Saturday 18th Nov

A grey but mostly dry start. The toys were extracted and DI’d but then repacked when the first bits of drizzle started. The forecast was for the drizzle to clear about lunchtime, so everyone held on looking hopeful. The drizzle did stop just after lunch, but unfortunately was replaced by proper rain. The monopoly players moved upstairs to play pool but when the airfield finally disappeared with cloud down on the ground the duty instructor […]

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A grand day out in November.

A day of firsts. A lovely Autumn day – 4 mile highs conducted by Dave Parsons on his first day out as BI – another first; Nick Wall flew his new glider; -Ray Payne and Jimmy Young fettled their new gliders. 19 instructional flights and 14 solo flights – one of them another first solo (congratulations to Henry Mo). Thanks to Andy Smart and to Tommy for the launches. Thanks to Dave Ascroft for a busy days instructing. Don’t forget fireworks […]

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Wednesday 14 November

0850hrs, slight precipitation but no mist or cloud with a temperature of 11C as I arrived. Discussed the pilots booked for the day and agreed that we would be able to fly within the next hour or so. Daphne notified the prospective pilots of the plan for the day. Tommy was alerted and told of the days plan. I opened the hangar doors, fitted the battery in P70, collected the parachutes and checked the DI […]

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Bristol University Aeronautical Students & Jimmy

Sid, Ian Hey,Jimmy Young and Steve facilitated the airborne field trip / outside / airside / aeronautical lectures – either that or negated the requirement for them – We quickly remembered our how to speak English to non-mother tonguers.  Went well – all 7 flown by 1320 included multiple half hour flights in wave – only one sick bag and one weak link to be replaced. Sid appeared to be only mildly dssapointed when his rain […]

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Thursday 16th November

A group of 7 Bristol Uni Aerospace students for some practical aviation experience. With the forecast for rain by 13:00 (I was 30mins out – it rained at 13:30), we pushed as hard as we could and got them all flown. Interestingly it was waving quite well up to that point and we had to aerobat or spin down from each flight..! Thanks to Steve ‘Street Pasta’ Eyles for helping instruct and Ian for tugging. […]

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Sat 11th November

A lot of low clouds and drizzle. So the activities were in the workshops. Steve T., Nick B. and Jimmy Y. annualed their new ASW20. Kevin N. changed winch hook in the little Discus. Seb S., Jon and Christophe chased false contact in winch #1 and then drew a wiring diagram. The students played Momopoly A fair few had take-away Indian afterwards  

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November!

A lovely day, all 3 two seaters were busy with both winch and aero-tow, as were the Astir and baby Grob. The duty team were very active with lots of P2’s and trial lessons. Thanks to the maintenance team for getting the DG quickly back in action and to the winch crew for an emergency winch swap this morning. Plenty of single seaters out, including a couple of welcome visitors from Lasham. The ridge only […]

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4th November 2017

Congratulations to George Jones who started his BI career with a number of safely completed flights.  The first person to benefit from the fully funded instructor scheme. Whilst Graham and I did the odd flight, it was Alison who was busy for most of the day.  We were Aerotow only as the winch decided it didn’t want to play ball.  Thanks to Douggie, Seb and Neil who worked all afternoon to sort it and assure […]

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Sunday 29th Oct

Lots of people around. Uni students, returning trial lessons, check flight and a few private owners. The ridge worked at first until disturbed my thermals. People seems to be able to stay aloft but I mainly stayed at cable break height. We flew until sunset. Thanks to Gavin and Oli Summerell in the winch and Chris E for the tows.

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Saturday 28th October

A surprisingly good day for the patient. A small number of private gliders came out to join the 2-seaters, the baby Grob, HXM and two K8s. The impatient pilots, including myself and met man Sid, had fairly brief attempts at soaring. A couple of people tried Aerotowing or turboing into the wave but to no avail. Those who were patient enough to wait for the weather to improve, as forecast, were rewarded with quite a […]

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