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Inter-Services Regional Gliding Competition 2012

The countdown has started!

The competition website can be found at

Date posted: August 13, 2012 by admin

Better weather brings acheivements

A few successes to report on from the last couple of weeks….

Frank Soowamba completed his first solo – Well Done!

Ian Francis and Brian Poulsom have flown the 50km flights which I believe completes their Silver’s – Well Done!

Neal Wreford acheived his Silver Height Gain – Well Done!

The Bicester Regionals 2012 flew 8 of the 9 days in blazing sunshine.   Bob Bromwich finished 6th in the Sports Class and Steve Tape in ‘The Mighty DG200’ finished 2nd in the Club Class.   Well Done!!!

Let’s hope the Summer holds so we can rack up some more achievements!

Oh, and Adam’s Caravan made it to Bicester and back!

Date posted: July 30, 2012 by admin

Great Cheverill Fete

Thanks to Ali, Sam, Ian and Ben the club was able to support Merv with the village Fete this year at great Cheverill. We drummed up some interest and have some promises of some visitors soon! Thanks to Airborne Composites for the use of the Astir to display

Date posted: July 3, 2012 by CFI

Soaring Week Day 4

We have built an Arc – and loading up the animals. Some went to the Fleet air arm museum, some braved busy Bath and Adam handed some spanners to Andy S to fix Adam’s car. There may be some hope ahead for tomorrow………


Date posted: June 5, 2012 by CFI

Soaring Week Day 3

Not as many Km’s as hoped…… but more than Lasham! 🙂 Andy went the furthest landing out at Hullavington. Bob Brain was the hog of the day with 1:52 in the K18. Achievements for the day were

Jon Butler – Bronze XC Completed and Discus Conversion

Mark Peters – Bronze XC Completion

The evening finished off with Tim bringing his balloon over and allowing some to “Hop” the length of the airfield. The bar was then used to play Met Roulette (which would later prove that we won!)

Date posted: by CFI

Soaring Week Day 2


Ian & Pete managed a quick 8 minute trip to Wing Farm to do our Falke’s 50 Hours. Thanks to Tim Dews for his guidance and use of Workshop. Fingers crossed for some nicer weather for tomorrow

Date posted: June 3, 2012 by CFI

Soaring Week Day 1

The day started off with low cloud but did clear by mid-day for us to start flying. A resonable turn out for shabby day. The cloud was 8/8 cover although as soon as Andy Miller did 20 mins Steve Tape went off on his planned mammoth task of 28.6k. Adam “Beer”isford, Adam Clarke, Jon Arnold and Ted Richards all did their field landing days in the Falke. The weather ahead looks for some interesting planning. Well done to Paul Rees-Jones who completed his Bronze and XC Endorsement. Our First Soaring week Achievement.

Date posted: June 2, 2012 by CFI

Weekend 25/26/27th May

Hot Hot Hot!

A successful Trial Lesson Evening on Friday. We flew 7 people, and three took membership forms and were keen to come back for more! Another great BBQ after the flying finished, organised by Joe and cooked by Ian, had the new dining room in full use.

Saturday brought strong Sun and a faily strong breeze with strong thermals to be found in the clear blue skies! Not as much wind on Sunday. Another hot day, little shade and several people looking rather sunburnt by the end of the weekend.

Again members were out getting the club ready for:

The Bannerdown Soaring Week – Starts Monday 4th June!

Date posted: May 29, 2012 by admin

Weekend 19th/20th May

Well it wasn’t the best of soaring weekends, but still a productive one. Both days were flyable with some flights staying off the ground for a bit.

Lots of work being done around the clubhouse – and beyond. In just a week or two the grass outside the nissans had grown from ‘slightly long’ to ‘crop’. The mower fought through it slowly. With the strimmer out too, the area looks much tidier.

Oz was last seen on the mower heading down runway 01…

Date posted: May 20, 2012 by admin

Weekend 12th/13th May

Cracking weekend! Starting on Friday with Steve’s 200k bimble. We welcomed several new members on Saturday with superb conditions. R3, 547, R32, R12, 271, V17 and JA launched and stayed up / disappeared from their first launches with flights over 300k acheived! Conditions continued into Sunday with more X-Country and more soaring.

Date posted: May 14, 2012 by admin