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Some Summer Bronzing

Well done to Tony Barber, Sam Arnold and Charlotte Acton on completing their Bronze today.

Date posted: August 1, 2015 by admin

Congratulations Dave!

Well done finally to Dave Ockenden who achieved his solo 50 years or so after his first.
Dave O. Post Solo

Date posted: June 21, 2015 by admin

First Solo!

Congratulations to Shannon Collyer (16) on her first solo today at Keevil seen here, with her instructor, Robert Brain.

Shannon's first Solo

Well Done!

Date posted: June 13, 2015 by admin

Our Newest Instructor

Congratulations to Neil Geraghty on achieving his BGA Basic Instructor rating.


Neil will make a great addition to the team and now can enjoy putting smiles on new potential pilots faces.

Well done Neil.

Date posted: May 20, 2015 by admin

The first 1st solo of 2015!!!

Congratulations to Olly Llewellyn, aged 15, on her first solo at Bannerdown today.

Olly's first solo

Olly is a member of Swindon Old Town Explorer Scouts and is pictured here with her instructor Oscar Constable.

Date posted: March 15, 2015 by admin

2015 AGM & Awards

Bannerdown held it’s annual club AGM last weekend at the Steeple Ashton village hall. As last year’s event, a two course dinner was served by staff from the village pub, The Longs Arms.

After the food, it was time for the formalities of the AGM, the raffle draw and the annual awards presentations.


This years awards were:

Bannerdown Bowl, awarded for overall merit – Simon Foster
Bannerdown Cup, awarded for most progress – Sam Arnold
John Burn Trophy, awarded to the club’s unsung hero – Bob Bromwich
Keevil Trophy, awarded this year for the best flight – Neil Geraghty
Colerne Cup, competition success – Andy Smith
Derek Findlay Trophy, longest flight – Callum Harkness
Keith MacPhee Bursary – Charlotte Acton
CFI Trophy – Oscar Constable
Hog of the Year – Jon Arnold
Best Instructor (as voted for by students) – Bob Brain

It was also noted that Andy Miller had been awarded the Bill Scull Safety Award by the BGA.

We were then given an insight into what it’s like to compete in an international gliding competition by brothers Steve and Howard Jones. The pair took the gold medal in the newly inaugurated 20m multi-seat class, having dominated the event from start to finish. They covered everything from the pro’s and cons of borrowing an aircraft to the separating of workload in the cockpit, to dealing with winning most of the competition days.

As well as thanking our speakers Steve and Howard, we must also thank Jo for organising another successful AGM event.

Congratulations to all – well deserved!

Date posted: February 27, 2015 by admin

… because sometimes you need a neighbour to help you!

Whilst we always try and land back at our home airfield, Keevil, there will always be occasions where we stray too far and just can’t find the lift to get us back. It’s not a problem, a glider can easily land in a farmers field. It’s something glider pilots train for before venturing away from their home airfield, and at Bannerdown we are checked annually using the club motor glider.

Tractor and Glider Trailer

Gliders are designed to be de-rigged and loaded into a trailer easily. However that nice landing field is not always close to the road, and sometimes a little help is required to get the trailer in and out.

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Its always nice to be able to help a neighbour…..

The weekend we were joined by a K13 and members from Shalbourne Gliding Club who fly from Rivar Hill. Rivar Hill is a regular turning point for us and often the destination early cross country pilots use as a destination for their Silver Distance attempts.

K13 from Shalbourne

With their winches in winter maintenance and requiring more attention than first thought, they have no way to launch – so they are visiting us. Making use of the chance to aerotow as well!

Date posted: January 19, 2015 by admin

New Year – New Aircraft

R10, a Schemp-Hirth Discus CS, arrived at Keevil this weekend. R10 replaces 547 which is being sold. R10 had a refurbishment in 2010 and is in very good condition.

R10 Arrives

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The last first solo of 2014!

Congratulations to Matt Dews on completing his first solo yesterday.


Matt is the third of the Dews brothers to go Solo, but the only one to go solo at 14!

Well done!

Date posted: December 29, 2014 by admin