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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..

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.

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