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Tuesday 25th, fine Autumn day on a quiet airfield

Thanks to the superior winching skills of the chairman and help from David Hart and Colin Stringer several pilots had three hours each in the air today.

Club flying tomorrow, and maybe we do the same again on Thursday as Andy Smart has kindly offered to winch. (Perhaps I will get to fly then too!)

If you want to fly Thursday please let Fran Knowles know as as she will be coordinating. We still need an instructor to supervise winching. (He gets the last launch?)

Fran's contact details will follow.

Adrian

Sunday 9th September

Windy day on runway 27. We cancelled 4 of the trial lessons but flew the 2 who were already on their way. Was soarable to 2500’ for a couple of hours so a few extended flights. Finished early when everyone had filled their boots and then de-rigged LRT and the Astir ready for their ARCs.

Saturday 8th Sept

Brilliant day today with One Day Course students after the rain cleared to thermals.

Friday the 7th.

Last day of this week’s course for Howard, David and John and an interesting day. A forecast of a strengthening westerly meant setting up on runway 27, it was a bit hit and miss in contacting the thermals, but when we did, climbs to 4000’ were available with some fantastic views in the clear air. A few club members also took advantage of the day and we had a drop in from a Lasham pilot who had an aerotow retrieve back home.

6 September club day

winds 360/10 cloudbases 3300 QFE

A busy club day with several private owners and club gliders on the grid. many thanks to everyone for making the day run smoothly.

Soaring was better than expected with several notable flights, Climbs locally were 2 to 4 knots.

On the course John Hammond resoloed, David Potter is now the unprompted pilot and Howard Bunn is almost the handling pilot.

The remainder of the week looks flyable.

4 September Low cloud and launch failures

winds 010/10, very low cloud and drizzle to start. Clearing early pm.

Perfect conditions to practice ultra low and low launch failures. Later practising signal too fast and abandoning the launch.

In between the good spells, classroom work included unravelling DALRs and SALRs and how we determine thermal heights and cloudbase.

The weather Wednesday will be much improved, but still not like our glorious summer.

3 September another course begins

winds 340/15 visibility 30K, thermals early afternoon to 3400 QFE

The day started with a cable change, many thanks to Tom and Dave for the assistance.

John Hammond, David Potter and Howard Bunn join us on the course this week. The day was spent getting everyone up to speed with the equipment and how to use it. Hopefully John will resolo again this week and David will get closer to solo (David is a member at Lasham). Howard is a newbie and is now just getting to grips with how the controls work.

Many thanks to Dave Breeze who spent a few hours on the tractor today cutting the grass---which has now started to grow again.

Barry Green and Alan Carter spent much of the evening planning their trip to inspect an SF27.

The outlook for the week is a little mixed but should be flyable all week for those who want to pop along and keep current.

29 August Club day

winds 330/15, soarable pm

Mike and his team had a successful day with the sportability group, managing to get into wave in the afternoon.

The course all tried their hand at thermalling, David dawkins is now the handling pilot while Tiago and Jason have now mastered fully held off landings.

Roger and Tony kept the club flying going.

The outlook for Thursday is good after about 11 am, a high pressure setting up with associated light winds and strong thermals.

Tony Parker will be running the field on Friday, many thanks to him.

Mon/Tuesday 27/28 August

Welcome David Dawkins, Tiago Oliveira and Jason Jennette onto the course.

Much quieter on the airfield now as the last of the nationals visitors depart.

Training well underway now, well done to Tiago for converting to the K23.

Roger Smith joined us on Tuesday and enjoyed the soaring slot in the afternoon. Gentle thermals to around 3000ft QFE.

The rest of the week looks flyable and potentially some good soaring later in the week.

Wednesday 15th August A quiet club day

winds 230/25 vis 25 K drizzle am with low cloud

One club member (Paul) today with Roger Bagley to start and Tony later.

The drizzle delayed flying for a while, then the low cloud limited activity to launch failure practice. lectures and discussion (aviation) on the bus with bacon sarnies and jam rolls.

Condition brightened in the afternoon with a short soaring window. Mike and Patrick continued to practice solo in the K21 while Rhys tackled the awkward cross wind very competently.

A cold front is expected Thursday am with rain, this should clear to give a short soaring window in the afternoon.

A few more trailers have arrived as competitors ready themselves for the competition.

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