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Tuesday 14 May

winds 090/10, blue, thermals pm to about 3000ft

Another good day for the course, loads of flying and everyone getting the hang of landing on the runway.

The standard cirrus and libelle came to join us. Andy Davey managed a decent soaring flight in the local area.

Good to see another visitor from Dartmoor Gliding Society, Colin Boyd popped in for a few days.

Grass collection is almost complete, the airfield now looks like an airfield again. many thanks to Jules who spent the day cutting the grass around the camping areas and hangers before cutting the landing strip 21 grass right. barrie Taylor brought out the 2nd tractor and cut the cable runs.

Briefing after flying covered launch failure procedures and mcReady. A pleasant meal afterwards of an Indian tapas (well thats what I think it was)

Club day tomorrow looks much the same forecast.

13 May Good forecast brings out the members

winds forecast 120/10, no rain, blue conditions, thermals from around 11am.

A new course starts today with Nigel Graham and Colin. Andy Davey here with his libelle for the week.

The awkward winds made circuits a challenge, long groundruns were the theme for the day with a number of incursions into the cut grass waiting collection. The grass will be collected over the next few days.

The soaring was not as good as hoped, with broken thermals lower down. Despite that there were a number of notable soaring flights. it was good to see a brace of libelles at the launchpoint.

Our grass cutting is now underway, David Taylor kicked off by cutting the landing strip 21 grass left. Thanks David.

The evening briefing was on circuit planning and followed by a lively discussion. Colin is seen explaining to Graham.

Sunday 12th May

An excellent day for both the cross country brigade and the more local activities. Some exceptionally strong thermals persisted for most of the day under wall to wall cumulus. Even when it went blue locally late in the afternoon it remained possible to get away every time from a winch launch (for some at least).
Our University of West England members made full use of the conditions for their training weekend and were especially active and helpful on the launch point. We managed to cope with the scheduled 7 trial lessons in spite of grass cutting and a winch tangle. Many thanks to those who kept us going in spite of that and one or two other little difficulties.

Saturday May 11th

Continuing on yesterday's theme on what a great club we have the photograph shows the fleet out of the hangar at 8.35 am and being washed by UWE and Scouts under the direction of Jerome the scout master.

An excellent day followed, with everyone on the flying list filling their boots with a mixture of winch launches and aerotows. Nearly everyone had soaring flights in the rough conditions.

Adrian

Photo: Jerome

10 May A good soaring day, UWE students joins us for a Friday evening training session

winds 240/10, showers possible and some excellent soaring.

Adrian brought the tug out for us which allowed Tim Bralesford to complete the spin training for his BI rating, David and johnathan were also able to experience and practice an aerotow launch. Thanks Adrian.

Charles Linton took over the winch for a few hows which gave Dave some time to get the new mower out and cut some of the landing areas. Richard and Tom got on with repairing the 4X4. All this background work is appreciated and is what makes CGC such a great club.

As is typical for the last day of the course, the members were doing a lot of solo consolidation and practising soaring.

Simon Lucas and team were here to lead the friday evening training session with David Roberts taking over the winch.

Good to see the K23 rigged and back on line. Hopefully not too long before the K18 weighing is completed and that will be back in service.

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.

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