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Sportability Visit

On Friday, we were privileged to fly with 4 great guys from Sportability and share our sport with them. Mike flew with them and each had a great time, experiencing soaring and a couple experienced aerobatics.

Even with sometimes severe limitations, and from a range of ages, their zest for having life experiences and their determination came through, and it was a joy to speak to them and see their thrill and enjoyment afterwards.

We usually do this once or twice a year, and thanks to Chris, Max, Graham and Adrian as tuggie, and to everyone else who helped make this day special.

Sunday 14/8 -

An epic day and another Happy Ava!

Weekend 13th - 14th August

Tim Barnes reports that we just had a really good weekend.
“It's all over WhatsApp, but to recap:

* Tom Knight did his Silver distance and ( I think) height, with a trip to Enstone and back.
* George Bullock also got Silver Distance and Silver Height
* Ava continued her unstoppable progress with Silver Height (7,400', just to be sure) her 1 hour duration and conversion to the K23
* Tim Andrews got Silver Height.
* We flew 13 or 14 trial lessons - thanks to Simon Lucas and Jonathan Apperley
* The winch behaved itself.
* On Saturday Elliot Apperley flew the DG500 round a 250km task - all I did was sit in the back and eat my sandwiches. Then on Sunday he flew the Nimbus round a 500k task at 110 kph with Jon eating his sandwiches.
* Emma flew to Hus Bos at 125km/h (phew!)

On Sunday, we experienced the best conditions I have seen in 30 years of flying - off the clock climbs to 10,000'. We should give a shout out to Mike Weston, Tom Gooch and Paul Lazenby who were stuck instructing.”

High thermal climbs and airspace

A reminder to club pilots from the BGA that during the present weather conditions there is a need to be even more vigilant than normal about airspace, particularly as some navigation devices allow users to filter out high level airspace. It's likely those parameters will need reviewing on pilots nav devices.

Much of the UK has controlled airspace below FL100. However, the good news is that there is still quite a bit of class G above FL100.

There are a number of BGA-negotiated non-transponder areas above FL100. These are detailed as exceptions in the UK AIP under ENR 1.1 and 5.2. As previously reported, the CAA has advises that no exemption or permission is required for non-transponder high altitude glider flights in specified areas, based on the current rules, notified airspace, and the exception listed in the AIP. Please note that transponder equipage and use is required above FL100 when flying outside the notified non-transponder areas for gliders.

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.

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