Bannerdown News - From November 2012

Fantastic Flying, Food & Fireworks!

The clubhouse was bursting at the seams on Saturday night for Bannerdown’s Bonfire & Fireworks Party.

Guy Westgate started the event at dusk, with a spectacular aerobatic display in the GliderFX Fox with added pyrotechnics.

Guy Westgate Display

After the flying, Jo and Ali provided a full three course dinner to the hungry crowd and the bonfire was lit.  With perhaps a little too much propellant, the bonfire didn’t take long to burn down to a mass of burning hot embers.

Dave Holley treated us to another dazzling fireworks display this time lighting up the night sky from the ground.


A big thank you all those involved in the evenings entertainment.  The clubhouse was buzzing for several hours afterwards.

Date posted: November 18, 2012 by admin

Weather Station for the Airfield Bus

I have an unused Oregon Wireless weather station that I am happy to donate to the Club for installation in the Airfield bus. The digital base station and display can run from mains power but the anemometer, rainfall bucket and temperature and humidity sensors are all wireless and battery powered. It would enable us to have accurate real time weather readings on the bus as well as displaying the trends over the day. All good stuff for a glider pilot and useful for airfield management. I suggest the base unit needs a wall mounted bracket (so it doesn’t get lost and/or broken). The anemometer will need a pole to get it up a short distance from the roof whereas the other sensors can be mounted directly on the bus itself. Maybe the anemometer can share the lights pole?

I would install it but I’m now engaged in glider maintenance and it would make a really good short project for a willing volunteer. To do a really good job would take probably just 3-4 hours. I am next at the Club on Sunday 18 Dec and will bring the set with me.

Date posted: November 10, 2012 by Carl