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News from August 2016

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by admin

If it is – then it was a good one to finish on.    A stunning day with the Sedbergh soaring to cloud base from the first launch of the day.  The Swallow and Venture were also soaring.   Sadly the MK3 and Prefect were unable to join them as they were due a C of A.


The airfield is due to be sold in the very near future.


Posted on: August 27th, 2016 by admin

The day started with a flypast by the Red Arrows.  Due to pass close to Hullavington, and with an ex 621 staff member flying Red 4 they were only to happy to pass over us.

The weather didn’t play ball all day though and we had to take shelter as a Thunderstorm passed the airfield.  After it passed the aircraft returned to the field.   With a social planned for the evening there were lots of people about.


Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by admin

Some great soaring today starting with the Sedbergh soaring away from the first launch.   We even had aircraft sharing thermals today as well.



They are further away from each other than they look from this picture!

We carry out a series of checks before each launch following the mnemonic CBSIFTCBE.  Controls, Ballast, Straps, Instruments, Flaps, Trim, Canopies, Eventualities (although not all our aircraft have all of these of course).   The last of these, Eventualities, is where we plan for what could happen during the launch – as sometimes it does happen.  It’s not often captured in a photo though.



You can see the cable has gone slack.   The glider released the cable and landing straight ahead.  It’s something we learn as a student to deal with and regularly practice.

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