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Holiday Course has three solos

The 2nd week of the courses was blessed with fine weather. Some excellent soaring, pleasant sunshine and good company made the week very pleasant.

Mike Bosley quickly re-soloed after a winter’s layoff. Mike, an engineer from South Wales, steadily built his solo time and flying skills in readiness for the bronze C.

Steve Wilkinson was next to go solo, Steve is a semi retired head teacher from Cumbria. To our amazement, Steve arrived in a beautiful Morris 1000 called “Doris”---yes don’t ask.

Patrick Moran was the last one to go solo. Friday morning he got his flying all up together and went on to complete half a dozen solo circuits. Patrick had started his training at Lasham so he had a head start. Patrick, a professional driver went home with a huge grin on his face.

We hope to see the gang back again very soon.


Saturday 11th April "If Carling did soaring weather.."

At 8am it was raining, but for once it did pretty much exactly as forecast. The front cleared through and by nine o'clock the sun was out. A brisk westerly forced us on to the cross-runway but it was soon thermic. As we were doing the first launches some hang gliders passed overheard doing a down wind dash - one hopes they touched down before Felixstowe. Conditions rapidly became very good, the cloud base rising to over 5,500' by mid-afternoon.. The 20 knot wind was challenging but there were some great streets and the visibility was stunning Most people ended up over in Wales where there were some barnstorming conditions. Mike Oliver (and I think Tom Gooch) did Sandhill -Brecon-Knighton, while Jon Huband did Telford-The Park. I suspect Doug did a monster task too. A cracking day.

Saturday 4th April

Solid low cloud and drizzle prevented an early start, but when we did get going it was better than expected, with some high launches in the fresh northerly. I spent most of the afternoon twirling around pointing vertically at the ground as Lesley and Craig did their spin training (spin to the right off a left hand turn was particularly good value - reportedly the first time Lesley has sworn while airborne). Meanwhile Paul Glassett and Alan Carter completed their refreshing training with Jon Huband, and Matt did some more instructor training with Brian Birlison.
Much fun was had driving the bus with its new instrument rating hood and comedy steering wheel (it came off second best in an encounter with the tow truck).
Many thanks to Fraser and Robin for getting KRX back on line, and to winch drivers Geoff Cumner and Rob Corbin.


Congratulations to Mervyn McKenna who went solo on Sat 21/3/15.

Saturday 14th March

Blimey, for a freezing cold, grey day, we were busy! What with winter refreshers, a one-day course, instructor renewals, Scouts, UWE and club instruction, all the available two-seaters and two winches were fully occupied. I think just about every one got flown by close of play. Rob Corbin and Simon Buckley gave their new toy - a very smart Ventus 2 - an airing. The DG300 was also out as was the Skylark 4 (about 1/10 of the vintage Glasset fleet).

Thermal Soaring Protocol

Please see the attached document from the BGA about thermal flying.

BGA annual report

The BGA have published the 2014 Annual Report. You can read it on the BGA website here.

Snowy Saturday

A variation of sunshine, rain, sunshine, snow, sunshine all day.

The picture was taken just after a snowstorm went through.

Members area update

You'll notice that the airfield blog no longer appears as separate area on the right and that blog items are now displayed in with the main content. This helps to keep the front page up to date and allows bigger pictures in the blog. There is no change to the way blog items are added.

FLARM Update

Your attention is drawn to this important announcement on the BGA web site:

"FLARM has announced that a scheduled and mandatory firmware update is soon to be released for all FLARM devices. The update is required for all FLARM-compatible designs, including classic FLARM, PowerFLARM and FLARM manufactured by LXNAV, LX Navigation, Garrecht/AIR Avionics, and others. The update will be released by early March 2015 at no cost. If the free FLARM update is not applied, the device will no longer operate after March 31, 2015. Full details of the update are on the FLARM web site."

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