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Saturday 6th April

A cold brisk easterly wind saw us launching from runway 09 with the usual restrictions of that end. A good few hardy souls were rewarded with some sunshine and thermals to over 3000 feet by the end of the afternoon. Longest flight over 2 hours (Discus) with the K18 also having a few long soaring flights. The DG500 aerotowed off to Nympsfield in support of the Junior winter series weekend there.

5 April last day of club week

Winds still strong SE but easing through the day with thermals to a 1500ft cloudbase.

using runway 09. the weather was too unreliable for Peter Francis to make the trip up from Kent, so he sensibly decided to reschedule.

Meanwhile lots of trailer repairs going on in the butts and Roger Smith, Etan Maya and David hart ventured out to fly and brush up their skills.

Picture shows Roger explaining to Etan the general principles of a daily Inspection.

Don

4 April 2019 Fun day but very wet.

Winds 130/35 rain and low cloud

A day for housekeeping and fettling. The sounding shows it all---how does it go? "weathers here--wish you were nice"

The drain repair on the runway has been given a thorough testing today, see picture.

David spent time today getting the winch working properly under the expert guidance of skylaunch. Hopefully we will be able to test it tomorrow.

I now have some training records, so watch out I may be on your case! I want to see plenty of bronze cs and silver legs this year.

Matt and Pete Hibbard were busily studying in preparation for full rating tests later this month. So if you need to know anything about Met or Principles of Flight, their your men. Just look at the scribbled notes.

See you tomorrow

3 April day 3 of first club week

winds 310/10 visibility 30K possible showers of grains of snow low cloud to start

Quiet day with many members put off by the unsettled forecast.

Well done Paul Roberts on his first solo today, (picture shows david taylor giving him a congratulatory hug)

Robin Birch pulled the T21 out so Simon Willis could release the ashes of Harry Willis over the airfield. Harry was an ex member with a varied and distinquished flying career, including a WW2 tail gunner. Thank you Robin for organising that sad event.

Gill persuaded Wayne Rawlings (a member of the fire sevice) to change his plans for a trial lesson into a full membership. Wayne then spent the rest of the day learning the ropes and getting his first flying lessons. Wayne, we are delighted you decided to join us.

The first of our Wednesday night cheap and cheerful dinner was pie and chips, put it in your diary for a wednesday and come and join us.

The end of another great day, hopefully more of the same tomorrow.

Don

2 April unsettled weather day two of club week

winds 300/15 vis 40K cold front passing through to give unstable air pm

Still lots happening at the club. Phil Walker is now measuring up for a wall around the diesel tank, to meet current regulations, and the pad for the new hangar door post is in place.

Meanwhile a small team set about repairing the rather large hole beside the runway, thanks everyone for helping get that important job done.

Not too much flying pm with heavy showers of grains of snow and thunder and lightning (not a good mix with steel winch cables.

Club day tomorrow and pie and chips for anyone interested, and maybe a beer.

See you tomorrow?

Don

1 April "wot a picture"

Chilly day with forecast winds 140/10.Good visibility and cloudbases at 3000ft

no course this week, so come on down if you fancy a day on the airfield,

The course went very well last week a photo opportunity presented itself. See below.

Talgarth was great fun, glorious weather and some exciting rock polishing.

The outlook for this week is for some excellent soaring prospects with perhaps some heavy showers on Thursday pm.Tuesday and Wednesday both look good. Soaring conditions tomorrow between 11 and 3 are rated as excellent, 2 seat soaring training available if required.

Don

Turned out to be a busy afternoon with thermals to 2000ft+

linda and Jim enjoyed their first flights, marten Woodcock completed his refreshers and Alan Thomas converted to the K18.

A convivial beer followed Alan need to learn how to pour beer properly!

Should be good tomorrow after a damp start.

Saturday March 30th

What a busy day!

The poor visibility didn't hamper flying as several private owners ventured out for short soaring flights and in the evening Jean-Benoit (JB) Semichon completed his first solo.

Many thanks to all the duty team members who worked hard all day and gave us 55 flights, possibly the most so far this year. Roll on summertime.

Adrian

Summer Time

After a run of excellent flying days this week, the weather gods decided to mark the start of official summer time with an overcast sky and fresh wind from the East. As the cloudbase went up in the morning, we were able to get the gliders out for some flying on runway 09. A group of keen students kept the launch point running smoothly, making sure everyone got a chance to fly in the challenging conditions. There was a brief window of soarable weather in the afternoon which gave a couple of students their first soaring experience. Two members also completed their winter refreshers. Many thanks to Martin and Richard for driving the winch.

Sunday and Monday

Sunday was a bright day but with a biting wind. The club instructors were kept busy with trial lessons, club flying and the flying part of winter refreshers following the theory briefing in the clubhouse. A few private owners came out to play to enjoy the thermals in the middle part of the day.

Monday was the start of another course for Tony, a former Navy helicopter pilot and a member at Culdrose, Mike a former paraglider and member at Dorset GC and another Mike returning after some previous courses at AD. A little confusing with three Mike's at the launchpoint!. Quite thermic from the first flight though a little broken because of the wind and all the course members enjoyed some lengthy flights with some good visibility throughout the day.
We managed to avoid the B52's that were flying around us on their way in to Fairford.

The forecast for the rest of the week looks good.

...Mike

Saturday 23rd March

A surprisingly good soaring day. Cloudbase 3300 above the airfield and thermal strength up to 3 knots average in places, when the sun came through fully. Upper cloud came and sent which caused the thermals to diminish from time to time. Plenty of soaring flights in the Ka8 and Ka18. 2 private gliders out to play as well.

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