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.
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?