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Aerotow day at Aston Down. 24 June

A good soaring day with several decent cross country flights.

Lots of additional activity. A posh helicopter dropped off its passengers outside the hangar. The Rallye tug, organised by Paul Lazenby, popped in and gave members the opportunity to refresh their aerotow skills. Many thanks for that.

The club members enjoyed a full day supervised by Roger Bagley.

The course continues well, the picture shows us examining a broken link---well if you will try to launch a PW6 on a blue link, that is bound to happen!

23 June---another busy day

Light NW winds and the possibility of a good cross country day.

Lots of pilots came out to try the conditions, many thanks to those that took the time to help the inexperienced course members cope on the ground. The course members benefited from the helpful advice and assistance. A steady stream of aircraft starting turning up from about 11 am.

As it turned out, the conditions were not quite as good as we had hoped, but good fun anyway.

The course members spent the day grappling with trimming, stalling (in its many guises) and landing. Well done to all of them.

The evening party took over around 6 pm and had a busy time flying air experience flights. It was pleasant sitting in the clubroom watching from the ground with a beer in hand.

The picture was taken by David at around 10.30.

3 newbies join the midweek course. 22 June

The weather had an unpromising start with steady drizzle at 8 am. After the weather cleared through we had thermals peaking at 8 knots and cloudbases of 4000ft amsl.

The new course got underway with Chris Power and Dave Breeze lending a hand with the ground training. We didnt quite manage the early start of the Sunday flyers--quite a challenge to beat that.

Thanks to the hard work of our engineering support, the PW6 was back in service and no flat tyres.

Mike Ward, David Lyle and Rhys Williams are pictured here. All of them learning from scratch and using the week to determine if this is a hobby for them.

Longest Day

Despite the widespread belief that the Vice Chairman's message was a joke, a very small select band started flying on Sunday soon after 5 am. Low cloud had prevented the intended start at the earliest legal time half an hour before sunrise. At 0730 we retired to the clubhouse for bacon and eggs, leaving a note on the winch to be sure to warm it up again. The writer is rather hazy about what happened during the rest of the day.

Saturday 20th June

We managed to get a decent day's flying in between the showers. On the One Day Course, Adrian and Adriana from Romania, and Ross from Malmsbury enjoyed some great cloudscapes despite getting no higher than 1,600'. Thanks go to winch drivers Adrian Mears and Adrian Giles (half the people on site seemed to be called Adrian).

Last day of the week. and Robert is tyred

Off to the hangar after briefing, to discover the main wheel of the PW6 is flat. Mmmmmmmm, lets try pumping it up and see what happens. Bingo its inflated and holding air.

A series of training flights with the course members landing in all corners of the airfield before we hear the rushing of air from the nose wheel of the PW6. Obviously it was getting tyred.

Good soaring conditions gave Lesley the opportunity to practice thermalling skills, while Rob Corbin found the Nympsfield wave and soared to 6000ft, and Jayne Randle soared locally.

It was a race between the top cover and the Kemble class D airspace---which would arrive first. The airspace won---just.

Robert Knox goes solo and signs the visitor book---18 June

Well done Robert, solo again. Eric Lomas completes his bronze C congratulations to him.

The soaring did become good later, by this time Mike Oliver and lost the will to carry on in a hot sticky cockpit, and landed.

Several private aircraft came out for an airing, Mike Randel tried a local cross country flight but gave up at Cheltenham and came home.

The evening group took over and flew the Scouts on air experience flight.

The evening dinner was great and to Roberts surprise, the last entry in the visitors book was his own from 12 months ago. The good news is the book will last a long time before it is filled. We calculated 9000 years!!! Roberts descendants will need to keep up the tradition because he will be old and grey before the book is full.

Club day and early start 17 June

Cloudbase 500ft, Westerly wind 20 Knots. Lets get the gliders out.

Alun Thomas and Tom Egan were determined not to be put off, so it was unpack the hangar asap (asap +8.30).

sadly the cloud was still horribly low at midday and the winds annoyingly across the runway.

Launch failure practice for some followed by briefings on Met and a briefing on navigation for the cross country endorsement.

Just goes to prove the weather doesnt stop us from doing some good training.

Should be a good day tomorrow, see you then.


Robin Birch to the rescue, and Gerald returns for a flying visit. (16 June)

The canopy jettison "detached" on the ground. Robin (Hood ) Birch said he could be there in 3o to fix it, he was there in 29! What next superman! many thanks from the course guys.

The weather was good soaring and several pundits set off on cross country tasks, Mike Weston being the last to land at around 6 pm.

The course was heavily into winch launch training and Eric Lomas bronze C testing. Lots of trips back and forth in the buggy.

Steve Glasset and a clean shaven Alex Jones went off for a flight in the K13, and Gerald popped in for lunch with David.

picture off the T61 just setting off for a midweek jaunt.

Course week gets a good soaring start. 15 June

Strong thermals with cloudbases to 5500 ft amsl.

Eric Lomas, Lesley Waters and Robert Knox joined us for a week of bronze C development. Several comments on the fashion statement white socks and sandals, apparently its not very "cool".

A small group of pundits set off for a 300km. Ian Kennedy (from Usk) arrived in a Grob to give Eugene Lambert some practice in a SLMG. Good to see Jane Randle who did a respectable cross country.

Many thanks to our band of regulars to came to lend a hand for day 1 of the course.

The day ended with a few beers in the bar.

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