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25 September Graham Shead goes solo and a good cross country day

Light winds, and cloudbases rising to 4000ft with good 6 knot thermals

Mike Oliver set off on a 300 and managed to get away before any of were able to just stay airborne. Well done mike.

Mike Weston,looked after J Keegan who was here for a one day course.

Many thanks to Lesley for her assistance on the course.

It was good to see Graham back after his urgent rush to take care of his wife. graham completed his basic training and went solo---very well done.

24 September---

Winds 260/25, visibility 30K and isolated showers of rain.

Well done Sam Kennett, bronze C exam passed.

Well done Lesley Waters, bronze c experience flights completed with her 20th solo.

Steve Glassett looked after 2 trial lesson visitors.

The course guys started practicing launch failures and spins. After an exhausting day it was a pie dinner at the tunnel pub.

Weather tomorrow looks more pleasant.

23 September Club day

Winds 250/15, visibility 30K. A messy weather system off to the west.

Soaring was limited to a mix of wave and thermal, broken up by the higher upper winds.

Briefing at 8.15 was well attended. first launch 9.00am---well done everyone.

The K23 was in high demand and Pat Greer was busy all day looking after the club 2 seat training.

Well done to Colin Stringer, passed bronze C exam.

The course is going well, launch failure practice now started. Sadly Graham needed to pop off home after hearing his wife had been taken to hospital, we all hope she gets well very soon.

22 September More rain, but the course goes on

Winds 340/20 vis 20K drizzle and rain to start.

Briefings started with circuit planning, trimming and winch launches. Yes it was still raining, so we moved onto Altimetry and then the weather----and then the rain stopped.

even with the late start we managed to get the flight training done, thanks again to Lesley for her assistance.

A tiring but good fun day.

21 September and the course week starts

The day was greeted by SW winds at about 15 knots, and low cloud and drizzle.

Graham Shead returns for his 2nd course this year and brought his son Neal along to find out if flying sailplanes is for him. Also welcome to Chris Blewett and Helen Chittock from Fenland GC.

Richard and his team set about various airfield chores. The work behind the scenes is seemingly endless, thanks again guys.

Thanks to Steve Glassett and Lesley Waters for all the help and support with the course.

After a morning of briefings the weather improved in the afternoon and the course flying got underway. Well done everyone, a slick operation meant a good afternoon of flying---and yes we did find one or two thermals.

2016 Standard Class and 20m 2-seater Nationals

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2016 Standard Class & 20m 2-seater Nationals along with the Cotswold regionals from 18th June to 26th June 2016.

Saturday 12th :At Minchinhampton Country Fayre

A group of members took a simulator and the ASW19 to the Fayre on Saturday. We sold a trial lesson, well actually took a deposit for one, and held a competition to win a year's membership. There was only one question to answer, and that was "How long was the longest flight from Aston Down Airfield this summer, in miles?"

We received a range of answers, from 25 to 893 miles, but the winner was Nigel who was closest to the right answer of 429 miles. Philip Walker flew to Wales and East Anglia back in July. Of course there is still time for a longer flight, if you're quick!

Well done Philip and Nigel too!

Many thanks to all the club members who helped, I think we were all too busy to take a photograph!

Adrian Giles

11 September The bus gets its new windscreen, and Sportability have a great day

Winds forecast 130/25. Visibility 20K but no rain. A low centred over Ireland and an occluded front slowly moving towards us.

A cold night and beautiful morning for those that were up to see it.

The winds started off relatively calm so launching started on runway 21.

Austin Rose and Chris Power teamed up so they could fly the K23, which they did until we were forced to move to 27 when the winds strengthened.

Richard and his team set to work supervising the new windscreen, doing some metalwork and fixing the bus generator. Many thanks again for your very valuable help.

Before the Sportability group could fly, a team set to and rigged the DG500. They went on to have a great day with 10 happy people, some enjoyed soaring to 3000ft. Well Done Mike and Eugene.

The last day of another course. Everyone pretty exhausted after a very busy week.

10 September. I see no ships

Winds forecast 120/20. Visibility 30K. low level inversion to start.

Launches at the start of the day were to above the inversion and the cloud layer. As the day progressed the thermic activity improved significantly until we were able to climb in 6 knots to over 4000ft. The cross wind presented a challenge for the beginners.

Mike Oliver, showed us all the way by scratching away in the early stages and battling into a 20 knot headwind.

The ASW 19 was taken out and flown by Phil mead.

Locally the upper winds were significantly weaker. All the course members had an opportunity to practice soaring, john Hammond was still soaring at 6 pm.

Classic cars at Aston Down this coming weekend (12-13th Sept)

Gill Hayward has organised an MG “T Types” event this weekend, based near Tortworth (Wootten Under Edge), including 12 trial lessons for the drivers on each of Saturday and Sunday. The plan is that one instructor is dedicated to looking after and flying the visitors, with a dedicated two-seater, probably the Ka21. So club members please bear this in mind if the weather is good and there are lots of people to fly; we shall need one club glider line and one private glider line.

Gill is a T type fan, owning MG TC and TD models. Until last year I also owned one - a TF, below. It will be an opportunity to see these lovely classic cars alongside the gliding activities.

Some were disappointed that last weekend they did not know about the balloon event terminating at Aston Down on both days. But I only got the phone call mid-week from the organiser asking for help, and then it was only for briefing room facilities early morning and evening as the plan was to launch from Stroud and not come to Aston Down in balloons. As it turned out the plans changed and we had a spectacular sight of balloons arriving en masse. Next year we’ll try and give more notice…..

DGR / chairman

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