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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).

Last day of the week. and Robert is tyred

Off to the hangar after briefing, to discover the main wheel of the PW6 is flat. Mmmmmmmm, lets try pumping it up and see what happens. Bingo its inflated and holding air.

A series of training flights with the course members landing in all corners of the airfield before we hear the rushing of air from the nose wheel of the PW6. Obviously it was getting tyred.

Good soaring conditions gave Lesley the opportunity to practice thermalling skills, while Rob Corbin found the Nympsfield wave and soared to 6000ft, and Jayne Randle soared locally.

It was a race between the top cover and the Kemble class D airspace---which would arrive first. The airspace won---just.

Robert Knox goes solo and signs the visitor book---18 June

Well done Robert, solo again. Eric Lomas completes his bronze C congratulations to him.

The soaring did become good later, by this time Mike Oliver and lost the will to carry on in a hot sticky cockpit, and landed.

Several private aircraft came out for an airing, Mike Randel tried a local cross country flight but gave up at Cheltenham and came home.

The evening group took over and flew the Scouts on air experience flight.

The evening dinner was great and to Roberts surprise, the last entry in the visitors book was his own from 12 months ago. The good news is the book will last a long time before it is filled. We calculated 9000 years!!! Roberts descendants will need to keep up the tradition because he will be old and grey before the book is full.

Club day and early start 17 June

Cloudbase 500ft, Westerly wind 20 Knots. Lets get the gliders out.

Alun Thomas and Tom Egan were determined not to be put off, so it was unpack the hangar asap (asap +8.30).

sadly the cloud was still horribly low at midday and the winds annoyingly across the runway.

Launch failure practice for some followed by briefings on Met and a briefing on navigation for the cross country endorsement.

Just goes to prove the weather doesnt stop us from doing some good training.

Should be a good day tomorrow, see you then.


Robin Birch to the rescue, and Gerald returns for a flying visit. (16 June)

The canopy jettison "detached" on the ground. Robin (Hood ) Birch said he could be there in 3o to fix it, he was there in 29! What next superman! many thanks from the course guys.

The weather was good soaring and several pundits set off on cross country tasks, Mike Weston being the last to land at around 6 pm.

The course was heavily into winch launch training and Eric Lomas bronze C testing. Lots of trips back and forth in the buggy.

Steve Glasset and a clean shaven Alex Jones went off for a flight in the K13, and Gerald popped in for lunch with David.

picture off the T61 just setting off for a midweek jaunt.

Course week gets a good soaring start. 15 June

Strong thermals with cloudbases to 5500 ft amsl.

Eric Lomas, Lesley Waters and Robert Knox joined us for a week of bronze C development. Several comments on the fashion statement white socks and sandals, apparently its not very "cool".

A small group of pundits set off for a 300km. Ian Kennedy (from Usk) arrived in a Grob to give Eugene Lambert some practice in a SLMG. Good to see Jane Randle who did a respectable cross country.

Many thanks to our band of regulars to came to lend a hand for day 1 of the course.

The day ended with a few beers in the bar.

Gerald appears in the team photo.

The day was a little better than forecast. The drizzle didnt start until 4 pm so we got a full days flying for the course members.

lunch was a buffet in the bus, cold chicken, salads, potato and a strange onion and celery concoction made up by David. We couldnt let last nights leftovers go to waste.

The Glasset brothers appeared in the afternoon and did there best to help out. This amongst other things seemed to include feeding Gerald the crow---we now know Gerald has a taste for cheese and onion crisps. The collective noun for a group of crows is a "murder", I wonder what a collective noun for a pair of Glassets might be.

The week was very productive, Tom went solo and started to work on bronze C stuff, David Hart has now joined the club and is getting close to solo, Tony from New Zealand plans to return and do more flying in the ASW19, and Nigel ended the week with a well judged circuit and landing. Well done all.

If you look carefully you will spot Gerald in the picture---he just cant seem to stay away.

NE winds and blue thermals today (11 June)

A quieter day on the airfield today. Thermals took some time to become usable. Then locally it was 4-6 knot climbs to 4000ft in the blue.

field landing, turning in early and side slipping were the topics for the day. Tom completing a few more solos to add to his experience.

Another group of Scouts this evening, with over 20 flights flown , well done chaps.

Dinner in the evening was great fun, roast chicken etc---and of course the odd glass of wine. Happy days.

Tom Egan goes solo 10 June

Club day today, great to see some members at the hangar at 8.30.

NE winds again, the soaring became quite good by lunchtime. A few single seaters appeared to try their luck.

Well done to Tom Egan who went solo on the 2nd launch of the day. 2 days of hard work (launch failures and stalling etc) did the trick.

Tony Budd converted onto the ASW19, well done to him.

Mike R got the club flying underway with check flights for the solo pilots. The picture shows the Mike R huddle as he considers how to proceed. Tony took over to continue the good work.

The evening briefing was on stalling. Another good day.

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