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UWE Gliding Soc AGM

On March 19th I was privileged to visit UWE and the Gliding Society AGM.

There were 13 students there, not a big turnout but enough to provide candidates for all the roles. In fact there were no less than three people vying for the president's role. The successful candidate is Dan Williams, well known at Aston Down as he has brought parties of students to the airfield in his red Micra. I took my simulator (it's been a busy week) and the students took turns to race to Nympsfield. Dan Hayday was the fastest. The biggest gripe at the meeting was the weather, many of them have not flown for many months despite coming to the club on planned trips. They were all very excited though, and are looking forward to the coming months. They are very keen to do their bit to support our club and be active members, even wanting to get involved in the workshop with the Ka13 restoration.

Adrian Giles

Wednesday 28 a very varied day

Winds forecast 300/20, rain sleet and grains of snow, with lowish cloudbases.

Not a great interest from the club members today, they know what a poor day looks like.

The course spent the morning in the classroom covering the ab-initio briefs, meanwhile Robin Birch was attempting to fix a sticky canopy on ENK.

Flying started about 1.30, an efficient team made it possible for us to fly 18 times in between some very intersting showers.

Well done everyone.

Wednesday 28 a very varied day

Winds forecast 300/20, rain sleet and grains of snow, with lowish cloudbases.

Not a great interest from the club members today, they know what a poor day looks like.

The course spent the morning in the classroom covering the ab-initio briefs, meanwhile Robin Birch was attempting to fix a sticky canopy on ENK.

Flying started about 1.30, an efficient team made it possible for us to fly 18 times in between some very intersting showers.

Well done everyone.

28 March Wednesday with a variety of weather

Winds were forecast as 3000/20 at 2000ft. rain grains of snow and showers of rain.

The morning for the course was spent looking in more detail at Winch launching and a range of other gliding topics.

Meanwhile Robin Birch was busy trying to fix a sticky canopy hinge on ENK.

There wasnt too much interest in flying from the regular club members---they are not daft, pretty wet after all.

first launch was around 1.30, and an efficient course team manageda slick turnaround giving us the opporttunity to complete 9 launch failures and 9 circuit flights! Well done guys

Lets hope for less sleet and freezing rain tomorrow.

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!

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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!

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