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Windy it may be but student Dan arrives to help 7 July

The 2nd day of the course and winds are forecast 260/25 with showers of rain.

Some very broken thermals to around 3000ft QFE.

The field was set up on runway 21, but very soon the winds freshened and we were forced to move to 27. The picture may not look windy but Dave Breeze is carefully holding the canopies to prevent damage.

Meanwhile the first of the University students appeared for the development week to find himself "launch controller for the day---many thanks Dan.

The evening group took over around 6pm and set about doing a few launches before packing in, the evening talks were on launch failures and tephigrams---strange mix but created some interesting question.

looking forward to another breezy day tomorrow.

Rain forecast, but the course goes on. 6 July

A new course started today. With threats of torrential rain and winds of 190/20 we started flying to see what we could get done.

Colin Stringer an ex PPL, Mike Counsell a CGC ab-initio member from 8 years ago and Stewart Rathband (virtual novice) all learnt the ground skills from Tom and Dave. With some slick handling we managed to get 20 launches in between the rain showers.

The class room work included Threat and Error Management and Circuit Planning.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

It all started with a missing dipstick 3 July

Light easterly winds, 20K visibility, hot and thermals in the blue. A busy course, a whole bunch of enthusiastic visitors from Parham and a Piper Arrow bringing a prospective buyer for the PW6 and a borrowed tug from Nympsfield, meant we wanted to get going early.

The 2nd buggy was very low on oil because sone d*ps****k lost the dipstick and the oil had sprayed out. Never mind use the other buggy and make do, that is until the tyre went flat!
Thankfully a kind person sorted out replacement oil and swapped dipsticks so we were back in business.

Once we did get going we had a great day, the soaring was a little challenge but several respectable flights were made. The Parham DG505 was busy getting their Aerotow pilots refamiliarised with the winch.

The Leigh family departed around 3.30 to catch their flight to Hong Kong with promises of a return trip very soon. It was great to meet such a nice family.

Meanwhile the PW6 viewing seemed to go well, and the Piper Arrow departed mid afternoon.

Meanwhile Ian took the DG500 for a decent local soaring flight, and fell in love with it. Picture shows Ian with his new toy.

A few club members drifted in during the afternoon and enjoyed some instructional flights.

A wet day (but still fun) 2 July

A cold front sliding over from the South brought low cloud and modest SE winds.

With cloudbases around 600ft to start, the course members practiced short circuits and launch failure procedures. The cloudscapes were magnificent.

Steve Glasset was here to conduct a one day course, who didn't show up----I wonder why? Even Gerald was cowering in the dry.

Winchie Dave , ever the optimist , was convinced it would clear up---so we persevered.

The occasional breaks in drizzle and rain gave us sporadic flying opportunities. During one of these, we watched 5 trailers arrive as the Parham contingent arrived to spend a few days with us---and just managed to rig before it poured with rain.

With a BBQ planned and some temporary airspace around Kemble and a wet and cold crew, we braced to put the gliders away in a chilly and wet wind. Now everyone was thoroughly soaked and cold. Perhaps planning a BBQ wasnt so intelligent?

Half an hour later at around 5 30, the skies cleared and the first of the evening party arrived----Why did you put the planes away? we were asked. Oh well.

The BBQ went on as planned, with a robust debate about Chinese politics while the evening party flew in glorious evening sunshine, thats British weather for you.

1 July Mike Farmer joins the club

Temperatures forecast to be 28 degrees.Visibility reducing as the high pressure develops and winds forecast as 170/20 (at 1000 amsl), and blue thermals.

It was great to see our latest new member Mike Farmer here for the 8 am briefing and to help us unpack the hangar. Mike is pictured with "winchie Dave " as he masters towing with a buggy.

The course guys are all doing extremely well, now flying virtually unprompted as they learn circuit planning.

Roger Bagley did a great job keeping the club flying going single handed, well done Roger.

The evening finished with a briefing on stalling and a few beers in the bar. Mike even managed to spend some time with us in the briefing.

Its a scorcher (30 June)

Very hot today with an inversion around 3000ft amsl and blue thermals.

not surprisingly there was less cross country activity today, but the course managed some good progress. All 3 ab-initios are now able to do a winch launch, fly around a circuit under direction and fly and approach and landing. Well done guys, circuit planning tomorrow then.

The Pik20 E came out for some launch practice, and after a jump start conducted a perfect take off.

The evening group were very busy in an awkward cross wind. They were sadly dogged by a launch failure, but managed to resolve it in their normal efficient way.

Course 14 has a warm start and cakes (29 June)

The forecast was for a warm day and blue thermals, so plenty of water and keeping cool was the order of the day.

Sarah delivered some delicious cakes (leftover from a party), with a request to finish them off.---No problem.

Many thanks to the Monday helpers, the course benefited from the teaching on the ground and in the air. Chris Power, Dave Breeze and Ian Vickers are not shown in the picture because they were off doing stuff and of course the winch driver Dave took the picture.

One course member Ian Vickers, from the Cambridge club, had a ride in the ASH with Ken Lloyd. The Leigh family started their basic training with Steve Glasset and me. John Leigh and his 2 sons William and James are on a visit from Hong Kong and even they found the weather rather hot!

Meanwhile in the background, our chairman was moving the ASW19 for some maintenance. These jobs dont do themselves.

Well done all.

Saturday 27th June

First launch was by 9.39 - well done all. A busy day with lots of private gliders out - if I was better informed I'd know where they all went.
Many congratulations to Craig Mustoe who completed his first solo.
A big thank you to Andrew Turk and Doug Gardner for helping with the instructing and to winch drivers Andy Smart and Eric Lomas.

Last day of the course ---26 June

With a complex frontal system off to the west and getting closer and electrical storms forecast, it was not surprising to see a few showers and some .
drizzle

The race was on for the farmer to collect the grass before the rains, so with tractors in all 4 corners of the airfield, the course continued to practice runway landings.

By the end of the day, and a lot of practice, everyone on the course was able to take off, fly a circuit and land safely (with a little promting from the back seat). Not bad for a course starting from scratch---well done guys.

Getting the lawn mowers out 25 June

Thermals started fairly late today. That meant a quiet day for the cross country guys.

Hooray, the grass cutters were out, grass cutting on the left and grass cutters on the right (yes it was needed). The course decided to use the runway for a change---no grass cutters there!

The alternative to landing on the runway was to land between the line of grass, just a little too expert for the trainees.

The course guys were handling the aircraft during all phases of the flight, not bad for 3 days from scratch. They all know how to take off and land now, so it must be circuit planning next.

Gerald spent most of the day with David, he has now a habit of popping in for lunch.

The evening group completed nearly 20 flights, very well done to them. The course enjoyed watching while they ate their chicken Fajitas and had a beer or two.

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