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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.

22 March 2019 Last day of the first course week

Cloudbases rising during the day to 2000ft +, winds 230/20 at height. 7/8 cloud cover

Another great day,

The K13 came out for an airing and Alistair learnt about spinning and recoveries before going off solo in the K13.

Eric and David continued practice with the K18 and using the logger.

Howard reached his goal by flying several good unprompted circuits.

Barry Taylor joined us and completed his annual flight reviews before converting to the K18. Always worth asking during the week, if we have spare capacity 2 seater training is always possible.

Back at the ranch Mike Randle completed the Arc on the K23 in readiness for the weekend---thanks Mike.

We all went home happy but tired, a very successful first week. The picture shows the team for Friday.

I will be at Talgarth next week helping coach on the Royal navy adventure training week. If anyone fancies a day ot two out---please contact me and I will try to squeeze you in for some hill soaring training.

Don

21 March 2019

wind 210/05, low cloud to start, visisbility 25Kcloud bases rising to 1500ft QFE

Another really good day.

the course doing well with Howard getting to grips with circuit planning and Alistair reinforcing his solo flying.

good to see some club members here. Adrian Giles took the opportunity to try out the K18. barry Taylor popped in for a few hours to say hello and lend a hand.

the evening briefing was Spinning and how to recover, ready for tomorrow,

A convivial dinner in the club room cooked by david, most enjoyable

Wednesday 20 March club day and Alistair Worsley goes solo

wind 230/10 with low cloud to start. Cloud lifting later to around 1500ft.

Good to see so many club members out and taking advantage of the improved weather.

The course is progressing well and Alistair Worsley went solo for the first time, congratulations to him.

Pat and Roger kept the club show on the road and several pilots had refresher flights and resoloed after a winter break. Simon 9our CFI) undertook a number of refresher flights in the k13.

The pictures show Alistair preparing to launch and Collin being helped to refit the K13 canopy after it accidentally slipped forward off its pins.

19 March Dave and Eric convert to the K18

winds 250/15, low cloud to start lifting pm.Early mist.

Another great day, Alistair and Howard are now flying unprompted circuits and have practised a wide range of stalls and unusual attitude rcovery.

Eric and David flew the K18 for the first time, well done to them. many thanks to Robin for help and advice.

Club day tomorrow, and spag bol for those that fancy it (after flying)

Monday 18 March First 5 day course of 2019

winds 260/10 good visibility and cloud bases lowering to 1100ft at times with light rain

Welcome to Howard Bunn ( a returnee from last year) Alistair Worsley (a newbie to CGC) Eric Lomas and David Hart who are CGC solo pilots.

We managed to get flying and Eric and David resoloed after a winter break. Alistair and Howard pressed on with the presolo syllabus.

Briefing in the evening was on approach control followed by a pleasant meal in the club room.

Wednesday 13th and Storm Gareth is on us.

Strong winds, 40 knots at flying heights and gusty.

Despite that, I am always amazed at the many different activities happening around the club.

Dave Roberts , Roger Bagley and directors of Aston down farms are deep in conversation unravelling the intricacies of the club finances and CASC.

Simon our CFI meanwhile giving us guidance on various changes within operations.

Richard fixing stuff and planning what he is going to fix next.

Robin Birch quietly humming to himself while he fettles gliders.

A few club members chatting amiably in a corner,

Mike and assistant from Skylaunch now servicing the 2nd winch.

Welcome to Grant Needham who has returned from his overseas travel in his mobile home (5000 miles worth of travelling).

Dave, Gill and I continue to prepare for the season start on Monday.-----A quiet day really! Thanks everyone, where would be without you.

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Wind rain and sunshine. We had it all today.

The usual suspects floating around the club and making sure it all runs smoothly.

Gill Dave and I are busy getting everything in place for the new course season that starts on Monday.

The weather for club day tomorrow is lloking a little problematic, but there will be classroom training available if flying is not possible. Dont be shy, come along and join in.

Meanwhile Mike and his team from skylaunch have been busy servicing the winches and Mike treated some of us to a mini masterclass in winches and winch systems. Very interesting, thanks Mike. The servicing of the 2nd winch will happen tomorrow and some trials are planned for Thursday.

Sunday 3rd March

Sorry, no chance of flying today, rain with strong winds later.

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