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Thursday 21 May

Another busy day, fantastic thermals but not always when you need them. Tim macFadyen dropped in just not quite enough height to get back to Nympsfield and Mike landed out----thankfully not at Ely.

Grass collection was in progress for most of the day, so there were a number of runway landings.

Jo Vickerstaff resoloed today, well done to him the picture taken by David as he passed overhead to land on 21.

Jo cooked a magnificent gourmet dinner for the course, which we all enjoyed while watching the evening group flying.

Tuesday 19 May

Strong winds, rain, hail and gusts. Thunder and electrical storms stopped play for a while, but let up for the evening group to fly before the rains really started.

This picture was taken by winchdriver David , while we waited for a storm cell to pass. Course member Graham and the course instructor sat in the glider to provide the essential ballast.

Saturday 16th May

It's quite possible that Carly Selwood and Mark Bowler enjoyed our best ever One Day Course. The day was soarable from first launch at 10.30 and each of them had close to three hours in the air, mostly above 3,000'. By mid afternoon there were some stonking thermals but also some chunky sink. The two PWs were kept busy with club instructions - thanks to Simon Lucas and Tony Hayes. Most of the cross-country pilots headed for the Long Mynd (maybe to egg on our team in the Rock Polishers). Tony Parker in the Ventus found wave near Ledbury and climbed to 11,000', apparently his final glide from Talgarth took less than 25 minutes. Mike Oliver in the ASW20 and Mike Weston and John Huband in the Arcus attempted Llanfair Caereinion - Ramsbury - Leominster for 500k, but conditions weren't quite good enough for them to get all the way round. Many thanks to winch drivers Andy Smart and John McWilliams.

The end of a successful week

Smiles and congratulations all round.

From left to right, Roger Appleboom---a visitor from Dartmoor, flying his K6 for a few days of fun., David our tireless winchdriver. Don the course instructor, Peter Harvey, went from very early solo to 3/4 of the bronze C complete and over doubled his total log book hours, Chris Owen, first solo and discovered soaring, Adrian Irwin, completed his bronze C, converted to fibreglass and flew his new Astir for the first time.

The busy week included a Thai curry cooked by Roger, exams, briefings an inevitable early starts to make up for a very wet Thursday. Hope to see you all very soon.

Chris Owen goes solo

Well done Chris, solo today.

Chris is a pilot from Dartmoor Gliding Society on a course for the week. Chris has another love---sailing---well what else if you live in Cornwall!

Dartmoor Gliding Society, midweek course.

Lots going on this week. Here we have Colin Boyd having a conversion to fibreglass before flying his recently acquired Astir.

Colin is vice chairman of DGS and plays in a Devon rock group when he is not flying.

Colin and his syndicate partner, Adrian Irwin, went on to successfully fly their own aircraft on Wednesday.

Club communications

Quick note to say I am in the process of putting some communication material together for dissemination. It is always the case that in the first 3-4 months of the calendar year I have other priorities so getting around to newsletter writing isn't easy. We had a club committee meeting last evening (8 May), getting through quite a few important topics and making some key decisions, so I'll cover those. Of course fire-fighting takes precedence when equipment "goes tech" for whatever reason. Thanks to the guys (and Gill) who have been getting things put back together. More soon.....
DGR / chairman

bad weather? This course found a smart way of getting the best from the week/

Meet up at the hangar at 6.30 am! Well why not.

Good fun, and David the winchdriver added "why dont we have bacon sarnies on the bus as well"---so we did.

After 2 days of poor and unflyable weather this group came up with this great idea and gained a lot of additional flight training.

Colin Parker (solo from earlier courses),Steve Brackenridge( went solo 10 years ago),Alan Thomas (went solo on a course last year) Stephen Moor( doing some instructor training for the week)

Well done guys, I am sure it will catch on..

Saturday 26th April

Once again it was a day of two halves. The morning dawned grey, uninspiring and, after the recent heat wave, distinctly chilly in the northerly breeze,
There was a keen bunch of people for training, so while the grid awaited the promised clearance, new member Lawrence Wood got to grips with the trimmer and Martin Heyward got to do launch failures. Around one o'clock the overcast broke up and a number of pilots led by Andy Smith set off for Brecon and the Long Mynd. Down on the ground, in an attempt to avoid flying solo, Lesley Waters head-butted the PW-6 - result Glider:1, Lesley: 0 This gave Lawrence and yours truly the opportunity to nab the glider for an hour at 4,500'. By the the time we returned Lesley was patched up and completed another solo. Conditions in the afternoon were very good, albeit a bit blue for the guys returning from the Mynd. Thanks to winch drivers Phil Guthrie and Graham Turner.

Lesley Waters goes solo.

Congratulations Lesley. The hard work paid off - and what a beautiful landing!

Don

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