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7 June Ok fire up the sim

winds 090/25 and rain and low cloud.

The last day of the course had some grim weather.

Briefings on Met and Spin Recovery before practice on the simulator.

Thanks to Graham and Dave Breeze for being available for winch driving, unfortunately the weather was not suitable.

6 June wow just look at that sky

winds 200/15, showers at times, good thermal day

Temporary class D airspace around Kemble stopped airfield activity for an hour in the middle of the day, otherwise a quiet day.

Many thanks to David Hart for driving the winch in the morning and Simon took his CFI hat off and donned his winch driver hat for the afternoon. Adrian Giles managed the winch driver cover remotely from the wilds of the north

The course continues to go well, all 3 trainees are now managing unprompted flights and just beginning to practice launch failures.

The outlook for tomorrow is poor as a low pressure is passing over the country with its associated fronts. Fingers crossed we will manage to continue with the course training.

Dave Breeze gave 21 grass left a trim with the grass cutter, looks a lot smarter now, thanks Dave.

5 June the day just got better

winds 240/20, cumulus rising to 4500ft

operating off 21, the thermals rather broken lower down but some reasonable strengths.

The K23 and K21 were busy all day and a good turnout of club members. Many thanks to Steve (again) for steppig in and driving the winch for us.

The course continues to go well with circuit practice and trying to master that stick and rudder co-ordination.

The pictures show John McW getting set up to launch his Pik20 and Mike trying to figure out how to get into the driving seat.

Forecasts predict a good day tomorrow, so if you want a 300K or 500K come on down.

4 June a showery day but good for training

winds 100/10, cloud and showers predicted. Some thermal activity around midday.

09 operations to start, with launches to around 1200ft. At the start of the day we often found ourselves above the lower layers of scattered cloud. later in the day the winds shifted to southerly and then finally to a steady westerly and so we finished the day operating on 21.

All of the course are now flying the launch and landing and are working on circuit planning now. Well done to them.

Chris Power and David Hart did a fantastic job keeping the winch cables coming, thanks chaps. Barry Taylor spent the day with us helping out at the launch point.

The evening group cancelled because of the unpredictable nature of the weather, probably a very wise decision.

We are steadily picking up the litter from the airfield, and the place is steadily getting back to normal. everyone can help us with that, so next time you are here make a point of disposing of some of the debris around the place.

3 June A new course begins

winds 240/20 good visibility, strong thermals from around 12 noon.

Many thanks to Steve and David for helping out with the winch and ground training. It helped make a successful day.

The university students spent the day getting their K8 up and running with the assistance of Robin Birch. All it needs now is insurance and it is good to go.

The tugs from the competition steadily departed to their respective homes.

Class D airspace around Kemble meant we had a slow start, the lost time was used to teach the basic principles of a DI. Welcome to Robert Whalley, Stuart Hall and Niall MacAuliffe. They will be on the course for the week---lets hope the weather behaves itself.

The picture shows the ground training in progress, the students learning how to handle winch cables safely.

Tomorrow we have Chris Power and David helping with the winch.

23 May Avro learns to drive the bus.

winds 250/10, good thermal day, blue at times and climbs to 5000ft QFE

The superfox gave us a demo of its performance today, and a few free aerotows for those that were here. Echo India is an impressive microlight tug (it has strange tundra tyres though). Thanks are due to Adrian for making this trip possible and thanks are due to the owner for his generosity.

The competition preparation continues as people start arriving with gliders and caravans.

Avro visited us from New Zealand, the happy little dog was content to inspect the driving controls of the bus!

The course continues to go well, David Potter consolidated his conversion to single seater by completing his 2nd soaring flight for the cross country endorsement, Mayur Bodani started to get the hang of thermal centring with a climb to 4990 ft--shame about the last 10ft, Ethan Maya has now completed his aerotow training and is polishing his soaring skills.

The evening group took over and flew a group of visitors.

We are looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

21 May New hangar door.

winds 330/10 with strong thermals from around 10 am.

A few members ventured out today to enjoy the fantastic soaring.

The course proceeds well, David Potter achieved his 1 hour soaring flight for XCE, Mayur is now the handling pilot throughout the flight, and Ethan has learnt a few new skills.

The hangar doors were worked on today, we should now have 1m more space to get the gliders out.

Dave Breeze continued the grass cutting programme today, sadly the landing area on 03 could not be cut because we were using it!

20 May Monday

winds 330/10, good thermal conditions with high cloudbases

A new course starts today, welcome Ethan, David and Mayur. David resoloed today, Mayurs first day gliding and landing already, Ethan finished the day with a thermal climb and then a side slip approach. Thanks David Hart for all the tutorial work.

Lots of other activity,preparation is underway for the competition, the farmer fertilising the grass, caravans have started to arrive and tomorrow should see the new hangar doors installed.

Another good soaring day tomorrow.

18 May Pete Robson goes solo

winds 030/05, cloud 1000ft QFE and rising. Thermals pm

A nice early start with the enthusiastic students making bacon sandwiches before briefing at 8.15

Cloudbases rose quickly and Pete Robson practised his launch failures prior to goinf off solo for the first time. Well done Pete.

17 May Graham goes solo, first club evening flying day great success.

A warm front passed from East to west last night and another front is due during the day bringing light rain and showers on and off through the day wind 060/20 (operating off 03).

Flyable but soaring and cross country unlikely. Evening club flying planned from 1600 onwards.

Graham Allinson went solo for the first time, Nigel Payne is now able to fly a safe circuit without instructor aid and Colin Parker resoloed today. A very chilly day lots of jumpers and hot tea.

Meanwhile Tom and Richard were busy repairing bug 1 which seems to be burning a lot of oil ,and the grass cutting tractor. All this behind the scenes support is fantastic.

The first friday evening flying session started this evening. Very well subscribed with a bunch of enthusiastic university students. The winds picked up during the evening as can seen on the photos.

Well done Matt Page who now has a full instructor rating.

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