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Tues 27 march Course No 2 Underway. Neil produces a gourmet lunch

Winds 300/20, low cloud to start.

Welcome to the course members Neil, Rhys and Matthew. The day started with launch failure practice, when the drizzle arrived, Neil produced some amazing sausage baps which were very welcome, nothing like comfort food to cheer us all up.

Cloud bases lifted later to allow us full height launches and even some soaring. Then its back to the classroom to talk about stalling.

Another great day.

Neil Gilbranch produces a sausage roll for everyone

23 March the final day of training course 1

A fantastic week , flying every day. Everyone went home tired but happy.

Well done Clint who exceeded his own expectations by getting very close to solo. "unprompted pilot", means he was flying without aid from the instructor in the back seat---well done.

Simon and Mike converted to their Discus going back to camphill with chunks of the bronze C completed and many solo flights under their belts.

Clint and Simon will be back in June to carry on with their development towards a pilots licence.

the pictures show the first course at the start, a typical breakfast briefing and the hangar waiting to be repacked midweek.

Thursday 22 Another busy day for the course.

winds 240/15, good visibility and some thermal activity.

The airfield fairly quiet with the motor glider getting an outing and the course.

Well done Clint, after 4 days is competently flying unprompted around circuits.

Mike and Simon are now flying their Discus.

Thanks to David Hart for helping out on the ground.

The day was finished off nicely with a meal at the Canal Tunnel. Another day in paradise.

The Astir is rigged and flying

Another cold day but not so windy. 020/15 with broken cloud at around 2000ft QFE.

Mike and Simon are now solo and Mike has converted to the Astir so well done.

Clint is getting to grips with landing, winch launch tomorrow?

The evening completed with a briefing on winch launching, while Simon and Mike went to collect their newly acquired discus.

Thanks to Grant for helping us at the launchpoint so we could have 2 aircraft in the system, and welcome back David Hart, who now needs to replenish is wine stock.

Midweek training courses have started

Snow on the ground and 25knot winds, very cold. Soarable for a few hours in the afternoon. Good visibility.

Welcome to Clint Cosser (a new club member), Mike Stephens (an ex hang glider pilot from Camphill) and Simon Stannard ( a member from Camphill).

A surprisingly good day, we just needed to have a hot drink every now and again to revive.

Many thanks to Chris Power for assisting with the initial ground training.

The winds should be less challenging tomorrow and it will be above zero temperatures!


Glider at a Worcester High School

Adrian took a simulator and his DG200 to Tudor Grange Academy Worcester as part of their STEM week. About 350 children in seven groups of 50 were subjected to a brief chat about how a glider flies, and then watched as one or two of their classmates flew the sim and sat in the glider. Adrian's voice took 24 hours to recover!

Youth takes over Cotswold GC

Saturday 24th February was swarming with teenagers. The welcome scene of initiative, activity and keenness was something to behold. We never had to ask to get gliders pushed back and manoeuvred into line after landing well down runway 09. All the other launch point tasks were equally well looked after. The instructors were grateful for coordination of all this activity by a well-known parent who was present.
There were altogether some 19 youngsters - 5 UWE members, 5 scouts and at least 5 CGC Junior members, plus 2 One Day Course participants and one or two other heavily outnumbered grown ups. Over 40 flights took place in spite of a stop for a Royal Flight and a temporary winch failure. These hold ups provided the only rest for the three instructors during what seemed a long day keeping up with all the enthusiasm.

Saturday 17th February

Well, we made one 11-year-old boy very happy today. Aeroplane-mad Anakin dropped in with his parents to do a bit of plane-spotting. He was pretty chuffed to have a sit in the K21, but after joining as a Junior Member he had his first flight in the DG500 with Don Brookman. Gob-smacked doesn't quite do justice to the look on his face after the flight. Meanwhile, another 11-year-old, Elliot Apperley, was impressing his instructor by flying his first launches.
Otherwise, once the early morning mist had cleared, we had a good day's flying, managing 65 launches. The Eurofox tug Alpha Bravo was kept busy doing aerotows, three pilots completed their winter refreshes and there were even some soaring flights.

Juniors Weekend at the Mynd

The DG500 visited Midland Gliding Club a few weeks ago to fly with junior pilots from across the country as part of the UK Junior Gliding winter series. We managed 150 launches over the weekend, and around 70 juniors were able to experience flying from a new airfield.

Supporting young people getting into aviation is one of the club's key aims as a BGA Junior Gliding Centre. We will be hosting the first of the new Summer Series events at Aston Down in May, which will focus on training and development for junior pilots looking to achieve their bronze and cross-country badges.

Many thanks to the club and the committee for your continued support of UK Junior Gliding.

Pupils get a taste for life above the clouds

SCIENCE Week at Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett provided excitement and interest for the children, led by Year 5 teacher Mrs Rowan Atack.

A glider from the Cotswold Gliding Club was brought to the school in its special transporter, and thrilled the pupils, who admired its impressive 50ft wing span.

They learned about its operational capabilities from Paul Lazenby, an instructor at the club, and Max Lazenby, a glider aerobatics pilot, and Lesley Waters, one of the lady members. Some children were lucky enough to sit in the cockpit, or to try on the weighty parachute pack that would be worn in flight.

The memorable Science Week also featured a visit by a hot air balloon, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter, a drone pilot and a representative of the REME Museum, who led a science workshop.

The activities certainly brought science to life for the pupils, who were fascinated to see exhibits at close range, and to have their many questions answered by the visitors.

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