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12 August. A very busy day, and the bus has a new windscreen

Winds forecast 090/10, visibility 30K and no precipitation. The soaring forecast is good from 12 to 5.
The briefing room was full for the 8.15 morning briefing. Thanks to everyone that took the time to attend, it does save repeating the briefing endlessly during the day.
Soaring started around 11 and was still working well at 6pm---so much for forecasts. locally the combine harvesters to the east were triggering thermals throughout the afternoon.
Roger Bagley and Pat Greer worked like Trojans all day, looking after the club flying. The new K21 proved a great attraction----one smiling chap was heard to say " I did my first loop today---exhilarating"
The course guys (and gal) are now all doing all of the flying in each flight, and managing to cope with a cross wind on landing. Bryan learnt about spinning in the PW6 and is now preparing for launch failures.
Grass collection on the field did cause the occasional sucking of teeth as tractors sometimes got very close to the cables. Thanks to everyone for their diligence and respect for safety.
The new windscreen was fitted under the close scrutiny of Richard. When asked for a quote, with a big grin he said "at last!!". It is now no longer necessary to wear goggles while driving the bus.
Mike Weston took Roger Smith on a cross country experience in the Arcus. Broadway, Edgehill and home. Roger didnt get lost once, well done.
The visitors had a good time, with Richard Dance landing out somewhere in his Pik.
A buggy did run out of fuel---with all the running around it was no surprise.Thanks to an unsung hero fuel was obtained and the buggies are back in business.

11 August Soarable afternoon and Gerald joins us for lunch

winds VRB/05 with a northerly bias. Visibility 25K. Cumulus forecast by midday.
The course were on catch-up after a wet start to the week, and were treated to perfect training conditions, flat calm.
Our visitors and Mike and John with the Arcus, waited in anticipation for the conditions to improve. Eventually they did improve sufficiently and that in turn drew some more gliders to the launch point.
The number of helpers allowed for the K13 to be brought to the launchpoint, this gave qualified club pilots the opportunity to fly.
The evening group took over at 6 pm to fly a bunch of trial lessons, while the committee gathered in the clubroom to sort out club business. The rest of us had time for a beer or two.
Gerald seems to prefer the south end of the runway, and his new friend David Hart fed him his lunch.
We look forward to a good club day tomorrow. The PW6 is back in service thanks to Robins work. We also have the K21 and K13 for the club pilots to fly---see you at the 8.15 briefing?

A new week greeted by rain. Visitors from Surrey Hills and Camphill

A very wet start with low cloud and rain. Winds forecast 220/20.
Welcome to the new course, Michael Blake, Sarah Eckereder (from Switzerland) and Bryan Field (from Greece).
Visitors from Camphill and Surrey Hills decided to wait until tomorrow before flying, a wise move.
While the course guys were given comprehensive ground school in the morning, the team were happily repairing equipment, sweeping the runway, getting fuel for the buggies and doing a myriad of other background tasks.
Robin Birch was tied up preparing the PW6 cable release for repair, meanwhile the K21 was put into service for the course flying in the afternoon.
We did manage to get a dozen introductory flights in the afternoon, so despite the weather we all had a good day.
Many thanks to Richard Dance and David bailey for their assistance at the launchpoint, along with our club regulars. All the assistance is very much appreciated.

Saturday 8th August

A busy day with practically the entire club and private fleet out - 59 launches by 28 different gliders . Conditions early on weren't that easy for the cross-country pilots, but there were some very creditable trips out to the east - Tom Gooch turned Feltwell for 403k, Mike and Jon in the Arcus did Bruton- Downham Market for 523k, but had to motor the last 20k, Mike Oliver and Simon Buckley turned Ely for 363k. At Mike Oliver's suggestion seven pilots: Robin Davenport, Adrian Giles, Matt Page, Darren Edge, Paul Gentil, Don Brookman and Mike Randle attempted 302k O/R Caxton Gibbet. Paul and Mike completed. Don in his K21 returned from near Wellingborough. Darren and Matt ended up at Bicester on the way back. Adrian landed at Chedworth caught by advancing sea air. Robin also landed on the way back (place unknown) Andy Smith and Doug Gardner as usual did big flights (details unknown) but Doug was caught by the advancing sea air and landed at Rendcomb.
Many congratulations to Martin Hayward who completed his first solo (left in photo being congratulated by instructor Ed Foggin). Visitors Chris and Alan enjoyed soaring flights to 4,500 on the one day course. Many thanks to winch drivers Andy Smart and Roger Smith (who was still winching at 6pm).

1,000 not out

Congratulations to Andy Smart - a true gent - who notched up his 1,000th flight today.

6 August Molly goes solo and It might fit?

Winds forecast at 280/15 cloudy am and some drizzle soarable pm.

With cloudbases at 700ft it was time for launch failure practice. By the afternoon we had thermals to around 3000ft cloudbases. As the winds calmed down it was time for Molly to go solo, well done to her. The course dinner in the clubhouse was chicken pie followed by chocolate cheesecake---delicious.

Two private gliders took advantage of the afternoon soaring, they found it difficult low down but better from around 2000ft.

The first of the ladies showers has been completed, and very smart it looks too. The 2nd should be completed Friday.

The windscreen was nearly fitted in the bus, but not quite. The next attempt will be made on Monday---so fingers crossed.

5 August---club day

Winds forecast 180/25 1000ft cloudbases to start and some thermal activity midday.

Good to see club members joining in with the 8.15 course briefing and subsequent unpacking of the aircraft.

Flying got underway soon after 9 am, with the current cleared solo pilots getting a few practice circuits in to keep current. sadly the K13 had a puncture on the main wheel and flying stopped around midday. The course carried on with the good natured assistance of the club members.

Molly Robinson started her winch launch failure training and the picture shows Laura and Molly retrieving the glider from the far end of the field.

The shower refurbishment continues, The workmen report " we think we are getting there", it certainly looks like a big improvement.

4 August, Where do I put all this earth?

Winds forecast 230/30 with isolated showers of rain.

A breezy day for the course, but it had its soaring moments with 6-8 knots for short periods. By the end of the day the whole group were managing circuits in strong winds.

The course set to when a surprise delivery of ice cream was at risk of melting in the clubhouse.

The workmen arrived to reline the ladies shower room walls, a very posh smooth finish. The 2 ladies on the course will be using the gents showers---so please look for a notice to keep out.

Chris Swann reports the grass is now cut on the south of the short runway, and Mike Oliver was seen, complete with a JCB looking for where to dig a hole to hide some surplus earth---yes I know we all worry about him!

The evening group arrived at 6 pm to take care of the flying group while the course retired to the briefing room.

3 August Start of a new course, and -right said Fred-

Low pressure system dominates the scene with winds forecast 230/20, high cloud bases and 40K visibility.

Some soaring was to be had but a little limited, the course concentrated on re-learning to winch launch and land again safely. The evening training included Threat and Error Management and circuit planning.

A new course started, Laura, Peter, and Molly. Many thanks again to our helpers who helped teach the ground skills to the course.

Gerald turned his beak up at Daves sandwiches today, pigeon was on the menu instead.

The new windscreen arrived and after much pushing, shoving and head scratching the windscreen was removed again and taken away for adjustment. Reminds me of the song about moving a piano---seriously though thanks to everyone for your efforts and patience.

Sunday 2nd August

Half way through the morning the winch threw a hissy-fit - a loose loop trashed the drum door and bent the drum (quite impressive actually). In the best traditions of Scrap Heap Challenge the repair was effected by pinching a door of the other winch (in bits) and some subtle engineering involving an oxy-acetylene torch, a sledge hammer and a scaffolding pole. Well done to Darren Edge for his efforts - he's much better at engineering than keeping his trousers up.
As to the flying - it was a bit too much like hard work in the strengthening south-easterly.

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