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Saturday 4th Feb 2017

A gem of a day for early February. After a grey start the mist cleared and we enjoyed a good few hours of sunshine ....and cumulus clouds (remember them?). Fresh from his trip to Oz., Alex Pepler completed his winter refreshers, mostly without an altimeter. Also completing winter refreshers were John Docherty and Adrian Giles. The sunshine tempted out some private owners: Tom Gooch had the longest flight of the day in his ASW27 and Martin Hayward gave the LS6 a good outing. We were pleased to welcome new member Guy Palmer from Sussex Club (Ringmer). Many thanks to Phil Mead and Kevin Russel for driving the winch.

Funding for Junior Pilots

The following is from the BGA:

"We are delighted that the Honourable Company is, once again, offering gliding course scholarships in 2017. These are designed for those aged over 16 (no upper age specified) with little or no flying experience who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to experience gliding. The scholarship will cover the direct training costs of either a week-long residential course, or training at a Junior Gliding Centre on a lesson-by-lesson basis. Details and an application form can be found at https://www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/flying-scholarship.... Applications must be received by 29th March.

"Also a reminder that applications are still being accepted for Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries and for Air League Scholarships. The RAeC bursaries, worth between £500 and £1000 are for post-solo pilots aged between 14 and 21 (and up to 24 years old for follow-on bursaries). Applications must be made by 24th March. The Air League Scholarships are also for post-solo pilots but have an upper age limit of 26. The deadline for applications for these is only a few days away - 17th February. Full details at http://www.royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries and http://www.airleague.co.uk/scholarships/gliding-scholarships/. Note that applications for RAeC Trust Bursaries are to be made to the BGA."

See also Honourable Company of Air Pilots scholarships and RAeC bursaries.

BGA Conference

The BGA conference is on 25th Feb. The attached documents may be of interest to members.

Juniors Saturday

The final Saturday in January was forecast cold and possibly wet with lots of hot air in the evening at the AGM.

Four Air Cadets arrived for their first flights, along with three Semichons and three other Junior pilots. Gary Cross was almost the only other member present who wasn't on the duty rota, which proves its worth.

The first task to show the cadets was how to rig a K21. Geoff didn't manage to frighten them off doing this and they all flew during the day. The rain never showed up, Gary did his winter refreshers and best of all several Semichons and other youngsters managed to re-solo after a gap of several months. The final task was de-rigging the K13 for its ARC.

The AGM was an excellent evening, with great food from Steve Glassett. Thanks Steve. Andy Smith took a lot of cups for flying too far and too fast for an old chap, and Matt Page was awarded the Mike Weston Trophy for significant service to the club. Matt has helped with IT, Junior gliding, and last year the competition. Helen Wilson was the Best Junior in 2016. A full list of prizes will be published in Polebender, except the White Stick Award.

Frosty Flying

A cold but sunny winter day. By the time we had towed the K21's to the launch point a layer of frost had formed on the wings. However, a test flight found no effect on stalling speed or any other aspect.
A 10 knot wind straight down runway 09 gave launches up to 1500 ft., so a useful day was had by the few members present and the day's batch of Air Cadets.
The new K21's main wheel tyre mysteriously deflated on landing. Since nobody fancied working on it exposed to the wintery conditions it was derigged into the syndicate K21 trailer and a K13 brought out instead.

AGM documents

The Minuted from the 2016 CGC AGM have been uploaded to the 2017 AGMs page.

AGMs

Correction to the previous posting from the office:

The AGMs of ADF Ltd and Cotswold GC will be on Saturday 28th JANUARY 2017 not 28th February. The formal notice and agenda for the CGC AGM will be published later next week.

David Roberts / Chairman

2017 AGMs

The Club and Aston Down Farms AGMs will be on Saturday 28th January. Here are the documents for the meetings.

Daily inspections

A new guide to carrying out daily inspections is in the documents > briefings section.

First flight of 2017

After a miserable New Years Day, Bank Holiday Monday dawned beautifully clear and frosty. By 10.30 we were all ready to go, but sadly our enthusiasm wasn't shared by the winch which stubbornly refused to start. It was eventually diagnosed as a seized starter motor. Things weren't looking good when the replacement didn't work either. Luckily the third one did. Huge thanks to Simon Lucas for saving the day.
Once we had an operational winch we enjoyed a good day's flying in the winter sunshine. The northerly breeze gave some high launches enabling us to see in the new year with some aerobatics and one or two flights were long enough to incur soaring fees. Not a bad start to the year. Here's hoping 2017 is going to be a good soaring year.

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