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EGU Newsletter

The EGU newsletter is worth reading to see what’s happening in other countries as regards gliding (though some info is 4 weeks old).

Europe Air Sports

Please see the EAS Newsletter April 2020 which has some useful information for sailplane and power pilots.

Online Services for Members

Webinars - The club is putting on a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help us keep in touch whilst we can't fly due to the pandemic. Find out how you can get involved on the webinars page.

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Back to a typical late Winters day

With low cloud initially, but forecast set to improve Tim Barnes, Graham Turner and Martin Heyward set up the winch on the main runway having done the siting assessment and cable checks. I managed my personal new year resolution to give a briefing each time I'm on duty, but the first signs of rustiness there appeared when I forgot a couple of things I'd wanted to cover and which was indicative of how everyone was feeling. We needed a day of safe flying to get the "Scotchbrite" on the rustiness of us all!

We already had a full flying list by 9.30, but with only 2 K21's available we knew it would be difficult to fly everyone, which was made worse by 2 of the instructors ourselves needing check flights first! The days activity was 2 x ODCs, flown by Tim and Don, winter refreshers, a 5-year check for Gerry Holden and with a few members wanting to get airborne.

The ever enthusiastic UWE members were on site, and decided to sort their trailer out whilst the early check flying took place. Gerry also got the Venture out and shared the fun with a couple of the UWE team. The USK Grob also made an appearance with enthusiastic flying from the group, and the K23 was able to be used by the less rusty members.

The expected brighter weather appeared for just about an hour, but then it returned to grey and showers, with the wind picking up a bit and a consideration of winch / launchpoint and making sure drift corrections were appropriate. In the end the lowering cloud and slight constant drizzle ended the day, unfortunately before a couple were able to fly but sometimes the weather makes the decision for you! Those who flew know we still need to now add further polish but at least we did use up some flying Scotchbrite!

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped.

Paul Lazenby

Saturday 8th March

Well, we flew at least! After all the kit was taken to the launch point, a slight drizzle set in. That lasted about an hour, then things cleared up with cloudbase rising well above 2000 feet. Some winch issues slowed down launch progress but we managed to fly with around 5 club members and the 2 one-day course pupils did most of thier flying. USK once again visiting with their Grob Twin Acro. Increasing winds stopped play but then anoyingly slackened off again after the hangar was packed.

Another Storm, Another cancelled Flying Day

Due to forecasted Gusts of over 40kts, Flying has been cancelled for Saturday

Sunday 23 February - scrubbed flying

Whatever name this 3rd of the weekly windy weather system has, the wind, gusts, rain and frankly enthusiasm means we won't be flying today.

Hope this info is useful for planning your day.

Paul Lazenby

Saturday 22 February

It's officially blowing a hooley - flying is cancelled for the day.

Junior Gliding at The Mynd

Whilst the strong winds stopped play at Aston Down, the DG500 ventured northwest to the Long Mynd for the second weekend of the UKJG Winter Series. Around 100 young pilots attended the event and we managed to fly on both Saturday and Sunday in a sporty westerly breeze - the hill worked very well! A number of our own UWE students were part of the group of enthusiastic Juniors who enjoyed some ridge running as well as the fantastic social atmosphere that the Mynd never fails to deliver.

All in all a great weekend - many thanks to the club for letting us use the glider again.

Sunday 2 February - scrubbed flying

Hi everyone,

Based on the current wind at the airfield at this time and with the forecast for it to remain out of limits, and with the trial lessons for today being cancelled on Friday, we've decided to scrub todays Club flying too. Hope this avoids some of the time wasted by anyone travelling who sees this message first.

Thanks

Paul Lazenby

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