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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

11 June Clinton perfects a method to keep his jeans dry!

Winds 030/25 cloud bases around 1000ft QFE, showers of rain

The morning started with briefings for the bronze oral test, flight limitations, weather and notams.

The rain finally eased up around 11 and we set off for some flying training. Nick is now mastering the winch launch while Matthew and Clinton are flying unprompted circuits in strong winds.

The evening lecture was on spin recovery followed by some practice on the sim.

10 June Another low pressure system does not deter the course

winds 050/10 with several fronts and yellow weather warnings for rain.

We welcome Matthew, Clinton and Nick on this weeks course. Matthew from Culdrose and local lad Clinton are serial course members, Nick is new to the sport and had a PPL many years ago.

We also welcome the Southdown club expedition. The hardened veterans accept the weather as part of life---very pragmatic.

Despite the rain we managed a full days flight training, followed by classroom briefing on approach control and the problems associated with wind shear and clutching hand.

Many thanks to Barry who has joined us to help train the course on the ground tasks.

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.

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