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Sunday 7th August

Roger Banks reports: Huge thanks to everyone who mucked in to help this afternoon, especially Don Brookman and Tim Barnes for being so flexible and alternating between winch driving and instructing. Congrats too, to Ava, who has now soloed on the K13!!! A really nice (albeit blue) day with cloud bases eventuality going up to around 5,000 ‘ locally. Étienne also clocked up a few more solo flights between being one of the most helpful people on the ground.

Well done Ava!

We had a good days flying despite worsening weather. After being put through her paces with simulated launch failures and out of position circuits, Ava Udwadia was sent off on her first solo by Tim Barnes. She acquitted herself with two excellent flights. The resulting smile could be seen in Cirencester. Meanwhile friends Paul and Peter enjoyed a good day's flying on the one day course with Don Brookman on the one day course. Towards the end of the day the wind picked up and the clouds rolled, but this didn't stop Ben Davies showing he is not far behind Ava. Many thanks to Craig Mustoe and David Breeze for driving the winch and Tim Andrews for a long stint on the tow car.

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Saturday 25th June - Rockpolishers Competition

A bit windy for a comp, but spurned on by John McWilliam's boundless optimism the Rockpolishers were sent off to run the cloud streets from Castle Combe to Birdlip. The pilots had to batter their way into a 20knot headwind, but then enjoyed downwind legs at warp speed. Elliot Apperley and Tom Gooch joined in the fun in the DG500, doing a lap at 104km/h. Congratulations to the winners: Novice: Dan Hayday (Cotswold), Intermediate: Ben Payne (BGGC) and Pundit: Greg O'Hagan (BGGC). Many thanks to John for his task setting and Matt Page for scoring.
Ben Hilsenrath was kept busy providing extended flights in the club K21 and we were pleased to welcome a contingent from Nympsfield with their K21.
All in all a pretty good day.

Flying today cancelled

Very brisk and gusty wind, and although straight down the runway, it's felt that safe operation would be difficult so we've decided to scrub both Rockpolisher and Club flying today.

Sunday 19th June

The competition set up on the grid at the south end of runway 03 in the hope that weather would allow one last task. PE took off to check thermal strength and cloudbase while K21 LRT did club flying by aerotow. We’ll done to George for tripling the number of solo Aerotows in his log book. Chris took his daughter for her first flight and Jack did one of the shortest 2000 foot Aerotows I’ve ever seen with duty instructor Geoff; 10 minutes from start of run to landing. It was Jack's 3rd and the first one handled from the start of the launch. Next week back to “normal” operations with possibly good gliding weather forecast for Monday to Thursday.

PS a Vole has set up family home on the airfield. Now marked by a cone and stake.

Friday 17th June

Winching from the front of the grid this morning. Small crew with one K21.

Wednesday 15th June

Short competition task today so no club flying in the time between launch and finishers. We flew this evenng to do some BI training in a beautiful evening sky.

Pictures are: Tripple finishers landing together, K21 on tow and K21 landing after the last flight of the evening.

Tuesday 14th June

8 Club launches today before and after the competition grid was launched. Longest flight was 700+ km! The Arcus flew the standard class task, taking in a view of the preparations at Glastonbury on the way. Sam, our course instructor, flew an aerotow trip in the club’s DG500.

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