Sat 20th July - where were you?
So RIAT and a slightly windy forecast - but we did fly. 2 ODC members flew 5 fights in the morning then as the wind had increased they agreed to book again to finish off. On RWY 27 in about 20 knots (a bit gusty) we had no (that's 0) members wanting training flights. Great opportunity for building skills. Always fun on RWY 27! 2 self launchers came out to launch with the prospect of wave in the west. As we put the gliders away at 14:30, the sun came out and the world looked great. See you next time folks - don't let weather forecasts put you off.
Sunday 15th July - One to One Instruction
The only member on the two-seater list all day was treated to the duty instructor's undivided attention. It was just as well that there was only the one such member as there was only one instructor! Competitions claimed three of the blue instructor team and maintenance commitments another, although the CFI stood by in case he was needed.
The usual six trial lessons were flown by our most experienced BI.
There were short periods of good soaring interspersed with flat conditions which provided the spectacle of some normally expert pilots in advanced machines almost beating the tug down.
At the end of the day the DG500 and the UWE K8 were packed in their trailers ready to go to the Inter-Uni competition at Saltby.
Getting ahead of ourselves?
Last post - 29th July?? 29 June I think. The heat on Saturday obviously got to the author !
Saturday 29th July - 32 degrees!
Forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far but also forecast to be a poor soaring day. It meant that only one or 2 private gliders came out to launch. This was fortunate because with all club gliders at the launch point and the tug, we were able to pace the launch rate to suit the heat - as far as I know, no one suffered from heat induced issues and the sun cream dispenser on the bus was used to full effect.
Our 2 one day course visitors had 1 to 1 instruction thanks to Chris and Doug in DG500 and K13. The club list was short, with both winch and aerotow instruction in LRT. Our keen bunch of junior and student members made good use of the single seaters with another conversion to the K18. Mike Weston had a fun day taking family and friends up in the Capstan for Aerotows. Thanks to all who turned out today - i’m sure that like me, you slept well.
* If you’re confused as to why 32 degrees is not enough for good thermals, there are many books about Gliding Met that cover this subject. Suffice to say in simple terms that heated surface air can’t rise in air that is hotter still at height. (We did get thermals to 2000’ later in the afternoon by the way)
18 June Another wet day in paradise
winds 190/ 05, showers at times
The grass has been lifted for the spartan event and the courses are starting to appear around the airfield.
6 gliders queued for launching in the drizzle and were eventually returned to their parking spots, not great for soaring but plenty of banter on the bus.
The course continue to do well. Practice circuits ,Brian Mcdermid resoloed in the K21 and passed his bronze C exam so well done to him.
Mixed weather predicted for club day tomorrow.
17 June A break in the weather and welcome to the Culdrose boys
Winds 210/20 with weak broken thermals cloudbases around 1700ft
The course welcomes back 3 serial course members. Brian McDermid, Marcus Williams and Phil May. A busy day today for them getting back up to speed after layoffs of around 8 months each.
The grass in the South field is now cut in readiness for the Spartan event.
Many thanks to all the assistance given on the field by the Culdrose expedition, it is very much appreciated. The instructors took over ENK and nensured the guys refamiluarised themselves with winch launches (Seahawk use auto tow and aerotow).
Looking forward to lighter winds tomorrow and possibly showers pm.
15 June Tim setting up the field in the drizzle!
Low cloud at times , rain showers and wind 210/10.
Tims cup is half full, it was a delight to see his enthusiasm.Before 8 in the morning he was setting up the field for a days flying
The 2 one day course students spent time with Tim while he explained the basics of gliding and they waited for the weather to clear.
Some groundschool was given to Peter who is preparing for the bronze oral test.
14 June Last day of course
winds 230/10 low cloud rising during the day and showers developing.
Start off in the classroom with a briefing on met. Well done Clinton and matthew who have completed their bronze oral test.
We managed some flying later in the morning dodging some heavy rain showers.
Good to see Brian back from warmer places for a few weeks.
The white truck is back on line thanks to Richard and Tom, today they were giving the buggies the once over.
We said goodbye to the Southdown boys, who were leaving after a very disappointing week. Who would have thought this was June!
13 June more cloud and rain, the gliding school keeps going
winds 210/10 cloudbases rising to 1000ft QFE, rain showers.
The morning was spent in the classroom, Matthew and Clinton presented the weather as part of their bronze C preparation that was followed by a lecture with coffee and cakes.
The Southdown guys took the opportunity to visit the helicopter museum at Weston.
The rain stopped and we all stepped outside to practice a few more circuits---getting quite good at these.
A talk on circuit planning followed and then dinner at the Ragged Cott.
12 June Club day, less wind and Matt resolo
winds 020/05, low cloud to start lifting pm.
A morning of launch failure practice, well what else with 400ft cloudbases. All the course guys became familiar with the ASAS procedure and more comfortable with the whole idea of launch failures.
Well done Matthew who resoloed today. Clinton and Nick making very good progress towards solo and bronze C theory.
Cloudbases rose in the afternoon with some thermal activity Enough for some upper airwork and for Matt to do a couple of solos.
Thanks to Barrie Taylor for the great pictures
11 June Clinton perfects a method to keep his jeans dry!
Winds 030/25 cloud bases around 1000ft QFE, showers of rain
The morning started with briefings for the bronze oral test, flight limitations, weather and notams.
The rain finally eased up around 11 and we set off for some flying training. Nick is now mastering the winch launch while Matthew and Clinton are flying unprompted circuits in strong winds.
The evening lecture was on spin recovery followed by some practice on the sim.
10 June Another low pressure system does not deter the course
winds 050/10 with several fronts and yellow weather warnings for rain.
We welcome Matthew, Clinton and Nick on this weeks course. Matthew from Culdrose and local lad Clinton are serial course members, Nick is new to the sport and had a PPL many years ago.
We also welcome the Southdown club expedition. The hardened veterans accept the weather as part of life---very pragmatic.
Despite the rain we managed a full days flight training, followed by classroom briefing on approach control and the problems associated with wind shear and clutching hand.
Many thanks to Barry who has joined us to help train the course on the ground tasks.
7 June Ok fire up the sim
winds 090/25 and rain and low cloud.
The last day of the course had some grim weather.
Briefings on Met and Spin Recovery before practice on the simulator.
Thanks to Graham and Dave Breeze for being available for winch driving, unfortunately the weather was not suitable.
6 June wow just look at that sky
winds 200/15, showers at times, good thermal day
Temporary class D airspace around Kemble stopped airfield activity for an hour in the middle of the day, otherwise a quiet day.
Many thanks to David Hart for driving the winch in the morning and Simon took his CFI hat off and donned his winch driver hat for the afternoon. Adrian Giles managed the winch driver cover remotely from the wilds of the north
The course continues to go well, all 3 trainees are now managing unprompted flights and just beginning to practice launch failures.
The outlook for tomorrow is poor as a low pressure is passing over the country with its associated fronts. Fingers crossed we will manage to continue with the course training.
Dave Breeze gave 21 grass left a trim with the grass cutter, looks a lot smarter now, thanks Dave.
5 June the day just got better
winds 240/20, cumulus rising to 4500ft
operating off 21, the thermals rather broken lower down but some reasonable strengths.
The K23 and K21 were busy all day and a good turnout of club members. Many thanks to Steve (again) for steppig in and driving the winch for us.
The course continues to go well with circuit practice and trying to master that stick and rudder co-ordination.
The pictures show John McW getting set up to launch his Pik20 and Mike trying to figure out how to get into the driving seat.
Forecasts predict a good day tomorrow, so if you want a 300K or 500K come on down.
4 June a showery day but good for training
winds 100/10, cloud and showers predicted. Some thermal activity around midday.
09 operations to start, with launches to around 1200ft. At the start of the day we often found ourselves above the lower layers of scattered cloud. later in the day the winds shifted to southerly and then finally to a steady westerly and so we finished the day operating on 21.
All of the course are now flying the launch and landing and are working on circuit planning now. Well done to them.
Chris Power and David Hart did a fantastic job keeping the winch cables coming, thanks chaps. Barry Taylor spent the day with us helping out at the launch point.
The evening group cancelled because of the unpredictable nature of the weather, probably a very wise decision.
We are steadily picking up the litter from the airfield, and the place is steadily getting back to normal. everyone can help us with that, so next time you are here make a point of disposing of some of the debris around the place.
3 June A new course begins
winds 240/20 good visibility, strong thermals from around 12 noon.
Many thanks to Steve and David for helping out with the winch and ground training. It helped make a successful day.
The university students spent the day getting their K8 up and running with the assistance of Robin Birch. All it needs now is insurance and it is good to go.
The tugs from the competition steadily departed to their respective homes.
Class D airspace around Kemble meant we had a slow start, the lost time was used to teach the basic principles of a DI. Welcome to Robert Whalley, Stuart Hall and Niall MacAuliffe. They will be on the course for the week---lets hope the weather behaves itself.
The picture shows the ground training in progress, the students learning how to handle winch cables safely.
Tomorrow we have Chris Power and David helping with the winch.
23 May Avro learns to drive the bus.
winds 250/10, good thermal day, blue at times and climbs to 5000ft QFE
The superfox gave us a demo of its performance today, and a few free aerotows for those that were here. Echo India is an impressive microlight tug (it has strange tundra tyres though). Thanks are due to Adrian for making this trip possible and thanks are due to the owner for his generosity.
The competition preparation continues as people start arriving with gliders and caravans.
Avro visited us from New Zealand, the happy little dog was content to inspect the driving controls of the bus!
The course continues to go well, David Potter consolidated his conversion to single seater by completing his 2nd soaring flight for the cross country endorsement, Mayur Bodani started to get the hang of thermal centring with a climb to 4990 ft--shame about the last 10ft, Ethan Maya has now completed his aerotow training and is polishing his soaring skills.
The evening group took over and flew a group of visitors.
We are looking forward to another great day tomorrow.
21 May New hangar door.
winds 330/10 with strong thermals from around 10 am.
A few members ventured out today to enjoy the fantastic soaring.
The course proceeds well, David Potter achieved his 1 hour soaring flight for XCE, Mayur is now the handling pilot throughout the flight, and Ethan has learnt a few new skills.
The hangar doors were worked on today, we should now have 1m more space to get the gliders out.
Dave Breeze continued the grass cutting programme today, sadly the landing area on 03 could not be cut because we were using it!
20 May Monday
winds 330/10, good thermal conditions with high cloudbases
A new course starts today, welcome Ethan, David and Mayur. David resoloed today, Mayurs first day gliding and landing already, Ethan finished the day with a thermal climb and then a side slip approach. Thanks David Hart for all the tutorial work.
Lots of other activity,preparation is underway for the competition, the farmer fertilising the grass, caravans have started to arrive and tomorrow should see the new hangar doors installed.
Another good soaring day tomorrow.