Junior Gliding at The Mynd
Whilst the strong winds stopped play at Aston Down, the DG500 ventured northwest to the Long Mynd for the second weekend of the UKJG Winter Series. Around 100 young pilots attended the event and we managed to fly on both Saturday and Sunday in a sporty westerly breeze - the hill worked very well! A number of our own UWE students were part of the group of enthusiastic Juniors who enjoyed some ridge running as well as the fantastic social atmosphere that the Mynd never fails to deliver.
All in all a great weekend - many thanks to the club for letting us use the glider again.
Sunday 2 February - scrubbed flying
Based on the current wind at the airfield at this time and with the forecast for it to remain out of limits, and with the trial lessons for today being cancelled on Friday, we've decided to scrub todays Club flying too. Hope this avoids some of the time wasted by anyone travelling who sees this message first.
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.