Monday 18 March First 5 day course of 2019
winds 260/10 good visibility and cloud bases lowering to 1100ft at times with light rain
Welcome to Howard Bunn ( a returnee from last year) Alistair Worsley (a newbie to CGC) Eric Lomas and David Hart who are CGC solo pilots.
We managed to get flying and Eric and David resoloed after a winter break. Alistair and Howard pressed on with the presolo syllabus.
Briefing in the evening was on approach control followed by a pleasant meal in the club room.
Wednesday 13th and Storm Gareth is on us.
Strong winds, 40 knots at flying heights and gusty.
Despite that, I am always amazed at the many different activities happening around the club.
Dave Roberts , Roger Bagley and directors of Aston down farms are deep in conversation unravelling the intricacies of the club finances and CASC.
Simon our CFI meanwhile giving us guidance on various changes within operations.
Richard fixing stuff and planning what he is going to fix next.
Robin Birch quietly humming to himself while he fettles gliders.
A few club members chatting amiably in a corner,
Mike and assistant from Skylaunch now servicing the 2nd winch.
Welcome to Grant Needham who has returned from his overseas travel in his mobile home (5000 miles worth of travelling).
Dave, Gill and I continue to prepare for the season start on Monday.-----A quiet day really! Thanks everyone, where would be without you.
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Wind rain and sunshine. We had it all today.
The usual suspects floating around the club and making sure it all runs smoothly.
Gill Dave and I are busy getting everything in place for the new course season that starts on Monday.
The weather for club day tomorrow is lloking a little problematic, but there will be classroom training available if flying is not possible. Dont be shy, come along and join in.
Meanwhile Mike and his team from skylaunch have been busy servicing the winches and Mike treated some of us to a mini masterclass in winches and winch systems. Very interesting, thanks Mike. The servicing of the 2nd winch will happen tomorrow and some trials are planned for Thursday.
Sunday 3rd March
Sorry, no chance of flying today, rain with strong winds later.
Saturday 2nd March
Well, today's forecast was spot on. At around 9.45, just as promised, the grotty low cloud and mist that had engulfed the airfield cleared and half an hour later we were able to get airborne. The first couple of flights were spectacular - launching to 1,500' we were bathed in sunshine 500' above cloud. Thereafter, the air scouts and UWE students had some interesting flights getting to grips with the strong breeze. John and Andrew on the one day course enjoyed their flights with Eugene in the DG. Many thanks to Craig Mustoe and David Howell for some first-rate winching.
A busy Wednesday with two K21's, K23 and K18 enjoying the bright sunshine, Given the forecast this looks like the last of the run of sunshine. The Wednesday group were joined by five UWE students who took advantage of the calm conditions to practice circuits.
Sam and Dan added to there solo count, George and Ben notched up more time in the K23.
After flying Ben passed his Bronze oral test to complete his bronze, We hope we will get more sunny weather soon.
A busy day with winch and Aerotow. Well done to Sam Winfield on his first Glider solo and Ben on completing his Bronze Flight Test, the last hour of the day was Aerotow only due to winch problems.
Steve Glassett's view from a 4000ft Aerotow.
Gwilym and Barry
Saturday 23rd Feb
Forecast sunny all day so an early start with just about the whole fleet taken out and made ready. Fog had other ideas and for a while we could not see more than 25 metres. All cleared at 13:00 and we made the most of the afternoon with plenty of Winch Launches and Aerotows. A few more members were introduced to the delights of the K18. A first solo too so not a bad day all round.
Junior Gliding at Denbigh
The DG500 went away to Denbigh for the weekend to fly with young pilots from across the country as part of the UK Junior Gliding Winter Series. Over 80 Juniors attended the event, including a good number of our own UWE students. The weather didn't disappoint and we were able to give many Juniors their first experiences of hill and wave soaring. Many thanks to the club for letting us use the glider and for the continued support of UK Junior Gliding.
Saturday 16th February
A very useful training day with lots of simulated cable breaks for the younger members. Grown ups experienced the delights of the new K18, some of whom managed to prolong their flights noticeably.
Low cloud delayed the start. The farmer ploughing next to the runway at the start was extremely cooperative. On hearing that we might only do one launch, he agreed to stop and only resume if we told him we had to wait for the cloud to lift, which is what happened. For this helpful attitude he was presented with a couple of bottles of beer.
Aero Tow Day
Today several members took advantage of the fact that it was not raining or blowing a gale to get some Aero Tow practice.
The K21, Pirat, Olly, Arcus and LS3 took tows totalling 25000 ft, Cloud base was around 3000ft and varied during the day and later in the afternoon Doug Gardiner managed an hour and a half in his LS3 Landing a 4.00pm.
We hope to organise more days like this and intend to publicize then with a bit more notice in future
Sunday 10th Feb, flying scrubbed
After an informative Winter Refresher brief to a handful of Club members, it was decided the weather was inclement enough to call it a day so no Club flying today. Hopefully Aerotowing tomorrow will make up for another grotty weekend.
Wednesday the 6th February
A misty drive over but when I arrived the sky was already starting to clear. The first hour was spent on the Winter Refresher presentation for 8 club members (and a couple of instructors) and by then there were breaks of sunshine. Robin took the 'new' K18 for its first flight and was flown by a number of members throughout the day, all seemed to like it. Tom rigged the ASW 27 for a few re-familiarisation flights, enjoying some soaring in the process, as did a number of members in the K21. It got a bit colder later in the day as the sun disappeared, so we let Roger complete his BI checks with Simon in the K21.
Thanks to Steve Purkiss and Dave Freeman for winching.
New addition to the fleet
If you haven't already heard, the club has another addition to the fleet. This rather nice K18 was test flown today and can be flown by anyone that the instructors deem capable. Please see an instructor before jumping in and I am sure that the CFI will distribute details to the instructors on what to tell eager punters.
This glider was recently collected from the RAFGSA at Cranwell and they were very sad to see it go. It flies very nicely and will soar beautifully.
A picturesque day's flying over a white winter landscape for (mostly) the younger members. 23 launches to 2,000 ft + in the cold dense air. Thanks to Steve, Tim and others for the winch & lorry driving.
Saturday 2nd Feb
Airfield blanketed by snow, so no flying today folks.
Sunday Blown Away
Apologies but Sunday is suffering from flatulence. We are currently gusting up to 35kts with areas of severe turbulence around the airfield so we have decided to scrub the day.
Saturday 19th January - Grounded!
Sorry, the weather is pants - there'll be no flying today.
See you all at the AGM this evening.
Another 1000k for an A/D pilot
Congrats to John McWilliam for his 1000k and Also Andy Smith who completed his 1st on the same day..I've just spoken to Andy about the day and he and others have said it was the best day they had ever flown on..
Andy's flight can be found on 'skylines glider log'