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25 May chilly club day and 4 resolos

A chilly northerly wind and overcast. cloudbases 1500 ft rising to 3000ft QNH.

The morning started with a team of volunteers, led by Paul Lazenby, arrived to repair the damaged winch cables. Efficiently done and both winches are now back in business---thanks guys.

Grass collection continued during the day, and the first equipment started arriving for the Spartan Run on Saturday. (The picture shows the first tent in the South field).

Roger led the mid week flyers, Barrie Taylor (who is now installed as a returned member, complete with caravan) went solo along with Tom Egan, Ian Ashby and Robert Maclachlan. Martin Hayward completed his bronze skills test. Well done everyone. A quiet cold day does have its uses.

meanwhile Colin Stringer spent the day "fine tuning" his circuit and landing skills.

24 May --- a good cross country day

winds 060/15, cloudbases rising to 4500 QFE

Sadly Mark Wherry is unwell and was unable to attend the course today, we all hope he gets better soon. That did mean we were short of assistance to launch, thanks to the private owners who pitched in to help keep the launches going.

Robert Maclachlan and Ian Ashby both had good soaring flights and demonstrated they remembered how to do it---big grins all around.

Dave Freeman and Colin Stringer utilised the ASW19 all day.

Mike and John set off in their starship for far flung places and many other private owners came out to enjoy the great soaring.

Grass Collection has now started, by tomorrow we should have a nicely cut lawn for an airfield.

The evening group took over to fly a bunch of Scouts.


23 May---Day one of course number 9

winds 330/15.

Thermals started popping off the moment the Libelle was put away---is there a connection?

Many thanks to Alun Thomas, Lesley, Chris Power for your assistance at the launchpoint. That was very helpful.

We welcome Mark Wherry, Robert Maclachlan, Ian Ashby and Colin Stringer onto the course. All of the members are experienced except for Mark. Mark, an IT professional, is trying gliding out for the first time. Robert and Ian are doing some intensive refresher training and Colin preparing for cross country flying.

Grass cutting is underway in readiness for the weekend event.


20 May last day of course--and a group of midweek flyers join us.

winds forecast as 240/20 and thermals from around 11 am.

A group of midweek flyers selected the day and brought the K23 out for the day. As it happened it was a good decision and some good soaring was had.

The course progressed well, with our visitors from Marham and Dorset going home with a few solos under their belts---well done to them. Meanwhile Michael Hawkins was getting to grips with circuit flying, he will be back for more training soon.

Thanks to Chris Power for standing in for the winch driver for the afternoon.

The top picture shows the team (left to right) Chris Blewett, Michael Hawkins and Andy Grant. The lower picture is Andy Grant landing ENK.

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.


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.


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.

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