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Saturday 7th December

After the very successful Quiz Night organised by Tom Knight, there were plenty of people to take advantage of a "transient ridge" forecast a day or two in advance. It gave us a morning's flying on the west run before lowering cloud put a stop to things.
Among others, several newish UWE members, the scouts and Natalie our female cadet got in a couple of circuits each. The contingent from Usk had a worthwhile time with their two-seater after they got used to slower initial winch acceleration than they normally have.
The one day course customer went away well satisfied, having got in all his flying before we had to stop.

First Day of Winter

And it felt it. A cold day but at least the breeze was straight down the runway giving excellent launches to 2000ft.
Three new UWE students took their first flights with us. At the other end of the age scale Ted and Ena (90 and 91 respectively) also took their first glider flights. Our friends from Usk had a good day too. Thanks to the ground crew for keeping things running so smoothly.

Junior Gliding at Portmoak

KNK visited the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak for the weekend to fly with young pilots from across the country as part of the UK Junior Gliding Winter Series. The weather didn't disappoint and we were able to give many Juniors their first experiences of ridge and wave flying. Many thanks to the club for letting us take the glider and for the continued support of UK Junior Gliding.

Sunday 27th October

Another excellent training day after days of phenomenal rainfall.
Lots of enthusiastic UWE members got us going early - where would we be without them?
Lots of circuits but one member took off in his Pilatus into the blue, reappearing a very long time later.

Greetings from Portmoak

What a week so far. Who would have thought that we would have flown five days from five with good prospects for the last day too.
We have had a variety of conditions which have given soaring on both the Bishop and Benarty ridges and wave flights for some to 7000ft on Sunday and Wednesday. Conditions have been challenging at times with winds from the south west given wave rotor over the airfield on Wednesday.
The evenings have been filled with mass get togethers with excellent food, drink and conversation. All in all thoroughly enjoyable!

Sunny Saturday

The day started with some bright sunshine but still rather moist until the day warmed up a little to clear the condensation on the canopies.
LRT following its ARC was rigged and we had a busy day with 3 2 seaters active all day with an enthusiastic group of UWE students. There were some good cloud streets at times with thermals up to the cloud base of 2400' later in the day with some great views in the clear air.
UWE's Jindřich vaněk after a couple of launch failures was sent solo by Geoff Dixon, congratulations to him. (Beer was offered but we all wanted to get home, maybe next time!).

Thanks to everyone who helped, especially the Semichon clan who kept the launchpoint moving all day

A good day for October, we missed the showers, it was sunny and there were thermals, can't be bad!

How many UWE students to rig a T21?

They were told it wasn't very heavy but...!
The UWE students (and Adrian) were introduced to glider rigging before flying on Saturday. At least they were dry.

Saturday 12th October

Light drizzle in the morning dried up at around 11:00 am. From lunch time onwards the cloudbase was around 1200 feet and with 3 two seaters out we were able to give first flights to 7 of our UWE members plus some Géneral instruction and solo flying. The day was made more interesting by having a small scale filming activity going on. Go-Pros used on board the DG500 and as “targets” during some launches and landings. As usual a big thank-you to the dutyman crew who made it all possible.

Sunday 6th October

Mainly a useful training day with a few of the circuits extended. Three new UWE members went away well pleased with their first gliding instruction.
The usual Welsh waves were exploited by the Pik 20 up to 11000 ft near Abergavenny and the ASW 27 spent some 4 hours thermal and ridge running to the north.
Flying was curtailed by an increasingly strong and rough NW wind.

Cotswold Regionals 2020

The Cotswold Regionals will run from 22nd to 30th August 2020 at Aston Down alongside the Junior National Championships. Regional championships are open to any cross-country pilot with a silver badge. Whether it's your first ever competition or you're an experienced competitor looking for a fun week's flying, this is the competition for you!

Not sure? Here are a few reasons to fly the Cotswold Regionals:
- Coaching and mentoring for new competition pilots
- Very few airspace restrictions, offering excellent tasking options
- Mutual crewing to make sure everyone gets home every day
- Excellent on-site facilities, including campsite electric points
- Great catering service and a well-stocked bar
- The Juniors is a regional rated competition, so the grids will be rotated with equal priority

The entry fee for this competition is a very affordable £125, with a deposit of £50 due before 29th February 2020.

Entry form: https://forms.gle/djN76sbHsCRLNK8A9

If you're not keen on flying the competition, there will also be normal club flying throughout the week and opportunities for cross-country training in the DG500. We're also looking for volunteers to help with organising the competition, so please get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

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