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Pupils get a taste for life above the clouds

SCIENCE Week at Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett provided excitement and interest for the children, led by Year 5 teacher Mrs Rowan Atack.

A glider from the Cotswold Gliding Club was brought to the school in its special transporter, and thrilled the pupils, who admired its impressive 50ft wing span.

They learned about its operational capabilities from Paul Lazenby, an instructor at the club, and Max Lazenby, a glider aerobatics pilot, and Lesley Waters, one of the lady members. Some children were lucky enough to sit in the cockpit, or to try on the weighty parachute pack that would be worn in flight.

The memorable Science Week also featured a visit by a hot air balloon, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter, a drone pilot and a representative of the REME Museum, who led a science workshop.

The activities certainly brought science to life for the pupils, who were fascinated to see exhibits at close range, and to have their many questions answered by the visitors.

AGM 27 January 2018

The Club's Accounts for the previous year (2015-16) have now been reviewed and a certificate of examination provided by the Club's independent accountant, Mrs Helen Turner. The accounts and the certificate can be found in the AGM 2018 folder on this website.

The Chairman's report at the AGM 28 January 2017 is filed in the AGM 2017 folder on this website, together with the powerpoint presentation of the various reports and the accounts.

The Club's Accounts for 2016-17 will be available at the AGM. They are being reviewed currently by the Club's independent accountant. Her certificate will be available in the next few weeks and will be posted on the website.

DGR / chairman

Women's coaching events

This has been received from the BGA.

Women Glide UK are keen to help female pilots all over the country take their gliding to the next level. With this in mind we have planned a range of events throughout the year to help pilot development. There is something for everyone, whatever your level of experience, and we’d really love to see you at one our events below:

Date, Where, What and Aimed at

3-4 March 2018, Yorkshire Gliding Club, Sutton Bank, Flying weekend, Everyone – this will kick-start your soaring season, inspire you and help you plan ahead

14-15 April 2018 , Cambridge Gliding Centre, Gransden Lodge, Women Aim Higher, Those qualified to fly cross country and wanting encouragement or guidance in doing so. Ideal for those working towards entering competitions

5-7 May 2018, The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth, MayDay Compette, Compette, running over Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, is a light-hearted mini-comp to get you out racing and having fun

5-11 May 2018, The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth, Cross-Country Development Week, Pilots looking to develop their cross-country skills and test them against other pilots. A mixture of 2-seat and solo training with British Team members and other pundits, running alongside Compette over the Bank Holiday weekend.

21-29 July 2018, Bicester Gliding Centre, Women Training Camp at Bicester Regionals, Women starting on their competition career and those wanting to boost their competition performance. Briefings, comp prep and coaching including 2-seaters – the prime aim is to compete in your own glider.

Put the dates into your diary and email for more details and to book your place.

Liz Sparrow

Chair Competitions Committee

X runway, west end

Members taking a stroll around the airfield may experience a feeling of disorientation and confusion if they visit the west end of the cross runway. They will not recognise the airfield as Aston Down,because Grant Needham and Dave Taylor have been working hard to remove weeds and grass from between the cracks in the runway, and it now looks something like this:

many thanks guys

Saturday 16th December

Not a bad day's flying for December. Full marks to Duty Pilot, Grant Needham for getting the hangar doors open before 8.00am and working tirelessly at the launch point. Our trial lesson visitors enjoyed some good flights in the sunshine and excellent visibility. UWE student Arnie from Brazil had a good introduction to gliding with five flights in the K21. By half-past two we'd run out of people to fly and retired to the warmth of the club house. In the evening we all enjoyed a really excellent Christmas meal thanks to the efforts of Jacqui Huband, Helen Weston and John and Di Docherty.

Brass Monkey Saturday 25-11-17

Flippin' heck it was cold today. Despite the spectacular wind chill from the fresh north-westerly, we had a good day's flying for the time of year. Our one-day course visitors Peter and Simon had a fun day in the DG 500, with yours truly. And yes, by the end of the day they both managed to remember what CBSIFTCBE stands for. Mike Weston and Simon Lucas were kept busy flying ATC cadets and UWE students in the K21 and K13 respectively. We had an enforced break at mid-day for a royal flight out of Kemble and an impressive rain shower around mid-afternoon, but otherwise managed a good launch rate. We are indebted to Adrain Giles and Richard Burgoyne for driving the winch.

Saturday 4/11/17

The weather went almost precisely to forecast. The heavy rain that greeted us at 8 o'clock cleared through the morning and we were able to get in the air just after 11.00. Thereafter, the two-seaters were kept busy flying the one-day course and enthusiastic groups of ATC scouts and UWE students. Flying was delayed in the afternoon by one of the most impressive winch snarl-ups I have ever seen (who would have thought you can crochet steel cable?), the tow-truck getting bogged down in the wet grass and a change of runways. The last flights of the day were completed to the backdrop of a spectacular sunset.

Portmoak Expedition October 2017

This years Cotswold Gliding Club one week Autumn Trip To Portmoak Scotland took place on the 21st October. 14 pilots and 12 aircraft made the trip north in a bid to sample ridge and wave flying, the weather was kind to us and we sampled ridge and wave lift on five days with only one non flyable day.
We were joined by five aircraft from Shalbourne gliding club, which meant the airfield was very busy at times.
On Sunday Morning Christoff and Stuart Thackary had site checks and Craig Mustoe had ridge checks, with 17 visiting aircraft and numerous local aircraft the ridge was very busy, in the after noon the wave set up and a number of pilots took advantage with my self being prevented from going higher than 8000ft because of airspace and sunset fast approaching.
Monday and Tuesday morning were non flyable due to rain, on Tuesday the weather broke at lunchtime and flying started at 1400hrs, Craig endured more two seat flying on a busy ridge while several Cotswold pilots had wave flights to over 7000ft.
Wednesday started as Tuesday had finished, Craig took another two seat flight and again several pilots found wave but this time only to 5000ft, with the wind getting stronger and more turbulent flying halted at 1400hrs.
Thursday was a quieter day wind wise but wave was in the forecast, Craig took his first solo ridge flight and nearly all CGC pilots got above 4000ft.
Friday was another day with wave forecast, Craig experienced wave for the first time soaring above the clouds to over 5000ft (if only he had a logger it would have been silver height), All CG pilots sampled the wave to varying heights with myself getting to 10000ft which was the highest of the day (it did take three and a half hours to get there).
I am sure I have missed some notable flights as it was difficult to keep track while flying.
There were no great heights achieved or distances flown but a great week was had by all at a wonderful site.
The next trip is planned for the 21st April 2018, accommodation is limited so anyone interested in joining in let me know as soon as possible.

Simon Lucas

Saturday 14/10/17

What a grey day. The airfield was wreathed in rain and low cloud for most of the morning and it wasn't until mid-day that we could finally get airborne. Thereafter the two-seaters were kept busy flying an enthusiastic group of UWE students and Indi and Lee on the one-day course. We didn't quite have to line up car headlights for the last landing, but it was dark by the time we got the toys away. Many thanks to Richard Cawsey for driving the winch.
We all wish Chairman David Roberts a speedy recovery after his heart surgery.

23-24th Sept Balloon Fest

We were delighted to share the airfield with around a dozen hot air balloonists, using Aston Down as a base for their weekend competition.
The balloons couldn't fly on Saturday morning, so a number of the pilots had a go at gliding - I am told they found it quite refreshing to fly an aircraft that actually goes where you point it and can land back where it started from.
Conditions were better on Sunday morning and at around 8am the balloons launched from Oaksey Park and in the easterly wind flew over AD to Chalford.
Paul Lazenby and yours truly took off in the Falke to watch them from the air. There are more photos at
Team Semichon and the Scouts deserve a mention for stepping into the breach and cooking breakfast for the forty or so pilots and crew.

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