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28 May Bank holiday and a new training course begins

misty to start with winds 060/05. low cloud most of the day, steadily rising to 1000ft.

The forecast improvement in cloudbase didnt materialise.

many thanks to Paul Lazenby Tim Brailsford and David Hart for your assistance, sadly Paul didnt get the weather conditions to take his friend flying and Tim didnt get the conditions for his hoped for soaring flight in the ASW19---he did however have the longest flight of the day (well 8 minutes is better than nothing).

The course had a good day, starting with the inevitable launch failure and low circuit training. Briefings on aircraft limitations and altimetry in preparation for the bronze C oral test. Bronze exams this week and preparation for the flying skills test.

meanwhile Richard and his shadow inspected and repaired various pieces of ground equipment (including my injured metal eagle---er inoors will be pleased). Dave Breeze got the mower out and gave the hangar field a trim---that was before the hydraulic hose came off! oh well back to the workshop.

We look forward to an improving day tomorrow.

24 May A fantastic training day

Low cloud to start rising to around 1200ft QFE

The Aim Higher team spent the day learning more cross country theory, a very good use of poor wather time.

Adrian (our chairman) spent time fettling his skylark 2.5 (at least that is what I think it is).

The course spent a few hours in the classroom before going out and consolidating launch failure practice as well as landing on a runway. James Purviss is now flying good safe unprompted flights and just learning how to deal with launch failure, Davishas now completed 10 solo flights.

Dinner was at the Bell in Sapperton . coincidentally the course and the Aim Higher group both chose the Bell. Cotswold Gliding Club took over the pub for the evening!

23 May, club day David Westcott goes solo

winds 040/10, starting overcast and going blue with thermals to 2500ft.

Roger Bagley got the show on the road in preparation for Tony Hayes. The club flying was steady with winter refreshers featuring highly on the schedule. The Wednesday crew did their normal excellent job, keeping the launch rate going---good teamwork, thanks chaps.

Our visitors from Burn gave their aircraft a further airing today, hard work but good fun.

David Westcott went solo for the first time, congratulations to him. David is another member from Dartmoor and is preparing to be able to fly his newly acquired K6. Meanwhile James Purviss is now flying unprompted circuits, very well done to him.

David Hart, a professional driving instructor, spent the afternoon with Sally Purviss teaching her the finer points of towing caravans and trailers. We are very fortunate to have an experienced towing specialist available to the club members.

The Aim Higher group spent time in the classroom learning the finer points of cross country flying.

Our CFI took the motor glider on a field landing training session---its all go!

21 May Day 1 of course 10 and Aim Higher group

Light winds 060/05 few clouds at 4000ft QFE, thunderstoms and heavy rain and grains of snow predicted later in the day.

The course gets off to a good start with good introductory soaring flights, james getting to grips with controls and trimming, while David converts to a K21 from his accustomed K13 (Dartmoor).

The Aim Higher group emerged from their morning briefing to attempt to put some of the ideas into practice.

It was good to see jules flying his "duvet" . The visitors from Burn enjoyed flying their LAK in new surroundings.

2 grass cutters going today, thanks to Jules and Grant, the lawn is beginning to take shape again.

Many thanks to David Hart, Chris Power and Steve Purkiss for their help on the ground.

Visibility became very poor with towering cumulus until the heavens opened, can you believe rivers running through the hangar.

The picture shows james flying towards a developing CuNim

Sunday 20th May

Another very good day.

Perhaps the pundits were exhausted by their previous day's efforts but tasks so far posted to the National Ladder were more modest.

The beginners continued to enjoy more soaring and upper air exercises, so are now realising what gliding is all about.

Two visiting Australians who dropped in were highly delighted to experience the joys of soaring, saying they would look up a suitable place to take up the sport when they got back home.

Saturday 19th May

Light winds and strong thermals with cumulus provided an excellent day for both pundits and beginners.

Two tasks over 600 km were completed and two over 500: -
668 Km by Andy Smith, 655 by Jonathan Huband.
505 each by Doug Gardner and Mike Weston, Doug in his 15 mtr LS3 without water.

The UWE members were astonished by soaring to 4-5000 ft on every flight, when all their previous experience had been 7 minute winter circuits.

Congratulations to Craig Mustoe on achieving his Silver Height and Silver Duration, and to Adam Mayo for getting Silver Height and his 2 hour flight for his XC endorsement.

18 May The last day of course 9

lighter winds, cumulus and strong thermals.

The 8.15 morning briefing was well attended.

The course finished on a high note with Chris Owen completing his 2nd qualifying flight for his cross country endorsement. All 3 pilots achieved their goals this week.

For a change the K21 flew mini triangles while Pete Harvey polished his soaring skills and inter thermal techniques.

Another very busy day at the launchpoint, thanks everyone who pitched in and helped.

The picture is Pete Harvey starting to climb away near Kemble.

17 May Blue, Soarable and very busy

Winds 060/10, visibility 40K, blue conditions and thermic from around 10am

Day 4 of the course, and the team are doing well. Well done Chris Owen to be soaring a good 45 minutes before the pundits got going.

Another landing area has now had a grass trim, thanks to Grant Needham.

Andy Smith took a little trip down to Parham, not bad for an afternoon jaunt.

As you can see from the picture, the launch point became very busy, with both aerotow and winch operations, thanks to everyone involved in trying to unravel the logsheet muddle.

Rumour also has it that a silver 5 hour was completed today , more news on that as soon as I have an update.

Chris Power arrived to lend a hand and was rewarded with a flight in the K21, easily climbing away to 3500ft before practising stalls and general handling, a pretty fair job for someone who hasnt flown since October!

Tomorrow promises to be another good day.

16 May Busy club day

Winds 030/15 visibility 15K and some isolated rain showers
Kemble class D until 9.45 am

The Parham boys took themselves off to the Yeovilton Air Museum for the day.

Well done to Chris Owen resoloed in the K23.

Robin Birch stood in as duty instructor and found himself busy and that was before the 5 UWE students arrived! between us we managed to complete all the training, and a good day was had by all.

Once again many thanks to the regular Wednesday crew for helping us run a slick launchpoint .

The instructor team took over at the end of the regular flying day and undertook their own aerotw refresher training with Gerry.

Should be a reasonable soaring day tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Tuesday 15 May Blue day

winds 360/10 CAVOK, blue thermals from around 12 noon.

It was good to see Jules and his flying duvet this morning, a splash of colour brightens everyones day.

The Parham group had a good time once the thermals started to burst into life. Adrian Irwin,on the course, completed his aerotow training and went off solo in the K23--well done to him.

Grant started the grass cutting in the hangar field, many thanks to him, and thanks to Steve for volunteering to help out at the launchpoint.

Evening flying started today

Caption for the picture---Ok then, where are the thermals exactly?

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