First thermal of the year?
The day started with a traditional Barnes runway dither: "Right, we're going on the cross runway.....err the winds changed we'd be better go on the main runway....ahem, I think we'd better go back to the cross runway. Winch driver Roy Christopherson took it very well.
The day went pretty much to forecast with early rain clearly away to give a good deal of sunshine. Launches were to a very decent 1,400 in the strong westerly breeze. Daniel Van Werf and Andy Smith completed their winter refreshers. Elizabeth from UWE and yours truly caught the only thermal of the day and climbed up to 2,000 for some spectacular views in the winter sunshine. There was a good turn out of pilots from Usk that made for a convivial launch point - they are very decent crowd and are most welcome.
Sunday 29th December
The last day's flying of 2019 for those who thought it was worth the effort.
In view of a recent highly undesirable happening the Corbin software for determining the winch position was strictly adhered to. In a wind of 15 Kts from 170 deg. it dictated the winch position should be some 100 mtrs south of the cross runway. Any resulting limitation of launch height was immaterial when the cloud base was 600 ft to begin with as proved by Brian and Matt on a met test flight, rising to 900' by the afternoon.
Yours truly finally got to 1200 ft through an opportune gap on the last launch of the day, presenting Austin Rose with an unforgettable sight of the winter sun brilliantly illuminating the top of the stratus below us.
The first trial lesson had to be cancelled as the person couldn't wait for the cloud to lift, but the later two were given two flights each to compensate for the low launches.
All present then retired to tea in the clubhouse and a tin of chocolates kindly left by person or persons unknown.
Cotswold Regionals 2020 - Training and Development
The club is hosting a Regional Championship in August 2020. Regionals are open to all cross-country pilots with a silver badge and are an excellent way to advance your cross-country flying. Daily briefings on weather, tasks and airspace give you all the information you need for your flight. Experienced coaches will be on hand to offer advise after briefing and will also lead detailed debriefing sessions at the end of every flying day.
If you don't wish to fly the competition, there will also be normal club flying throughout the week and opportunities for cross-country training in the DG500. We're also looking for volunteers to help with organising the competition, so please get in touch if you'd like to get involved.
Saturday 7th December
After the very successful Quiz Night organised by Tom Knight, there were plenty of people to take advantage of a "transient ridge" forecast a day or two in advance. It gave us a morning's flying on the west run before lowering cloud put a stop to things.
Among others, several newish UWE members, the scouts and Natalie our female cadet got in a couple of circuits each. The contingent from Usk had a worthwhile time with their two-seater after they got used to slower initial winch acceleration than they normally have.
The one day course customer went away well satisfied, having got in all his flying before we had to stop.
First Day of Winter
And it felt it. A cold day but at least the breeze was straight down the runway giving excellent launches to 2000ft.
Three new UWE students took their first flights with us. At the other end of the age scale Ted and Ena (90 and 91 respectively) also took their first glider flights. Our friends from Usk had a good day too. Thanks to the ground crew for keeping things running so smoothly.
Junior Gliding at Portmoak
KNK visited the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak for the weekend to fly with young pilots from across the country as part of the UK Junior Gliding Winter Series. The weather didn't disappoint and we were able to give many Juniors their first experiences of ridge and wave flying. Many thanks to the club for letting us take the glider and for the continued support of UK Junior Gliding.
Sunday 27th October
Another excellent training day after days of phenomenal rainfall.
Lots of enthusiastic UWE members got us going early - where would we be without them?
Lots of circuits but one member took off in his Pilatus into the blue, reappearing a very long time later.
Greetings from Portmoak
What a week so far. Who would have thought that we would have flown five days from five with good prospects for the last day too.
We have had a variety of conditions which have given soaring on both the Bishop and Benarty ridges and wave flights for some to 7000ft on Sunday and Wednesday. Conditions have been challenging at times with winds from the south west given wave rotor over the airfield on Wednesday.
The evenings have been filled with mass get togethers with excellent food, drink and conversation. All in all thoroughly enjoyable!
The day started with some bright sunshine but still rather moist until the day warmed up a little to clear the condensation on the canopies.
LRT following its ARC was rigged and we had a busy day with 3 2 seaters active all day with an enthusiastic group of UWE students. There were some good cloud streets at times with thermals up to the cloud base of 2400' later in the day with some great views in the clear air.
UWE's Jindřich vaněk after a couple of launch failures was sent solo by Geoff Dixon, congratulations to him. (Beer was offered but we all wanted to get home, maybe next time!).
A good day for October, we missed the showers, it was sunny and there were thermals, can't be bad!
How many UWE students to rig a T21?
They were told it wasn't very heavy but...!
The UWE students (and Adrian) were introduced to glider rigging before flying on Saturday. At least they were dry.
Saturday 12th October
Light drizzle in the morning dried up at around 11:00 am. From lunch time onwards the cloudbase was around 1200 feet and with 3 two seaters out we were able to give first flights to 7 of our UWE members plus some Géneral instruction and solo flying. The day was made more interesting by having a small scale filming activity going on. Go-Pros used on board the DG500 and as “targets” during some launches and landings. As usual a big thank-you to the dutyman crew who made it all possible.
Sunday 6th October
Mainly a useful training day with a few of the circuits extended. Three new UWE members went away pleased with their first gliding instruction.
The usual Welsh waves were exploited by the Pik 20 up to 11000 ft and the ASW27 went ridge running to the north.
Flying was curtailed by an increasingly strong and rough NW wind which neatly bisected both runway headings.