Christmas Eve 2007 - Shep with some model flying members - John Tournier, Mike Collett, Steve Brown, John Herman
Sunday, 15 November 2020
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Every year Booker goes on an expedition to Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, home to Deeside Gliding Club, and this year was no exception, although it was all a bit different this year, with restaurants closing early and no shared accommodation. However, we made the best of every opportunity to fly, and several members achieved firsts - first solo at Aboyne, first solo at a different airfield, first wave flight. Nils provided an excellent weather briefing every morning with some very pretty graphs from the comfort of his campervan. And when we weren't flying there was plenty of beautiful countryside to explore. We are grateul to Richard and Dave for keeping us in order, and to Dave for his time in fixing some towing damage.
Here is a selection of pics from the trip.
A view towards the east coast past the airfield
Dave spent a day on repairs
Nils and William enjoying a walk from Crathie
Monday, 28 September 2020
We have converted another power pilot to the joys of gliding - fixed wing instructor Jag Nahar did his first glider solo last week.
And then on Saturday it was time for the 17th International Easter Egg Cup Aerobatics comp. The conditions weren't the best - a freezing north-westerly making take offs on 06 quite interesting - but the field of 9 made some creditable performances - that is to say, their figures were recognisable. Their expertise ranged from 'never even done a loop before' to 'practised a bit'. British Aerobatics judge Charles Baker sat out in the cold all day gazing and the sky and tuggie James Roland kept us safe - completing his 3,000th hour of tugging in the process.
The trophy went to visitor Will Jones, with recently solo Leo Sentinella in 2nd place and Jane Moore 3rd. Many thanks to Graham Saw for sitting in as safety pilot on 8 flights, finding Easter eggs in September and organising the whole thing.
Maybe next year we will hold the comp at Easter for a change.
Sunday, 13 September 2020
We are now firmly established back home at Wycombe Air Park and the past few weeks have been busy as we have re-started trial lessons and courses. One of our course members, Jim Pearce, who has had a bit of practice flying things like Learjets, went solo after a few flights, converted to the Pegasus and promptly did his Bronze 2 hours. He came down buzzing with the thrill of the newly discovered delights of thermalling.
This weekend has been hectic with vintage gliders on display and flying. Sadly we had to scale down the event because of covid considerations but there was still plenty going on. And today we had another solo - 14 year old Leo Sentinella, who joined us from Bicester almost ready to go solo, has been working really hard on the final steps and today was the day.
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Saturday, 25 July 2020
|Looking good at 4,000ft|
|Down to earth - so near and yet.........|
Thursday, 23 July 2020
|Paul and Howard celebrating their 500k|
|Denis went to Devon......|
|.........passing through Sussex on the way|
|John visited Salisbury........|
|......and had a view of the Isle of Wight beyond Southampton|
As from 1st August, training flights will be at Booker 7 days a week, with cross country staying at Chiltern Park for a little while longer.
|Ossian O'Sulllivan and Graham Saw about to take the first launch on Tuesday evening|
Sunday, 19 July 2020
At the end of flying we squashed all the trailers up to one end of the field to make way for parachuting which resumed on Saturday, and then Jim provided a bbq from his motorhome.
|Jim the champion, with Richard|
In other news.........James Giles, who has yet to complete his Bronze, made the effort to drive that bit further to Chiltern Park, flew the Duo a couple of times to get used to the site, had a lesson in how to rig a Pegase and then had three long soaring flights - type conversion and a new site! And he did a lot of running around helping to launch the grid.
|The grin says it all!|
Friday, 17 July 2020
On Saturday 11th July we got off to a good start with a task of 198km, a couple of airfield landouts with aerotow retrieves and the first three places going to Jim White, Denis Campbell and John Otty.
Sunday was an amazing day with 6,000ft cloudbase in parts and light winds and the task was 322km, as always routed past airstrips to allow for safe landouts if necessary. The podium places shuffled a bit: Jim White, John Otty and Denis Campbell. Special mention for David Hamilton, flying his first comp, who managed 221km, having sensibly decided to skip the last turnpoint at Marlborough.
|Nice looking sky|
|Nils and Jim dropped in at Abingdon|
On Thursday the task was 152km around Lasham, Membury and Oxford. The sky looked good from the ground but it was plainly not so good on track. The winner was John, followed by Jim and then Denis. A handful of pilots had extra adventures - Ashley landed at a short strip near Kingsclere and was retrieved by road, Martin (a guest from Halton) landed at Membury and got a tow back from the Jones brothers, Nils landed at Bourne Park and was brought home by John in GH, and David picked a mammoth stubble field and was fetched by Richard in the Pawnee (any excuse).
|Getting ready to launch the grid|
|Nils at Bourne Park - sadly soon to close and be built on|
|David in his mammoth field|
The detailed results are here: https://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/booker2020/results
Meanwhile at Booker - we resumed flying at WAP last Friday with 9 training flights, and another 9 on Saturday. The new method of operation worked very well with great joint working with power traffic.
Friday, 10 July 2020
The phased return is because WAP no longer has ATC and we are testing the new air-ground procedures.
Watch this space for further updates.
|Graham getting ready to instruct - he also did some aeros practice in his Lunak|