13 May Good forecast brings out the members
winds forecast 120/10, no rain, blue conditions, thermals from around 11am.
A new course starts today with Nigel Graham and Colin. Andy Davey here with his libelle for the week.
The awkward winds made circuits a challenge, long groundruns were the theme for the day with a number of incursions into the cut grass waiting collection. The grass will be collected over the next few days.
The soaring was not as good as hoped, with broken thermals lower down. Despite that there were a number of notable soaring flights. it was good to see a brace of libelles at the launchpoint.
Our grass cutting is now underway, David Taylor kicked off by cutting the landing strip 21 grass left. Thanks David.
The evening briefing was on circuit planning and followed by a lively discussion. Colin is seen explaining to Graham.
Sunday 12th May
An excellent day for both the cross country brigade and the more local activities. Some exceptionally strong thermals persisted for most of the day under wall to wall cumulus. Even when it went blue locally late in the afternoon it remained possible to get away every time from a winch launch (for some at least).
Our University of West England members made full use of the conditions for their training weekend and we managed to cope with the scheduled 7 trial lessons in spite of grass cutting and a winch tangle. Many thanks to those who kept us going in spite of that and one or two other little difficulties.
Saturday May 11th
Continuing on yesterday's theme on what a great club we have the photograph shows the fleet out of the hangar at 8.35 am and being washed by UWE and Scouts under the direction of Jerome the scout master.
An excellent day followed, with everyone on the flying list filling their boots with a mixture of winch launches and aerotows. Nearly everyone had soaring flights in the rough conditions.
10 May A good soaring day, UWE students joins us for a Friday evening training session
winds 240/10, showers possible and some excellent soaring.
Adrian brought the tug out for us which allowed Tim Bralesford to complete the spin training for his BI rating, David and johnathan were also able to experience and practice an aerotow launch. Thanks Adrian.
Charles Linton took over the winch for a few hows which gave Dave some time to get the new mower out and cut some of the landing areas. Richard and Tom got on with repairing the 4X4. All this background work is appreciated and is what makes CGC such a great club.
As is typical for the last day of the course, the members were doing a lot of solo consolidation and practising soaring.
Simon Lucas and team were here to lead the friday evening training session with David Roberts taking over the winch.
Good to see the K23 rigged and back on line. Hopefully not too long before the K18 weighing is completed and that will be back in service.
9 may Dinner at the Crown
occluded fronts passing through causing showers and low cloud interspersed with flying weather.
A mixed day for the course with Johnathan and David completing part of their bronze C oral test. David resoloed in the K21 and Johnathan reinforced his previous solo flying.
Tim Brailsford completed most of his BI preparation in readiness for the BI training proper
We all then moved down to the crown for a convivial meal and a beer.
Tomorrow will bring better conditions and hopefully some aerotow training, see you then.
8 May Weathers here wish you were nice
low cloud and rain until around 11am. Winds freshening to 180/15 by the end of the day.
The day started with a briefing on Altimetry, everyone now knows the difference between their QFEs and QNHs.
Practice launch abandonment started the day, followed by some stunning soaring in the rapidly cycling weather. Flying at 70 knots with the brakes open and still going up!!
Tim Brailsford undertook some preparation for his BI training which included ultra low launch failures.
Thanks to Richard and Tom for securing the lights on the bus---try to guess who is the supervisor?
A very good day had by all.
7 May First day of course.
Winds 180/10 visibility 30 K, Cloudbases 4000ft plus (QFE) strong thermals most of the day.
3 rather smart cars were parked in front of the control tower, Rover, Daimler and a Maserati. We welcome Mike and Johnathan Hatchett with Tim Brailsford tagging along. Mike and Johnathan are serial course goers and Tim (now the proud holder of a helicopter PPL) is a club member.
Some good soaring to be had today, and David and Johnathan were put through their paces with more intense refresher flying. Johnathan went off solo on the last flight of the day.
Club members turned up to help and to take s flight or two in the K8. Alun, Eric and David Hart all flew and helped out on the ground---many thanks for that.
The K21 was inspected (defective wheel brake) and put back into service, thanks to Robin Birch (seen in picture preparing for its flight test.
grass cutting of the cable runs was underway today, and when weather permits we plan to cut the landing strips to keep the grass at more normal lengths.
Evening flying of a group of Scouts started around 6 pm and continued until dusk.
The weather tomorrow (Wednesday) looks problematic with winds and rain predicted---however the briefing room will be open and briefings ongoing for those who are prepared to wait for the rain to clear (which it will).
Upcoming events, Friday evening a UWE flying event will start around 4pm---why not come along, meet the students, lend a hand and maybe pinch a cable ? A good start to the weekend.
3 May last day of course
winds light to start, cold front approaching from the North. heavy rain forecast later pm.
Brian Goodspeed found himself flying above the lower cloud on his first flights. Cloudbases went up and he resoloed after a 2 year layoff. Well done Brian. Jake completed the final exercises of the instructor B module, and then took Tom Coles on a soaring tutorial (when the conditions finally became suitable). Tom is now very current and his winter refreshers completed.
Mike Weston spent the day taking John through the BI syllabus.
Eventually the rain arrived, with towering cumulus all around. Matt Page didnt care though ---he was cutting a grass strip for the motor glider through the knee deep grass. Thanks Matt,
2 May Thunderstorms threatened later in the day
winds 300/15, visibility 25 K Isol thunderstorms, cloudbases 2000-3000ft QNH
The weather was much more gentle on us than expected. The odd light shower during the day, but then at around 4 pm we had a serious storm cell---so that stopped us flying, and time to put the gliders away.
Barry Taylor took the opportunity to join us and keep himself current. Pretty smart chap really.
Brian Jake and Tom cracked on with course flying. jake has almost completed his B module flying exercises---just some briefings to go.
Ian Kennedy flew the Grob 109 in from USK, and our CFI (Simon) popped in to see how we were progressing.
After evening debrief we all moved to the Old Lodge on Minchinhampton for a fish and chip dinner.
Another mixed but flyable day tomorrow.
The picture shows a smiling Dave, drying off after the rain storm.
1 May Club day with showers of Rain
winds 230/05, some thermals through the day, cloudbases rising from 1400ft and isolated rain showers.
The morning started with first breakfast while I demonstrated my culinary skills!
Pat and Roger looked after club activities, well done to MikeFarmer for first solo in K23 and Paul for converting to the K8. Showers at midday gave an opportunity for Jake to brief on thermal soaring (part of his instructor training). After the shower it was all men to the task of wiping the gliders down.
The course continues to go well, Jake is steadily working through the B module, Brian is now on launch failure practice and Tom had the longest flight of the day as he gets back into the groove with the K23.
30 April A good soaring day
winds 170/10, thermic from around 10am. Visibility 20K
class D around kemble for half an hour late morning.
cotswold Balloon safaris popped in early in the morning, landing in the south field, they packed up and were away in an amazingly short time.
Grass collection was in progress all day, a few blocked wheel boxes and jammed taildollies---but now the collection is complete and we have some decent landing areas. The rest of the grass will be cut and collected before the nationals.(in a few weeks)
Jake Matthews gave us a briefing on stalling, this was part of his instructor training, very informative and triggered some discussion.
Tom Coles resoloed today after a 12 month layoff, well done Tom.
Several club members came out to fly in the good conditions.Thanks to those who pitched in and helped and made it possible for the others to pull up to the launch point and launch without delay, I am sure there will be a beer or two waiting for you in the bar!
The evening group took over and flew about 15 trial lessons, the conditions for them were very good.
29 April Dave gives Tony some advice
winds light and veering to the SW during the day.
The landing strips have been cut now, the grass will be collected on Tuesday.
The new course week has begun, and now well under way.
The weather brought out a few private owners, and one ASW20 landedfor a relaunch from Nympsfield.
The weather is looking good for Tuesday and a possibility of some rain showers later in the week.
26 April last day of course
Winds veering to 230/20, cloudbases 1200ft QFE in showers of rain
A busy day again, with some modest soaring. Well done Lloyd for going solo first time on the winch.
The last day of the course was good fun, cross wind landing training and a range of other exercises completed.
Charles spent his 2nd day with David Taylor on the winch and is now checked out. Eric did a refresher on the winch to set himself up for this season. Why not get yourself winch trained the more trained winch drivers the better?
Thanks to Richard and a team of volunteers for putting new cables on the winch. Very helpful and saves doing it on a busy soaring day.
The picture shows us sheltering in the bus while the rain shower passes
25 April the ghosts of AD
winds 180/20, showers of rain and some towering cumulus
Another great day, well done Ian, some perfect landings now. Soaring with amazing climbs of 8 - 10 knots tp around 3500ft.
This strange image appeared on the runway! Has the invasion from Mars started?
Tha day finished with pleasant dinner at the Canal Tunnel inn (perhaps the ghosts followed us there..
24 April mixed weather for club day
Cold front passing over the country bringing showers, Wind veered to the SW around 2pm and the weather cleared with 1000ft cloudbases rising to 5000ft.
The course continued to go well, spin training started. After changing ends we were schieving good launches on runway 21.
Good to see a few hardy club members braving the weather and thanks Chris and ethan for helping out at the launch point.
23 April Another course begins
poor visibility winds light easterly, cloudbases high with overcast
Lloyd Ian and Alan have joined us for the week. Launch failure practice today to get Alan and Ian back into the groove, Alan resoloed later in the day.
Many thanks to Ethan Mayo who spent the day with us helping to keep the launch rate going.
The first flying evening today,
Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April
Another busy day for the bank holiday weekend. As well as welcoming three course visitors, a good number of club members came out to fly on the challenging runway 09. Soaring conditions improved during the day, and a small grid of thermal and wave hunters formed on the runway. A few gliders went cross-country, some soared to 7000ft+ and one landed out at Shenington. Congratulations to Adam Mayo on his re-solo following a break from solo flying. Many thanks to Caleb, Muggles and Adam for driving the winch.
Busy day today with over 60 launches, a mix of winch and Aerotow. Steve Glassett took a tow to over 9000ft (see Picture) because he could and others took advantage of the limited soarable conditions. We were visited today by Pete Harvey flying Steve Jones's new Ventus 3T after the engine failed to start, landing with the engine out. He then took an aerotow to fly back to Lasham, a good day with unusually warm weather for a bank holiday weekend.
17 April Club day
Wind 090/05, poor visibility all day.
The good soaring forecast did not happen today and the visibility was too poor for any cross country.
Paul converted to the K13 and Mike Bosley and stephen Wilkinson converted to the K8.
Lots of activity on the airfield with over 40 launches in all. Roger and Pat are now back in the UK so instructor availability is now back to normal.
thanks everyone for all the help on the field, it was good fun efficient and safe.
The day ended with pie and chips in the club room while we watched Jules take off with his flying duvet.
Another good day tomorrow, and then we look forward to a 4 day weekend----I have already put in the order for good weather.
winds VRB 05, poor visibility and cloud.
launch failure and conversion to the K13 for Mike and Stephen, while John learns how to launch and land.
many thanks to our volunteer club members Dave and Barrie for helping us achieve such a high launch rate. This helped get the course well on track.
David and Barrie also took the opportunity to fly a circuit or two and keep themselves current.
The day ended with a delicious meal at the Rose in Frampton Mansell.
Club day tomorrow promises to be good, so get on up here nice and early. The rest of the week also looks fine for soaring, David and I will be away over the bank holiday so any help to keep the flying going would be appreciated.