Wednesday & Thursday 20 & 21 May

Wednesday was hot and blue to a maximum of around 3000 feet.  Most people found it unpleasantly hot in the air though reasonably soarable.  A weak cold front went through overnight and Thursday had cumulus at up to 4,500 feet with good thermals between 11.30 and 4.00 with a complete shutoff at 5.00 as the next front approached, preventing 500 Km but leaving plenty of time for 300.  All this was well forecast by Sid […]

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Corvid 19 Policy 28/3/20

The latest Corvid-19 policy and arrangements can be found here. To assist the club members are asked to ensure that there club flying accounts are cleared (or in credit) ASAP. Please remember memberships are due on 1st April. Your Committee strongly urges you to renew your existing membership category in full on the due date of 1st April. Whilst BGGC is a limited company, it is not a normal commercial operation trading for profit. We are a Members […]

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Monday 23rd March update

I am sure that many of you like me will have watched the Prime Minister this evening announcing even tougher measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  The latest measures are a virtual lock down with non essential shops closed and people required to stay at home and only leave home to buy essential supplies, for exercise and to work if unable to work at home. Whilst your Committee digests the latest measures and regulatory impact […]

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Sunday 22 March – Flying Suspended until further notice

Reflecting the rapidly worsening Coronavirus Covid-19 situation, the recent hardening of government guidance on social distancing for everybody and the requirement to avoid all non essential travel, your Committee has unanimously decided to suspend all flying operations at BGGC with immediate effect until further notice. Members may continue to access the airfield for maintenance purposes. Members may continue to use club workshop facilities for maintenance purposes, preferably one person at a time or in groups of two […]

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New Season

It’s good to be back! It was a glorious day, and on my first day of this years tenure I enjoyed a couple of hours soaring with Tim Cunningham, who has returned after a 2 1/2 year absence. Trevor S flew a 300km to Crewe, Dave A flew to Hereford, Julian flew a few hours to the south. Andy D took a late afternoon launch north and John T had some local soaring. If it’s […]

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Wed 26th Feb – Ridge, wave and thermal!

At last some sunshine, albeit a cold and breezy start. Still after the awful winter so far it encouraged few members and one visitor to turn up and rig, and Dave A. got the DG505 out to give a some trips up the ridge. The weather turned out a bit better than forecast, with a moderate / occasionally brisk NW wind and the odd snow/sleet shower. Graham led the way into wave, others did the […]

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25th / 26th January 2020

Saturday With a couple of trainees looking to fly Xtophe prepared the field when it was just flyable.  However by the time he was ready to launch the windmill had disappeared and the winch was fading from view.  So the toys went away. After that it became apparent that Kevin had got  the K21 into a state where it was ready to leave its place of warmth, hence so every thing came out including 2x […]

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Tuesday 21st Jan

Despite the frost, surprisingly warm in the bright sunshine and very picturesque flying, with fog in some of the valleys. One Trial Lesson, who we may well see again (he bought a logbook), two annual check flights for Brian and Simon did a circuit to keep current. Shame we didn’t have more trade. Sid

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Saturday 18th January 2020

For the first time in ages and ages we likely have  a number of flyable days in a row.  The BBC described it as the first substantial (1047 mbar) anti-cyclone since September. Steve Moss, Harry Bloxham and Norman Parry completed annual checks all having not flown in gliders for a little while.  All demonstrated they could still fly.  On the training front Peiman and Patrick both progressed.  A small handful of private gliders appeared, interesting […]

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