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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Wednesday 12th July

Last week I supervised the team captain’s ab-initio class while he was away receiving a stern lecture from the head master, and missed out on the first XIV’s unexpected and spectacular away-day down south. Yesterday, thanks to Zeus, the fickle, capricious and impulsive weather god, I missed out on an even better day. The whole school turned out for a trip northward and returned with many tales of escape velocity climbs and fabulous x-country speeds. […]

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Wednesday 12th July 2017

A grim sky greeted what was probably the largest grid of the year.  However by 1100 things started to change.  Tasks into Wales, East Anglia and various other places were set and achieved under what became a booming sky.  Chris instructed all day working on Bronze checks and much else.  Gerellyn drove the tug and Tommy the winch.  Jon Timpany flew a number of trial lessons. Congratulations to George Jones who landed at 1815 having […]

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Wed 12 July

A rather dismal start but lots of people drawn up by the optimistic forecast on Tues night. As it turned out it was (eventually) a lovely day with the launching, launchpoint and instructing teams all busy. Thanks to Geralyn, Chris, Tommy and everyone who helped A good grid of XC gliders, many 300kms done to Cambridge area, and maybe  a few 500s as well – check the ladder for details. A good day for this […]

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Saturday 8th July

No one to instruct.  A number of worried pupils and trial lessons booked so couldn’t rig. Congratulations to Ben who soloed, Simon Cooksey who completed a 2 hour plus soaring flight and Nick Baldock who completed his Bronze flying test.  Flying stopped at 1800 when I ran out of steam. Tasks to Ely and Alton completed by those flying XC. Thanks to Chris for lending a hand, Andy for tugging and Oli for winching.  Around […]

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Thursday 6th July

Serene, yes that’s the word. It was serene, with the calm broken only by the pitter-patter of a determined tyro BI practicing his spiel – I have control, you have control, they have control, no one has control (oops). New soloist, Simon Cooksey helped with the launches and had enough time manage a few optimistic attempts at soaring in the 102. CJE

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Sunday 2nd July

Had a certain CFI not been caught behaving like Jeremy Clarkson. And had he not chosen to take the softie reprimand of a speed awareness course on Sunday July 2nd, I too could have had a good day out down south. As it was it was another day in the rear of the K21 –  Talis vita est. On a positive note, there was plenty of local soaring for the ab initios, a long queue […]

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June 29th

This island in the North Atlantic enjoys weather for honing and magnifying the strength and resolve of its sons. Three came early and we were airborne at 10.20. There was just enough room for us between cloudbase and the ground. Nalin, Rich and Tom B proved their keenness and stamina by piloting and launching fifteen flights and demonstrating some nice flying. Tommy gave us faultless launches. It didn’t rain very much. Alan

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