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This blog is used to report on activities that are happening at and around Booker Gliding Club.Gary N
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Sutton Bank expedition update

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:07
The team had a good day yesterday with weak thermals allowing for flights of almost an hour. Everyone flew, including most of the single seaters. After a lovely sunset they retired to the Three Tuns in Thirsk for steak and quiz night - no word on whether or not they won!

Somewhere over Yorkshire
View of the airfield
Yorkshire looking a bit wet
Day's end
Local beer tasting

Booker Spring expedition

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 21:44
The Spring expedition to Sutton Bank is now well underway. The week 1 contingent made it up the 1-in-4 hairpin bend to the airfield in safety and yesterday they all had check flights to get the lie of the land. Today it has been wet, as it was down south, but they are expecting a good day tomorrow.

A fine view of the White Horse
The gang looking happy

February soaring

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:57
The sunshine on Friday made for a busy launchpoint with club members and visitors enjoying some early spring soaring. Friday saw a few achievements - James Giles had a busy day passing his Bronze GFT. Cadet Maddi Roberts had her first flight in a Pegasus and loved it, and Max Norfolk felt much the same about the LS7. Saturday was also sunny and soarable, with plenty more flying for those not attending Steve Williams' briefing on Navigation.

Maddi - Pegasus pilot

Another Wet Saturday

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:37

Today we had an excellent lecture from William Parker on Field Landings given to a packed lecture room. Lots of advice about making sensible decisions in good time, looking for big usable fields, working out the wind and assessing the surface from aloft. Good use of yet another wet Saturday.

Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 13:36
Having been glued to the live feed for days. I have never seen such exiting racing. These guys are brave! Jon finished 11th.

Sadly the last race cost Tomas Reich of Chile his life. No news on how. Mountains are very unforgiving. Glider racing is becoming a bit like F1 in the seventies. Maybe we have some thinking to do?

Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:36
Erstwhile Booker member Jon Gatfield is carrying the flag for GB this week in the World Final of the Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago Chile.

Day one was cancelled due to low cloud and poor heating. You can follow the action here:

Good luck Jon

Winter Lecture Series

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:24
Not so much lectures as briefings aimed at helping early solo pilots, Bronze candidates and others to make progress in their gliding, here is the programme for 2018.

The session on 27th January is for early solo to post Bronze pilots to discuss things which might be slowing their progress and how the club could help them to reach their goals, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about what gliding has to offer.

Sunday Retrieve Team

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:21
Anything to keep warm
The cold and wind didn't spoil the fun on Sunday!

Festive flying

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:26

 Booker Gliding Clubwishes all its members, staff and friendsa Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  Over the holiday period, the club will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but flying on those days will be available to those with self-authorising privileges. 

Making the best of it

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:54
Saturday was the date for the second of Graham's aerobatics courses, unfortunately the weather gods hadn't heard, so there was only time for one flight before the front arrived and we put the kit away. We did however have an extensive discussion in the briefing room about how exactly it is that wings work, upside down as well as the right way up.

After the kit had been put away, Rob had the bright idea of cleaning the bus. Most of it looks better now, we need a longer ladder, or a longer broom.