years at AD he has decided to move on to "pastures new" for 2017. We wish Don all the best for the future, wherever he is. We shall be hosting a farewell lunch for him, probably in early December. In the meantime the search for his successor gets under way.
Our winch driver Dave Taylor will be working with us during the winter, doing a variety of maintenance and other jobs under the supervision of Richard Carter. For the next two weeks he is away, taking a rest from the daily grind of winching.

DGR / chairman

You’ll never get me up in one of those things

Well, we did. After another season’s winching David Taylor was persuaded to have a go in the rear seat of the K21. He enjoyed it so much he went up for a second flight. Will there be no stopping him now!

All the best


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K23 on its way back

Gilly by the trailer near the top of Col du Galibier (2575M) - we meant to go over the Col du Lauteret down to the valley below Les Deux Alps but no one told us - until we got to the Col cafe - that the road diversion due to a land slip was too narrow for the trailer where the "track" went 90 degrees. So we went over the other Col.

Now stopped near Troyes in France.

David Roberts

Saturday 15th Oct.

Very nice day for October. First Red Team outing for the new K21. No scratches yet, but it did get wet as the rain came at 4.30 and stopped play. Arcus went on a trip to Devizes and back and a visiting jet-assisted Shark took a few Launches, taking advantage of our nice big airfield to get accustomed to their glider on the winch. Aerotows were available and taken by a few members. Many thanks to KTOW for coming over in between the poor weather at the start and end of the day. Thanks also to UWE members for helping at the launch point.

Progress on Ka 23 refinish

Here are some pics of our Ka 23 in the paint shop in Slovenia, 17 days after they started to strip off the old gelcoat. Looking good !
DGR / chairman

This and that

The Ka 21 ENK is U/S pending repair to the trailing edge of the elevator as a result of it being damaged on entry to the hangar on 4 October. Robin will hopefully do the repair w/c 10 Oct.
The winches have been undergoing minor repairs for exhaust and roller replacement. Should be operating Thursday.
The Flarm in the DG 500 (KNK) is now working - Robin has sorted it by just "pressing the right buttons" he tells me. But when starting it up there is an error message which is merely to say that the obstacle data base needs updating - can someone with a micro SD card reader and knowledge of Flarm online downloads please oblige by doing that. Don't all rush.
Did you know that you can check the serviceability status of gliders and ground equipment on the club website / members section? Providing it is kept up-to-date of course.
News from Slovenia on the Ka 23. With a fair wind and suitable weather for the test flight in Slovenia in about two weeks time - better to do it there than here as it is a long way to drive back if there are any problems - I should be able to collect it w/c 24 October. Hopefully it should be ready for flight at AD on 29 October.
And as Gill has reminded everyone, 1st October was the start of our new financial year; memberships and other annual charges are due. Please call her with your credit card details ! The memberships are not posted on the Glidex accounts system yet as we have to complete the transactions for the old year before entering data for the new year, so as to get a "clean cut off" for the annual accounts. So please bear with us. However the hangar, caravan and private owner facility (formerly "trailer rents") charges for the new year are on the Glidex accounts as these are generated automatically by the computer's calendar.

DGR / chairman

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