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Dartmoor Gliding Society, midweek course.

Lots going on this week. Here we have Colin Boyd having a conversion to fibreglass before flying his recently acquired Astir.

Colin is vice chairman of DGS and plays in a Devon rock group when he is not flying.

Colin and his syndicate partner, Adrian Irwin, went on to successfully fly their own aircraft on Wednesday.

Club communications

Quick note to say I am in the process of putting some communication material together for dissemination. It is always the case that in the first 3-4 months of the calendar year I have other priorities so getting around to newsletter writing isn't easy. We had a club committee meeting last evening (8 May), getting through quite a few important topics and making some key decisions, so I'll cover those. Of course fire-fighting takes precedence when equipment "goes tech" for whatever reason. Thanks to the guys (and Gill) who have been getting things put back together. More soon.....
DGR / chairman

bad weather? This course found a smart way of getting the best from the week/

Meet up at the hangar at 6.30 am! Well why not.

Good fun, and David the winchdriver added "why dont we have bacon sarnies on the bus as well"---so we did.

After 2 days of poor and unflyable weather this group came up with this great idea and gained a lot of additional flight training.

Colin Parker (solo from earlier courses),Steve Brackenridge( went solo 10 years ago),Alan Thomas (went solo on a course last year) Stephen Moor( doing some instructor training for the week)

Well done guys, I am sure it will catch on..

Saturday 26th April

Once again it was a day of two halves. The morning dawned grey, uninspiring and, after the recent heat wave, distinctly chilly in the northerly breeze,
There was a keen bunch of people for training, so while the grid awaited the promised clearance, new member Lawrence Wood got to grips with the trimmer and Martin Heyward got to do launch failures. Around one o'clock the overcast broke up and a number of pilots led by Andy Smith set off for Brecon and the Long Mynd. Down on the ground, in an attempt to avoid flying solo, Lesley Waters head-butted the PW-6 - result Glider:1, Lesley: 0 This gave Lawrence and yours truly the opportunity to nab the glider for an hour at 4,500'. By the the time we returned Lesley was patched up and completed another solo. Conditions in the afternoon were very good, albeit a bit blue for the guys returning from the Mynd. Thanks to winch drivers Phil Guthrie and Graham Turner.

Lesley Waters goes solo.

Congratulations Lesley. The hard work paid off - and what a beautiful landing!


Gliding on TV

Here is a clip from the Secret Britain series featuring gliding at Sutton Bank.

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.

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