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9 may Dinner at the Crown

occluded fronts passing through causing showers and low cloud interspersed with flying weather.

A mixed day for the course with Johnathan and David completing part of their bronze C oral test. David resoloed in the K21 and Johnathan reinforced his previous solo flying.

Tim Brailsford completed most of his BI preparation in readiness for the BI training proper

We all then moved down to the crown for a convivial meal and a beer.

Tomorrow will bring better conditions and hopefully some aerotow training, see you then.

8 May Weathers here wish you were nice

low cloud and rain until around 11am. Winds freshening to 180/15 by the end of the day.

The day started with a briefing on Altimetry, everyone now knows the difference between their QFEs and QNHs.

Practice launch abandonment started the day, followed by some stunning soaring in the rapidly cycling weather. Flying at 70 knots with the brakes open and still going up!!

Tim Brailsford undertook some preparation for his BI training which included ultra low launch failures.

Thanks to Richard and Tom for securing the lights on the bus---try to guess who is the supervisor?

A very good day had by all.

7 May First day of course.

Winds 180/10 visibility 30 K, Cloudbases 4000ft plus (QFE) strong thermals most of the day.

3 rather smart cars were parked in front of the control tower, Rover, Daimler and a Maserati. We welcome Mike and Johnathan Hatchett with Tim Brailsford tagging along. Mike and Johnathan are serial course goers and Tim (now the proud holder of a helicopter PPL) is a club member.

Some good soaring to be had today, and David and Johnathan were put through their paces with more intense refresher flying. Johnathan went off solo on the last flight of the day.

Club members turned up to help and to take s flight or two in the K8. Alun, Eric and David Hart all flew and helped out on the ground---many thanks for that.

The K21 was inspected (defective wheel brake) and put back into service, thanks to Robin Birch (seen in picture preparing for its flight test.

grass cutting of the cable runs was underway today, and when weather permits we plan to cut the landing strips to keep the grass at more normal lengths.

Evening flying of a group of Scouts started around 6 pm and continued until dusk.

The weather tomorrow (Wednesday) looks problematic with winds and rain predicted---however the briefing room will be open and briefings ongoing for those who are prepared to wait for the rain to clear (which it will).

Upcoming events, Friday evening a UWE flying event will start around 4pm---why not come along, meet the students, lend a hand and maybe pinch a cable ? A good start to the weekend.

3 May last day of course

winds light to start, cold front approaching from the North. heavy rain forecast later pm.

Brian Goodspeed found himself flying above the lower cloud on his first flights. Cloudbases went up and he resoloed after a 2 year layoff. Well done Brian. Jake completed the final exercises of the instructor B module, and then took Tom Coles on a soaring tutorial (when the conditions finally became suitable). Tom is now very current and his winter refreshers completed.

Mike Weston spent the day taking John through the BI syllabus.

Eventually the rain arrived, with towering cumulus all around. Matt Page didnt care though ---he was cutting a grass strip for the motor glider through the knee deep grass. Thanks Matt,

2 May Thunderstorms threatened later in the day

winds 300/15, visibility 25 K Isol thunderstorms, cloudbases 2000-3000ft QNH

The weather was much more gentle on us than expected. The odd light shower during the day, but then at around 4 pm we had a serious storm cell---so that stopped us flying, and time to put the gliders away.

Barry Taylor took the opportunity to join us and keep himself current. Pretty smart chap really.

Brian Jake and Tom cracked on with course flying. jake has almost completed his B module flying exercises---just some briefings to go.

Ian Kennedy flew the Grob 109 in from USK, and our CFI (Simon) popped in to see how we were progressing.

After evening debrief we all moved to the Old Lodge on Minchinhampton for a fish and chip dinner.

Another mixed but flyable day tomorrow.

The picture shows a smiling Dave, drying off after the rain storm.

1 May Club day with showers of Rain

winds 230/05, some thermals through the day, cloudbases rising from 1400ft and isolated rain showers.

The morning started with first breakfast while I demonstrated my culinary skills!

Pat and Roger looked after club activities, well done to MikeFarmer for first solo in K23 and Paul for converting to the K8. Showers at midday gave an opportunity for Jake to brief on thermal soaring (part of his instructor training). After the shower it was all men to the task of wiping the gliders down.

The course continues to go well, Jake is steadily working through the B module, Brian is now on launch failure practice and Tom had the longest flight of the day as he gets back into the groove with the K23.

30 April A good soaring day

winds 170/10, thermic from around 10am. Visibility 20K

class D around kemble for half an hour late morning.

cotswold Balloon safaris popped in early in the morning, landing in the south field, they packed up and were away in an amazingly short time.

Grass collection was in progress all day, a few blocked wheel boxes and jammed taildollies---but now the collection is complete and we have some decent landing areas. The rest of the grass will be cut and collected before the nationals.(in a few weeks)

Jake Matthews gave us a briefing on stalling, this was part of his instructor training, very informative and triggered some discussion.

Tom Coles resoloed today after a 12 month layoff, well done Tom.

Several club members came out to fly in the good conditions.Thanks to those who pitched in and helped and made it possible for the others to pull up to the launch point and launch without delay, I am sure there will be a beer or two waiting for you in the bar!

The evening group took over and flew about 15 trial lessons, the conditions for them were very good.

29 April Dave gives Tony some advice

winds light and veering to the SW during the day.

The landing strips have been cut now, the grass will be collected on Tuesday.

The new course week has begun, and now well under way.

The weather brought out a few private owners, and one ASW20 landedfor a relaunch from Nympsfield.

The weather is looking good for Tuesday and a possibility of some rain showers later in the week.

26 April last day of course

Winds veering to 230/20, cloudbases 1200ft QFE in showers of rain

A busy day again, with some modest soaring. Well done Lloyd for going solo first time on the winch.

The last day of the course was good fun, cross wind landing training and a range of other exercises completed.

Charles spent his 2nd day with David Taylor on the winch and is now checked out. Eric did a refresher on the winch to set himself up for this season. Why not get yourself winch trained the more trained winch drivers the better?

Thanks to Richard and a team of volunteers for putting new cables on the winch. Very helpful and saves doing it on a busy soaring day.

The picture shows us sheltering in the bus while the rain shower passes

25 April the ghosts of AD

winds 180/20, showers of rain and some towering cumulus

Another great day, well done Ian, some perfect landings now. Soaring with amazing climbs of 8 - 10 knots tp around 3500ft.

This strange image appeared on the runway! Has the invasion from Mars started?

Tha day finished with pleasant dinner at the Canal Tunnel inn (perhaps the ghosts followed us there..

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