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9 April Alistair and Rex resolo

Winds 070/20, low cloud to start, rising to 2000ft QFE

Another excellent training day, with everyone having loads of fun.

John introduced us to the "stick song", the words are very easy to follow!

Well done to Alistair and Rex for resolo today, not bad when you consider the weather. The pictures show Alistair beside the K13 and Doug and Alistair discussing technical stuff.

The next few days will be chilly but much improved for training.

Club day tomorrow, and pie and chips after flying.

Don

8 April a busy course week starts with low cloud

winds 090/15 reducing through the day. poor visibility and cloudbases around 400ft QFE

6 people on the course this week, and Doug gardiner is helping with the instruction.

Most of the day was used to put Rex and John lampier through their paces with launch failure practice. Doug took Alistair and Jamie Lomax off to the simulator, where they happily flew circuits in the bright sunshine!

A slight hiccup today when one of the winches decided not to work, leaving us with cables out and no working engine. Thanks to everyone Richard, Tom and dave for stepping in to help us out of that fix.

The day ended with a convivial meal in the clubroom, looking forward to better weather tomorrow.

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.

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