Sunday, 31 October 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
A local resident, who prefers to remain anonymous came along to support the Club's protest against building a 20,000 seater stadium in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"This monstrosity will kill off the local habitat and destroy the resident wildlife" said the caring bear.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
John White also added his name to the list of first solo's today after Paul Clarke decided the time was right to get him off on his own - congratulations John.
In line with the recent theme of flying reports from members flying elsewhere (or should that be eating and drinking around Royal Deeside?) we have updates on two of the cadets who have been doing some flying elsewhere.
MiniGat has been doing some flying with Nottingham University Gliding Club. He had shared some concerns about the 'challenges' that winch launches offer but received the sage advise from one of his fellow cadets to 'just man up and do it'. Clearly the advice and his natural ability had him solo on the winch the same day. MiniGat is now cleared to fly the clubs hot ship - a Skylark II but his abilities were not missed as he was also approached the same afternoon to buy a half share in an LS6.
Hilton Junior has been off at Halton doing an Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship and was sent solo on a Grob G109 motor glider earlier today.
Both of them report how they have had to behave in a way that is becoming of the respective clubs operations but they are still "Booker boys" at heart!
The three newcomers to Aboyne didn't get to see the best that it can offer, but they all agreed that they had widened their experience considerably with all the different types of flying, and will all be back for more.
Many thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for their hospitality once again.
Friday, 15 October 2010
Yesterday the wind blew northwesterly, but not with quite enough effort to produce noticeable wave. We rigged and everyone flew, mainly on ridges, but a couple of people got into weak wave for short periods. Mike and John were low enough ridge running to startle some deer. All good fun, and certainly different from the flat lands of Booker.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
One group went to the Speyside Cooperage Centre to find out about the making of barrels.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
As the sun dropped, so did the temperature, and the mist came up from the river as if the tide was coming in. Most people went to the Boat in Aboyne for dinner, where the fish and chips and the steak pie are particularly good. Then back via the Co-op for Mackies ice cream and chocolate to be consumed back at Birkellun with some of Denis's whisky. The helicopter entertainment failed despite Henry's best efforts.
Monday, 11 October 2010
There were several separate expeditions to Loch Muick for the 8 mile walk around the shore, which gave us an appetite for tea and cake back at Birkellun, where we are now all comfortably installed.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
We had visitors from BBC 4 Science. Both the presenter and producer flew with their recording equipment and our curios neighbour Red Kite provided additional interest by joining our thermal. The BBC are making a three part series on the atmosphere called ‘Thin Air’ which is due to go out second week of January, further details to follow.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Richard Clark 318 - 9500ft and definitely Silver this time
William LC - Loch Morlich 15,300ft
Steve JH - Balmoral 10,400ft
Alan AJ - Dalachie 12,800ft
Dave/Bill 315 - 8,000ft
Jane 118 - a mere 5500ft but very picturesque
Glyn, Mike, John and the other Richard went biking.
…meanwhile back at the ranch the front went through earlier than expected leaving us with nice crisp air, 12kts south westerly, 18 degrees, 2-4 octas, 3500ft cloud base, good 3kt climbs and a 4-5 hour window. Superb. Thursday looks good too.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The forecast for tomorrow is still for southerlies, but probably not quite so strong, so it should be a good day.
BGC and BBC Gliding were well represented and as we waited at The City of London Cemetery outside the gothic Victorian Chapel in the lovely autumn sunshine we heard the sound, smell and sight of a magnificent steam engine coming up the drive followed by a horse drawn hearse. Martin had varied interests, steam engines being one of them.
The service was a multifaceted affair with tributes, three fantastic examples of flamenco music and one of Martins recordings as he was an accomplished flamenco guitarist known as ‘El de la Camisa Roja’ (He of the Red Shirt). There was also a beautiful flute piece and some poetry. At the graveside we had red roses to drop onto the coffin.
Then it was off to the pub to celebrate Martin’s life led by the steam engine which remained outside for hours attracting a great deal of attention and prompting stories about Martin. Real Style.
You can learn a little more about Martin and his flamenco guitar here http://www.camisaroja.com/camisaroja/Home.html
Monday, 4 October 2010
Richard Clark and Dave Byass in 315 - 7500ft
Glen Alison in 987 - 13,oooft
Bob Smith in 279 - 10,000ft and about 6 hours flying
Mike Collett in 7Q - FL195 and to Tomintoul, Feshie and Loch Lee
Alan Johnson in AJ - 9000ft
Bill Winthrop and Dave Byass in 315 - 15,000ft, and then in ECZ 12,000ft out by the Linn of Dee, they couldn't go higher because the oxygen had run out, they recorded 12kt climbs at one point
Tim Jenkinson in Aboyne's Discus HXH got to within 100m of gold. He'll just have to do it all over again.
John Herman came back late from somewhere or other and provided entertainment for the drinkers with his circuit.
No pictures today, too busy flying.
The forecast is for same again but stronger winds, so tomorrow will be fun one way or the other.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The team has assembled, and all the kit has got here in one piece, through rain and flood and rainbows. The sight of notes on the club noticeboard with suggestions for rainy day entertainiment was not encouraging, but we have got off to a flying start.
Meanwhile Glyn's model racing car was buzzing noisily up and down the runway and over the grass. Flying was abruptly curtailed when Bob's aerobatic plane 'unaccountably hit heavy sink on finals', as they say, and broke in two.
We then rigged ECZ and 318, and Capt Byass test flew 318 with its shiny refinished wings, which was an interesting spectator sport.
Time for dinner.Food report: Clearfield contingent had some tasty grilled salmon last night and the rest had chips in the clubhouse. And we can report that the cafe in Ballater next to the outdoor shop does excellent pea and mint soup. The scones looked good - next time.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
John Lambie, John Hubberstey, Michael Gardener, Peter Taylor, Peter Cross, and Jack Fox enjoyed flying FZA, HNK and DJK. It was Jack’s first flight in the K18 and he was enchanted by the handling and good manners which he described as delightful. Roland Wales and Glen Allison assisted with the instruction with Roy Highfield and Geoff Tabbner tugging.
318’s refurbishment is now complete, in time for the annual pilgrimage to Aboyne. It’s been a significant team effort that was made possible by dedicated club members putting in a considerable amount of time, well done. Robin Wilgoss towed it out to the launch point and Julian Saakwa-Mante had the privilege of doing the test flight; he reported all was in order and it flew superbly. On landing Robin was keen to know if the wheel brake worked, essential for stopping at the end of the Deeside runway. Then it went back into the trailer ready for its highland adventure...