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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.

Solo

Congratulations to Mervyn McKenna who went solo on Sat 21/3/15.

Saturday 14th March

Blimey, for a freezing cold, grey day, we were busy! What with winter refreshers, a one-day course, instructor renewals, Scouts, UWE and club instruction, all the available two-seaters and two winches were fully occupied. I think just about every one got flown by close of play. Rob Corbin and Simon Buckley gave their new toy - a very smart Ventus 2 - an airing. The DG300 was also out as was the Skylark 4 (about 1/10 of the vintage Glasset fleet).

Thermal Soaring Protocol

Please see the attached document from the BGA about thermal flying.

BGA annual report

The BGA have published the 2014 Annual Report. You can read it on the BGA website here.

Snowy Saturday

A variation of sunshine, rain, sunshine, snow, sunshine all day.

The picture was taken just after a snowstorm went through.

Members area update

You'll notice that the airfield blog no longer appears as separate area on the right and that blog items are now displayed in with the main content. This helps to keep the front page up to date and allows bigger pictures in the blog. There is no change to the way blog items are added.

FLARM Update

Your attention is drawn to this important announcement on the BGA web site:

"FLARM has announced that a scheduled and mandatory firmware update is soon to be released for all FLARM devices. The update is required for all FLARM-compatible designs, including classic FLARM, PowerFLARM and FLARM manufactured by LXNAV, LX Navigation, Garrecht/AIR Avionics, and others. The update will be released by early March 2015 at no cost. If the free FLARM update is not applied, the device will no longer operate after March 31, 2015. Full details of the update are on the FLARM web site."

Cold and breezy Sunday

An industrious bunch of members set off over the snowy airfield to change both sets of cables on the winch. It was too windy to fly early in the day and the wind abated just enough as the cable change was completed to remove any further excuses not to fly and it was worth it. Doug and Darren in their respective LSs headed west and the Arcus flew a couple of sorties enjoying ridge thermal and wave conditions. Back at AD the visiting group from Radley College enjoyed some good soaring flights in the DG500 and the PW was kept busy with club members. A cold day but enjoyable, thanks to everyone who helped, it looks like we will have some new junior members.

11/01/15 Sporty Sunday

An enthusiastic group got the kit out in good time and we enjoyed a morning of some sporty flying off the cross runway in the strengthening wind. Robin Davenport completed his winter refreshers with some real and simulated launch failures. Jon Huband rigged his Ventus and plumbed himself in (a process that should have an "18" certificate), in preparation for for a trip to the ridge. However, around lunchtime, the wind rapidly increased and discretion rather than valour became the order of the day. Truth be told, the instructors were quite relieved to get all the gliders back in the hangar in one piece. Many thanks to Graham Turner for turning up so promptly to drive the winch.

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