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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.

16 May fantastic soaring day

Winds favouring 09 at 10 Knots. Cloud bases rising to over 4000 QFE with cumulus.

Matt set off first thing to Hus Bos in the motor glider to hopefully complete his full rating test. While Doug Gardiner set off with his trailer to get his glider back from a secured field in Banbury, I know best ask him---its complicated.

Barry Keys had a one day course to complete so the course members benefitted from a 2nd instructor. With his help we managed to catch up on the flying programme.

The afternoon was excellent soaring with climbs to nearly 5000ft, difficult to get away from the winch but definately worth the effort.

Flying continued into the evening with a busy evening group.

Letter of agreement with Kemble

We have a new letter of agreement with Kemble. It's on the documents > briefings page.

15 may Club day

winds an awkward 120/10 knots, soarable in the afternoon with tight thermals in the blue. Visbility about 35K. Possibility we will need to use 09 for launching.

The remainder of the cut grass should be collected today.

Operating off 09 proved to be a challenge. However slick operations meant we could operate one aircraft at a timne and alternate between club and course flying. PM it became soarable and several single seaters were brought to the launchpoint and launched reasonably quickly.

Pat Greer looked after club flying. Paul and Lawrence got cleared to solo on 09 and Chris had more practice on his way to resolo.

instructors took the equipment and continued flying into the evening, while the course guys ate a wonderful stir fry dinner.

The course flying continues well with Graham doing launch failure training, Nigel now handling the whole flight and Colin getting back into practice.

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