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17 October gosh thats a lot of batteries

light northerly winds. cloud bases rising to 3000ft. Very little thermal activity.

Good to see the regular club members here and welcome to our visitor Ben from Nympsfield.

The first decent day for course member Phil May who managed some excellent flights from start to finish. Lawrence and Collin were perfecting more advanced handling exercises.

Roger and Pat looked after the steady stream of club members, a very pleasant and chilled day at the launch point.

The picture shows Collin checking over the electric buggies batteries, doing the routing check before topping up with distilled water.

Dinner was an eclectic mix of contributions including triple chocolate ice cream produced by David Hart---delicious.

16 October Foggy start

winds 200/15 with fog to start and low cloud for most of the day.

The K21 has now had a polish and looks a lot better for it. Thanks to Collin, Lawrence and Ethan for your efforts here.

The flying incorporated launch failures and eventually circuits learning how to interpret a turn and slip and how an ASI may be used as a crude attitude indicator. At least we got the annual refreshers completed and had some fun---despite the weather.

The day finished with a debrief on the instrument flying and then a glass of wine and dinner in the club room. Another great day

15 October 2018

Low cloud and NE winds today with some drizzle.

Welcome to Collin Boden, Lawrence Wood and Phil May on the last course of 2018.

Ethan has joined us for a few days to assist at the launchpoint, good to see you.

Lecture this morning was on instrument flying, the way to use them and how to get yourself out of trouble if you do inadvertently enter cloud with a limited panel.

Thanks everyone for the time spent housekeeping the gliders. The untidy patchwork of electrical tape on the K21 canopy has now been removed and the club gliders have freshly polished canopies---much better.

The lecture in the afternoon was on ridge soaring and the Cotswold edge.

Sunday 14th October - no flying today

Morning, looking out the window and at the various met websites we can expect the current rain to persist until at least 1500 when it will go to showers.
There is not really any hope of good flying today so flying is cancelled. Enjoy your Sunday, maybe a lie in or quiet coffee somewhere...

Flying, Saturday 13th October 2018.

In case you're in any doubt, and after several hours sitting in the wind-swept Clubhouse, Robin and I have given up any hope of flying today. The wind-gauge was regularly showing 30+ knots, and the gust forecast was for gusts of 40-50mph. Actually, we cancelled the two one-day courses yesterday based on the forecast. Maybe conditions will have moderated by tomorrow afternoon.

12 October windy

Forecast winds 190/50 with rain.

Not a good day to go flying.

11 October, the winds finally stopped us.

winds 170/25 good visibility and occasional rain showers

Flying started with the launchpoint a long way down the runway to ensure cables drop clear of buildings etc. A very awkward direction. Initially the winds were quite light and not a problem for flying. As the morning progressed, the winds reached a limit and we were forced to stop.

meanwhile Nigel Payne flew the ASW19 for the first time and Matthew Veals converted to the K23.

After lunch briefings were on instrument flying followed by a talk on Mcready. Course dinner was at the Old Lodge, Fish and chips seemed to be the favourite choice, and a beer of course.

The outlook for Friday is grim, with strong winds and rain, oh well the first 4 days were good.

10 October

upper winds 140/20 and surface winds 100/10 visibility poor

Operations were from 09 today, a very busy course day with very productive training and plenty of practice landing on the runway. A total of 28 launches including 2 self launchers.

A few club members turned up but the wind direction was a little off putting.

Many thanks to our helpers Andy Davey and David Hart.

Outlook for tomorrow, winds 170, so probably on 21. Fresh but workable winds and the possibility of rain later in the day

Andy Davey and Pat at launch point control.

9 October Matthew Veals goes solo

winds 220/20 fog to start and broken wave thermal later.

The fog lifted quickly and the course flying got underway promptly.

Well done Matthew Veals for going solo.

Charles Linton started his winch training with David, a good example to us all thanks Charles.

Mr Janikowski used the launch facility to practice a few circuits in his discus before packing up his glider. The soaring wasnt quite as good as it looked.

Gerald was spotted waiting for lunch at the winch, mind you we think it might be son of Gerald.

Flyable tomorrow, but winds may be from the SE.

8 October

winds 230/20 cloud BKN at 2500 QFE

Welcome to 4 course members. Marcus Williams, Matthew Veals, Pat Lyengar and Nigel Payne.

A very busy course day that demanded an efficient turnaround to get everyone in the air. That was achieved so well done everyone, and particular thanks to our helpers, Colin Stringer, David Hart and Andy Davey for helping get the field set up and the team up to speed with the procedures.

John McWilliam was seen disappearing in his PIK 20E, other than that it was all quiet on the club flying front.

The outlook for Tuesday is much the same as today with slightly lighter winds.

This is the penultimate course week of the year, so make sure you keep current and at least fly a circuit or two.

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