Aerotows 13 to 17 July
Aerotow booking at:
Please note the tug is not available on Friday 17 July until about 13.30 hrs.
Aerotowing booking for 6 to 10 July
Please book your aerotow plans for next week at:
The CFI has informed members in the last day or so of progress to the finalisation of plans to re-start dual occupancy two seater flying for check flights / refreshers and instructional flights. We’ll communicate again as soon as those plans are activated, so as to give everyone a chance to book aerotows. Arrangements for dual occupancy two-seat winch launching will also be communicated a.s.a.p.
Aerotow booking for 29 June to 3 July
Please book your aerotow plans for next week at:
After a few days of low hot blue conditions the Skysight forecast suggested a late start and early cut off but with a high cloudbase and cumulus. I think it got everything right except the early cutoff as it was still working into the evening. I think I counted 9 gliders that flew, tasks were set to match the forecast, Doug Gardner completed a 300 while the Nimbus(Jon Huband) and Arcus chased each other around a 258km task, my highlight was getting to over 6500' over Marlborough, Doug and Andy reported high climbs as well. Looks like the next few days are not as good.
Thanks to Adrian and Robin for the tows.
Aerotows w/c Monday 22 June
All members wishing to aerotow must book not less than 14 hours ahead of each day’s start of flying so that the CFI can monitor pilots when there is no duty instructor available. Local tug pilot contact details on Doodle page.
Aerotows w/c Monday 15 June
The Doodle poll for booking aerotows for next week (w.c 15 June) is at
Aerotows and winching from 6th June
Please go to the link below to indicate if you wish to or are likely to want an aerotow with the Dynamic tug (G-LXAA) between 6 and 12 June.
The second link below is for winch launches
This coming weekend the weather may preclude flying but if you think you will be allowed to winch launch solo then please sign up so we can judge likely demand. Being allowed to launch on the winch is a matter for the instructor’s judgement on your level of experience, knowledge, ”recency” and other factors such as whether you managed to complete satisfactorily a winter refresher flight or flights before the lockdown. Even if you haven’t done a winter refresher flight it may not preclude you from winching solo. It is a good preparation to re-read the BGA’s “Safe winching” booklet as well as other useful guidance from the BGA. Start at
Without a course instructor and winch driver on weekdays and certainly at weekends from Saturday 6 June we need volunteers to operate launching, allowing for minimal changes of personnel during a day due to the needs of anti-virus contamination measures. Without the volunteers to operate winching there cannot be any flying other than aerotow and self-launching.
But before you can fly you must have read the revised Operations Manual on the Club’s website (go to http://www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk/members/ and click on the ‘documents’ link under ‘information’ section on the left) and have signed (through the link at the top of the members' area page) your acknowledgement of having read it. In addition, the CFI and Safety Officer (and I) require everyone to read the document attached to the email sent out on 4th June to everyone, concerning precautions against Covid-19 for solo winch launching. This is vitally important.
I am working on a more extensive communication to come to you in the next few days.
Safe flying !
Aerotow bookings 1 to 5 June
Booking "Doodle" is now open at
Please remember to make any amendments if necessary to this after initial booking. To edit your entry hold the cursor on the right side of your name to see the edit icon.
If on the evening before there are fewer than 5 pilots wanting to fly we may have to cancel to avoid our tug pilot driving a round trp of 140 miles. In that event we'll try to let you know on the evening before.
Aerotowing Saturday and Sunday 30-31 May
I have added Saturday and Sunday to the "Doodle" booking page at the link below for W/C 25 May.
What do you call a line op of 29 Ka13s?
Here is a superb picture of the line-up of Ka13s at the annual Ka13 task week at St Crepin in the French Alps.
Flying w/c Monday 25 May - pre- book
Please go to
if you want to take an aerotow during week Monday 25th to Friday 29th May.
If you wish subsequently to cancel, please log on to the Doodle link and delete your booking
Thanks / DGR
Flying 23 and 24 May - pre-book
if you want to take an aerotow on Saturday 23rd and / or Sunday 24th May
Aerotowing on Wednesday 20th May
An email has been sent to all members with details of how to book an aerotow for this coming Wednesday
DGR / chairman
Aerotows Sunday 17th May
Please see the email Saturday evening 16th May about aerotowing on Sunday 17th May. To fly you need to email email@example.com so we can guage demand,
Saturday 16th May - Hooray! We are flying again!
Following Government advice that General Aviation can re-start, a group of us were delighted to get back in the air today. Strict social distancing was observed during rigging and briefing by CFI Simon Lucas, and in compliance with government advice, it was solo flying only. The honours for the first flight from AD in what must be the best part of two months fell to Rob Corbin in his and Simon Buckley's Shark. It was a splendid day to be in the air with some strong climbs to 5,000'. We are very grateful to Jonathan May for bringing his Tug over from Turweston to do the aertows.
The EGU newsletter is worth reading to see what’s happening in other countries as regards gliding (though some info is 4 weeks old).
Europe Air Sports
Please see the EAS Newsletter April 2020 which has some useful information for sailplane and power pilots.
Online Services for Members
Webinars - The club is putting on a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help us keep in touch whilst we can't fly due to the pandemic. Find out how you can get involved on the webinars page.
Online Payments - You can now settle your flying account balance online! Pick 'My flying account' on the menu on the left, then click the payment button. Don't forget that the second half of your membership fee is due on 1st April.