Sat 15th June

Veni…Vidi… Lavi… (Nearest I could get to ‘scrubbed’ in Latin). A full Launch & Instructing team on hand, but no takers – not surprising given the steady drizzle and brisk southerly..! Will this never end..? Sid

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Sunday 9th June

O come sweet June, my lovely June, the month when first the roses bloom …, or so the poet says.   For us gliding folks June is absent, perhaps attending an Extinction Rebellion summit, and leaving her fickle sister April in charge.  The thought of April in command didn’t deter the large number of cadets, students and trial lessons from turning up.  We flew almost all, apart from Sam, Eddy and cheerful Kirsty who were thwarted […]

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Sunday 2nd June – Club Class Conclusion

Thursday 30th/ Friday 31st – Scrubbed and scrubbed. Saturday 1st June.  Started hopefully but as the top cover increased and the expected heating didn’t happen things looked less attractive.  Later things started to get going allowing an optimistic (190km) task to be started.  Optimistic because despite wave in the start area everyone landed out, one within 7k of the finish.  Tim and Steve did well. A fun week despite limited flying and loads of landouts.

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Wednesday 29th May – Club Class Update

Sat 25th.  Steve, Alison, Xtophe, Tim and myself lined up with a guest appearance from ‘sniffer’ James. HusBos- Buckingham – Elkstone, 250km.  Initially all seemed OK, however the weather shot 31 out of 32 down, most within 20km of home.  Xtophe came a creditable 3rd with Steve, Alison and myself 7km from home. Sun 25th.  Scrubbed. Mon 26th.  Marlborough – Radstock – Mere, 187km.  Really hardwork with 20+knot westerly.  Only I got back out of […]

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Dedicated learning week 2

So, with an uncertain start to the week weatherwise, we’ve had a glorious week, full of hot sunny, thermic flying days. Lots of long soaring flights had by all. Peiman Moradi is enjoying his solo and beyond package, and has made great progress. Dave Sproxton has returned to gliding after a long lay-off, and was also sent solo (twice!). Robin Looms is a PPL holding commercial pilot, and after conquering the use of the rudder […]

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Sunday 19th May

The day after the night before.  Quiet after the awards evening. Training, a full set of trial lessons, Tibor converted to the K8.  Mark, Max and Eddy progressed their training.  Jacob woke me up with a launch failure choice leading to an exciting half a circuit. Rob continues to consider the virtues of the next step on  the instructor ladder. Graham flew the Eurofox, Chris lent a hand instructing and Xtophe drove the winch. Dave […]

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XC Grid Rota

Just in case you are wondering if it is worth getting up early for the “Grid” at a weekend, you can now find the grid rota (and the grid rules) on https://bggc.co.uk/members/club-operations/cross-country/

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Dedicated learning week

Friday 3rd May saw the last day of this years first dedicated learning week. Since Wednesday, rain has been forecast, but yet again today the spectre failed to materialise (well, not quite! there was an interesting interlude late afternoon, with some very heavy rain making an appearance!). Conditions were generally great for training, and Simon Ford had a 2nd solo. Dick Moore finished the week having made great progress, including aerotowing, thermalling to 4,000′, flying away […]

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Flying around the rain

Thursday 2nd started with a forecast of rain all day. All looked good first thing though, so we decided to make the most of the first hour and a half before it arrived. 6 x flights in, and we retired to the cafe for tea and cake (slight drizzle in play). after reconvening, we managed another 6 and retrieved to the bus just in time to avoid the heavens opening! After considering another 2 x […]

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Wednesday 1st May

Tuesday saw a dozen single seaters achieving successful tasks as far as Gransden (no land outs, but at least one engine start!), and the dedicated learning week made progress in often poor visibility. So today (Wednesday) the forecast was rain, and lots of it. However, it started bright so we set the field up, and after yesterdays activity we had the airfield to ourselves. We launched ASAP to take advantage of the better conditions, and […]

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