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6 May. The last day of the advanced course.

The weather a little less exciting (from a soaring viewpoint) but warm and pleasant

The day started with a rigging exercise and the ASW19 was put together ready for flight.

Adrian and Colin converted to the ASW 19 and got plenty of practice landing. Both pilots were delighted with the great handling characteristics.

Plenty of achievements this week 1 licence completed, 1 bronze C completed, everyone flew new sailplane types, 2 pilots converted to their own standard cirrus and one winter refresher completed.

So for Adrian and Colin its cross countries next, Peter just needs a 2 hour soaring flight to complete his XCE and he will be hot on their tails.

Not a bad finish point. Well done everyone.


5 May, U3A visit, motor glider cross country endorsements, silver height and loads of fun flying

winds forecast 179/15 and blue thermals.

Mike Randle, Lesley and Chris power hosted the university of the 3rd age visit. Thanks Lesley for organising this successful event.

Lee kindly brought his motor glider to Aston Down, which made it possible for Adrian Irwin to complete his licence and Pete Harvey to complete his cross country endorsement.

Andy Miller popped in to see us, Andy is the BGA Senior examiner for motor gliders. We also had a flying visit from David Jesty, a Nympsfield instructor. David lives about a mile away and was interested to see how the course members were getting on.

Well done Chris Owen for converting onto his own Cirrus---all that hard work paid off---well done. Fingers crossed for Adrian Irwin and silver height .

The evening flying group took over and flew until dusk.


4 May club day good cross country and grass cutting

The winds forecast 200/20, vis 30K and no precipitation (hooray)

The briefing was well attended, the major safety topic being how to avoid the tractors!

The club flying was underway early, with Pat Greer and roger Bagley at the helm.

A very busy launch point with many private owners taking advantage of the good weather.

Pete Harvey converted on to his Cirrus and Chris Owen migrated to the Astir. The course day ended with practical soaring tuition for pete.

Lesley popped in to ensure everything is in place for the University visit tomorrow.

by the end of the day, the grass was collected and the tractors off to another job.

Another good soaring day tomorrow.

3 May--a busy course day, and some good cross country flying

Winds forecast 270/15 with thermals rising to 4000ft QFE.

The course had a number of firsts, Chris first solo in a fibreglass sailplane, and first solo K23, Peter forst solo K23 and first solo Astir. Adrian and Colin spent their time practicing their soaring skills.

Doug Andy and Mike set off on their respective tasks and did very well.

The grass cutter provided various landing challenges, but the grass is nice and short now.


2 May---Bank Holiday weather---showers and chilly

winds forecast 280/20, and a cold front passing through early afternoon.

The first day of course no 6, welcome to Chris Owen, Pete Harvey, Adrian Irwin and Colin Stringer. All 4 are solo pilots looking to develop their skills and complete exercises for their licences.

many thanks to the Lazenby team and Alex Jones for their help getting the field operational.

Paul Lazenby test flew the K23 but the ASI failed after the launch. So it was back to the hangar and into the hands of Mike Randle.

The rain arrived after everyone had check flights, so perfect timing. sadly it persisted for a long time so it was back to the briefing room and Chris had the chance to sit the bronze C exam.

The picture shows Chris reflecting on how he managed to get the warmest job on the airfield.

Sat 30th April

Everything was ready to go before 10. A keen private fleet was already lined up and with a sky filling up with Cu, both single seater and and training launches started together. Flights into Wales for some, with Talgarth as a TP, but involved dodging the showers which became more frequent and extensive as the day went on. Some interesting local soaring for the 2-seaters; thermals were big enough and strong enough for even beginners to try a bit of soaring hands-on experience. (with a bit of guidance from the back) As the cross-country pilots returned through the rain, some coordination over the radio assisted an air-ambulance helicopter that was visiting the trial bikes just to the west of the launch point. The heli-pilot even confirming that we had a glider down in a field just short of A/D. (sorry you didn't make it Tim) Satisfying day, not as cold as expected.

29 April. The end of a windy week, cloud streets to the horizon

Winds(1000ft amsl) 280/25, isolated showers, cloud bases rising to 5000ft. Cu nims and potential thunderstorms.

Richard paid us a few visits and the shelf in the bus is fixed, he brought Tom along to help screw it up!

The pictures are "entitled will it rain?" and "Yes".

The day finished with a great flight for Chris, cloud street to the Severn arriving at 4500ft (QFE).


Thursday 28 April Martin and Colin re solo and is Gerald back?

winds 220/10, visibility 40K and isolated rain showers.

Some wave experienced in advance of the front, climbs to about 3000ft. Towards the end of the day, the winds could be described as boisterous.

Well done to Colin Parker and Martin Jackson on their resolo. Martin is threatening to take up gliding more seriously and get that glider pilot licence.

It was good to see Dave Roberts, who popped in to see how things are going and tell us there are plans afoot to get the single seaters back on line very soon. Dave is off to Sisteron next week---hard life!

It looks like Gerald is back, he popped in for a spot of lunch.


27 April A busy club day

winds 340/10, cloudbases rising to 4000ft and isolated rain showers.

Thermals started around 10am with climbs reported during the day of 6-8 knots. Plenty of big rain showers around.

A good number of club members were at the 8.15 briefing, efficient teamwork meant the field was set up for a 9.15 first launch.

The guys flying solo were trying to wear out the K21, while the course members pushed on with their pre-solo training. Thanks everyone for a fun day with plenty of friendly banter.

The last landing was around 5pm just before we were hit by a huge rain shower. The evening talk was on adiabatic lapse rates and the weather---very appropriate.

26 April Hail snow, rain and sunshine

Winds 330/25 temp showers of rain, grains of snow and hail.

The course met a varied range of weather, as the pictures illustrate.

Chris Power joined us today to cover for Martin Jackson.Martin needed to be elsewhere today. Albert popped in to help during the afternoon, thanks Albert.

launch failure practice was the order of the day with challenging cross wind landings. Very well done everyone. Ground school today included flight limitations and a tutorial on altimetry.

Finally the winds became uncomfortable for us and we stopped flying. Meanwhile Mike Oliver was putting the finishing touches to fitting the recovered cable to B winch.

Winds calmer tomorrow.


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