Friday 22nd September

A bright start, but w an increasing southerly meant we were limited to aerotowing. Andy D flew a visitor whilst Tom took a couple of trips in EKF. The main activity in the afternoon saw a dozen pupils from 3 Bristol schools flying as a part of the Spirit of Aviation.  All had an fun time. I think!  They’ll be back in a couple of weeks. Thanks to Andy for the occasionally bumpy tows and […]

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Sunday – 17th September

Grim! However the forecast was always for things to brighten up and various people had enough enthusiasm to hang around doing housekeeping tasks at the club waiting for the cloud to lift. Starting at about 300ft and slowly working its way up the Nympsfield turbine. At lunchtime we decided to tow the Big Grob out as it was considered the most expendable part of the fleet and Kevin was installed in the back as the […]

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Friday Evening – 15th September

With the Equinox rapidly approaching, and Graham off to Sutton Bank next week, this was the last chance for the Friday evening party to fly. As it turned out the light NE wind was producing just enough ridge, wave and thermal for the Big Grob to soar when flown solo by Tom Bungard and the Uni Astir to stay up in the hands of Laurent. Returnee Dave Cooper then had the chance to fly with […]

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Thursday Evening – 14th September

A few little tweaks to the instruments in the front of the K21 with the U/S PZL being replaced with a Winter one. (A spring one to come in a few months?) More tidying of the workshop prior to Annual season starting shortly. The Thursday evening party will now shut down for a few weeks due to holidays, but will start up again with the Annual on the DG505. At the moment the plan is […]

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Thursday Evening – 7th Sept

Lots of rain so no chance of flying Martin calibrated the clubs micrometers & verynear calipers Xtophe played with the K8 electrics after Scott’s travails on the way to Lasham (A new USB power supply is needed) Ian H looked through the glider paperwork to plan the Annual / ARC season. Kevin, Dave P & Andy W tidied the workshop removing the detritus left by the comp to provide a clean space for the upcoming […]

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Sat 2nd September – Summer is here ?

At last a good day at a weekend!  The full Nympsfield grid was present, with around 30 gliders on grid by 9:00 ready to depart XC and the instructing team busy as well. Cloudbase was slow to rise delaying grid launch, but eventually most got away to tasks of 250-300Km to the south coast and Lasham area. The instructing team led by Jake and Alison kept busy into the early evening as a variety of […]

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Thursday Evening – 31st Aug

With no interesting gliders to work on, and no minor issues with the club fleet that won’t wait ’til the Annual/ARC season restarts, we attempted to go flying again. Fortunately the kit had been DI’d earlier in the day so we were able to get started quickly. Unfortunately the rain that had held off earlier in the day retured with a vengeance so we had to stop after a single flight. The big Grob was […]

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Thursday August 31st

A duty day and because of the weather, dark ominous clouds rolling along the west ridge like an All Blacks’ rugby scrum, I was expecting few takers. A cup of tea, a moan about the weather and a cursory circuit or two and that would be it. It wasn’t to be. The advancing All Blacks lost their nerve, the clouds and heavy showers divided like Moses and the Red Sea, revealing broad sunlit uplands. Cloud […]

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The day after the week before

Wow.  Perhaps the most successful Juniors Nationals competition in 10 years finished yesterday after 6 racing days followed by a late night judging by some of those I met this morning, well done to Steve, Steve and the rest of the team and special congratulation to Jake. On the field things returned to normal. Simon and Rob flew a full set of trial lessons with the help of Matte and Nick in the tug. Tommy […]

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