Dartmoor Gliding News - Wednesday 23 November 2022

Forecast:  Wind, heavy showers, low cloud base.

Actuality:  Wind, heavy showers, low cloud base.

 A pit inspection revealed more lake views than runway views.  The drainage sump at the cross track was full and the drains flowing into the road culvert outside the entrance gate were at full bore.  Dark skies abounded and then the heavens opened.  The One Day Course candidate, Robert Howe, phoned up promptly anticipating the cancellation of his course by the Duty Instructor, Mike Jardine.  Robert, we look forward to meeting you when you have rebooked on a better day.

Time to stoke up the wood burner and concentrate on indoor work in the club house and in the hangar.  Freshly laundered glider and canopy cloths were returned to the launch point trailer (Ed: Mrs S seems to be washing a lot of glider cleaning cloths recently).  In the club house tea was brewing. Robin was working on the accounts.  Our two new trainees Guy Balmer and Matthew Stone were raring to go.  So ground school lessons commenced. 

Mike re-briefed Circuit Planning; Peter briefed Winch Launching, and I briefed on glider batteries, glider cleaning, and glider care. Andy Davey and others chipped in as appropriate. The physical heft of a 12V 7Ah battery always surprises trainees and reinforces the need for them to be properly secured in a glider.  Guy and Matthew were shown the radio and glider battery charging station in the Tech Office and how to use it.  Phil Hardwick also progressed some projects as did John Smith who disappeared to the east end to fix some leaks in the control tower of the launch bus that we identified on Sunday (Ed: There were heavy showers then too).   Training progress cards were duly signed to reflect the morning's activity.

Then the Richard Roberts and Dad combo arrived. They also promptly disappeared to the east end and returned with his trailer ready to take the Discus up to Swindon for its annual inspection and maintenance.  Although they were off in a trice it didn't stop Richard passing out a few tasks in the clubhouse that were linked to his Grand Strategic plan (Ed: By the number of Richard's emails and texts throughout the day Dad must have been driving all the way there and back!).  Our Secretary, Steve Fletcher, was on site and busied himself with some projects including the mail.  The CAA has confirmed that K-13, G-CHXP is no longer registered to Dartmoor Gliding.

Gavin talks batteries and glider cleaning cloths (Ed: Well, what else do you expect from the Fleet Manager?) whilst Phil pours the tea
Gavin and Colin conferred on maintenance and documentation issues and which spare parts needed to be ordered from Germany  (Ed: The recent BGA audit has certainly has had an impact on the maintenance team).  Then Colin whipped John Smith into the hangar (Ed: He is a hard task master) to start on some surgical hammering to remove the second aileron from GDK (Ed: These are going to be replaced by new, crisp, smooth acting hinges).
The Whirling Dervishes of the maintenance team remove the aileron from the second wing of K-8, GDK, in a jiffy (Ed: Oi! Mind the clean glider cloths in the black trunk while your are waving that aileron about).

And now to the anonymous aviation blooper (Ed: In Aviation bloopers and mistakes are always anonymous to protect the innocent, as well as the guilty).  One of today's trainees asked where he could buy a copy of the BGA's Student Pilot Manual.  One of the instructors pointed to the "New Joiners pack" that was poking out of the trainee's ruck sac and the brand new copy of the Student Pilot Manual within.  (Ed: I am very glad that our secretary had left the site by then.  It was a result of his intensive efforts that produced the new joiners packs.  It would have been disheartening to see a grown man cry.)

All good stuff in this useful book (Ed: For posterity the club house copy contains Martin Cropper's proof reading marks and comments). All one has to do is read it!

After lunch members started to slip away to either more DGS work off site, or just with the satisfaction that they had played their part in winter maintenance, in its many forms, which keeps Dartmoor Gliding operating  (Ed: Only the most observant would have noticed the lack of low voltage alarms emanating from the solar set in the clubhouse that indicated that the batteries and their configuration had been updated earlier in the week which should make the system more resilient during the short, dark winter days. Also similar work had been conducted in the launch bus. Thanks Scratch).

For those who just can't wait there are only 12 flying days until Christmas Day!

In conclusion, we might not have flown today but lots of winter projects, glider maintenance, and ground school training were all progressed.  Thanks to all.

Gavin Short

Dartmoor Gliding News - Sunday 20th November 2022

A moderate wind straight down the airfield and dry conditions forecast, the assembled members started to set up the airfield. Winch to the west end, K13 and K8 to the east end. Frome the first launch and circuit it became obvious that the air was more turbulent and stronger wind than forecast. The K8 was parked up in the lee of the bus to protect it, hoping that conditions would improve to enable solo pilots to fly it.

First to fly with me was new member Matthew Stone. The turbulent conditions prevented some of the planned training, but he did see the effect of airbrakes along with a demonstration of undershoot and overshoot on the approach. He also gained valuable experience of flying in the conditions of the day.

Matthew completing pre-flight checks.
And off we go.
Our first visitor arrived along with the first squally shower of the day which delayed flying for about an hour. Takara Dover arrived with partner James from Plymouth. This was her second attempt to fly with us, after the first was cancelled due to low cloud. After some friendly chat in the shelter of the bus, the sky cleared and Takara flew twice with Gavin. She marvelled at the views of the countryside that she and James often walk, whilst bagging the two longest flights of the day.

Takara excited about flying.

Takara receiving her certificate.
John Smith and Ed Borlase each took turns in the front seat to have a couple of flights. Both found the conditions challenging, but gained vital experience for the future. Phil Hardwick then took to the back seat for currency experience of flying in the conditions. Whilst in the air we could see yet another squally shower heading our way, so made a decision to hangar land the K13.

K13 on approach.
Everybody flew and gained vital experience of flying increasingly rougher conditions. Matthew agreed that further training in the conditions would not really be beneficial. So with the toys washed down, dried and safely back in the hangar, the days flying came to a premature end.

Rainbow over Blackdown.
Thank you to those at the airfield today. At least we tried and are looking forward to some calmer conditions.

Peter Howarth

Dartmoor Gliding News-Saturday 19th November 2022

The day started with a frost under a clear blue sky and in still air; what a change from the howling gales and torrential rain from the past week!

Calm conditions on Dartmoor in the middle of winter
Waiting for the canopy misting to clear
The early morning fog still clinging to the Tamar Estuary
The gliders were out early and after a short wait due to canopy misting. it was game on. There was very little chance of a soaring flight on these conditions but that did not stop the training flights in the K13s or the solo pilots retaining recency in the K8.

K13 on finals
The K8 launches again
By far the biggest news of the day was that club stalwart Dave Archer flew his first solo flight followed later by another solo (just to prove that the first was not a fluke perhaps?). Well done Dave.
A relaxed Dave waiting to solo for the first time and...
... off he goes

Mike presents Dave with his wings
We welcomed One Day Course candidate Charlie Tucker who flew with me and used the absolutely smooth air to get to grips with the controls. Mackenzie Mclaughin and Dave Stewart both enjoyed Air Experience flights with Scratch ( Dene Hitchen). Also visiting today was experienced glider pilot Phillip Morgan who, after a couple check flights, made use of the K8 for a little wafting about in the gentle conditions.

One Day Course Candidate Charlie ready to go.
Soaring hat and sunglasses? I was hoping for great things
Mackenzie receives his certificate from Scratch while Dad looks on
Dave Stewart and Scratch ready to go
a very relaxed visiting pilot Phillip laying claim to the K8
Early afternoon the sky clouded over and gradually got darker and darker. Although this looked to be threatening rain, it never happened. It did. however, get very chilly and jackets, hats and gloves were soon widespread among the members.

The cloud cover increased rapidly during the early afternoon
Winching often goes un-mentioned but today saw the use of the GusLaunch winch with several members being trained in it's use. This is part of a plan to ensure that it our reserve winch gets some regular use.

Special thanks today must go to Stephen Fletcher who operated as Duty pilot all day and facilitated a very smooth running day with a total of 44 launches, Showing the way forward Steve!

A great winters day.


Dartmoor Gliding News-Wednesday 16th November 2022

A small team of seven arrived at the airfield today to fly. The RASP was predicting a lowering of the cloud base and rain around 2pm.

Overcast over a damp airfield
Training commenced with Guy Balmer having first conducted ground briefings by myself and Peter Howarth on Launches and Turning. These were then put into practice by Guy.

K8 was brought out and flown by those looking to keep current. Every opportunity needs to be taken now we have Autumn conditions to contend with.

K8 at the launchpoint
The rain as predicted arrived at the airfield at the east end launch area resulting in Robin’s third flight ending in hangar landing.

Rain approaching
The gliders were cleaned , dried and arranged in the hangar ready for the next outing.

Mike Jardine

Dartmoor Gliding News - Sunday 13th November 2022

As per yesterday’s blog, what would today bring. A moderate cross wind, no rain forecast and clear skies it was disappointing for such a small turnout today. Possibly Remembrance Sunday and family ties had something to do with it.

It was decided to just use the K13 today as the K8 would be out of limits with the cross wind. After several weeks without flying, first up was Ed Borlase for a couple of check flights. A covert organised power failure for the first flight soon got Ed back into his stride followed by a well-executed cross wind approach on his second flight deemed him clear for solo flying.

Ed waiting to get back to flying
Our ODC today was Mark Oswald. Purchased as a gift for Mark, it took two attempts to book in with us, but this was due to less-than ideal weather conditions previously. However, believe it or not today (in November) blue sky and mild temperatures surrounded us on this occasion. With an airline pilot as a cousin, Mark was keen from the start, showing good understanding during the morning briefing. After vocal reaction to the acceleration of the first launch, Richard knew Mark was loving the experience of gliding.
Mark receiving a briefing from Richard.
This was followed by good general control of the glider. Mastering use of the ailerons and elevator by the end of the course.  Well done. During his later flights, Mark was having difficulty feeling the rudder pedals. His trainers had a thick padded sole. For the last two flights he flew without the trainers and had greater control and feeling with his flying. We hope he can find time to return and make use of the three month’s membership over the winter months Mark.
Off Mark goes
And back again
After his recent operation, Steve Fletcher was back at the club undertaking light duties. He wanted to fly to see how he would react to being back in a glider. No reaction and a flight of 20 minutes for flight of the day left Steve very happy to be back.

Steve back in a glider.
Our view of low cloud over the moors
Phil Hardwick came back from the winch and enjoyed two circuits in the K13.

K13 FSD basking in the November sun.

The winch returns from the east end.
An unusually warm November day with a low turn out, we made the most of the day. Everybody left happy. Thank you all who were at the airfield today.

Peter Howarth

Dartmoor Gliding News - Saturday 12 November 2022

Today's forecast was for dry weather albeit with a south-easterly veering southerly crosswind that might be out of limits, but it would certainly be gusty.  Regrettably, not the required conditions to deliver the two scheduled One Day Courses so they were cancelled.  But on the plus side the Saturday crew could get some flying done on one of the few dry days expected in November, albeit in challenging conditions.

I had an errand to run in the morning so when I arrived, a little later than normal, the decision to cancel the two ODCs had already been made.  The winch was out on the field and the other equipment was arrayed ready for use as normal.  But there was a strange stasis about the scene and the members.  After I appended my name to the flying list I was informed that both of the serviceable K-13s had been taken off line.  There were problems with closing the canopy on both aircraft.  Colin, our BGA inspector, had been asked to come up to the club. So there would be a pause...

Freshly laundered glider and canopy cleaning cloths ready to be returned to the club, and the launch point support trailer, following their extensive use by the Wednesday Washers

Gliders are living things and can react to the local weather conditions.  An obvious one being the moisture which can cause a number of effects including changes in the canopy fit (Ed: This also happens with GRP gliders.  The Twin Astir syndicate experienced this recently.  I have also experienced this. A carefully fitted replacement canopy worked well in a continental climate (Mid Germany) but in a temperate maritime climate (Dartmoor) on warm, sunny days the canopy would not close).  On reflection this shouldn't have been unexpected as this was the first time we had operated our two "new" gliders from Eden Soaring in the autumn.  Although we bought them last December we didn't get them on line until the spring this year.

So while we waited for Colin's arrival the members' attention, albeit a little half-heartedly, turned to jobs that could be done.

One was retrieving the fuselage of CLT form the east end (Ed: The fuselage lying across the back of the pick-up certainly was a novel arrangement but it was prompted by an unroadworthy trailer. I am sorry it wasn't caught on camera).  The fuselage has been stored in the Chairman's ex- Jantar 1 trailer at the east end for many years.  The wings and fuselage had been scrapped but the fuselage had been offered to a local Scout group for conversion into a flight simulator.  After a lot of negotiations the Scouts didn't want it so its time to dispose of it.

Some were preparing for the Committee meeting planned for the evening. Dave Archer was working on radio antennae.  And of course, there was tea drinking accompanied by a veritable surfeit of jammy doughnuts supplied by various members.

The pause provided an opportunity for ground school training for junior Ella, with her Dad listening in.  The in-flight exercise for Ella today should have been launch failures, but the strong cross wind made it unsuitable for her first attempts at this important exercise.

Whilst waiting, Adam turned his attentions to K-13, FSD's canopy which, with a little cleaning of the operating mechanism and re-greasing, returned its operation to normal (Ed: FSD's canopy locking mechanism is strangely sensitive to the correct level of lubrication).

Then Colin arrived.  FSD was quickly cleared as serviceable and was taken to the launch point at the west end and instruction commenced. FGR's canopy did, as suspected, need some major fettling.  Adam and the Chairman set to with a sanding block, and lots of elbow grease, to achieve a much improved fit.  It took quite a long time to achieve (Ed: Thanks for the perseverance).  When they finished Colin applied a coating of dope to seal the exposed wood of the canopy frame.

A short distance away on the hangar apron Steve Lesson wielded a can of white line paint to renew the "Bourchier line" (Ed: Used for guiding the gliders on to the correct spot on the hangar apron).  He then set about the steps leading down to the hangar.

Adam Hoskin and Steve Lewis fettling K-13, FGR's canopy to ensure a good fit.  Note the "Bourchier line" in its repainted glory.

Winter's coming.  The edges of the hangar steps were also repainted to aid with safety.

Inside the hangar the glider tyre cabinet was receiving a clear out and a drying.  Somehow there had been water ingress into the cabinet which had never been seen before.  A stock take was completed and some replacement tyres and inner tubes will be ordered next week.

Little things.  We have managed to standardise on a single tail wheel tyre size for the K-13s.

During the annual inspection of CCY and GDK it has become clear than we need to order some spare parts; sleeved bearings and aileron hinges.  During the day I was in contact with our supplier in Germany.

This is a K-13 aileron operating rod bearing.  Replacements are being ordered from Germany.

With the hangar empty CCY's wings were laid out and sprayed with UV protection paint and two coats of under coat.  Adam tried his hand at spraying the undercoat (Ed: It looks very smart).  The club compressor initially didn't work until Dave Bourchier discovered that the thermal trip, hidden behind an access panel, needed to be reset.

Post application of Ultra-violet resistant paint and undercoat CCY's are stored upright.  The Chairman and our BGA Inspector discuss the next step to get CCY back in service.
Now to the flying.  First up was Mike Bennett for a couple of currency circuits with Rick, in the turbulent conditions.  It was obviously pretty turbulent as I was duly summoned from the hangar.  An experienced pilot was required (Ed: Why did the Chief Flying Instructor ask for you then?) for a weather check flight in the K-8 to determine if the conditions for were OK for solo pilots to fly the K-8.  After an exciting flight in all sections; launch, downwind leg, approach, and landing, with an accompanying high work rate throughout the answer to the question was a resounding "No"!

Back to the K-13 where Steve Lesson made further progress in progressing to solo during two short flights.  The turbulent conditions provided him good practice in both approach control and landings in the cross wind. There was also time for Rick to demonstrate a spiral dive to Steve.  John Allan then flew with Rick twice for some currency in the turbulent conditions. He was followed by Ella who is gaining confidence in handling the controls, able to hold an increased bank angle, and experienced the effects of the air brakes at differing speeds in pair of flights. 

David Archer was moved up the flying list and had to stop his work on VHF radio antennas to guarantee his flights, which were excellent: good circuits and good landings.  But not before he had managed to the check the antenna installation on Andy Davey's and Martin Broadway's Libelle.

The CFI commented "All three pre-solo trainees made excellent progress today in turbulent conditions and coped well with the challenge of the low cloud base"  (Ed: Well done all.  Sometimes the best progress can be made on mediocre days).

Scratch was relieved on the winch by Mike Bennett.  Scratch took a pair of flights with Steve Lesson. Then we moved on to request flights. Ged was given a simulated power failure at 500 feet.  His syndicate's Twin Astir is away in Swindon for re finishing and so, sensibly, Ged wanted to remain current.  He responded to the power failure exercise by conducting an abbreviated circuit to land safely.

Ella had another flight with Rick and then Steve Lesson also took a third flight with Rick to bring most of the trainees up to the optimal "set of three" package of flights for learning.

The day had started out sunny then clouded over, which had brought the turbulence as we started to fly.  When the wind was more easterly there were a few clues that wave might be forming.  A number of pilots thought they found some (Ed: Is this a case of pilots' optimism overcoming the reality which was borne out by the short flight times recorded in the tower?).

Andy and I  then flew.  FGR's canopy was closed and locked easily during our pre-flight checks (Ed:  Thanks Adam and Steve for a job well done),  Andy, in the front seat, acted as a spotter for any sign of lift after a great 1,450 foot launch.  To be different we turned left, downwind, towards Blackdown where we found some reduced sink and we hoped for a longer flight.  However, when we turned back to the airfield we experienced 8 knots of sink as we scuttled home across the valley, and landed after just 6 minutes of flight.

"Man of the Match" was Adam who achieved 7 minutes flying FGR.  Despite the naysayers saying that it was easy to stay up when flying a K-13 solo (Ed: You have big wings combined with a lighter wing loading when flying solo) he proved them wrong by taking a second flight and staying up for 8 minutes.  The last flight of the day was John Allan's third with Rick.

Today the flight times were short.  We made 20 flights; a total of 87 minutes which equates to four and half minutes average.  That's what you get on a south easterly day in November which are arguably our least favourable flying conditions at Dartmoor Gliding.

So faced with the cancellation of the One Day Courses, weather that could be out of limits for crosswind, and potentially no K-13s to fly, a lesser mortal would have headed home.  But, as is often the case with gliding, a unexpectedly useful day's flying in challenging conditions was had by all which increased pilots' experience and maintained their currency for when the wind decides to go round to the east (Ed: The Dartmoor wave season is approaching).

As the day drew to a close the wood burner was lit for Committee members who had started to arrive for their meeting.  The equipment and gliders were packed away quickly and the meeting was able to start promptly at 1700 (Ed: I am sure you were all glad of that as the meeting lasted over three hours!).

Tomorrow's weather forecast was for more of the same but with sunshine.  A fantastic chance for both solo pilots and trainees to take advantage of the break in the November weather; and for Peter and Richard to deliver that training and a One Day Course.  Good luck to all.

Gavin Short

Dartmoor Gliding News - Wednesday 9 November 2022

Last week no none noticed that the last blog describing Dartmoor Gliding's return to Wednesday midweek flying was titled "Thursday 2 November 2022" (Ed: I hope that DGS pilots' pre-flight checks and lookout are a bit sharper than that!).

The Duty Instructor's forecast was for showers and gusts so the two One Day Courses were cancelled the night before.  But despite that the Wednesday Washers (Ed: More of them later) did fly but to be fair the conditions would not have supported the two One Day Courses.  (Ed: We hope to see our One Day Course candidates with us soon but on a better flying day.)  But we didn't know that when we assembled this morning.  The wind was cross, from the south and not from the west as forecast. The dark clouds all around the site did not bode well and those initial conditions did not look promising.  After I made tea there seemed to be a understandable reluctance to leave the club house.
Over tea we welcomed back Guy Balmer who flew with me on Thursday 13 October.  He is keen to make the most of his three month temporary membership so we furnished him with a pre-solo progress card and I and the Duty Instructor, Mike Jardine, signed off a few items that he had already completed.  Then Mike gave Guy a lecture on the pre-flight check list mnemonic CB SIFT BEC.  Guy intends to learn to fly gliders as a stepping stone to getting a PPL (Private Pilot licence) for power aircraft.

However, Richard and I had a project to attend to and we headed to the east end; finalising a chart of all the glider trailers on site. This will help the committee understand the number of trailers on site and the annual income due to trailer parking fees. More importantly from the perspective of the Treasurer and the Field Treasurer is to determine who have paid and who have not paid their annual fees.

Richard replaces the front door of the dilapidated club K8 trailer (Ed: Due to be scrapped when the K-6 wings that are currently squatting in it have been removed)

Activity in the hangar was under way with the K-13s being removed and inspected.  But the the hangar doors were then shut to allow John Smith access to loose panels on the inside of the hangar wall that had been noticed last week.

John Smith securing the corrugated iron sheets on the hangar wall from the outside with a hidden helper on the inside

Whilst those hangar doors were temporarily closed a replacement electric variometer  was being fitted to K-8, FXB, to replace the defective Cambridge Aero.  After trawling gliderpilot.net John Allan had bagged us a pair of XK10 variometers.  Now the club fleet is fitted the same model of electric variometer throughout.  Hurrah for standardisation (Ed: Some things learned at NATO never fade!). Once tested I raised the supporting paperwork, printed it, and filed it (Ed: Ohh, look at you! Who has just undergone a BGA maintenance and glider audit?).  Then I uploaded the paperwork to the cloud, well not quite yet;  our new maintenance team member Yiannis (Ed: And our first under 30 yro in the team) is working out how we can achieve that simply in the near future.

October's flying accounts had obviously already been issued to members as Robin was not in the club house slaving over a laptop but sweeping the hangar of leaves and debris (Ed: Bravo!).  The new rubber skirts at the base of the hangar walls and door prevent most of the leaves coming in but that Dartmoor wind can be persistent...
Then the hangar doors were opened again and FXB was moved out of the sunshine, wings cleaned of leaves and debris. It was then washed and dried after a Daily Inspection and a set of positive control checks.  With that the sun promptly went behind the clouds and FXB got a second wash by a sharp downpour.  So out with the drying cloths again by a pair of Wednesday Washers.   Fortunately that was the only one to hit the field today despite rain showers and squalls being present all around the local area.
A double washed K-8, FXB (Ed: Are those clouds starting to look thermic?)

At the east end following the heavy shower other Wednesday Washers got on with cleaning and drying the two K-13's prior to flight.

The plan was for Mike to provide instruction for those who needed it. Following a turbulent test flight it was decided that Peter would act as a safety pilot in the rear seat for the qualified pilots, as it had been a while since some had flown. The Basic Instructors and Introductory Flight Pilots would have to fly from the front seat for a change.

Although the K-8 was ready to go to the launch point the message was passed down the line that just the K-13s would fly today due to the gusty conditions and also not to damage the damp field any more than we had to.

The workhorses raring to go
At the launch point Mike was first up with Treasurer Steve Raine for a pair of circuits.  Then Guy Balmer made a set of three flights; 5 mins, 9 minutes; and 22 minutes soaring with Mike. Appropriately with Guy's Naval Service connection they were flying in FSD with its "Fly Navy" sticker (Ed: You really are determined to get the new CFI's dander up, aren't you?). At 1300 it was definitely thermic as I witnessed both K-13s soaring together, clearly visible from the hangar.  John Allan was with Peter in the second K-13 achieving a 20 minute soaring flight after an initial circuit.
Peter's view of the rainbow over Michael de Rupe church at Brentor
A showery view south to the Hamoaze
Rain stretching from Plymouth Sound to Kit Hill
An unhappy Hugh: "The Duty Instructor cancelled my visitors; I've got wet knees from hooking cables onto gliders; I am cold; and to cap it all my soaring hat fell in the mud."
 Back in the hangar, after the heavy shower, wings were being moved around the hangar to allow for a detailed inspection.  Colin also showed off a new instrument panel he had made for the front of  CCY. (Ed: Very Gucci!)
Colin cleans CCY's wings ready for a post-repair inspection, prior to painting
One of the hangar elves in action providing Colin with tea (Ed: That will be milk and two sugars)
K-8, GDK, wings ready for a later annual inspection whilst CCY's wings are cleaned.
Robin then took a set of three flights with Mike and then a fourth with Guy, whilst Peter flew with Phil, Richard, and then Andy who snuck in a quick soaring flight of 17 minutes.

 The afternoon skies are darkening
After I had finished my tasks in the hangar and clubhouse I proceeded up to the launch point.  Whilst strapped in the front seat (Ed: Did you remember how to fly from the front?) I thought I might get a thermic flight but at 1500 on a November day, after much rain during the week, and then the wisp of cloud that held much promise, faded on me one can but dream (Ed: Get real).

And still those workhorses keep on cracking out the launches
Care was taken to ensure that all had at least one flight to retain currency.  OK, in reality Peter sat in the back as a safety number but apart from "try that cloud over there" the extra ballast was quiet!  After Mike had flown all the trainees he then flew with Malcolm.  The thermal day was ending as Malcolm only managed six minutes even after enlarging his circuit and approaching over then farmer's gate on the rear boundary fence. Hugh flew with Peter for two circuits.  Then, emerging from the hangar, John Smith and Colin flew the last flights of the day.
As we start packing up and the last pair of launches are lined up, the sun comes out
The sun peeks through the clouds in the west
K-13, FGR, mud hosed away, washed, and dried and then moved sideways into the hangar
Followed by K-13, FSD, ready to be put to bed in the hangar (Ed: Smart hat Hugh!)
In total we made 22 flights today and a total of two hours and 36 minutes of flight time.  All flew which ensures that the Wednesday Washers are current despite the recent run of poor flying weather.

All the kit was put away by 1640 and we could go home in the daylight, although the light was fading fast.

In summary the Wednesday Washers did do quite a lot of glider washing today but most importantly they flew and some lucky pilots even soared in November.
Gavin Short