Saturday, 9 February 2019

319 joins Virgin Atlantic for a day

The club's ASW19 took part in Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Exceptional Engineers event at their headquarters at Gatwick today.

The objective of the event is to "inspire children and young adults to showcase the amazing opportunities available to them by sharing our wonderful world of aviation".

Organisations supporting the event
Over 800 people attended the event over the course of the day with opportunities to fly Virgin Atlantics Airbus simulators, try out their training escape slides, meet and talk to various aviation related organisations and crucially sit in a real glider and find out about gliding. 319 was a popular attraction with a constant steam of 'future flyers' throughout the day.

319 on display in front of Virgin Atlantic's training rigs

Highlight of the event had to be Maddi giving a group of Virgin Atlantic pilots a very practical lesson in weight and balance....
Maddi's take on "Catch me if you can"

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Snowy Saturday

While the briefing room was sheltering those who attended Chris Rowland's lecture on Aircraft General Knowledge, a hardy few set up on 35 for Graham's aerobatic course and some check flights for those wanting to get current - after we had managed to get the frozen hangar doors open. The airfield was surprisingly clear of snow but the fields round about were well covered and the views were stunning.

Attaching the triangle for aeros

Maddi launching the first flight, Bob D in the tug

Luke looking for the airfield

Ah yes, there it is

A good warm hat was essential

Hangar packed, off to the clubhouse for a hot drink

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Henry and the Winter Lectures

The room was well-filled yesterday to hear Henry de-mystifying radio comms in the third of our Winter Series of briefings. Next week Chris Rowland will be tackling the subject of Aircraft General Knowledge.

Henry keeping calm

Thursday, 24 January 2019

We fly in snow!

There's been a bit of snow here in the Chiltern uplands, but not enough to stop us having fun.

Still smiling

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Snow joke

There was some gliding today at Booker in the fine morning sky, but the day was cut short by a heavy snow shower. Jim Roland managed to get the tug away just in time.

Booker tug pilots remain cheerful whatever the weather throws at them.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

First first solo of 2019

Today the Kosogorin family took advantage of the glorious sunshine to come to Booker to see 14 year old Sacha do his first solo. Sacha did his training last August with CFI Richard Crockett, but he had to wait until his 14th birthday before he could go solo, after a couple of check flights with DCFI Graham Saw. His younger brother is hot on his heels!

Congratulations Sacha!

Mum, Dad and younger brother with Graham

The traditional instructor handshake

Saturday, 19 January 2019

News from Australia

Club member and DCFI Steve Williams is currently enjoying great weather in Australia.
Here are a few pics that he has sent to cheer us all up while we await the arrival of Spring.
Looks like the Discus 2 fits.

9000Ft Climb in convergent air.

9000 Ft in convergence above mountains North of Lake Keepit

Friday, 28 December 2018

Winter Lectures 2019

If you are working towards Bronze or just want to brush up a bit, here is the 2019 programme of Winter Lectures, all at 10.00 in the briefing room.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Two more instructors

Congratulations to Phil Binnee and Nik von Merveldt on completing their Basic Instructor ratings.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Another instructor rating

Congratulations to Jeremy Gilbey on completing his Basic Instructor rating today in glorious sunshine.