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15m Nationals

Here is a newsletter to members for the 15m Nationals to be held at Aston Down from 22nd to 30th August. The competition website is the place to go for news, results and pictures from the event.
Comp newsletter 100709.pdf

Kemble Air Show

Here are some pictures from Kemble Air Show
When I grow up I want to be a pilot Plenty of interest Guy Westgate not upsetting the tug This could get messy

40 Years Flying

David Roberts celebrated 40 years of gliding on Tuesday 19th May.
His first flight was 4 minutes in a T21 at Bicester.
The 40th anniversary flight was an out & return from Sisteron to Mont Blanc / Chamonix in a Duo Discus.
490km in 4h 15min.

Mike Pirie

Mike Pirie is on the mend and came to Aston Down today (26 April) for several flights.


Use of Track as a Short-cut

It has come to the Committees attention that an ever increasing number of members, some very senior, are using the track by the caravans as a short cut to the cross runway / peri track. This must STOP immediately. The farmer has kindly allowed us to use this track for the purposes of towing gliders only and all other use is against the agreement. The farmer will not tolerate continued abuse of this privilege. If we lose this track for the tow out of gliders then it will be very inconvenient for everyone. If you have any queries, please speak to a member of the Committee.

Even more simulator progress

Chris H (and Chris G, out of shot fitting the potentiometers to the control rods) hard at work fitting out the cockpit...


Simulator progress

The priming and paint work on the simulator was completed by Chris Huck last weekend with impressive results! Work can now begin on fitting the instrument flat screen and the switch panel, together with the final connections for the potentiometers (the interface between the controls and the joystick controller). When we can get the wiring complete, we're hoping to perform the "first flight" towards the end of the easter weekend.


Lara's first solo


Lara Small with instructor Richard Kill after her first solo

Norway wave camp

David Roberts has again been to the wave camp at Vågå.
Vågå wave camp
More pictures here. See if you can spot David pretending to be a glider.

Evening Lectures

Start time for the lectures is 7.15.

Richard Kill has offered to lay on nibbles for £3 per head.

Date Subject Instructor Content Notes
20th March Bronze and Beyond CFI
Geoff Dixon

Maps and Navigation
Basic Meteorology

3rd April Safety Evening CFI
Tim Barnes
Mike Randle

General lecture
Soaring Protocol
Human Performance

24th April Cross Country Gliding Paul Gentil
Robin Birch
Flight Planning
1st May Cross Country Gliding Doug Gardner
Chris Gough
Flying Faster
PDA’s and loggers
8th May Competition Gliding Andy Cockerell Flying your first comp
15th May Bronze and Beyond John McWilliam Use of Radio
29th May Meteorology Geoff Dixon Basic Principles
Better Forecasting
12th June Guest Lecture Guest
26th June Principles of Flight Don Brookman Principles of Glider Flight
10th July Glider Instruments and Construction Robin Birch Flight Instruments
Glider Design and Construction
24th July Wave, Ridge and Mountain Flying John McWilliam Flying in Wave
Flying ridges
Mountain Flying

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