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Sunday 14th July - One to One Instruction

The only member on the two-seater list all day was treated to the duty instructor's undivided attention. It was just as well that there was only the one such member as there was only one instructor! Competitions claimed three of the blue instructor team and maintenance commitments another, although the CFI stood by in case he was needed.

The usual six trial lessons were flown by our most experienced BI.

There were short periods of good soaring interspersed with flat conditions which provided the spectacle of some normally expert pilots in advanced machines landing not that long after the tug.

At the end of the day the DG500 and the UWE K8 were packed in their trailers ready to go to the Inter-Uni competition at Saltby.

RIAT 2019 airspace

The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place at RAF Fairford from 17th to 22nd July.

The following OpenAir (.txt) and SeeYou (.cub) airspace files have been prepared for RIAT 2019 which include the exemption to permit glider flying at Aston Down. These files should be used with reference to the two AICs - M064/2019 and M095/2019 - alongside the Letter of Agreement with CGC, all of which must be read by pilots before flying during the period of the RIAT restrictions (17-22 July).

The Aston Down exemption area permits glider flying up to 3600ft AMSL (3000ft AAL) within a defined area north west of Kemble ATZ between Cherington and Sapperton. The airspace file therefore divides the northern sector into two sections, the upper section from 3600ft AMSL to FL85 covering the entire RA(T) area, and the lower section from the surface to 3600ft AMSL covering the RA(T) area excluding the agreed exemption area for Aston Down north west of Kemble ATZ.

Please note that this year there is an additional and very large area of airspace to our north (see AIC M095/2019) in place for about an hour on the 19th and 20th to allow a large formation of aircraft to assemble and display.

Getting ahead of ourselves?

Last post - 29th July?? 29 June I think. The heat on Saturday obviously got to the author !

Saturday 29th July - 32 degrees!

Forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far but also forecast to be a poor soaring day. It meant that only one or 2 private gliders came out to launch. This was fortunate because with all club gliders at the launch point and the tug, we were able to pace the launch rate to suit the heat - as far as I know, no one suffered from heat induced issues and the sun cream dispenser on the bus was used to full effect.

Our 2 one day course visitors had 1 to 1 instruction thanks to Chris and Doug in DG500 and K13. The club list was short, with both winch and aerotow instruction in LRT. Our keen bunch of junior and student members made good use of the single seaters with another conversion to the K18. Mike Weston had a fun day taking family and friends up in the Capstan for Aerotows. Thanks to all who turned out today - i’m sure that like me, you slept well.

* If you’re confused as to why 32 degrees is not enough for good thermals, there are many books about Gliding Met that cover this subject. Suffice to say in simple terms that heated surface air can’t rise in air that is hotter still at height. (We did get thermals to 2000’ later in the afternoon by the way)

18 June Another wet day in paradise

winds 190/ 05, showers at times

The grass has been lifted for the spartan event and the courses are starting to appear around the airfield.

6 gliders queued for launching in the drizzle and were eventually returned to their parking spots, not great for soaring but plenty of banter on the bus.

The course continue to do well. Practice circuits ,Brian Mcdermid resoloed in the K21 and passed his bronze C exam so well done to him.

Mixed weather predicted for club day tomorrow.

17 June A break in the weather and welcome to the Culdrose boys

Winds 210/20 with weak broken thermals cloudbases around 1700ft

The course welcomes back 3 serial course members. Brian McDermid, Marcus Williams and Phil May. A busy day today for them getting back up to speed after layoffs of around 8 months each.

The grass in the South field is now cut in readiness for the Spartan event.

Many thanks to all the assistance given on the field by the Culdrose expedition, it is very much appreciated. The instructors took over ENK and nensured the guys refamiluarised themselves with winch launches (Seahawk use auto tow and aerotow).

Looking forward to lighter winds tomorrow and possibly showers pm.

15 June Tim setting up the field in the drizzle!

Low cloud at times , rain showers and wind 210/10.

Tims cup is half full, it was a delight to see his enthusiasm.Before 8 in the morning he was setting up the field for a days flying

The 2 one day course students spent time with Tim while he explained the basics of gliding and they waited for the weather to clear.

Some groundschool was given to Peter who is preparing for the bronze oral test.

14 June Last day of course

winds 230/10 low cloud rising during the day and showers developing.

Start off in the classroom with a briefing on met. Well done Clinton and matthew who have completed their bronze oral test.

We managed some flying later in the morning dodging some heavy rain showers.

Good to see Brian back from warmer places for a few weeks.

The white truck is back on line thanks to Richard and Tom, today they were giving the buggies the once over.

We said goodbye to the Southdown boys, who were leaving after a very disappointing week. Who would have thought this was June!

13 June more cloud and rain, the gliding school keeps going

winds 210/10 cloudbases rising to 1000ft QFE, rain showers.

The morning was spent in the classroom, Matthew and Clinton presented the weather as part of their bronze C preparation that was followed by a lecture with coffee and cakes.

The Southdown guys took the opportunity to visit the helicopter museum at Weston.

The rain stopped and we all stepped outside to practice a few more circuits---getting quite good at these.

A talk on circuit planning followed and then dinner at the Ragged Cott.

12 June Club day, less wind and Matt resolo

winds 020/05, low cloud to start lifting pm.

A morning of launch failure practice, well what else with 400ft cloudbases. All the course guys became familiar with the ASAS procedure and more comfortable with the whole idea of launch failures.

Well done Matthew who resoloed today. Clinton and Nick making very good progress towards solo and bronze C theory.

Cloudbases rose in the afternoon with some thermal activity Enough for some upper airwork and for Matt to do a couple of solos.

Thanks to Barrie Taylor for the great pictures

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