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24 April mixed weather for club day

Cold front passing over the country bringing showers, Wind veered to the SW around 2pm and the weather cleared with 1000ft cloudbases rising to 5000ft.

The course continued to go well, spin training started. After changing ends we were schieving good launches on runway 21.

Good to see a few hardy club members braving the weather and thanks Chris and ethan for helping out at the launch point.

23 April Another course begins

poor visibility winds light easterly, cloudbases high with overcast

Lloyd Ian and Alan have joined us for the week. Launch failure practice today to get Alan and Ian back into the groove, Alan resoloed later in the day.

Many thanks to Ethan Mayo who spent the day with us helping to keep the launch rate going.

The first flying evening today,

Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April

Another busy day for the bank holiday weekend. As well as welcoming three course visitors, a good number of club members came out to fly on the challenging runway 09. Soaring conditions improved during the day, and a small grid of thermal and wave hunters formed on the runway. A few gliders went cross-country, some soared to 7000ft+ and one landed out at Shenington. Congratulations to Adam Mayo on his re-solo following a break from solo flying. Many thanks to Caleb, Muggles and Adam for driving the winch.

21st April

Busy day today with over 60 launches, a mix of winch and Aerotow. Steve Glassett took a tow to over 9000ft (see Picture) because he could and others took advantage of the limited soarable conditions. We were visited today by Pete Harvey flying Steve Jones's new Ventus 3T after the engine failed to start, landing with the engine out. He then took an aerotow to fly back to Lasham, a good day with unusually warm weather for a bank holiday weekend.

17 April Club day

Wind 090/05, poor visibility all day.

The good soaring forecast did not happen today and the visibility was too poor for any cross country.

Paul converted to the K13 and Mike Bosley and stephen Wilkinson converted to the K8.

Lots of activity on the airfield with over 40 launches in all. Roger and Pat are now back in the UK so instructor availability is now back to normal.

thanks everyone for all the help on the field, it was good fun efficient and safe.

The day ended with pie and chips in the club room while we watched Jules take off with his flying duvet.

Another good day tomorrow, and then we look forward to a 4 day weekend----I have already put in the order for good weather.

16 April

winds VRB 05, poor visibility and cloud.

launch failure and conversion to the K13 for Mike and Stephen, while John learns how to launch and land.

many thanks to our volunteer club members Dave and Barrie for helping us achieve such a high launch rate. This helped get the course well on track.

David and Barrie also took the opportunity to fly a circuit or two and keep themselves current.

The day ended with a delicious meal at the Rose in Frampton Mansell.

Club day tomorrow promises to be good, so get on up here nice and early. The rest of the week also looks fine for soaring, David and I will be away over the bank holiday so any help to keep the flying going would be appreciated.

15 April Strong winds

Winds 130/30, visibility rising to 25K, little cloud

The course has started well. Welcome back to Stephen Wilkinson(The lakes), Mike Bosley(Shobdon) and welcome to John o'Connell (dartmoor).

The week should be steadily improving, Stephen and |Mike getting back in the groove before resolo and John a newbie starting his training with an intensive course.

Dont forget club day, and let me know if you want to join the pie and chips party.

Don

12 April 2019 Last day of course and Johnathan goes solo.

winds easterly and light, cold and thermic from around 11am.

The course continued to make good progress. Johnathan went solo for the first time and Alistair completed his soaring flights for the cross country endorsement.

The more experienced course members were shown some soaring techniques to help find these sometimes elusive thermals.

Aertotow training for Collin and Lawrence was started today.

meanwhile the Sportability group, headed by Mike Weston and supported by Robin enjoyed themselves. Thanks to everyone for making the event a success.

Lets hope these good soaring conditions are here for the summer. The first picture shows John after his first solo---dont ask him to talk about the stick song!

11 April Another day in paradise

surface winds 050/10, thermals to 3500QFE blue for part

Another good day, well done rex for achieving his 2 hour soaring flight, Alistair for his one hour soaring flight and Jamie for his first landings.

Another good day tomorrow, the Sportability group will be here so any assistance will be appreciated.

The pictures show the glorious morning sky and Rex preparing for his record breaking flight (either that or he is preparing to become a Borg drone)

10 April At last, some soaring

Winds 070/15 cloud bases rising to 3000ft QFE , Good thermals from around 11am.

A busy day on the airfield with 2 courses and the club members. Tony Hayes dusted off the DG500 and took the club pilots for a trip i that, meanwhile Doug and I continued to look after the 6 course members.

Winchie Dave struggled through all day without a break, I think we need more winch drivers roll up guys Dave can show you how to winch.

A couple of more adventurous pilots went off cross country Phil Walker checked out the Welsh hills and ken took Lawrence on a little local cross country.

Thanks to the UWE students who energetically helped us keep the launch rate up, we couldnt have managed without you.

The day ended with a brief on launching followed by Pie and chips in the clubroom.

Another good day is expected tomorrow.

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