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29 May

The day started with rain, followed by heavy rain followed by drizzle.

So what better subject for the classroom than weather. I am pleased to say the Lasham cadets and course guys managed to stay awake throughout, and managed to ask sensible questions.

The sounding below says it all.

We took the aircraft out to the launch point and managed a few circuits in a sporting crosswind before going back to the warmth of the clubroom.

Davids new friend "Gerald" has taken an active interest in the gliding activities. I am hoping we might get some free consultancy, he seems to have fairly low maintenance costs--- a few scraps of Daves dinner seems to suffice. it is good to think Dave isnt all alone at the winch.

Gerald is pictured on the tow out truck--- a bit scruffy so fits in well.

28 May

Stronger winds forecast. 270/20. So it was off to the short runway.

Andy Smith set off to the west early on, and his trailer was seen setting off in the same direction some time later in the evening.

The duo discus set off to the west in search of the wave reported over Wales.

The day became extremely good for soaring, Callum from Lasham achieved his silver height---well done to him.

With some slick groundhandling, we had a very good day, with a few minor stoppages to let the grass collection gang pass through.

The day team handed over to the evening group who treated a group of Scouts to flight experiences.

Meanwhile Debs cooked us all a magnificent chicken pie, the clubroom went very quiet as we all tucked in.

Fingers crossed for a decent day tomorrow.

The photos show the Lasham group and the Cotswold gliding course members. The photos show the key briefing points for the day.

27 May

Club day today. Surprisingly good soaring.

The Lasham cadets managed a number of firsts, including 2 soaring flights of over an hour for the cross country endorsement. Lesley took this picture of a Piper Lance about to depart with one of the cadets. Mike took 2 cadets on cross country experience flights in the Arcus.

All the course members managed soaring flights, climbs around 6 knots at times.

It was good to see the keen midweek flyers helping to unpack the hangar at 8.30, they obviously knew about the weather.

Flying stopped around 5 pm when the winds freshened and a new weather system arrived.

lets hope for another good day tomorrow.

Tom and his gang carried on with the work required to refit the bus windscreen.

26 May

Another busy day and turned out to be surprisingly soarable. The Lasham cadets did another great job helping to keep the field operating.

Mike pulled the Arcus out to give the lasham cadets a new flying experience.

The sportability group managed 11 introductory flight experiences and the course enjoyed another good days flying.

In the evening a scout troop were shown the fun of flying as they flew into a great summery evening.

The arrival of 2 helicopters including the Harrods helicopter added some additional interest to the day.

Vernon a course member is shown getting a pre flight briefing. David took a great picture of Harrods helicopter landing. And the sportability group are seen chatting in the sunshine while waiting to fly.

25 May

Well, what a busy day, 85 flights all told with some modest soaring late morning.

A new course started with 3 keen new pilots. John Hammond, a returnee from last year, Brian Riegler, a motor cycle enthusiast and brand new trainee, Vernon Wilcox, a pilot who was hooked after his trial flight last year.

The Lasham cadets did a fantastic job running the airfield, many thanks to them.

Matt came back from his first flights in the ASW20 with a big grin on his face.

The picture shows Simon and Mike getting ready to show us all how it is done in their trusty Capstan.

Friday 23 May

Drizzle greeted us in the morning. David set about checking the winch cables and the rest of us moved into the briefing room to talk about altimetry and how to read a 1;500000 aeronautical chart.

Gill arrived in an amazing Rover 100 which caused a few admiring glances.

After chocolate biscuits and tea the weather cleared for a good afternoon of flying.

The group photo, Graham (left) an aeromodeller has quickly grasped the basics of flying and can now fly a circuit unaided. Jim, now retired comes to fly for fun every year, Joe Vickerstaff has now resoloed in both K13 and PW6.

Thursday 21 May

Another busy day, fantastic thermals but not always when you need them. Tim macFadyen dropped in just not quite enough height to get back to Nympsfield and Mike landed out----thankfully not at Ely.

Grass collection was in progress for most of the day, so there were a number of runway landings.

Jo Vickerstaff resoloed today, well done to him the picture taken by David as he passed overhead to land on 21.

Jo cooked a magnificent gourmet dinner for the course, which we all enjoyed while watching the evening group flying.

Tuesday 19 May

Strong winds, rain, hail and gusts. Thunder and electrical storms stopped play for a while, but let up for the evening group to fly before the rains really started.

This picture was taken by winchdriver David , while we waited for a storm cell to pass. Course member Graham and the course instructor sat in the glider to provide the essential ballast.

Saturday 16th May

It's quite possible that Carly Selwood and Mark Bowler enjoyed our best ever One Day Course. The day was soarable from first launch at 10.30 and each of them had close to three hours in the air, mostly above 3,000'. By mid afternoon there were some stonking thermals but also some chunky sink. The two PWs were kept busy with club instructions - thanks to Simon Lucas and Tony Hayes. Most of the cross-country pilots headed for the Long Mynd (maybe to egg on our team in the Rock Polishers). Tony Parker in the Ventus found wave near Ledbury and climbed to 11,000', apparently his final glide from Talgarth took less than 25 minutes. Mike Oliver in the ASW20 and Mike Weston and John Huband in the Arcus attempted Llanfair Caereinion - Ramsbury - Leominster for 500k, but conditions weren't quite good enough for them to get all the way round. Many thanks to winch drivers Andy Smart and John McWilliams.

The end of a successful week

Smiles and congratulations all round.

From left to right, Roger Appleboom---a visitor from Dartmoor, flying his K6 for a few days of fun., David our tireless winchdriver. Don the course instructor, Peter Harvey, went from very early solo to 3/4 of the bronze C complete and over doubled his total log book hours, Chris Owen, first solo and discovered soaring, Adrian Irwin, completed his bronze C, converted to fibreglass and flew his new Astir for the first time.

The busy week included a Thai curry cooked by Roger, exams, briefings an inevitable early starts to make up for a very wet Thursday. Hope to see you all very soon.

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