Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Guess the age of the glider. 23 May 2017

A warm front brought with it lower cloud and 1600ft cloudbases. Still thermic but not ideal for cross country.

We welcome Stephane Andre, a visitor from France. Stephane was here to view the Ventus that Alison is selling. A quick site familiarisation and he was off testing his new toy.



Preparations are starting for the  Aero Expo next week. Graham was preparing the Petrel, a very special glider and the only flying example in the world. The Petrel will be on display in the glider hanger during Aero Expo for those interested to have a closer look.





A gull wing built in 1939. The tail number does not relate to either the age of the glider or the age of the pilot. Graham did reveal that the combined ages is quite a large figure---but he didnt give any further details.


The club will be at Hullavington during the Aero Expo, so please come along and enjoy a different airfield. Thats Wednesday 31 May  to the following Sunday.

Flying conditions improved for the evening group. A good turn out and some fun flying.

A good day forecast for tomorrow.

Monday, 22 May 2017

22 May a blue day with strong thermals

A great soaring day with the occasional haze cap. Otherwise blue with

Raymond Freeman from near Henley on Thames enjoyed an introductory course.





I really enjoyed that, its great fun was his remark after the course. Well I thought it was fun too.

More good weather tomorrow

Don

Sunday, 21 May 2017

It's a FES

A new high tech and very elegant arrival in the trailer park.  Jeremy Gilbey and Barry Michael with their new Shark FES.  Yes, apparently it really boosts your cross country performance if you join the Flat Earth Society.
I thought you said the batteries were charged up !
For those not up to speed on the latest gliding tech - FES = Front Electric Sustainer.  The glider has a small electric motor and propellor enabling it to glide on for an hour after the last thermal has fizzled out.  An easy way to avoid a landout on a cross country flight.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

First solo in a real glider

Congratulations to Luke Bishop; first solo in a real glider today. Luke came back to gliding last year having previously been solo in an ATC motor glider about 12 years ago. Luke says it is easier with an engine but, now he has mastered gliding, I'm sure he won't be needing one.


More from the film set

On Wednesday Booker played host to a film crew taking scenes for a major TV drama series to be aired later this year. After a morning taking ground shots at White Waltham they arrived at Booker for some aerial work.
 
Who's that man?

Beards R Us

How many people does it take to........?




Hero or villain?


Thanks to Richard Martyn for use of his beautiful K6 and to Robin Willgoss and Mike Sinclair for help on the day.
  

Friday, 12 May 2017

LS7 a new goal for the future

 
Iain Segall and David Parker admire the new LS7. Well it is raining outside and a short break from the lecture room is welcome.

We expect to see David back again to complete his conversion training. Won't be too much longer now, mainly a paperwork exercise.

Don

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Nigel Smith completes his full rating

 
Congratulations to Nigel Smith on successfully completing his full rating test with Richard Crockett. Nigel is an instructor from Halton.

The weather was not inspiring from a soaring point of view but Nigel Smith and David Parker (our visitor from Dartmoor) took full advantage of the quiet airfield to get their training done.

Don

Graham grows a beard

What a great day. First launch at 8 am Graham certainly didn't have a beard when he flew Richard Martyn's beautiful K6 behind the Pawnee. A few hours later he reappeared (having been to White Waltham) and had grown a splendid bush. He then made a few more flights in the K6 for the benefit of the film crew which was filming scenes for a programme we can't name until it's aired.

A blue day, with a strong inversion at 3000ft QFE. A few adventurous flights were made, but many elected to stay within the local area.

David Parker, a trainee from Dartmoor Gliding continued his training in the K21. He made a superb cuppa on the bus cooker. Thanks.

Flying continued into the regular Wednesday evening group.

Don   

Monday, 8 May 2017

A nice day out at Shuttleworth

Yesterday two of our pilots showed off a couple of vintage gliders at an air display at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden. There was a fantastic range of amazing aircraft on display, not least the improbable looking Fauvel flown by Graham Saw and a kitchen chair with wing attached - a Primary - flown by Richard Crockett.


Hooking up the Fauvel


Richard checking his nails before his flight

The record-breaking Comet seen from the Primary

Sunday, 30 April 2017

New gear

Setting out the launch point and hangar packing was made easier yesterday with the introduction of tow out gear for the K21s. It will also be useful for expeditions to sites where there is a long walk back to the other end of the runway.

Steve pondering the weather