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Posted on: January 31st, 2009 by PhilW

The first vintage flying of 2009 just squeezed into January on Friday. Although the forecast didn’t look great, the actual weather on the day was just fine for the barge. With the bitterly cold southerly wind blowing about 12 kts the launches were pretty good too – even on one of the shortest runs.

With the sunset still before five the early finish allowed work to start on renovating Barge trailer. The Army’s dust making operation at the other end of the hanger had left a thick layer of dust on the top. A few plywood sections of the trailer were knackered and have been removed so they can be replaced. After some brushing, scrubbing and sanding the blue paint dust made one person look like a smurf with a black eye. The trailer has now had it’s first prep session, but more will be required, as well as some recontructive surgery before it gets a fresh coat of paint.

Watch this space: 2009 is going to be a busy year!

Posted on: November 16th, 2008 by admin

Hi all,
The Sedbergh C of A this year showed up some work that will be required over the winter. It mainly involves wire brushing rust and then repainting to protect. Unfortunately the glider will require de-rigging in order to gain access to some of the areas requiring attention.

I propose that after the Friday 28th Nov, we aim to take the Sedbergh of line and attend to the work required. We will of course still be able to fly the Prefect and Grasshopper if people so wish, although I realise this doesn’t help the non solo pilots.

Other work that is required – Oil and filter changes on Peugeot, Landrover and winch, perspex to be replaced on winch cab ( I have perspex), orange flashing light to be re-installed on winch, repairing the Sedbergh trailer ( fairly major undertaking!) and anything else that you can think of.

It would make sense to utilise Fridays that we would have flown (this way those that are doing the majority of the flying can get involved with the majority of the maintenance!). Although there is no reason why evening work parties can’t be organised for some smaller jobs ( oil and filter changes).

I will organise glider and trailer work, it would be nice if three of you came forward to take on organising the work on the 3 vehicles. I can’t remember who got the filters for the winch and where they got them from ( any ideas?) I do remember it was an agricultural place in Chippenham and that the engine is a Leyland 500.