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Sunday 15th September

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

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

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

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`

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.

Sunday 25th August

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.

Sunday 18th August

Today started much like yesterday with the rain and low cloud clearing around 10.00 am, but with a forecast for showers and strengthening winds and less soarable conditions.
Two K21's were kept busy all day with training and Trial lesson flights achieving duration's of up to 30 minutes, four private aircraft joined the launch Que.
With strengthening winds and with everyone flown we packed away at 17.00 hrs.

Saturday 17th August

The day started with low cloud and rain and a forecast for strong winds, as a result the One Day Course was postponed for another day. By 10.00 am the cloud started to break and rise so we set things up with one K21 just as the thermals started to develop. LRT climbed to cloud base at 3000ft above AD radioing back to the launch point and thanked by the sniffer at the junior nationals at Nympsfield for the information. Not long after we had our first of five visitors from Nympsfield landing at Aston Down as they were tasked past us out to the East.
The K21 was kept busy all day and we finally packed away at 16.00 hrs after winch launching two of the visitors, helping to de rig another and the last two taking aerotow retrieves just after we packed up.

British National Balloon Championships

For the past week we have been hosting the British National Balloon Championships, an event that is entirely compatible with gliding because flights take place before we have got out of bed or after we've finished flying. Thirteen balloons took part but the weather was awful for most of the week with just two flights on one day. Both flights involved remote starts and finishes so Aston Down didn't see much action. The pictures show an early morning launch at Frampton on Severn and the balloons over a target on Minchinhampton Common.

Course News

Course weeks 8th to 12th and 15th to 19th July

The first week had three solos! Bob, an ex-airline pilot, soled in the K21 and then converted to the K23.
His teenage daughter, Izzy, also did her first solo.
Mick was a returnee from a previous CGC course and he also went solo in the K21.
All three did aerotowing in the K13 on the wednesday, for intensive stall and spin training. We lost one flying day to weather, but used it in the classroom.

The second week was easier because two of the participants had also been on CGC courses before and took very little time to solo once again. Dave has been flying at other clubs and flew the K 21, he would have been converted into the Ka23 had it been serviceable. Clint, an ex-member, successfully first-soloed in the k21. The third person, Robin, had brought his own Ka6 along and had a very successful 3.5hr flight in it. We also lost one day to the weather (strong gusty crosswinds).

This last week made difficult by two days of marginal blustery wind conditions, and one day was completely unflyable. However, all three students showed outstanding learning progress and we had one more first solo, Eddie, only 16 years old, who was accompanied by his helpful but non-flying Dad. Eddie did a CGC course last year. Tony Parker (not 'OUR' Tony Parker) re-soled after many years away from the sport, and Stephen was very unlucky to lose the last Friday to weather as he was extremely close to solo standard.

Course Weeks 22nd to 26th and 29th July to 2nd August.

First week Nick who was new to gliding completed the week flying the launch and circuits. Robert an ex-member re-soloed on the Friday completing a very nice launch and landing. Steve a previous course member and solo pilot re-soloed in the K21 and converted to the K18.

The Second week Richard a solo pilot and previous course member re-soloed by Friday with two 1hr flights. Roger completed most of his “B” module as part of his training as an assistant instructor and has booked the “D” module for later this year. Nigel, a previous course member and pre solo pilot was flying the launch and circuits without prompts by Friday.

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