Tuesday, 29 June 2010
The outside venue
Richard going for the hard sell
Chris: Stand designer, builder and salesman exraordinaire.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Nils Wedi, first 500km.
Booker had an away day at Chiltern park and Nils, Shack and Denis all flew 500km. Nils completed his first 500km for his Diamond, hence the big smile. Shack flew his task the opposite way round because although we gave him a task sheet we forgot to mention that we had changed direction. He turned it to his advantage and came first on the Ladder scores.
Our thanks to Denis Pearson and Chiltern Airsports for inviting us. Thanks to Phil the tuggy who braved the crowded skies over Aero-Expo to come and launch us. Many thanks to the dedicated band of Club members who stayed behind at Booker to man the Club stand at Expo. It must have been very frustrating trying to explain gliding to Joe public whilst looking at the sky and thinking I would rather be up there.
Derrigging at the end of a great day.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
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We will be launching from Chiltern Park on Friday morning. The tug is flying over from Booker, it will launch the gliders and then return to Booker. Phone me if you are likely to want a tow. Nils and I will be there from 0915. Post code OX106AS
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
The distinctive red brick center of Newark
Running at 80 kts in to TUX with what look like good conditions ahead
TUX from the north having flown on under a Cu that doesn't work; got down to 1500 asl heading south after this (maybe 80kts was a bit too fast?)
Hands up those who remember TP photos as evidence. Andover, but maybe not in sector.
Running in to BOT at 80 Kts under a dying sky; this time down to 2500 asl southbound at Melton Mowbray before finding a climb (maybe still too fast?)
Finish Line Observers?
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Conditions improved as we went North and by Northampton were stonking. Over HUS in 6kt thermals and 4500ft cloudbase to see fifty gliders on the ground..waiting? The air turned moist at Newark and Denis made the most of his decision to turn TUX and head South. I still had 25k to go and struggled.
By Bevoir the conditions improved again and I romped down to Newbury where the air went moist again and I slowed right down around AND. I guess by now Denis was going North again. I decided to call it a day as it was now nearly 5pm and I had 250 to go.
Denis (the grinder) Campbell plugged on and returned to BOO victorious as we supped ale in The Pad. Well done Denis, you proved my forecast right!
Saturday, 19 June 2010
The prizes were handed out by Mark Jefferies (multiple time British champion) who also entertained the contestants to some stunning flying in his Extra 330SC.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
A grid was set and Rob, Simon, Phil and Richard set off on various tasks (with a few others later in the afternoon). Phil created an interesting logistics challenge when he landed FZA out which meant waiting for HNK to come back from the JLP summer fair and be rigged so the trailer could be used to retrieve him - all done in good humor and a credit to Steve who ran the airfield faultlessly for the day.
The day went on late into the evening waiting for David Hamilton to finally land at nearly 7pm - he wasn't going to miss a moments soaring.Richard Crockett flying his immaculate Nimbus 2 over Booker
We were under the circuit for 24 so we saw plenty of gliders and tugs passing overhead on what looked like a very nice day. Our visitors were particularly interested in the weekday evening Trial Lessons at £55, and a few were interested in longer courses, so we hope to see some of them at the launch point soon. Many thanks to David, Richard and Robert for helping out.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
First place Tim Scott and Jon Gatfield in team Z3 and T6
Second place Jim White in J1M
Third place Wayne Aspland in 325
Many thanks to everyone who helped make it such a fun competition