Dartmoor Gliding Club News-Sunday 29th October 2017

Light rain and low cloud was forecast to give way to sunny intervals later in the day, giving rise to hope that flying might, if not at first, be possible later on. As the cloud lifted, however, the wind increased from the north, also as predicted, with some vicious gusts that presented a severe risk to the safety of the K-13s and which, together with the waterlogged airfield, drove the decision not to fly today.

And so it was back to the clubhouse to discuss the state of the nation and, more particularly, the upkeep cycle of our fleet and return to flying condition of K-13 (K-7M) G-DBVB, a much loved blue and white two-seater that often featured in You Tube videos of the club. On its long road to recovery following an accident we are about to recommission the fuselage (so there will be a call-out for volunteers to assist moving the same in the near future). This led us to speculate what registration it should be given...if indeed it had been 'written off' as modern myth supposed. Our hopes of a 'personalised' registration were quickly dashed, however, by Dave 'The Voice' Downton who discovered that it was, indeed, still registered as G-DBVB (albeit our-of-date for ARC etc.) But this was not before a trawl through G-INFO had revealed that G-DDGS is not registered.

The sorcerers apprentice (aka "The Voice") searches the G-info database
Now, would anyone like to reserve that registration for their favourite gliding club? We could then switch it to G-DBVB as it was nearing readiness ready for flight...

Martin Cropper

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