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27 April turned into some good soaring

winds 250/25 with the risk of Cunims.

Operating from 27 for the 2nd time this week. Soaring became excellent later in the day with a mix of blue thermals and wave.

It was good to see Lesley at the launchpoint, complete with delicious nibbles for everyone.

Colin Stringer took advantage of the offer to fly the ASW19---he didnt need telling twice.

A couple private owners braved the weather and came out to join us, sadly Adrian Giles spent the best part of the day doing essential fettling to his glider.

The day ended with dinner at the Canal Tunnel.

Picture of the ASW19 ready to go and a view from 4000ft QFE.

25 April Windy club day

Forecast winds 250/25 with gusts. risk of showers good visibility.

The airfield was very busy with drones at one end and cycling races in the evening.

Good to see some club members out braving the winds, thanks for the help guys.

The course continues well with Brian McDermid now re soloed, Brian Goodspeed getting back into flying after an 8 year layoff and newbie Philip Orchard now flying the entire flight under the direction of the instructor.

Gerald is back and knows a soft touch when he sees one. Winchie David now has to share his lunch!

19 April

A very warm day. Blue. winds finally 240/05.

The launchpoint was busy with pilts giving their gliders an airing.

Thanks Roger for giving the K23 a good wash and clean out.

The course continues well, pilots making progress.

Tony Parker had a visitor from Usk, completing his BI rating.

Climbs were possible to around 3000ft QFE better than predicted.

18 April club day and cycle race

winds 190/20 cloudbases rising from 1500ft to 3500ft

A busy club day with many pilots trying to complete their annual refreshers and competing for the club single seaters.

Good thermals around midday and continuing into the afternoon.

A burbling noise attracted our attention as this rather nice vintage sports car worked its way around the perimeter track.

A cycle race curtailed flying as a national cycle competition took over the airfield.

Good to see Andy Miller and Mike Fox pop in with the motor glider.

The evening finished with a briefing on thermal techniques, the course continuing to go well.

17 April day 2 Course 5 A little windy

Winds 200/45, vis 30K, Rain later,cloudbases 1500ft QFE

4 members on the course, including one instructor (Steve Moore from Culdrose) having refresher training.

Brian McDermid a helicopter engineer, Trevor Ledger and Phil May retired serial course members.

Many thanks to Steve Glasset and Adrian Giles who stepped in to winch while David went to get treatment for his pulled muscle.

The flying could be described as sporting with 45 knot upper winds and significant wind gradients, a steep learning curve for everyone, but really good fun.

The weather should be better for. the 2nd half of the week..

13 April final day of course No 4 A bunch of achievers

Cloudbases began to be kinder to us, rising to 1500ft by early afternoon. Winds steadily moving to the west,

Steve Wilkinson ( Chief executive in his day job) has now completed his bronze C, and is working on his cross country endorsement. Mike Bosley( an Engineer in his day job) , resoloed and just needs to complete his skills test for the bronze C. Colin Stringer ( a retired banker and club member) resolo and completed annual refreshers and David Hart ( A driving instructor specialising in towing caravans-semi retired) completed his winter refreshers.

Despite the weather, a great week and well done everyone.

12 April Another busy day

Winds 040/10. Cloudbases rising to 600ft QFE

The day started in the classroom with a briefing on field selection and cross country navigation.

More exam work, congratulations to Steve Wilkinson on passing his bronze C exam. Colin Stringer and David Hart both completed the annual refreshers, so a good use of time for them.

The afternoon was filled with more power failure training and practice. Everyone is now feeling very comfortable and confident with the procedure.

Cloud bases came back down to zero feet, time to pack up and retire to the Woolpack in Slad for a pint of Old Spot and a fantastic dinner.

The pictures show the team photo from 3 years ago to the day with Mike and Steve in summer gear, and the contrasting picture with Colin Stringer after just landing.

The weather should be a little brighter tomorrow, the course may even get to the top of the winch launch!

11 April Exam day

winds were 070/10 with low cloud again.

A good day for Steve and Mike to tackle the bronze exam. The group are now super current dealing with power failures on a winch launch. David hart and Colin Stringer have now completed their winter refreshers.

Many thanks to John McWilliam who sorted out the tow out gear for the K21. Roger Bagley took the weather opportunity to have some discussions with the industrial area management to ensure the police dog training is undertaken in safe zones on the field.

Mole traps have been reset in the South field (east end)

The next task will be to get the buggies up to power so they can pull the 2 seaters reliably.

The day ended with a briefing on rigging and derigging.

10 April and another cloudy day.

Low cloud winds 090/10 but no drizzle.

Cloud bases eventually went to 1000ft QFE, in time to get david Hart, Colin and Steve off for a solo circuit.

The course guys are prepared to keep going come what may. The pictures show the team giving the buggy a helping hand to move the K21 and Davids suggested alternative winch towing vehicle!

9 April day 1 of course No 4

The weather is very mixed with patches of light rain all day and cloud bases rising to 900ft QFE (before going back down again). Winds light easterly.

A NOTAM creating class D around kemble active late morning.

Welcome to Steve Wilkinson and Mike Bosley both serial course members and David Hart and Mike Stringer both club members.

Thanks again to Chris Power for helping David---David has a strained shoulder and lifting cables doesnt help the healing process.

Launch failures were the order of the day and everyone practised power failures and simulated breaks and had a demonstration of an ultra low failure. Afterwards we retired to the briefing room and prepared for the bronze C paper.

Club work is never ending, Bron was in the office helping the paperwork catchup and David Roberts and Adrian Giles were busy discussing airfield management with the Farmer.

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