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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.

13 May last day of course 7 and Terry Clarke goes solo.

weather 050/15, 25k visibility,cloudbases 1400ft and rising.

Many thanks again to Mike Randle and Andy Smart for helping the course and driving the winch. Everyone on the course send their thanks.

Congratulations to Terry Clarke who went solo today. Terry is a club member and also a member of the aero modeller group.

The course guys found the thermal cloudbase mix frustrating, the longest flight being about 30 minutes---never mind it is all good practice.

Everyone agreed , they will be back for more fun at the club.


12 May the first soaring of the course

winds 050/20, isolated showers of rain visibility 25 K.

many thanks to our winch drivers, Tom Coles and Mike Randle. Tom was at the briefing with us at 7.15am, ready to help us make a good day.

Simon Collier and Stephen Fletcher converted to the K23, our great launch rate was assisted by several helpers, many thanks to everyone.

Stephen and I managed a wave flight at 9.30 with a steady 2 knot climb straight off the top of the launch.

The pictures show Stephen preparing to fly the K23 and Mike Randle driving the cable truck --thanks Mike for some great launches.

Well its off to the Rose and Crown now to swap exaggerated stories of the day.


11 May cloudy and drizzle, Simon completes his bronze

forecast visibility 15 K,wind 060/15, cloud bases 1500ft and showers.

Well done Simon Collier, final part of bronze tests completed.

Working between the showers proved difficult, briefings on bronze C met and principles of flight to start, and thermalling to finish.

Everyone managed to get wet today. Thanks to Tom Coles and Steve for sitting it out in the winch---just to do the occasional launch between the showers.

Richard and tom Egan managed to get the tow out gear repaired after a section fell apart, that saved us a lot of walking.

The pictures show Simon working his way around a circuit in pretty cloudy conditions, and below a serious rain shower on its way.

Lets hope for better weather tomorrow.


10 May Stephen Fletcher goes solo

The forecast was very unpromising with rain drizzle and low cloud.

Well, low cloud means cable break practice for everyone. The cloudbase went up sufficiently for Simon Collier to fly his first K21 solo flight and for Stephen Fletcher to fly solo for the first time. Well done to both of them.

it just goes to show, it can be worth putting up with the rain and sitting it out.

Many thanks to Chris Power for standing in on the winch---none of this would have happened without your help. And thanks again to David Hart for the assistance at the launch point.

9 May day one of the course

winds 090/20, visibility 25 K.

We welcome Simon Collier, Stephen Fletcher and Terry Clarke to the course. David the winch driver is away on his holiday. A slight glitch in communications meant we were without a winch driver, but the Cotswold spirit kicked in. Many thanks to Richard and Tom for getting us started and to the chairman Dave for stepping into the breach (after returning from his gliding holiday in France).

Jules and Dave Hart spent the day with us, getting our team up to speed, many thanks to them. Jules is threatening to bring his flying duvet later in the week.

Lots of practice with circuits on the east runway---just the thing.


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.

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