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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.

KNK the adventure so far

KNK at 17:00 hrs. Passing Malvern.

PS at update at 18:00 … they got back!

X Country coaching

Doug and Alistair about to depart on a cross country adventure.

Sunday 12th June

The talk about going for the electric air speed record the night before was a really interesting insight into how a dedicated team with a single goal can produce results and not be distracted. It was a great team effort and we’ll worth seeing Phill’s presentation.

Sunday saw a perfect competition launch starting at around 11:00 with everyone going on long tasks. That left us free to do a few Aerotows in the K21 with a small band of club members being flown by Tim Barnes and Geoff Dixon. Flights of up to one hour in nice soaring conditions and local cloudbase 3400 above site. Last landing at 4:30 just in time for the competition finishers to start arriving. If you’re around next weekend then come up to the club and see the action for yourself.

Date for your Diary - Saturday 11th June – Breaking the World Electric Speed Record

We are pleased to announce that we have Phill O’Dell at the club on the evening of Saturday the 11th of June @ 7.30PM to give a talk on Breaking the World Electric Speed Record

He set the world record for the fastest electric vehicle flying ’The Spirit of Innovation’, an electric plane developed by Rolls-Royce in conjunction with Gloucestershire-based firm, Electroflight, and YASA, a Mercedes-Benz owned UK firm.

An absolutely fascinating insight, Phill’s talk will take you through the trials and tribulations of being at the forefront of innovation and how the world record was smashed earlier this year.

This is being held at the club on the first weekend of the Nationals competition. If you wish to eat at the club beforehand you will need to check if you need to book in the clubhouse for food. Bar will be open afterwards.

Sunday 22nd May.

Not a great forecast today, so no high expectations but the day developed into a fine afternoon. A busy day with 6 aerotow trial lessons with plenty of candidates for instruction keeping the instructor team busy. Congratulations to Nick Tarasek for his first solo and to Tim Andrews who after soloing yesterday completed another couple of solo flights today. Thanks to everyone that helped today.

Sunday 15th May 2022

A bit of a contrast to yesterday with solid overcast and a fresh easterly that forced us on to to the ever popular 09 runway. Still, we managed to get a reasonable amount of flying in before rain stopped play at 14.00: Tom Knight completed his winter refreshers (only 6 months late), Ettienne had his first introduction to launch failures and Miranda continued her three day course with Tim Bralesford. Many thanks to winch drivers Tom Coles and Richard Causey.

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