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Cotswold Airport Scholarship Day

On Tuesday the club again took part in Cotswold Airport's scholarship program by introducing the 10 scholars to gliding. The feedback suggests that they all had a great day with all of them experiencing soaring flights. Quite a few of the scholars had only flown in commercial airplanes before so it was really satisfying to be able to introduce them to 'real' flying. They were also kept busy in retrieving gliders, helping at the launchpoint, visits to the winch and having to think about the questions posed by Simon and myself at any time we were on the ground. The scholars were at the start of a 2 week program which includes aerobatics, drone flying, helicopters, flex wing as well as visits to Brize Norton and other aviation companies. This is a fantastic program open to 14-18 year olds and more details can be found at -

Many thanks to Simon Buckley, Roger Smith, David Roberts, David Hart and anyone else that helped on the day. (I know there are only 9 scholars in the picture, one was still at the winch!)

5th August

Another excellent soaring day - perhaps the last of this exceptional summer?

Two flights over 400 Km were flown by Andy Smith and John Macwilliam.

Craig Mustowe completed the navigation part of his Cross-country Endorsement in the DG500

6 August

winds 250/10, visibility 30K

Welcome to Alison Elliott, Roger Johnson and Brian McDermid.

3 August last day of course

thermals late starting winds light NW

bacon sarnies on the bus at 8 am, first launch before 8.

Patrick Moran resoloed, Brian McDermid converted to the ASK23 and Max now flying unprompted flights and very close to solo.

The launch point was busy with many club members trying to soar in the difficult conditions and getting relaunches. Meanwhile a K8 from Nympsfield taunted us by soaring happily before landing at Aston Down. A total of 3 gliders from Nympsfield arrived during the day.

Our new CFI Simon Lucas popped in to see us , we all offer our thanks for the work Gerry Holden, our outgoing CFI, did for us.

1 August Grant off on his travels

210/15 thermals to about 4000ft QFE

A busy club day, the T21 came out for an airing and Robin and Tony Parker spent the day flying it and taking visitors up for a treat.

The soaring conditions were delayed by top cover which reduced the thermal strengths.

The regular Wednesday team helped keep the launchpoint operating smoothly, thanks in particular to Paul who managed to get trapped on the logkeeping all day. Lesley popped in for a flying visit, great to see her.

The course did well, spinning in the K13 was the order of the day for Brian and Patrick, meanwhile Max is getting to grips with circuits.

The outlook for Thursday is not so great for soaring, frontal systems have changed the picture somewhat. Briefing is planned for 7am and last launch 15.45.

Friday looks like some modest local soaring pm. Last launch still 16.00hrs.

Dinner at the tunnel house later was very pleasant.

31 July another good soaring day

220/15. cloudbases rising to 5000ft QNH

A very quiet morning before the thermals started going. Lots of lone pilots arrived for a launch and the course guys stepped up and got them launched with very few complaints---well done to the course guys who in some cases have less than 2 days experience, also thanks to those who stopped to give us a hand.

Everyone on the course had a decent soaring flight and some soaring training. The evening briefing was on finding and making good use of a thermal.

The evening flying group was busy again, flying visitors on flight experiences.

Wednesday will be good soaring, club day, Grant Needham sets off on his travels, cycling in the evening, and the course dinner at the Tunnel House.

Thursday will be more good soaring and Davids birthday.

Friday good pm and last launch 4 pm

30 July a new course begins.

Winds 200/20, isolated showers of rain cloudbases 1500-2500 QNH.

The fibre optic cable for the internet has been replaced and fingers crossed it will now be trouble free. Thanks to Matt for organising it and supervising the BT crew.

The new course starts today with Patrick Moran and his son (Max) and Brian McDermid. Patrick is a repeat course member as is Brian.,---both working towards bronze C.

Brian McDermid and his wife Pauline have joined the club now and will bring their caravan to AD this week.

The outlook for tomorrow is still breezy but flyable, winds easing for Wednesday. Both days should be good soaring.

29 July Internet back on--very breezy day

Thanks to the efforts of Matt Page the internet is now back on while BT try to figure out why the new optic line is not working.

The course went well. Bob Carter went solo again his daughter Isabel is now an "unprompted pilot". Charlie Palmer, another junior is now the "handling pilot" as is Solomon Hodson (nephew to Adrian Giles). Many thanks to all the helpers this week, we couldnt have had a successful week without you.

You might notice the bus coolant level glass is now clear so it can be used properly, Tim Brailsford busied himself with this task on Saturday. Sadly no flying on Saturday due to the weather.

Sunday weather was dreadful, synoptic chart shown below.

The week ahead will show steadily improving weather, a new course starts on Monday, cycling on the airfield on Wednesday evening.

Grant Needham will be leaving us on Wednesday to start is motorhome tour of Europe, I am sure everyone will join me in a vote of thanks for his background support and wish him a safe tour.

20 July Matthew and Ben go solo

winds 240/05, visibility 30K

Lots of helicopter activity today, and some very good soaring.

Good to see so many club members out flying the club single seaters.

Very well done to Ben and Matthew Mc Evoy who went solo today.

18th Club day, its all about teamwork

very light winds and a soaring window from around 10 am to 5pm

Roger Bagley got the club flying underway and the course continued into another very long day.

Notam class D airspace nailed us to the ground in the morning, and a 2nd Notam appeared mid afternoon to limit our activities for a little under an hour.

It was a day for things to be repaired and that is when the team kicked into action. The pics tell it all, the bus main and auxialiary batteries were giving trouble with a quick fix from Richard and Tom, Robin did a pit stop on the K21 to get the brakes wirelocked properly, meanwhile ben and Matthew rigged up an alternative signalling system. A repair to the K21 tail dolly---it gets a lot of wear when we are doing launch failures and the electric buggy ran out of electrons and needed to be towed home. Thanks everyone for keeping smiling and keeping us flying---phew what a day.

Austin Rose completed his 2nd soaring flight for the cross country endorsement and all the course guys are now flying unprompted flights.

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