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Friday 2nd Jan

Happy New Year to all,
First job of the day was to repair the windsock mounting and replace the windsock that was lost sometime over the Christmas period.
It was the first flying day of 2015 and a few members enjoyed a good day. The Arcus motored over to the ridge for a few hours and joined a large number of gliders enjoying the thermal and ridge lift. Thanks to Paul Lazenby for organising the day.
Unfortunately Saturday looks like being wet until later in the day but we still have an aerotow day planned for Sunday, a good chance for some fresh air after the Christmas excesses.

Monday 29/12

A cold start and a cold end to the day but for a few hours it was really quite pleasant in the sunshine. Some members completed their winter refreshers while others enjoyed the calm conditions. We also managed to fly a couple of impromptu trial lessons and were joined by a Sandhill member and his son for the day.Thanks to Jon Huband and Tim Barnes for sharing the instructing duties and to all others who helped. Special thanks to Lesley Waters for bringing the rather excellent sausage rolls.

Saturday 20th December - More fun than Christmas Shopping

Thermals in December - I didn't know such things existed. Helped along by some bright sunshine, a fresh westerly and a bit of wave influence, they made for some bouncy flights off the cross runway. Adventure Scouts Chris and John continued to make excellent progress in both their flying and helping out at the launch points. Doug rigged his LS3 and managed to get to the ridge at the second attempt, but complained it was "a bit crowded". I won't mention how low he was when he left the ridge to return to AD. Ken launched in the ASH and motored off to find a bit of wave. Thanks to Chris Ashworth for helping out with instruction and to our winch drivers.

Sunny Saturday

For a change, a bright sunny day with hardly any wind. With a winch and aerotow operation that was kept busy all day a large contingent of our junior members and members enjoyed the clear and calm conditions.

Wednesday

As forecast, it was a bright but cold day with the wind straight down the strip helping some launches to over 2000'. Winter Refreshers and a BI renewal kept the instructors busy and other members enjoyed the great visibility with some solo flying.

Sunday 30th Nov - Considerably better than expected

Driving on to the airfield at 9am I couldn't even see the wind sock in the mist. So I thought it would be a pretty short day as Duty Instructor: just show my face, cancel the trial lessons and head back home for coffee and brownie points. However, by 9.30 the mist started to thin and we got the kit out. Flying from the south end, the first few flights were really spectacular - launches to 1,600', about 1,000 above the broken cloud with amazing views over a solid cloud sheet extending way out to the west from the airfield boundary. We were also treated to full "broken spectres" (Google it if necessary) on the cloud below. It's probably best not to tell the CFI about how we were going into cloud on the base leg (we had the ILS on). Anyway, the cloud quickly cleared and we enjoyed a very pleasant day's flying in the sunshine. Darren rigged his LS3, Ken entertained us doing his annual checks and Sarah Z munched her way through an entire packet of extra strong mints in three flights. The visitors also enjoyed their flights with Eugene and Matt - one was heard to say "My gob is completely and utterly smacked!" , Thanks to Phil and Mike for some great winching.

Fireworks

Here are some pictures of the fireworks.
Angela WhitbyJoe VickerstaffAngela WhitbyAngela Whitby

Great bonfire party

At a guess, last night was the best bonfire party ever at Cotswold GC. Darren, Matt and Alex P and others had built a massive bonfire - estimated 18' high and base around 20' x 25''. Stephen Cook set up the firework display and this was followed by lighting the bonfire under a clear night sky and nearly a full moon rising in the east. Fortunately the wind was c.10kts SW which meant the new hangar under construction was not in danger. Jackie and her crew provided the soup beforehand and hot dogs, roast pork baps and mince pies after the lighting. About 90 club members and guests celebrated late into the night. Thanks to all those who organised the evening and those who came to enjoy it. Someone was taking photos - can they arrange with Stephen our webmaster to load one or two on the site here?
DGR / chairman

Juniors at the Youth in Aviation day at Westminster

Two of our Junior members, Charlotte Acton and Alex Bartlam met with ministers and other dignitaries at the Youth in Aviation Day last week, held in the Palace of Westminster.

Charlotte and Alex are on the right of the first photo.


Tuesday 28th

The second day of the junior development half term session. A navigation exercise followed by a briefing on Notams started the day. The bright weather then enticed us out and with the wind straight down the strip we got some good launches. Charlotte converted to the PW, Josh and Jonathan tried out the K7, Ethan improved his circuits and Anne-Cecile and Pierre-Marie got a few more exercises completed. We ended the day with a discussion on Human Factors and a run through some Bronze questions. Charlotte is off to Westminster tomorrow representing youth gliding, hope that she puts,in a good word for CGC!

Thanks to Roger Smith, Andy Smart, Chris Power and Simon Buckley for their help today.

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