15 April Strong winds
Winds 130/30, visibility rising to 25K, little cloud
The course has started well. Welcome back to Stephen Wilkinson(The lakes), Mike Bosley(Shobdon) and welcome to John o'Connell (dartmoor).
The week should be steadily improving, Stephen and |Mike getting back in the groove before resolo and John a newbie starting his training with an intensive course.
Dont forget club day, and let me know if you want to join the pie and chips party.
12 April 2019 Last day of course and Johnathan goes solo.
winds easterly and light, cold and thermic from around 11am.
The course continued to make good progress. Johnathan went solo for the first time and Alistair completed his soaring flights for the cross country endorsement.
The more experienced course members were shown some soaring techniques to help find these sometimes elusive thermals.
Aertotow training for Collin and Lawrence was started today.
meanwhile the Sportability group, headed by Mike Weston and supported by Robin enjoyed themselves. Thanks to everyone for making the event a success.
Lets hope these good soaring conditions are here for the summer. The first picture shows John after his first solo---dont ask him to talk about the stick song!
11 April Another day in paradise
surface winds 050/10, thermals to 3500QFE blue for part
Another good day, well done rex for achieving his 2 hour soaring flight, Alistair for his one hour soaring flight and Jamie for his first landings.
Another good day tomorrow, the Sportability group will be here so any assistance will be appreciated.
The pictures show the glorious morning sky and Rex preparing for his record breaking flight (either that or he is preparing to become a Borg drone)
10 April At last, some soaring
Winds 070/15 cloud bases rising to 3000ft QFE , Good thermals from around 11am.
A busy day on the airfield with 2 courses and the club members. Tony Hayes dusted off the DG500 and took the club pilots for a trip i that, meanwhile Doug and I continued to look after the 6 course members.
Winchie Dave struggled through all day without a break, I think we need more winch drivers roll up guys Dave can show you how to winch.
A couple of more adventurous pilots went off cross country Phil Walker checked out the Welsh hills and ken took Lawrence on a little local cross country.
Thanks to the UWE students who energetically helped us keep the launch rate up, we couldnt have managed without you.
The day ended with a brief on launching followed by Pie and chips in the clubroom.
Another good day is expected tomorrow.
9 April Alistair and Rex resolo
Winds 070/20, low cloud to start, rising to 2000ft QFE
Another excellent training day, with everyone having loads of fun.
John lampier introduced us to the "stick song", the words are very easy to follow!
Well done to Alistair and Rex for resolo today, not bad when you consider the weather. The pictures show Alistair beside the K13 and Doug and Alistair discussing technical stuff.
The next few days will be chilly but much improved for training.
Club day tomorrow, and pie and chips after flying.
8 April a busy course week starts with low cloud
winds 090/15 reducing through the day. poor visibility and cloudbases around 400ft QFE
6 people on the course this week, and Doug gardiner is helping with the instruction.
Most of the day was used to put Rex and John lampier through their paces with launch failure practice. Doug took Alistair and Jamie Lomax off to the simulator, where they happily flew circuits in the bright sunshine!
A slight hiccup today when one of the winches decided not to work, leaving us with cables out and no working engine. Thanks to everyone Richard, Tom and dave for stepping in to help us out of that fix.
The day ended with a convivial meal in the clubroom, looking forward to better weather tomorrow.
Saturday 6th April
A cold brisk easterly wind saw us launching from runway 09 with the usual restrictions of that end. A good few hardy souls were rewarded with some sunshine and thermals to over 3000 feet by the end of the afternoon. Longest flight over 2 hours (Discus) with the K18 also having a few long soaring flights. The DG500 aerotowed off to Nympsfield in support of the Junior winter series weekend there.
5 April last day of club week
Winds still strong SE but easing through the day with thermals to a 1500ft cloudbase.
using runway 09. the weather was too unreliable for Peter Francis to make the trip up from Kent, so he sensibly decided to reschedule.
Meanwhile lots of trailer repairs going on in the butts and Roger Smith, Etan Maya and David hart ventured out to fly and brush up their skills.
Picture shows Roger explaining to Etan the general principles of a daily Inspection.
4 April 2019 Fun day but very wet.
Winds 130/35 rain and low cloud
A day for housekeeping and fettling. The sounding shows it all---how does it go? "weathers here--wish you were nice"
The drain repair on the runway has been given a thorough testing today, see picture.
David spent time today getting the winch working properly under the expert guidance of skylaunch. Hopefully we will be able to test it tomorrow.
I now have some training records, so watch out I may be on your case! I want to see plenty of bronze cs and silver legs this year.
Matt and Pete Hibbard were busily studying in preparation for full rating tests later this month. So if you need to know anything about Met or Principles of Flight, their your men. Just look at the scribbled notes.
See you tomorrow
3 April day 3 of first club week
winds 310/10 visibility 30K possible showers of grains of snow low cloud to start
Quiet day with many members put off by the unsettled forecast.
Well done Paul Roberts on his first solo today, (picture shows david taylor giving him a congratulatory hug)
Robin Birch pulled the T21 out so Simon Willis could release the ashes of Harry Willis over the airfield. Harry was an ex member with a varied and distinquished flying career, including a WW2 tail gunner. Thank you Robin for organising that sad event.
Gill persuaded Wayne Rawlings (a member of the fire sevice) to change his plans for a trial lesson into a full membership. Wayne then spent the rest of the day learning the ropes and getting his first flying lessons. Wayne, we are delighted you decided to join us.
The first of our Wednesday night cheap and cheerful dinner was pie and chips, put it in your diary for a wednesday and come and join us.
The end of another great day, hopefully more of the same tomorrow.
2 April unsettled weather day two of club week
winds 300/15 vis 40K cold front passing through to give unstable air pm
Still lots happening at the club. Phil Walker is now measuring up for a wall around the diesel tank, to meet current regulations, and the pad for the new hangar door post is in place.
Meanwhile a small team set about repairing the rather large hole beside the runway, thanks everyone for helping get that important job done.
Not too much flying pm with heavy showers of grains of snow and thunder and lightning (not a good mix with steel winch cables.
Club day tomorrow and pie and chips for anyone interested, and maybe a beer.
See you tomorrow?
1 April "wot a picture"
Chilly day with forecast winds 140/10.Good visibility and cloudbases at 3000ft
no course this week, so come on down if you fancy a day on the airfield,
The course went very well last week a photo opportunity presented itself. See below.
Talgarth was great fun, glorious weather and some exciting rock polishing.
The outlook for this week is for some excellent soaring prospects with perhaps some heavy showers on Thursday pm.Tuesday and Wednesday both look good. Soaring conditions tomorrow between 11 and 3 are rated as excellent, 2 seat soaring training available if required.
Saturday March 29th
What a busy day!
The poor visibility didn't hamper flying as several private owners ventured out for short soaring flights and in the evening Jean-Benoit (JB) Semichon completed his first solo.
Many thanks to all the duty team members who worked hard all day and gave us 55 flights, possibly the most so far this year. Roll on summertime.
After a run of excellent flying days this week, the weather gods decided to mark the start of official summer time with an overcast sky and fresh wind from the East. As the cloudbase went up in the morning, we were able to get the gliders out for some flying on runway 09. A group of keen students kept the launch point running smoothly, making sure everyone got a chance to fly in the challenging conditions. There was a brief window of soarable weather in the afternoon which gave a couple of students their first soaring experience. Two members also completed their winter refreshers. Many thanks to Martin and Richard for driving the winch.
Sunday and Monday
Sunday was a bright day but with a biting wind. The club instructors were kept busy with trial lessons, club flying and the flying part of winter refreshers following the theory briefing in the clubhouse. A few private owners came out to play to enjoy the thermals in the middle part of the day.
Monday was the start of another course for Tony, a former Navy helicopter pilot and a member at Culdrose, Mike a former paraglider and member at Dorset GC and another Mike returning after some previous courses at AD. A little confusing with three Mike's at the launchpoint!. Quite thermic from the first flight though a little broken because of the wind and all the course members enjoyed some lengthy flights with some good visibility throughout the day.
We managed to avoid the B52's that were flying around us on their way in to Fairford.
The forecast for the rest of the week look's good.
Saturday 23rd March
A surprisingly good soaring day. Cloudbase 3300 above the airfield and thermal strength up to 3 knots average in places, when the sun came through fully. Upper cloud came and sent which caused the thermals to diminish from time to time. Plenty of soaring flights in the Ka8 and Ka18. 2 private gliders out to play as well.
22 March 2019 Last day of the first course week
Cloudbases rising during the day to 2000ft +, winds 230/20 at height. 7/8 cloud cover
Another great day,
The K13 came out for an airing and Alistair learnt about spinning and recoveries before going off solo in the K13.
Eric and David continued practice with the K18 and using the logger.
Howard reached his goal by flying several good unprompted circuits.
Barry Taylor joined us and completed his annual flight reviews before converting to the K18. Always worth asking during the week, if we have spare capacity 2 seater training is always possible.
Back at the ranch Mike Randle completed the Arc on the K23 in readiness for the weekend---thanks Mike.
We all went home happy but tired, a very successful first week. The picture shows the team for Friday.
I will be at Talgarth next week helping coach on the Royal navy adventure training week. If anyone fancies a day ot two out---please contact me and I will try to squeeze you in for some hill soaring training.
21 March 2019
wind 210/05, low cloud to start, visisbility 25Kcloud bases rising to 1500ft QFE
Another really good day.
the course doing well with Howard getting to grips with circuit planning and Alistair reinforcing his solo flying.
good to see some club members here. Adrian Giles took the opportunity to try out the K18. barry Taylor popped in for a few hours to say hello and lend a hand.
the evening briefing was Spinning and how to recover, ready for tomorrow,
A convivial dinner in the club room cooked by david, most enjoyable
Wednesday 20 March club day and Alistair Worsley goes solo
wind 230/10 with low cloud to start. Cloud lifting later to around 1500ft.
Good to see so many club members out and taking advantage of the improved weather.
The course is progressing well and Alistair Worsley went solo for the first time, congratulations to him.
Pat and Roger kept the club show on the road and several pilots had refresher flights and resoloed after a winter break. Simon 9our CFI) undertook a number of refresher flights in the k13.
The pictures show Alistair preparing to launch and Collin being helped to refit the K13 canopy after it accidentally slipped forward off its pins.
19 March Dave and Eric convert to the K18
winds 250/15, low cloud to start lifting pm.Early mist.
Another great day, Alistair and Howard are now flying unprompted circuits and have practised a wide range of stalls and unusual attitude rcovery.
Eric and David flew the K18 for the first time, well done to them. many thanks to Robin for help and advice.
Club day tomorrow, and spag bol for those that fancy it (after flying)