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JUNE O MY!

June 12, 2017

Cripes, months have passed since the last post. So much has happened. Steve and Shaun visit regularly and fill in for Colin who is tied up work wise. The club house is splendid, walls painted, windows fixed etc etc. The winch is in fine form and the K13’s are flying superbly. The field looks amazing.

We are flying Saturday. Come and join us.

 

 

2017 ARRIVES !

January 2, 2017

So I know we have been quiet for a few weeks on this blog, but the club has still been flying whenever the weather has allowed. Last weekend Sean the CFI from Odiham visited and by all accounts had a good day. Simon has worked on the exhaust of the winch engine and general maintenance tasks have been ongoing.

A picture of an old friend (Ron) should appear below, or at least his aircraft along with the K13’s last flight of 2016.

The warmer weather will soon arrive and another great year of flying beckons.

Happy New Year !

OCTOBER REFLECTIONS

October 30, 2016

Let’s have a little think about this. We started the year with only one K13, awaiting the refurbishment of EDU (our other K13). Difficult times. We refurbished the winch with a brand new V6 engine which has performed superbly along with new cables. Not to mention the reinvigorated winch diver ! Superb launches often to 1500 feet !

We were reunited with the EDU and O yes it was truly beautiful, red harness straps that any GTI would be proud to display !. We established a friendship with the Surrey Hills GC at Kenley (where I learnt to fly) and in their hour of need we were able to help our friends up the road at Challock by lending them our newly refurbished K13. Good to build such relationships I feel and I am sure it is and will be entirely reciprocated. We had a couple of new BI’s. We did some external rendering to the club house walls, we installed some LED lighting into the club house and an excellent wood burner to provide warmth, some new UVPC windows installed. We cleared over grown scrub-land around the club house and installed additional fencing and signage. We suffered a break in but with our usual resilience we moved on.

As previously reported we had a brilliant day of aero towing, promising so much for the future.

And this weekend, nothing much to report for a little club to be honest. Very mild conditions, very light winds and O we sent our first 15 year old pilot solo (well done Peter) and a slightly older pilot (Gordon) solo after 40 year odd years aspiring to be a solo pilot. There should be a picture or two below but never mind this was an inspirational weekend for the club as far as I am concerned. Two new solo pilots in a day ? Come on that really is a good achievement for any club ?

Lets keep this going !

AERO TOW WEEKEND

October 16, 2016

So OK it rained and blew a gale on Sunday and eventually common sense prevailed and we scrubbed the day.

Saturday though just has to be declared a success ! Visitors from Kenley, lots of club members and Dave from Bicester with his Robin tug. What a day. The club house being used as a club house should be, hot dogs, burgers, coffee and tea for lunch and then the sky cleared and we could finally aero tow shortly after lunch. One after another we launched, K13 after K 13 with the odd Grob thrown in. Not to mention a Pirat and SZD 55 being slung up the wire.  A superb afternoon ! The Waters family provided the food, excellent, Maurice looked after Dave our tug pilot overnight, Jeff cut the grass, Steve from Kenley looked after his guys and a great atmosphere prevailed. Thanks to all club members who gave a helping hand and particularly to Steve C for initiating this.

We will do this again.

 

OCTOBER ARRIVES

October 11, 2016

Sadly Saturday scrubbed due to heavy showers around Kent. Sunday dawned rather better than predicted.  We had Paul and Steve as BI’s and best of all we have DNV back from its inspection. A picture should appear below. We flew all the trial lessons and the few club members present also flew. Steve flew his Cirrus and a builder was completing the rendering on the club house. Things are happening and we need full support of all members to achieve.

Next weekend we have aero tow facilities available and expect a number of visitors to join us. Make sure you are there !

24TH 25TH SEPT 2016

September 26, 2016

Saturday dawned with slightly dull and breezy weather. However, we had some visitors from Kenley (Surrey Hills GC) who had brought a rather nice K6E with them.

With DNV in Kevin’s workshop for it’s annual check we needed to be efficient and I reckon we made a pretty good fist of it. Blustery conditions persisted throughout the day but we got everyone flown I believe. Our visitors did several flights in their K6 and I must say it was a pleasure to see pilots from another club enjoying the Kent skies.

Interesting stuff going on in the club house too. Gregg has found a rather impressive wood burner and Maurice busy installing it. Winter may be a rather more bearable season this year. In addition Simon has sourced a rather nice new cooker for the kitchen, just need a bit of effort to revamp the kitchen and away we go.

Bob in charge Sunday, drizzle etc in the morning but I understand superb conditions later on. A couple of pictures appear below showing our visiting instructor and P2 enjoying (and don’t their smiles show it ?) a flight in the K13 along with their view of Dover harbour.

Stuff is happening at this club.

Get on board.

SEPTEMBER, AUTUMN ?

September 5, 2016

A fairly busy weekend in prospect but we delivered. Saturday, Bob and Colin flew all club members and trial flights in really quite fresh conditions. Sunday, Paul and Colin were on duty along with Peter from CLK who it seems fancied a relaxed day away from the pressures of a bigger club. Hopefully we delivered that.

Sunday the weather kept promising to break and let a little sun hit the ground but it never really managed it, Paul managed a 15 minute flight with an introductory flight course visitor but that was pretty much it.

Next weekend we need to de rig DNV to send it for it’s annual so please as many as possible to give us hand.

 

 

SUPERB AUGUST WEEKEND

August 14, 2016

So Saturday promised a busy but productive day for the club. And it certainly was, Bob flew 10 trial lessons and Colin did something like 12 flights with club members and one or two trials. Some good progress made with Adrian and Louis.  Some good thermals around too.

Sunday, a big day for the club building a relationship with the ATC. Steve Potter present to take care of trial lessons and Colin to fly the cadets. As lunchtime approached the sky improved and frankly at times it was almost impossible to come down ! Ask Jeff (who managed a 2 hour flight in a K13) !

So we managed to fly everyone with a disappointingly low turnout of club members, presented a professional operation to the ATC and maybe sowed some good seeds for the future.

Picture of the cadets appears below I hope and thank you to those that turned up and helped today.

ATC

 

 

 

 

PRETTY GOOD WEEKEND

August 7, 2016

Saturday was superb conditions pretty much all day. Achievements :- Jeff got away ! O yes, 3500 feet in DNV, well done that man. Good training flights done and all trial flights done with lots of smiles. Mr Potter flew his Cirrus round the Kent countryside and Maurice probably had the flight of his life with Mat, Canterbury to Challock and back to Waldershare. Bet the residents of CLK were surprised to see a K13 circling above their airfield ? Great feedback about the flight from Maurice received.

Sunday, O my goodness, low cloud blowing in off the sea but loads of trials booked. Come 1.30 I did a weather check and possibly slightly optimistically felt another half an hour and we could get it all done. And we did ! Thank you to all those that turned up and helped, Adrian, Jeff, Ken and Brad. And of course Simon and Bob. We really really need more of this sort of commitment from members….. reflect on the chairman of Vectis (Isle of Wight ) gliding clubs comments folks. Must comment on Jeff’s efforts with the lawn mower at the launch point, fantastic stuff, makes it look beautiful and so professional in my view and the good safety implications are excellent.Need a big mower for the club folks !

happy trial flight

Two busy days

August 2, 2016

Saturday looked promising but sadly showers ultimately cut the day short. Sunday however looked much better and we welcomed Jeffs works colleagues in fairly large numbers along with a number of trial lessons from other sources. Both K13’s worked hard all day in a difficult sky, thermic at times but at others, massive sinking air. anyway we flew everyone I believe and many thanks to the young members of the club who really did make sure that the day was succesful with their hard work.

Good progress on the purchase of anew single seat glider too I believe.