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A very Busy Saturday

One of the best days for some time. Numerous cross countries were attempted and some lengthy tasks completed. However a lowish cloudbase and turbulent thermals didn't make it easy, resulting in several outlandings even among the experts.
At base there was a good turnout for instruction but with only two instructors until later in the day and two one day courses to run, things were a bit difficult for a time.

Need a winchdriver for part of Monday 8th August

Dave Taylor, our winch driver, has to be away from AD on Monday the 8th. Chris Power has offered to stand in for part of the day, but would like to have someone else help out, probably for the 2nd half of the day. Any offers please let me know at

Many thanks

DGR / chairman

Last Day of July

A day with a lot of promise apparently, given the long line of private gliders on the grid. However I think that most experienced some extended local soaring until later in the day when the conditions improved with at least Doug completing a task and the visiting Libelle landing well after we packed up after a flight of several hours. Adam Mayo consolidated his flights from Saturday with some more exercises and a 55 minute soaring flight. Chris Power after spending the morning driving the winch asked for a check ride and had a 50 minute flight including following a cracking cloud street out to the Severn Valley, meeting up with Stephen Cook in the K23 overhead Nympsfield. Eugene looked after the trial lessons, all visitors went home smiling, some after climbs to over 3000'.
Thanks to the members who helped.

Ka 21 ENK back on line

Ka 21 G-EENK was back on line last week following its annual inspection and some additional work on the tailplane fixings. Thanks to Robin Birch for turning this around. The PW6 (G-CKRX) has been delivered back to Essex GC, its purchasers, from Pete Wells' repair facility after the damage repairs were completed. So, the end of an era of PW6s and we now look forward to the new Ka 21 being collected from Germany at the end of August.

The grass has been cut

I went to the Club this morning to see for myself; all the grass has been cut and lifted, so normal operations (as opposed to landing on the runway) can re-commence.

DGR / chairman

Brief update

We gave 7 days notice 14 days ago that we need the grass cutting by our farmer neighbour. Today the grass was obviously getting too long, as the Ka 21 (GBF) did a 180 ground-loop (no damage fortunately). This evening I have been told the grass cutting is under way and will continue tomorrow. There is over 110 acres to be cut which takes time, of course.

Talking of grass cutting, our thanks to Julian Eaton, our new(ish) member who "flies the duvet" (paramotor), Julian is becoming a regular user of the John Deere tractor with the mowing equipment. Over the last few days Julian had mown most of the areas we as a club look after, as opposed to the main landing areas which the farmer does. It is looking great. The only bits he hasn't done are around the few parked gliders by the tower and caravan park. So those owners know where the tractor is....!

The Ka 21 (ENK) is now at the main agent - Zulu Glasstek (Pete Wells) in Buckinghamshire for replacement of the tailplane bushes. Hopefully it will be back at CGC in the next 10 days or so. The PW6, also with Pete, is nearly ready for delivery back to Essex GC who bought it in January but we had to fix certain things that were wrong with it.

The new Ka 21 is now scheduled to be collected from the factory in Germany at the end of August. It will take a week or two to get the paperwork sorted on import.

DGR / chairman

A quiet day

Sunday - 10th July - A quiet day, well it was for members anyway, perhaps the forecast and RIAT restrictions kept them away. Adam consolidated his Saturday's flights with Tim with some launch failures, made more interesting by the blustery conditions and Matt took one of Lesley's U3A group for a 40 minute soaring flight. We had 5 trial lessons to fly, all from the local area so we are hopeful for some new members. Just one interruption for rain and no interruptions from Fairford, thanks to everyone that helped.

New radios with 8.33 MHz channel spacing

David Roberts advises that anyone thinking of purchasing a new radio with 8.33 MHz channel spacing, which at present will become mandatory from January 2018, should perhaps wait until the outcome of two potential developments. Firstly, the UK CAA may defer the implementation date for gliders (and balloons) and secondly the news from the BGA about potential funding of up to 20% of the purchase cost; please see:

For those who may not know, David has been President of Europe Air Sports ( since 2009.

Saturday 11th - Two solos today

Two first solos today by Helen Wilson and Pierre-Marie Semichon

Jason Jennette tells us about his course week


I’ve had the honour of being hosted by Cotswold Gliding Club this past week and I cannot resist the urge to thank everyone involved. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but the CGC is a very special entity. The openness and enthusiasm with which the club members welcomed us was wonderful.

There must have been a dozen club members during the week who helped me, guided me, and made fun of my Irish heritage. I’m indebted to all. Thank you.

There are a number of members who went far out of their way to show we what I was doing wrong.

My fellow course week fliers, Peter, Melinda and Simon, thank you for being my family for the week. By Tuesday we were a well ironed machine. That felt very nice.

We walked out of the club house on the first morning we all thought we were in a fantasy land. Julian had just landed in front of us on his flying duvet. Jools, the entrance was only missing the tuxedo. What a sheer joy this man is to work with. Like a puppy with boundless energy Jools jumps at every job – our first two days would have been very different without Jools. And still, the lion’s share of my gratitude is for his personification of the joy of flying.

David. Simply thank you. You had to be dragged back for lunch each day. You never cried uncle in the evening. I had 34 launches this week! That is because of you. Thank you for your skill and patience both in the wench and on the bbq. J

In Donald Puttock I’ve meet a very special individual. This man was born to teach. Don, one day I’ll get into the K23. When I do you will be in the back seat with me. I loved my week with you and I will have fond memories of you and this week forever.

Thank you Cotswold Gliding Club.


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