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Friday the 7th.

Last day of this week’s course for Howard, David and John and an interesting day. A forecast of a strengthening westerly meant setting up on runway 27, it was a bit hit and miss in contacting the thermals, but when we did, climbs to 4000’ were available with some fantastic views in the clear air. A few club members also took advantage of the day and we had a drop in from a Lasham pilot who had an aerotow retrieve back home.

6 September club day

winds 360/10 cloudbases 3300 QFE

A busy club day with several private owners and club gliders on the grid. many thanks to everyone for making the day run smoothly.

Soaring was better than expected with several notable flights, Climbs locally were 2 to 4 knots.

On the course John Hammond resoloed, David Potter is now the unprompted pilot and Howard Bunn is almost the handling pilot.

The remainder of the week looks flyable.

4 September Low cloud and launch failures

winds 010/10, very low cloud and drizzle to start. Clearing early pm.

Perfect conditions to practice ultra low and low launch failures. Later practising signal too fast and abandoning the launch.

In between the good spells, classroom work included unravelling DALRs and SALRs and how we determine thermal heights and cloudbase.

The weather Wednesday will be much improved, but still not like our glorious summer.

3 September another course begins

winds 340/15 visibility 30K, thermals early afternoon to 3400 QFE

The day started with a cable change, many thanks to Tom and Dave for the assistance.

John Hammond, David Potter and Howard Bunn join us on the course this week. The day was spent getting everyone up to speed with the equipment and how to use it. Hopefully John will resolo again this week and David will get closer to solo (David is a member at Lasham). Howard is a newbie and is now just getting to grips with how the controls work.

Many thanks to Dave Breeze who spent a few hours on the tractor today cutting the grass---which has now started to grow again.

Barry Green and Alan Carter spent much of the evening planning their trip to inspect an SF27.

The outlook for the week is a little mixed but should be flyable all week for those who want to pop along and keep current.

29 August Club day

winds 330/15, soarable pm

Mike and his team had a successful day with the sportability group, managing to get into wave in the afternoon.

The course all tried their hand at thermalling, David dawkins is now the handling pilot while Tiago and Jason have now mastered fully held off landings.

Roger and Tony kept the club flying going.

The outlook for Thursday is good after about 11 am, a high pressure setting up with associated light winds and strong thermals.

Tony Parker will be running the field on Friday, many thanks to him.

Mon/Tuesday 27/28 August

Welcome David Dawkins, Tiago Oliveira and Jason Jennette onto the course.

Much quieter on the airfield now as the last of the nationals visitors depart.

Training well underway now, well done to Tiago for converting to the K23.

Roger Smith joined us on Tuesday and enjoyed the soaring slot in the afternoon. Gentle thermals to around 3000ft QFE.

The rest of the week looks flyable and potentially some good soaring later in the week.

Wednesday 15th August A quiet club day

winds 230/25 vis 25 K drizzle am with low cloud

One club member (Paul) today with Roger Bagley to start and Tony later.

The drizzle delayed flying for a while, then the low cloud limited activity to launch failure practice. lectures and discussion (aviation) on the bus with bacon sarnies and jam rolls.

Condition brightened in the afternoon with a short soaring window. Mike and Patrick continued to practice solo in the K21 while Rhys tackled the awkward cross wind very competently.

A cold front is expected Thursday am with rain, this should clear to give a short soaring window in the afternoon.

A few more trailers have arrived as competitors ready themselves for the competition.

Tuesday 14 August

winds 200/15 visibility 35K , modest thermals for part of the day.

Patrick Moran and Mike Walker now solo , while Rhys and Sebastian continue their training.

Ruth took her last launch of this season before returning to the wild north. Similarly John who will be doing the breakfast for the nationals took a currency launch before putting the ASW20 safely away in its trailer.

Some activity now as preparations begin for the Nationals next week, areas being marked out and grass trimming to make the place look more respectable.

The course had its own challenges with all 3 buggies out of action for a few hours, the exercise pushing the gliders helps to keep the waistline in perfect shape! Many thanks to Robin Birch for repairing the K21 puncture.

Probably a little breezy tomorrow, rain expected Thursday am and some good soaring pm.

Monday 13th August

Vis 30K winds 310/15

Welcome to Patrick Moran, Rhys Williams, Sebastian Archer and Michael Walker. Yes another week of intensive training and development begins.

Patrick and Rhys are on their 2nd week this season and hope to solo this week. Sebastian was nearly solo 5 years ago and so is hoping to make some good progress this week and Michael ,an ATPL from Hong Kong) was solo several years ago and is hoping to get back into the saddle this week.

Great to see both tractors out today giving the grass a trim. many thanks to those involved.

The soaring forecast is a bit mixed this week, Tues day not looking brilliant but still flyable.

The evening talk was on launch failures ---in readiness for tomorrow.

Congratulations David Roberts

David Roberts, a BGA vice president, has been awarded the prestigious FAI Silver Medal for 2018.

The award citation notes;

David Roberts has dedicated much of the last 20 years to defending the rights of the Air Sports community throughout Europe.

He has served terms of office with the European Gliding Union, as a Chairman of the British Gliding Association and as Chairman (and now Vice President) of the Royal Aero Club of the UK, as well as numerous positions within the Cotswold Gliding Club.

David joined the Board of Europe Air Sports in 2003 and was elected President in 2009, a role which he fulfilled until standing down in March 2018.

In early 2012 he initiated a challenge to the European regulators to adopt a different approach to the regulation of recreational and sporting aviation and was a leading member of the small team, under the leadership of the French CAA (the DGAC) that wrote the European General Aviation (GA) Safety Strategy paper in 2012, and which led directly to the European Commission’s “GA Roadmap” which is now being implemented.

David has been a vital contributor to the development of European Regulations, ensuring representation for the interests of the European Air Sports Community at the highest level.

CGC joins the wider Air Sports community in thanking David and congratulating him on this highly deserved recognition by the FAI.

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