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Saturday 7th December

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 07:55

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

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 21:19

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

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 23:12

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

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 08:41

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

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 21:51

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!

Sunny Saturday

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 22:16

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?

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 21:39

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

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 13:37

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

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 18:53

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.

Cotswold Regionals 2020

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 17:06

The Cotswold Regionals will run from 22nd to 30th August 2020 at Aston Down alongside the Junior National Championships. Regional championships are open to any cross-country pilot with a silver badge. Whether it's your first ever competition or you're an experienced competitor looking for a fun week's flying, this is the competition for you!

Not sure? Here are a few reasons to fly the Cotswold Regionals:
- Coaching and mentoring for new competition pilots
- Very few airspace restrictions, offering excellent tasking options
- Mutual crewing to make sure everyone gets home every day
- Excellent on-site facilities, including campsite electric points
- Great catering service and a well-stocked bar
- The Juniors is a regional rated competition, so the grids will be rotated with equal priority

The entry fee for this competition is a very affordable £125, with a deposit of £50 due before 29th February 2020.

Entry form: https://forms.gle/djN76sbHsCRLNK8A9

If you're not keen on flying 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 21st September

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 05:28

Easterly wind 20kts put us on runway 09 with both K21s and the K23 out to play. A good few of our members on the list for instruction. Nice to see so many younger members at the club and a warm welcome to a new member joining us after an evening introduction flight. There were some extended flights as it got slightly soarable under the totally blue sky. The Pik20E took off to go wave hunting in Wales. All together a nice way to spend the last day of summer?

Sunday 15th September

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:56

A lovely sunny day for training with mostly local soaring. The newly acquired sleek Oliver/Breeze ASG29 showed its paces.
Two one-day courses and a lot of other training successfully completed.
UWE was back again in force after their summer break. At the end of the day they de-rigged the DG500 to take to their Freshers' Fair to entice even more UWE members to join.

Minchinhampton Fayre

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:56

Half a dozen members took a simulator and the K23 to the Minchinhampton Fayre on Saturday. We had a great time meeting our neighbours, lots of whom wanted to stop and ask questions. Hundreds of children sat in the K23, and lots of people flew the sim. We sold a few trial lessons, two of which flew at 5 pm that day! The seeds for future Christmas presents have been sown, and who knows what else !

Many thanks to all who supported us, and to Adrian Hegner who repeatedly towed gliders overhead for us to see.

Friday 6th September

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 00:08

We were pleasantly surprised this evening when the heavy showers cleared up, giving us time for some flying before sunset. Friday regulars Barry and Dave were joined by new members Tom and Justin for some flying training in the K21 on the cross-runway. The Friday flying evenings are getting more and more popular, so let's hope we can carry on with Friday afternoons over the winter. Many thanks to Max for driving the winch and to Harry for getting us all organised as usual.

Sunday 1st September

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 22:18

Another day with a brisk westerly wind with good soaring conditions developing during the afternoon. A number of cross-countries were flown with Jon and Darren visiting the Isle of Wight in the Nimbus 3. Two visitors experienced their first flights in a glider with Tim and several club members progressed with their flying training. A group of visiting juniors taking part in the UKJG development course made good progress towards their bronze certificates, taking the bronze theory exams and completing bronze flying skills tests. Another great day's flying in the Cotswolds!

Saturday 31st August`

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 19:29

We managed a few flights before the cold front arrived and although the rain was intense for about half an hour, the front passed quite quickly in the end. Beautiful afternoon with a brisk westerly wind. All the One-day-course flights were completed, some club instruction and lots of flying by the visiting Juniors. Hopefully a few Bronzes to come out of that! Many thanks to our 2 winch drivers and duty pilot for turning up and making it happen.

Saturday 31st August

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:16

Weather forecast is for rain to arrive around 11:00 and then expected to clear at 14:00 leaving a pleasant afternoon for flying.

Sunday 25th August

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:01

Hot and blue. A lot of training done incl. lots of spinning for an enthusiastic 13 yr old and one completed Bronze flying test.
Some managed to soar for an hour or two.