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Tow bars for Ka 21 and Ka 23 and tail dolly for Ka 21 ENK

Thanks to John McWilliam for organising the re-manufacture of tow bars for the Ka 21 G-CLRT and the Ka 23 G-CGCF (pictures below). Note the crossbar holds the tow-bar upright and aligned to the holes ready to push the pin in and lock it. We have also ordered a new IMI (Czech Republic specialist manufacturer of gliding equipment) tail dolly for Ka 21 G-EENK. It should arrive in about a week (picture below).

Please look after these items of kit, along with everything else. Prior to the refurb John had to rescue one of the tow bars from the long grass where it had been broken and abandoned.

DGR / chairman

Larry Bleaken awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Aero Club

On Thursday evening 18th May Larry Bleaken, who is our Club's President and the longest standing member (since the Club formed on 1st August 1964), received the Bronze Medal of the Royal Aero Club of the UK, at the RAF Club London. The presentation was made by the Commanding Officer of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Andy Millikin. Larry's flying partner in his Stemme S10, Andrew Flewelling, and Club Chairman David Roberts accompanied Larry to the event and 'dined him out' afterwards.
Congratulations to Larry !
Photos by Martin Gammon

Sunday 21st May: Flying with the Spartans

It was an interesting (and surprisingly hassle free) experience sharing the airfield with the Spartan Race. Throughout the day the PA was blasting out an eclectic range of motivational music for the competitors, such that at one stage we were retrieving the K21 to the tune of the Village People's YMCA.
Despite the truncated launches we had a good day's flying in the sunshine. Callum Cornish completed his winter (?) refresher and Chris Blackmore had over an hour in the K21, climbing to over 4,000 as his Mum watched from the ground. Half a dozen pilots went off cross-country - I believe Blandford Forum - Lasham was one of the tasks. Darren Edge closed the day with a display of aerobatics. Many thanks to Alex Jones and Graham Turner for driving the winch.

Wolds Gliding Club on TV

The link below (to BBC iPlayer) takes you to a programme shown on Saturday 20 May featuring the Wolds Gliding Club and the two-seater competition, about 2 minutes into the programme. If you not already registered with iPlayer, it is simple to do so.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bbmyb/yorkshire-wolds-way-episod...

Sometime later this year - don't know when - Cotswold GC will feature in Countryfile on the BBC.

DGR / chairman

News of recovery of Jessica Kill

Many of you will have followed the story last year of Richard Kill's daughter, Jessica, and the need to raise substantial funds for her to go to the USA for a life-saving operation that was only available there. Many CGC members provided financial support. Here is an update from Richard:

Hi David
Thanks, Jessica is progressing very well, she has started back at work, for the moment, just doing three mornings a week with a plan to extend that gradually over the next couple of months. She is still on some medication and has to have regular specialist physiotherapy but that is also progressing well. In March she had another upright MRI scan to check that the metal screws in her neck were still in the correct alignment and that the bone was reforming around them. Again, I am glad to say, all is well. We always knew that it will take about a year for her to make a full recovery without the need for some medication and physio. We as a family went through a lot last year but were overwhelmed by the generosity, not only of friends but of the general public at large who helped to basically save her life. So please include in the newsletter Jessica’s and the family’s heartfelt thanks to everyone at CGC who supported her. I attach a copy of the scan (to follow, Ed) which clearly shows the metal screws in her neck. I hope the club has a good season and the comps go well; hope to bring Clara (my boat) down to Frampton sometime in the summer. All the very best, Richard

Club Briefing Saturday 20 May @ 18.30 hrs, and Spartan event

We are holding a Club Briefing in the clubhouse at 18.30 hrs on Saturday 20th May, after flying. All are welcome to get an update on various things topical. It is also an opportunity for new members to meet other club members and learn about how the club operates. There will be food - a home-made curry - for up to 60 people, and bookings will be taken through a link I'll set up for 'Doodle' calendar.

Next weekend is also the Spartan event ( http://www.spartanrace.uk/en/race/detail/1924/overview ) car parking for which will be on the main runway south of the intersection of the runways. We shall be operating on a shortened main runway, as we did last year very successfully. Operational instructions for the day will be posted in the clubhouse and on the bus, including where to park equipment and where to rig private gliders. If the wind direction / strength is such that the cross runway (09/27) would be the obvious choice, we cannot use that due to cable drop risks in relation to car parking and the west side perimeter track traffic. Whilst the Spartan event causes us a limited amount of disruption, the financial benefit to the Club is very substantial, so please do not complain !

Honourable Company of Air Pilots flying scholarship

There is a further opportunity to apply for a place on a residential gliding course funded by an Honourable Company of Air Pilots flying scholarship.
The Scholarships are aimed at those with little or no flying experience who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to experience gliding. They will fund a week-long residential course at an approved BGA Junior Gliding Centre: London Gliding Club (Dunstable), Derby & Lancs Gliding Club (Camphill) and Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club (Lee-on-Solent) between 12-18 August and 27 August – 1 September.
More details on the BGA website.

Extraordinary flight

Not from Aston Down but worthy of mention. On 7th of May Klaus Ohlmann flew in mountain wave from the French Alps, to Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and finally landing in Southern Italy. Details on the OLC website.

Lechlade Duck Race May 1s 2017

Members took a DG200 and a simulator to the Lechlade Duck Race is support of Help for heroes. They sold six trial lesson vouchers, and talked about the club to numerous visitors. Before the event started a helicopter landed very close to the rigged glider and gazebos, with surprisingly little disturbance.

Not Quite So Epic Wednesday

Yes, Tuesday did qualify as Epic for flights from Lxxxxm and the South Downs but this blog is for Aston Down. We have a nucleus of pilots who regularly fly over 500 Km and who are an inspiration to us all. Today two of them were absent at work or abroad, nevertheless we had flights of 503 Km, 416 Km, 403 Km and 316 Km. Two enjoyed spectacular conditions inland from the south coast before returning.
The day started with good thermals but later in the afternoon wave conditions enhanced thermals at times, but suppressed them with massive sink at others. A few pilots reported climbing into wave, reaching 5-6000. Those who launched when the massive sink was over the airfield had very short flights. The course and the Wednesday regulars had a very good day's flying.

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