Sunday 13th Oct

Early rain prevented any flying and boosted the turnover of the cafe as the few hardy souls drank tea and waited for any chance of a clearance before abandoning just before lunch. Just after lunch things dried up a little to enable Tim, Kevin, Carol & Julian to start derigging the DG505 for its Annual / ARC / 6000hr inspection & refurbishment of the pins / bearings on the 20 m Tips. Just as this […]

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Thursday Evening Party 10th of October

Some big GROB trailer work had been done in the day on Tuesday by Pete and Andrew when rain stopped any chance of flying. On the Thursday evening Ian and Christophe carried on with the big GROB trailer not to much more to do now. Tony and Andrew worked on buggies with Pete cooking Chilli and rice with apple pie and custard for dessert. Works manager Ralf checking on the work.

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Evening Party 3rd of October

Even less people this Thursday with holiday for some. Tony worked on a buggy removing the head. Christophe, and Andrew worked on the K21 undercarriage. Ian on the big GROB as well as cooking spaghetti bolognese and crumble for dessert. Christophe needs to improve at hide and seek 🙂

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Saturday 28th September

It may not have been practical to fly at NYM but it didn’t stop the Royal Air Squadron Spirit of Aviation fly-in, picnic and BBQ with Steve K, Steve Eyles and myself visiting. Steve K flew in something fairly conservative whilst magician Steve and I went for something a little less so.  The first time I have flown backwards, the string really was going the wrong way, or down the strip inverted and very low, […]

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Brize Norton Update

There is an update on the BGA site concerning the latest design proposed by Brize for additional airspace. While this has been changed in our favour to an extent it involves the use of a new type of airsapce “Class-E+ Conspicuity”. Some further minor changes may be made, but this design is expected to be “near final”. No further general consultation is planned although there may be stakeholder meetings. See BGA comments here. Note that […]

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Evening Parties – Thurs 19th / Fri 20th Sept

Thursday evening / Friday morning, all hands to the pumps to get the K8 sorted. Ian, Tony & Kevin all worked on the Wings, Tailplane & Fus respectively and the Annual was pretty much completed. In the other workshop Andy W continued with the Big Grob trailer. Andy & Elaine brought the K21 undercarriage back from it’s trip to Winchester. Xtophe cooked dinner & painted the undercarriage (Pretty sure he got them the right way […]

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Sunday 22nd Sept

Understandably rather deserted today with rain and low cloud. The arrangements for midweek Instructing over the winter period were discussed and agreed , while Xtophe struggled to reassemble the K21 mainwheel suspension. Duty team left at lunchtime.

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Summer’s Over! – but September weather is not that bad!

The last Dedicated Learning Week of the year has been and gone. Tim Petty (from North Hill), Pete Gill (Camphill) and Pete Doherty all had productive flying days in sometimes challenging cloud conditions. All went away smiling! This week we have had some good local soaring so far, and yesterday I flew the Vicar of Dursley over his Parish! Be sure to take advantage of the next few weeks, if you require refresher training. I […]

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Evening Parties – Thurs 12th / Friday 13th

Another busy Thursday with work progressing on the Big Grob trailer and the K8. The trailer is still nearly there with just a few tweaks required before the cladding goes back. Kevin worked on the Fus of the K8, Ian H on the wings and the Gillett family sorted the tailplane & elevator. Mostly paperwork & reassembly needed before the Annual is complete. Hopefully we will be able to rig & measure deflections next weekend […]

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Sunday 8th Sept

A day of two halves The start of the day was less promising than forecast, but a substantial grid squatted & waited for things to improve. Kevin started the day in the big grob, with check flights for Cadet Patrick Riggall who then flew P70 solo for the first time (x2). David Jesty flew the DG505 with Liam. Kevin then prised Patrick back out of P70 for check flights with Tibor after a bit of […]

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