Possibly the perfect tonic for one of those stable air mass days 😎.

Good afternoon fellow aviators.

I took a trip last week to “The Gliding Heritage Centre” at Lasham with Phil D from the Bath Wilts maintenance team.

Phil and I had a great day out there.

The people we met were really terrific, knowledgeable, passionate about aviation, and generous with their time. Particular thanks to Glyn B and Gary P for making us feel so welcome and giving us a fascinating insight into the world of Vintage Gliding πŸ™‚Β πŸ‘πŸ».

The Lasham Cafe is great too. Once our trip round the Heritage Centre was complete we popped into the Cafe for a late lunch. Phil tucked into a very nice looking piece of victoria sponge, while I enjoyed a delicious toasted teacake with butter and blackcurrant jam, all washed down with a refreshing cup of tea of course πŸ™‚.

I would describe the Gliding Heritage Centre as a magical and truly inspiring place to visit. Possibly the perfect tonic for one of those stable airmass days 😎.

Link to GHC Website below if you would like some more information:

http://www.glidingheritage.org.uk/index.htm

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Tuesday 10th August from the Park. β€œGlorious Wiltshire Sun” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

We bathed in glorious Wiltshire sunshine all day today at the Park πŸ™‚.

The upper wind was a light 5 – 10kts WNW.

The weather wasn’t ideal for Cross Country flights from the Park today, but the local soaring opportunities were plentiful πŸ™‚.

Mike J had a productive day instructing and Nick B was kept busy flying the Tug. πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Another very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators 😎.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th April from the Park. “Mid-week marvels” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

We were treated to two terrific mid-week flying days this week πŸ™‚.

Both days were filled with glorious sunshine, with a wind-chill that cooled things considerably on occasion. The upper wind drifted from 040 – 080 degrees over the two days, and between 5 – 10kts. The cool air mass and warming spring sun generated some very good soaring opportunities for the time of year. Lots of extended local soaring flights were enjoyed on both days, and John G clocked up the Clubs first Cross Country of the year on Thursday with a very respectable 205k ‘out and return’ to Ledbury πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Mike J, Phil G, and Andy F were busy instructing. While John H and Phil R were busy flying the Tug. πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

A very pleasant couple of days flying from the Park dear aviators 😎.

I took a few pictures from the two days to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

It takes a lot of work to keep a Gliding Club working smoothly. Good work John! πŸ™‚Β 

A few pictures from the air πŸ™‚.

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Friday 02nd April at the Park. “That feeling of liberation” 😎.

We have returned to the skies once more dear aviators! πŸ™‚.

It was a cool crisp Spring day at the Park today, but it did warm up pleasantly from around mid-day onwards. The upper wind was approx. 040 degrees at a brisk 19kts. The cool North Easterly air mass and warm April sun treated us to some much appreciated soaring. It wasn’t Cross Country weather at the Park today, but all attending Pilots did enjoy extended local soaring opportunities.

It was an absolute delight to be back in the air again following lockdown 😎.

A total of 20 Glider flights and 4 Touring Motor Glider flights today.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Wednesday 30th December at the Park. β€œLast flying day of 2020 at the Park” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

It was a very pleasant days flying from the Park today πŸ™‚.

It was a crisp winters day, the upper wind was approx. WSW at a gentle 5kts. There were no soaring opportunities due to the stable air mass, as is to be expected this time of year.

Only a small band of hardy Pilots at the Park today but the enthusiasm to fly continued all day, with launching only pausing briefly for cable retrieves.

Mike J had a productive day instructing, and the maintenance team continued to make excellent progress with their winter maintenance programme πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

For most Pilots, today was an opportunity to get some Launch and Circuit practice in. But John H, inspired by this being our last flying day of the year, decided to treat us all to some aerobatics. I was lucky enough to be invited to take the rear seat of the Puch for a ringside view of Johns aerobatic masterclass πŸ™‚.

A total of 17 Glider flights and 4 Touring Motor Glider flights today. Another very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators 😎.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all, hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Over we go! πŸ™‚.

Heading back to base.

Well, the ginger bread men on Johns hat certainly appear to have enjoyed the flight πŸ˜‰

Wednesday 4th November at the Park. β€œA bustling airfield, crystal blue skies, a little light wave, and a selection of wonderful brocken spectre” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Well we certainly made the most of the final days flying before lockdown πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

It was a cool autumn day at the Park today, with crystal blue skies and glorious sunshine. The upper wind was approx. NNE at a gentle 5kts. The soaring opportunities were modest, as is to be expected this time of year.

The enthusiasm to fly continued all day, with launching only pausing briefly for cable retrieves, and tow plane refueling. It was a real pleasure to see so many pilots at the Park making the most of the days flying.

Mike J, John H, and Adam B, had a productive day instructing. With John and Adam covering tow plane duties as well πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

A bustling airfield, crystal blue skies, and glorious sunshine. A very pleasant days flying from the Park.

I took a few pictures today to share with you all. Hope you enjoy the them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

The enthusiasm to fly continued all day, with launching only pausing briefly for cable retrieves, and tow plane refueling.

Everyone chipping in and keeping the airfield running smoothly πŸ™‚.

As today was the last days flying for a few weeks, I took the opportunity to enjoy two 8000ft aerotows to celebrate what has been another great seasons soaring from the Park. Both flights were a real treat, a super smooth and relaxing experience thanks to the stable air mass, and stunning views thanks to the days excellent visibility. I managed to contact some light wave on my second flight of the day that kept me happily bobbing about at approx 4000ft above the Park for a little while, extending my flight by a few much appreciated minutes. I was also treated to some wonderful “brocken spectres” during this flight when I was turning at the West end of the Wave Bars before tracking back along them. No pictures of the brocken spectre unfortunately, as the wave was very light and patchy so required full concentration to make use of it. I did take a few pictures while in the Glide to share with you all though.

The view from the top of the world πŸ™‚.

A very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators 😎.

Wednesday 14th October at the Park. “A cool autumnal day” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A cool autumn day at the Park today, with crystal blue skies and glorious sunshine. The upper wind was approx. 20 – 30kts at 060 degrees.

The soaring opportunities were modest, as is to be expected this time of year. But there was some thermal activity and streeting around the Park for the Pilots to enjoy. Greg C managed the longest flight of the day at 49 minutes. Well done Greg πŸ™‚Β πŸ‘πŸ».

The enthusiasm to fly continued all day, with launching only pausing briefly for cable retrieves.

Mike J and John H had a productive day instructing, and Alastair M was on hand to Pilot the Tug for the days aerotows.

Seasonally cool at the Park today, but still a very pleasant and sunshine filled days flying πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

The launch point, was kept busy all day.

A great atmosphere. Everyone mucking in to keep things running smoothly πŸ™‚.

Sunday 13th September at the Park. “A generous serving of glorious sunshine today, topped off with a soupΓ§on of both Ridge lift and Thermal lift” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Blue skies and glorious sunshine all day at the Park today, a real seasonal treat at this stage in the year, it felt more like a Sunday in July than one in September.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks, and locally the opportunities to soar were modest. It was an almost completely blue day with very few clouds. Early in the day the upper wind was approx. 10 – 15kts at 210 degrees, easing to a balmy 5kts later in the day.

There was some Ridge lift early in the day, and later in the day as the wind eased the local south facing slopes that had been baking in todays glorious sunshine started generating thermal lift for the pilots to enjoy. The enthusiasm to fly continued all day with launching  only pausing briefly for cable retrieves.

Mike J had a productive day instructing, Julian R was kept busy flying todays guest, and Alastair M was on hand to Pilot the Tug for the days aerotows.

A very pleasant and sunshine filled day at the Park πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Glorious weather all day at the Park today. The only clue that today was a day in autumn and not the height of summer, was the mosaic of freshly harvested crop fields around the airfield.

Terrific enthusiasm to fly today. The Launch Point was kept busy all day, pausing only briefly for cable retrieves before commencing launching one more.

Smiles all round today, a great atmosphere and everyone working hard to keep the airfield running smoothly πŸ™‚.

It was great to see every available club Glider out of the hangar and being flown today.

Martin D, making good use of the days clement conditions to get comfortable at the controls of his new steed “306” πŸ™‚.

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Wednesday 26th August at the Park. “Not much thermal lift around today, but we kept ourselves busy and bathed in glorious sunshine all day” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks or extended Local Soaring flights. The Park was nonetheless a hive of activity, with plenty of flying and lots of work going on to keep our Park in tip top condition.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 2,500ft QFE. Early in the day the upper wind was approx. 25kts at 280 degrees, backing and easing to 17kts at 270 degrees later in the day.

There wasn’t much thermal lift around the Park today, however the enthusiasm to fly remained undiminished and the launches kept on going, pausing only briefly for cable retrieves. The whole of the Park was a buzz today with Members keeping busy with all the essential jobs that keep a Club running smoothly πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Mike J had a productive day instructing, and John H was on hand to Pilot the Tug for the days aerotows.

A very pleasant and productive day at the Park πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A trio of visiting aviators.

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Well dear aviators, I’m really not sure what caption to write beneath this picture πŸ˜‚.

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Caption competition perhaps? πŸ˜‰.

Monday 24th August at the Park. “A very pleasant and relaxing day at the Park today” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

As the forecast suggested, todays weather wasn’t quite good enough to tempt many Club Members up to the Park. There was light rain for much of the morning and early on in the day cloud base sat obstinately around 200ft QFE.

We did however have a very welcome guest booked to fly, Will P, so a small band of aviators hung around to see if the weather would improve so we could get him airborne.

As luck would have it, by around midday there was break in the inclement weather. The rain cleared and the cloud base went up to around 2500ft QFE, with a balmy 240 degree wind quickly drying the airfield.

Mike J was Duty Instructor today to fly Will, and John H was on hand to expertly aerotow them on Wills first soaring flight.

Will is already a PPL holder, so hopefully today will have ignited within him the same passion we all share for soaring aviation.

As there was no one else left to fly once Mike and Will had completed their flight, I took the opportunity to ask Mike if he would fly me in the K21 as a demonstration of aviating best practice. I have recently completed all of my Bronze assessments, and I was very interested to see what the difference between my present aviating ability is in relation to an experienced instructor. It was a very illuminating experience for me, and also a very enjoyable one. During my flight with Mike today I observed that his control inputs and his decision making, all appeared that bit more crisp and polished than mine, he is after all our CFI. It was a real pleasure to just sit and relax as a passenger in a Glider being piloted by someone with Mikes experience, and I now have a refreshed bench mark on where I want my own level of aviating capability to be. It was a terrific experience and one I will definitely repeat in the future.

I took some pictures of my flight with Mike to share with you all. As Mike had full control of the aircraft for the flight, I took quite a few pictures, hope you enjoy them.

A very relaxing and pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

Kind regards.

Damien.

It’s a very relaxing experience being the passenger on an aerotow.

As a passenger it was very nice to have all the time in the world to examine the fields we were being aerotowed over, and assess each one for potential land out scenarios.

There’s more time to enjoy the view as a passenger too πŸ™‚.

“Low tow” being demonstrated by MJ….

…. and “boxing the tow”.

Spectacular cloudscapes around the Park today.

Not sure if that is a cloud in the image, or just some fluff on my camera lens πŸ˜‰.
Heading back to base.

Mission accomplished 😎.

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Sunday 23rd August at the Park. “A chill wind blew, but we all kept smiling” 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays weather at the Park wasn’t quite right for Cross Country tasks or extended Local Soaring flights. The cloud base never rose much above 2,400ft and there was very little thermic activity. There was however still plenty of flying going on, and no shortage of willing volunteers keen to help keep the airfield running smoothly πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Locally, Cloud Base rose to approx. 2,400ft QFE, with a 10-15kt 280 degree upper wind.

The wind had a real chill factor to it today, but nothing appeared to be able to dampen the enthusiasm of the attending Club Members. As the day progressed the temperature did dip considerably with the wind chill. Coats went on and hoods went up to protect us from the wind, but everyone kept smiling. It really was a delight to see the entirely undampened enthusiasm from everyone to enjoy the day πŸ™‚.

Mike J and Mike T, had a productive day instructing.

A chilly but still very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Lots of Club Members mucking in and getting jobs done at the Park today. John H even got the strimmer out and tended to the grounds around the hangar/club house πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

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The longest flights of the day were flown by Dennis S in BNH, and John H in CCU.

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The two seater Gliders kept going all day, only pausing briefly for cables before taking to the skies once more.

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The enthusiasm to fly, and the enthusiasm to help out at the airfield, remained undiminished right up to the end of the day.

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Saturday 22nd August at the Park. A band of like minded aviators, “converged” on some terrific local soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Todays forecast really didn’t promise too much at all for the days flying. From early on in the day however extended thermic flights were enjoyed, and by the afternoon a terrific convergence had developed above the Park that resulted in some excellent local soaring, with wings level climbs of up to 6kts being experienced πŸ™‚!

Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 3,300ft QFE, with a brisk 20kt 240 degree upper wind.

Thermal activity wasn’t suitable for Cross Country Tasks from the Park today, but was excellent for Local Soaring.

Mike J and Andy F, had a productive day instructing, and John H was on hand to take care of all of our aero tow needs in the brisk cross wind conditions.

A very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Saturday 1st August at the Park. A very pleasant and productive day for training and currency flights 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Only a very modest soaring forecast for today at the Park, but still a very pleasant and productive day for training and currency flights.


Locally, Cloud Base was approx. 2000ft QFE, with a 10kt upper wind, varying between approx 240 – 270 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally very low at the Park today so no Cross Country tasks were flown. Many Pilots did however make very good use of todays modest thermal conditions for training and currency flights, culminating in a flight total today of 25 Glider flights and 3 Motor Glider flights.

Mike J and Adam B, had a productive day instructing.

A very pleasant and productive days flying from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Heavy cloud cover for most of today at the Park.

Many Pilots made good use of todays conditions for currency flights and training.

Nick B contacted some gentle wave today in the Motor Glider, that carried him to a little over 3000ft QFE.

By the end of the flying day, the clouds had parted and we were treated to some glorious summer sun 😎.

Wednesday 29th July at the Park. A very pleasant days Summer Soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A relatively modest forecast preceded what turned out to be a very pleasant day for local soaring.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 3,300ft QFE, with a light 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 240 – 270 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally very good all day for local soarers, occasionally thermal strength would fade, before cycling again and becoming soarable once more.

Although local soaring was very good, there wasn’t sufficient thermal activity for our Cross Country Pilots to fly tasks from the Park today.

Mike J and Phil G, had another productive day instructing.

A very pleasant days Soaring from the Park dear aviators πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A “Low, Winch Induced Launch Failure”, being demonstrated to a pupil by MJ.
Club Puch FUY, rounding out before gently touching down, following the “Low, Launch Failure” demonstration.

Tuesday 21st July at the Park. Flying Week day 2, another excellent days Soaring πŸ™‚.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Our Clubs Flying Week continues, with another excellent days Soaring 😎.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 5,700ft QFE, with a light sub 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 330 – 030 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, with many Pilots enjoying extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force again, and there is another selection of very impressive BGA Ladder updates to enjoy for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had another productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

I left the Park at 18:50 today and Doug T was still airborne! With only 10 minutes remaining to achieve his first 5 hour duration flight, and still going strong at 4,000ft QFE, Doug had his Silver Badge 5 hour duration flight in the bag . Well done Doug, great effort πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

Lets hope these terrific soaring conditions continue.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

The sky surrounding the Park, started to show promise from very early on in the day.

Club members worked hard at the Launch Point getting the days Pilots airborne.

Even better visibility today than yesterday.

The countryside around the Park looked spectacular bathed in todays sunshine.

Following the energy lines around the Park today, regularly resulted in over 2kts up of sustained lift in level flight.

Now I’m not saying the image in the centre of this picture I took today, is a Sky Angel. But it may be one dear aviators πŸ˜‰.

Monday 20th July at the Park. An excellent start to the Clubs Flying Week πŸ™‚.

Good evening fellow aviators.

A truly excellent soaring forecast, preceded the beginning of our Clubs Flying Week.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 4,700ft QFE, with a light sub 10kt upper wind, varying between approx 330 – 030 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, with many Pilots enjoying extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force, and there are lots of very impressive BGA Ladder updates for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had a productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Monday 13th July. Wave hunting from the Park 😎. Didn’t find any, this time πŸ˜‰.

Good afternoon fellow aviators.

The thermal forcecast for today was very modest, but there was the potential for some light wave πŸ™‚.



Locally, Cloud Base was 5,000ft QFE, with approx a 10kt 270 degree upper wind.

With such a modest thermal forecast we opted for aerotow flights today to the Ridge at King Alfreds Tower, to see if we could connect with any Wave.

There were signs of light Wave, but the conditions weren’t quite right this time. A high performance Glider would have had a reasonable chance of connecting with the Wave, but the best we managed today was reduced sink and a few bubbles of very light lift.

Many thanks to our CFI for today’s very informative Wave hunting instruction, and Adam B for being available to fly the Tug for us.

A very pleasant days flying from the Park dear aviators, and fear not, that Wave can’t elude us forever πŸ˜‰.

Kind regards.

Damien.

Sunday 12th July at the Park. Into the wild blue yonder 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

Another excellent forecast, preceded another excellent days soaring from the Park πŸ™‚.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 5,300ft QFE, with a light sub 5kt upper wind, varying between approx 245 – 325 degrees.

Thermal activity was generally excellent all day, even out in the blue πŸ™‚.

Locally, many Pilots enjoyed extended soaring flights throughout the day.

The Cross Country Pilots were out in force, and there are a few BGA Ladder updates for those interested πŸ™‚ πŸ‘πŸ».

Our CFI had a productive day instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.

A packed Launch Point is always a good sign, of a great days soaring to come πŸ™‚.

Locally Cloud Base was 5,000ft plus for most of the day.

Strong thermal activity all day, even out in the blue.

Saturday 11th July at the Park. An excellent days soaring 😎.

Good evening fellow aviators.

The forecast for today was very promising, and Mother Nature certainly delivered πŸ™‚.

Locally, Cloud Base was approx 4,300ft QFE, with a 330 degree 5kt upper wind.

Thermal activity was generally excellent, with my vario indicating 8kts up on a couple of occasions, and many Pilots enjoying extended local soaring flights. Cross Country expeditions were equally successful, the days BGA Ladder updates are an impressive read πŸ‘πŸ».

Duty Instructor John H put the ASK 21 to another very productive days use, instructing Pilots who are returning to flying following the easing of the lockdown.

Glorious sunshine all day 😎.

Excellent soaring all day πŸ™‚.

I took a few pictures from the day to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them.

Kind regards.

Damien.