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Its a scorcher (30 June)

Very hot today with an inversion around 3000ft amsl and blue thermals.

not surprisingly there was less cross country activity today, but the course managed some good progress. All 3 ab-initios are now able to do a winch launch, fly around a circuit under direction and fly and approach and landing. Well done guys, circuit planning tomorrow then.

The Pik20 E came out for some launch practice, and after a jump start conducted a perfect take off.

The evening group were very busy in an awkward cross wind. They were sadly dogged by a launch failure, but managed to resolve it in their normal efficient way.

Course 14 has a warm start and cakes (29 June)

The forecast was for a warm day and blue thermals, so plenty of water and keeping cool was the order of the day.

Sarah delivered some delicious cakes (leftover from a party), with a request to finish them off.---No problem.

Many thanks to the Monday helpers, the course benefited from the teaching on the ground and in the air. Chris Power, Dave Breeze and Ian Vickers are not shown in the picture because they were off doing stuff and of course the winch driver Dave took the picture.

One course member Ian Vickers, from the Cambridge club, had a ride in the ASH with Ken Lloyd. The Leigh family started their basic training with Steve Glasset and me. John Leigh and his 2 sons William and James are on a visit from Hong Kong and even they found the weather rather hot!

Meanwhile in the background, our chairman was moving the ASW19 for some maintenance. These jobs dont do themselves.

Well done all.

Saturday 27th June

First launch was by 9.39 - well done all. A busy day with lots of private gliders out - if I was better informed I'd know where they all went.
Many congratulations to Craig Mustoe who completed his first solo.
A big thank you to Andrew Turk and Doug Gardner for helping with the instructing and to winch drivers Andy Smart and Eric Lomas.

Last day of the course ---26 June

With a complex frontal system off to the west and getting closer and electrical storms forecast, it was not surprising to see a few showers and some .

The race was on for the farmer to collect the grass before the rains, so with tractors in all 4 corners of the airfield, the course continued to practice runway landings.

By the end of the day, and a lot of practice, everyone on the course was able to take off, fly a circuit and land safely (with a little promting from the back seat). Not bad for a course starting from scratch---well done guys.

Getting the lawn mowers out 25 June

Thermals started fairly late today. That meant a quiet day for the cross country guys.

Hooray, the grass cutters were out, grass cutting on the left and grass cutters on the right (yes it was needed). The course decided to use the runway for a change---no grass cutters there!

The alternative to landing on the runway was to land between the line of grass, just a little too expert for the trainees.

The course guys were handling the aircraft during all phases of the flight, not bad for 3 days from scratch. They all know how to take off and land now, so it must be circuit planning next.

Gerald spent most of the day with David, he has now a habit of popping in for lunch.

The evening group completed nearly 20 flights, very well done to them. The course enjoyed watching while they ate their chicken Fajitas and had a beer or two.

Aerotow day at Aston Down. 24 June

A good soaring day with several decent cross country flights.

Lots of additional activity. A posh helicopter dropped off its passengers outside the hangar. The Rallye tug, organised by Paul Lazenby, popped in and gave members the opportunity to refresh their aerotow skills. Many thanks for that.

The club members enjoyed a full day supervised by Roger Bagley.

The course continues well, the picture shows us examining a broken link---well if you will try to launch a PW6 on a blue link, that is bound to happen!

23 June---another busy day

Light NW winds and the possibility of a good cross country day.

Lots of pilots came out to try the conditions, many thanks to those that took the time to help the inexperienced course members cope on the ground. The course members benefited from the helpful advice and assistance. A steady stream of aircraft starting turning up from about 11 am.

As it turned out, the conditions were not quite as good as we had hoped, but good fun anyway.

The course members spent the day grappling with trimming, stalling (in its many guises) and landing. Well done to all of them.

The evening party took over around 6 pm and had a busy time flying air experience flights. It was pleasant sitting in the clubroom watching from the ground with a beer in hand.

The picture was taken by David at around 10.30.

3 newbies join the midweek course. 22 June

The weather had an unpromising start with steady drizzle at 8 am. After the weather cleared through we had thermals peaking at 8 knots and cloudbases of 4000ft amsl.

The new course got underway with Chris Power and Dave Breeze lending a hand with the ground training. We didnt quite manage the early start of the Sunday flyers--quite a challenge to beat that.

Thanks to the hard work of our engineering support, the PW6 was back in service and no flat tyres.

Mike Ward, David Lyle and Rhys Williams are pictured here. All of them learning from scratch and using the week to determine if this is a hobby for them.

Longest Day

Despite the widespread belief that the Vice Chairman's message was a joke, a very small select band started flying on Sunday soon after 5 am. Low cloud had prevented the intended start at the earliest legal time half an hour before sunrise. At 0730 we retired to the clubhouse for bacon and eggs, leaving a note on the winch to be sure to warm it up again. The writer is rather hazy about what happened during the rest of the day.

Saturday 20th June

We managed to get a decent day's flying in between the showers. On the One Day Course, Adrian and Adriana from Romania, and Ross from Malmsbury enjoyed some great cloudscapes despite getting no higher than 1,600'. Thanks go to winch drivers Adrian Mears and Adrian Giles (half the people on site seemed to be called Adrian).

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