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Trip to Fleet Air Arm Museum

Bill Alden is organising a trip to Fleet Air Arm Museum on Thursday 15th April. Coach leaving Aston Down at 9am returning at about 6pm. Cost for coach and entry is £24 ( Over 65’s £22.50 )
Please let Pat know ASAP. Limited to 21

Two first solos in one day

21st March

Paul Mather Steve Treacy
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New Maps

The new Southern England and Wales maps edition 36 are in stock cost £15.99. Please let Pat know if you want one and she will leave it out for you.

Old pictures

Here are some pictures taken at Aston Down in about 1946 found in the collection of a late local photographer. Click on the image for the much larger original.

Mosquito T3 landing, Lancasters, one from 617 Squadron (Dambusters), and Tempest Vs on the ground.
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Lancaster with H2S radar landing.
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Wellington T Mk X RP556 No. 1689 (Ferry Pilot Training) Flight May 1947
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Thanks to Peter Coleman/TammyLynn Photography.

Club Awards 2009

1. G.H. (Harry) Daniels Trophy

Awarded for an outstanding cross country flight by speed or distance. This year goes to Rob Corbyn for 509k in a Discus on 14th June (the “day of days”) including his Diamond distance.

2. Larry Bleaken Trophy

For gain of height – to Chris Gough for a wave climb of over 9,000’ above the Severn valley near Worcester.
Special mention to David Roberts for 19,947 ft. at Lake Våga, Norway in April of last year.

3. Oldham Trophy – (originally presented by Chris Clarke)

For highest placing in a BGA rated comp. – Andy Cockerell - 4th in Junior Nationals at Dunstable.

4. Ron Hurcombe Trophy

For best flight by an over 65 – Ken Lloyd + Alex Mazz. for 590k the same day as Rob did his 500k. Alex M to collect the trophy.

5. Les Akehurst Trophy

For best junior achievement – Presented to Lara Small on recommendation of the CFI for 100% in the Bronze paper.

6. Tim & Geralyn MacFadyen Trophy

For best two-seater flight - Ken Lloyd + Alex Mazz. Also for the same 500k.
Alex M to collect the trophy.

7. Club Ladder Trophy

For winning the Club Ladder – Doug Gardner.

8. Ruth & Tony Housden Cup

For fastest 100k Club Triangle flight – Brian Birlison for exceeding 114kph around the club triangle.

9. John Holland Cup

For best flight by a Pre-Silver Pilot – not awarded.

10. M. Weston Trophy

For an outstanding contribution to Cotswold Gliding Club – Roger Bagley.
Roger has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, representing the Club at Planning Inquiries, and always protecting the club's best interest. Negotiating with our neighbours, the local council and rating authorities; his outstanding skills ensures we are always in safe hands and well looked after.
Last year his work brought us rate relief and a cheque for £2,800 rebate from the council.
Some recent and significant achievements include protecting our airfield approach pattern at the recent Leda properties planning appeal and representing both ourselves and Nympsfield at the planning processes connected with Ecotricity’s request to erect a 90m meteorological data gathering mast at Nympsfield.
The club is greatly indebted to Roger for the enormous amount of work he puts in on research and preparation and we award this cup in recognition of his work.

First solo

Sarah Cook's turn this time. "Lovely landing" said the CFI.
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Pictures from Portmoak

Some pictures from Portmoak to go along with the blog entries.

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UWE freshers' fair

Our UWE members took the DG500 and simulator to the recent UWE freshers fair. They managed to get over 170 names numbers and email addresses (last year half of these people joined as members). The simulator was a HUGE success and the DG500 a good eye catcher. They also came second in the Best Stand award.
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Aerobatics weekend pictures

The aerobatics camp was a success. The actual glider aerobatics was too high to get good pictures but the Swift Aerobatic Display Team used Aston Down as their base for a display at Kemble's Battle of Britain day. Here are some pictures of the Twister at Aston Down taken by Matthew Cook.

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Later on in the day we had some hot air balloons drop in:

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And a couple by Mike Weston. This balloon got very close to the anemometer. Apparently it was a demonstration of how accurate you can be rather than a near miss.

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