Saturday Soup

43 flights flown today in soupy conditions with poor viz and weak thermals. It must have been good for the soul!

37 of us there for the 09.30 briefing so it was always going to be  a busy day, but by careful management and the availability of Tim Dews’ EZE we flew all on the list.

Parachute repacking  going on in the hangar for some, as well as the usual maintenance.

 

Saturday 23rd March.

Despite the generally gloomy weather there was lots of activity at the launch point.  The tug is U/S, awaiting a new magneto, but good height winch launches were possible in a 12 knot North Easterly wind.  Lots of hangar activity still as hopefuls fettled for the imminent good weather.

Just a few miles north of us there was sunshine and cumulus when Mark Hawkins and I flew the Venture along the Pewsey valley and back via Salisbury, even stopping to try some lift around Rivar Hill.  Cloudbase over 4000ft!  The solid overcast from Andover back to The Park reduced the cabin temp.

Flying ended just in time to allow a committee meeting at to begin at 17.00.

Sunday’s looking good in prospect with a few trailers even left out on the field in anticipation of the first XCs of the year from The Park.  

Lasham Juniors workshop

Former member Des Pearce sent me the following.  It may be of interest to some of our members….

Dear Lasham members,

The British Junior Gliding Team finalise their winter tour of the UK with a full XC workshop at Lasham on Saturday 6th April.

The team will be presenting an interactive and detailed workshop on cross country flying as well as an evening talk.

All members, regardless of age, experience level and visitors from other clubs are invited. Please share around!

The content and schedule of the workshop and talk can be found in the attached document.

Please let me know if you plan to attend so that we can plan with our materials and hand outs beforehand.

Email: jake@navboys.com <mailto:jake@navboys.com>

We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

British Junior Gliding Team
15/3/2019

 The British Junior Gliding Team finalise their winter tour of the UK with a full XC workshop at Lasham on Saturday 6th April. 

The team will be presenting an interactive and detailed workshop as well as an evening talk. 

All members and visitors from other clubs are invited. Please share around! 

1400 – Workshop on how to fly XC faster using British Team techniques 

– Including a detailed look at glider handling 

– Speed to fly including understanding block speeds 

– Thermal selection 

– Routing – looking at real life scenarios 

– Centering techniques 

– Triggers and thermal sources 

– Final glides 

– Flying competitions 

– Weather forecasting tools 

– Pre flight preparation 

– Effective post flight analysis 

– Training regimes 

– Effective use of modern nav, vario and FLARM equipment in the air 

The above workshop is very interactive – there will be handouts for attendees to complete as well as plenty of note taking opportunities. We recommend bringing stationery and notebooks! 

There will also be plenty of refreshment and toilet breaks. 

1800 – An evening talk 

Preparing for a World Championships – a look at our preparations for the JWGC 

1915 – Dinner in the clubhouse 

The workshops and talks should be of interest to glider pilots and aviators of any age and experience level. 

There is no charge for entry but those attending will be invited to contribute to the team’s crowdfunding campaign – this will assist the team in their fundraising efforts leading up to the season. 

We will need to have an idea of numbers so if you wish to attend, please notify us which parts you will attend and if you require an evening meal to: jake@navboys.com 

The team are looking forward to returning to Lasham – hope to see you there. 

Sunday 17th. Thermals. Remember them?

Thermal streets to over 3000ft in a strong, cold westerly.  Gets the heart fluttering, as well as the new S80 varios.

Despite the tug going U/S with an ignition fault, winch launches were very adequate to the task.  There were several prolonged flights, one of an hour before a chosen return to the field.  Two Puchs and an Astir were fully utilised until about 16.00 when the promised rain showers threatened and then arrived.

Character building stuff but it gives hope for what’s soon to come.

A Wild and Windy Sunday

Wind speeds of 50 knots at times today ensured that the doors were kept closed and the hatches battened.  Lots of creaks and groans from the tortured building and trees.

As usual, quite a bit of hangar activity.  Work continues on VN’s annual.  The off-grid power system delivered many kilowatt hours and the generator was provoked into life for a few minutes only by deliberately loading up the system.  Otherwise we harvested wind and sun for all our needs.  More work continues this week to bed-in and refine the system.

Tim Dews kindly delivered his Grob Twin Acro EZE to help us through our heavy maintenance period.  Not often a glider gets delivered by someone wearing patent leather shiny shoes, but we see do some firsts at The Park.

A windy week in prospect.  Roll on spring.

Mike T

Wet and Windy Saturday BUT

Parking space all full up by 09.30 for the bronze course and for lots of work inside  the hangar and out.  Lots of maintenance, fettling, modifications, sparks, hammering, bacon sarnies, + SMILES.

Thanks to Chris Chappel for her insomnia inspired lovely flapjack.  There was still a bit left for the Sunday visitors at close of play.

Soon be Spring….

Mike Thorne

Midweek flying this week.

Hi All,

Thursday 17th January is looking better than Wednesday. We have instructor and winch cover for Thursday this week. With the weekend just gone not flyable either days, Thursday, weather permitting will be a good day to keep those flying skills current.

If you can make Thursday please let me know – chrischappell@live.co.uk

Chris

(Entered  unsolicited by Mike T as Chris isn’t quite  Blog active yet.  I’m sure she will be soon… )

What’s the best mobile network at The Park now?

Does anyone have good experience of solid mobile phone reception at The Park?  It used to be that O2 had the best (but still patchy)  2G coverage.  Vodafone claims the best 4G on its coverage maps.  Is this borne out in practise?

I’m about to change my phone contract and would appreciate any views from first hand experience please.

Mike T

Not Badgers but Chalk Diggers

Too-windy then too-wet weather made available a team of willing diggers to complete the excavation for the new electricity cabin base.   Thanks to all who contributed.  Lots more chalk was moved so a nice clean space now awaits a container that will be converted to house the new electrical components. Full installation will be at the beginning of March, after which we’ll be able to harvest all that lovely wind and sunshine.

Lots going in the hangar too with FUY having its tail feathers measured plus many sparks as Steve and Mel’s trailer lost its bottom to Phil’s angle grinder.

Mike T

p.s.  Lots of free chalk for anyone who wants it….

Sunday 30th Dec. The Park No Fly Zone….

Another grungy day.  Cloud down to the ground when it seemed pretty clear all around us.  The Park Doom Cloud!

Most people predicted it correctly and chose to do other things.  The self selecting few did some odd jobs then left site by about 2.30.

Let’s hope for better on New Year’s Day when Alastair will be presiding.  

Happy New Year to both (?) our readers.

I wonder how many people are receiving and reading these Blog messages. It’s a medium we should grow in 2019 if we can as it does allow easy message sharing access to and by all members who’d like to be in touch.

Mike T

(No) Flying Sunday 23rd Dec

Message from Mike Jenks

The weather tomorrow looks hopeless for gliding, with low cloud and drizzle.

I have therefore cancelled flying and have stood down the duty team.

I will be at the airfield a.m. should anyone wish to do any groundschool.

If we have sufficient manpower, LPM needs to be rigged.

Better luck next time.

Happy Christmas!

Mike

Monday Flying. 10th Dec.

Well it didn’t rain and the field was dry enough to use.  We filled up one log sheet with 2 seater flying, Astir and Venture flights.

The elusive wave remained just so, although there were promising clouds and bits of reduced sink.  

About a dozen of us enjoyed a chilly but respectable day on the field, with Mike Jenks instructing, Graham Hoile and Andy Huggins winching, and Chris Chappel making sure we all turned up and behaved.  Thanks for organising us Chris.  She’s been given detailed instructions on how to write a Blog post today so let’s all look forward to her first efforts shortly…….

Indoors, on the new floor, Mark Player began the Tug annual in ernest.  The bottom fell out of Steve Lambourne’s trailer.  Geoff and Phil were doing stuff in the hangar.

Mike Thorne

Sat 8th Dec Christmas Dinner

Christmas is officially under way at the Park.  Last night’s excellent dinner party prepared by Julie and John Hull was enjoyed by over 40 of us.

The rain hammered down on the roof but we were warm and cosy, fortified by Julie and John’s super food, wine supplied generously by Clive, and pre dinner tipples supplied from the Bar.

Presents, prizes and cards were distributed. Chairman Martin presented flowers and bottles to Julie and John thanking them for their considerable efforts in preparing for and running the evening. Special mentions also to Mick for managing the new floor laying and to absent friend Sue for her continuous work throughout the year in the club’s catering, bar and so many other things.

The ever-hardy Pike family camped overnight in their camper while the wind howled and the rain poured. Parking the van across the wind seemed ambitious but let’s assume it stayed upright……

Optimism isn’t what it was

Sunday’s weather was worse than forecast so no flying.  Workshop activity as usual and some digging around the site while the new hangar-floor continues to dry off.

Maybe Weds will be flyable….

Mike T

Sunday 2nd Dec

Second day of meteorological winter!

Forecast looks as if flying might be possible if the showers hold off.  Possible ridge day?  We need to make what we can of days this time of year, so the duty team will be there.   Mike T

Phase 2 concrete day today

The hangar floor second half will be concreted today Tuesday 27th Nov.  Thanks to Mick Longhurst, Alec Thomson and Andrew Simpson for getting there at crack of dawn to get the kit out of the hangar.

See Facebook page for 12th Nov for what happened in phase 1.

I see that Christine Chappell advises that there will be no flying tomorrow on account of the vile weather forecast, but that Mike Jenks will be available for ground schooling for those who wish to take the golden opportunity.

Mike Thorne