Mon/Tues 31st July and 1st Aug – Perkoz visit

A surprise visit to the club on Monday by the SZD team with their SZD-54-2 PERKOZ, on a tour of UK gliding clubs to show off their new product. No flying today, but the glider is on site and they hope to be flying it on Tuesday and giving some of our instructors a chance to try it out, so members who want a look-see please come along on Tuesday. See here for more details […]

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Sunday 30th July 2017

Again surprised to find aircraft being prepared at 0900 given the forecast.  Turned out that Tom’s enthusiasm was forcing Russ to prepare the field! Following checks Tom flew the K21 under a vaguely soarable sky and then they put the kit away.  Later in the afternoon a couple of trial lessons were completed between the showers with Rob in the back seat and Graham towing, having previously visited Aston Down to help in their final […]

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Saturday 29th July 2017

Given the forecast there was more life than I expected at the launch point.  Tim introduced a new member and potential instructor to the site and then worked with Alex before sending him solo.  Chris Edwards and I managed the rest of the list whilst Will and others flew EKF and the K8.  Seb, Xtophe and Nick set about the fuel cut-off system on the recalcitrant, currently off duty, winch.  Oli drove the other winch. […]

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Tues 25th July Task Week-Day 2

A better looking start to the day with low early Cu, however this dissipated to make it almost unsoarable locally until after midday. An extremely mixed soaring day ensued with very patchy climbs under what looked like good Cu, which got ever bigger as the day progressed to produce some isolated very heavy showers by late afternoon. Several people got round the 287k ‘A’ Class task of Bridgenorth-Hereford-Stratford, whch was won by Pete Startup (Northill) […]

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Mon 24th July Tsk Week-Day1

A rather intimidating start with a brisk northerly making launches exciting. ‘A’ class were set 214k  to Lower Clopton  then Westbury. A rather overcast sky discouraged early starts and a few trickled off up the ridges using the patchy ridge-boosted thermals. By mid afternoon, the skies opened up a bit with reasonable cu to 3,500ft enabling some attempts at the final TP, but made difficult by the return into wind, Day winner was Pete Startup […]

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Sat 21st July – Warning, geeks at work!

Work continued on our new network on Saturday with Christophe and Julian busy plugging and unplugging cat 5 cables, then wondering why stuff had stopped working, then fixing it again, then breaking it again, then fixing it…..  and so on till early evening! We have now plugged everything into the new cabling system and got it working on the satellite link alongside the new wireless network. The old wireless network and some of the cabling […]

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Thursday Evening – 20th July

A break from glider maintenance for the Thursday evening party as we flew one of the few Trial Lesson parties this year. Many thanks to the “normal” Thursday evening crew on the ground, plus Andy, Elaine & Roy. Carol & Kevin flew, Maatey stood in for Ian Hey in the tug while Ian shuffled tugs around the country for the AD comps. Andrew Ward cooked and discovered a complete lack of dessert bowls. Is this […]

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Sunday 16th

Not a very inspiring start, with lots of low cloud, but enough breaks in the stratus to get the Big Grob out & to get the kit DI’d. The prospects for aerotowing were slim enough to cancel trial lessons so the tug stayed in the hangar all day. Thanks to Douggie for standing in for the AWOL winch driver. As the cloud lifted and broke enough to winch the toys were taken to the launchpoint […]

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Sunday 16th July 2017

Last week I was described as the Team Captain.  This week I assumed the role of Gardener (3rd class) in charge of mowing the lawn and the limited areas Head Groundsman Richard could not reach with the topper. A slow start led to a quiet day on the flying front with both Dan Tierney and Tom Bungard converting to EKF under Kevin’s direction.  Douggie drove both winches whilst Nick readied the tug and then went […]

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Thursday 13th July

A steady day instructing with a light southwesterly and some brief periods of local soaring, but only a lonely P70 being flown. Everyone got flown to a standstill by 15:30, so we packed up. Congratulations to Tom Bungard on his first (Glider) solo..!

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