Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Jetsada Gets his Solo

Congratulations to Jetsada Machom on his first solo on Monday. Jetsada is on a Get Your solo course - we hope this is the first solo of many!

Monday, 6 May 2019

Denis went to the seaside too

Corfe Castle towards Lulworth


At one point on the flight the only lift was a sea air convergence along the Isle of Purbeck. The lift improved so I continued with the task. On the way back a cloud climb at Chilbolton promised a glide home. Unfortunately ice on the wings modified the glide angle somewhat and I didn't quite make it back. 

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Nils goes to the seaside

It was a bit chilly today, with a strong north wind, but very unstable with strong climbs for those who could handle the wind. Nils went off down to the South Downs and ended up over the sea, still in thermals.

Getting back wasn't as easy as going, with the headwind to battle with, but he made it just before another of the showers which developed in the afternoon.

Scary looking shower approaching WAP

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

First solo for Zulq......and another achievement for Paul

Zulq Ashraf joined Booker as a Junior member because he plans on a career as an airline pilot and he thought it would be a good idea to learn proper flying first. He starts his training with Easyjet shortly, after going solo yesterday.

More fun that airliners

Today Paul Field added to his already impressive list of accomplishments by converting to the Pawnee.

Not quite the same as a Lightning - or an A380

Friday, 26 April 2019

More Instructor achievements

The instructors have been working hard all week on training exercises. Paul Field has now completed his Full Cat rating, leaving him free to complete his tug training.

Here's Paul after gaining his Aeros badge earlier in the year
Yesterday Jane Moore completed her 5 year Asst Cat renewal with Andy Monk. Andy took off (literally) at lunch time with Jim R in LH, they flew down to Lasham so that Andy could do a quick spin in a K13 to complete his own FIS(S), then it was back to Booker for more coaching.

Andy during the 2017 Booker Regionals

Jane enjoying some Cabriolet fun a few years ago
After flying, Jim White gave a talk on learning styles, showing the importance of recognising that the student's way of learning may be different from the instructor's. 

Jim putting us all into boxes
Then it was off to the Elaichi for a group dinner, which pretty much filled the restaurant.

There's more BI and Asst Cat training in progress today, with a bit of shower dodging

Monday, 22 April 2019

2019 Instructor Training Week

The Instructor Training Week got off to a good start with wall to wall sunshine and lots of flying and briefing going on, with members doing Basic Instructor training, or working on their Flight Instructor modules. One of the prospective BIs is Luke Bishop who featured in the May 2018 issue of the newsletter. He's made a bit of progress since then - over the weekend he brought his newly acquired Nimbus 2b to Booker and had his first couple of flights in it.

On the other end of the rope we have a new tug pilot. John Otty did some dual flying with James Roland in the Robin and then did his first solo tows.

John during last year's Regionals, hands full of prizes

And not forgetting our new season's tug pilot Kamil Dutkiewicz, who converted to the Pawnee.

More fun - and hard work - tomorrow.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

The 16th International Easter Egg Cup Aerobatics Competition

Under grey skies and low cloud, with a brief bright spell in the middle of the day, various pilots could be seen executing mysterious manoeuvres over the airfield. The competitors were given the choice of three sequences - Standard, Tricky and Joker. For those of you who speak Aresti, these are illustrated below.

The day started with a briefing, and then Graham Saw, the organiser, explained to Paul Field how to fly the figures in the standard sequence. Paul said he had never flown aeros before, except as part of his fighter pilot training, but he said that didn't count, so he had a quick practice flight and then flew the sequence solo, thereby gaining his Standard Aerobatics Badge.

Paul after his Lightning Aeros badge flight
The comp is taken seriously..................

George clarifying the finer points of the Joker sequence with Graham
After a long - and cold - day the competitors reconvened in the briefing room for the results - and prizes, presented by safety pilot Will Jones

Champion Maddi Roberts

2nd place - Paul Field

3rd place - Richard Crockett
Judge Graham noted that everyone did well considering the conditions, no-one landed out and no-one crashed. The results and scores in full were:

1st - Maddi Roberts - 78% - Standard
2nd - Paul Field - 70% - Standard
3rd - Richard Crockett - 62.2% - Joker
4th - George Darby (last year's winner) - 61.1% - Joker
5th - Geoff Silvey - 55% - Standard
6th - David Humpreys - 48.9% - Joker
7th - Norbert Eschle - 47% - Tricky

Congratulations to all the competitors and many thanks to Graham for organising the comp and to Will for acting as safety pilot.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Rest day in Wales

Yesterday in Wales it was lovely weather - but not for gliding, so alternative pursuits were sought. Jacek decided that he had to get above the clouds every day so he climbed Snowdon.

On top of the world

Richard climbed the local ridge to see the tower he'd been buzzing all week from closer quarters.

Moel Arthur

There was enough air to keep a hang glider up

The rest of the party went to Caernarfon. Jim R posted a pic of the top of Snowdon, the suspicion is that it was taken from the Eurofox.

They visited the Airworld Aviation Museum and the castle.

A proper aircraft in amongst all that powered stuff
Denbigh CFI Chris tried out the Hawker Hunter for size

Nick J and Rolf at the castle

Nik VM got out his drone and took some pics of the airfield.
Approach to 27 - 830m of tarmac

We await news of today's activities.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The fun at Lleweni Parc continues

Week 2 of the Booker spring expedition is going well, with a very good ridge day on Monday, excellent for the members who had not experienced ridge flying before.

319 enjoying the ridge

Richard thought it was all a bit of a laugh

Not sure what Geoff declared but maybe that contraption on the rudder is the secret of his 750km success
On Tuesday the wave set up and the views changed.

Wave from the ground

The grid ready to go

Jacek flying high......

.....and his rainbow shadow

Nik had a go at Silver height but offset the advantage of his fancy wingtips by towing to 4300ft, so that 8,000ft may not be enough!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lleweni Parc expedition week 2

The new arrivals seem to be having a lot of fun, Richard says: 'Amazing day here with the ridges working behind and beyond the North Wales GC and also bizarrely underneath the Liverpool CTA'. Here are some of the day's pics:


Max waiting to launch

Patchy ridge

If you concentrate you will see the airfield

Coastal sunset