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Clyde Stubbs

Clyde Stubbs

Clyde is the secretary and treasurer for Warwick Gliding Club

Posted by on in Flying reports

The day started with a pea-souper of a fog, that lasted until nearly 11AM. I flew up but had to land at Stanthorpe and wait until the fog lifted. The Air Cadets were champing at the bit for the last day of their camp, but had to wait for the fog as well.

Andres turned up wondering where everybody else was, and by 11:30 the sky was full of streets. Andres and I launched at about 1PM, only that late because of the usual interruptions - visitors from Bathurst included.

After release we both got up to 7000 with no trouble, headed west into a 20 knot wind, but finding plenty of lift in the streets. Andres continued to push west slowly, I went to Leyburn, we met up again at Allora and landed after 2 1/2 hours, but the sky was still working. Maximum altitude 8500 under the cloud, lift was anything from 2 to 10 knots, but only under the cloud - between the streets it was dead.

All in all a very enjoyable day and one that should have been enjoyed by a lot more people! Tomorrow should be much the same, so come on up!

Clyde

 

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On Saturday Dan and I spent most of the day rearranging the panel in ZDZ and fitting a new screen to run XCSoar - various technical glitches prevented it being finished until Sunday morning.

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Nigel reported for Saturday:

Great roll up for Saturday with students and pilots all enjoying the calmer conditions. A light SE wind which died off, some nice cumulus later in the afternoon. I managed to get current again with a check by Erich although I don’t understand why Sid had to waggle his wings when the tug looked like it was flying fine to me. And thanks to Sid for allowing me to regain currency in towing, the highlight was towing Luke to 5,500ft to the far Cu’s near allora – which did have lift under them.

Sunday started with fog in the morning, but cleared to a lovely day, light winds, and CU started developing mid-morning. Adam Sinden flew in the PW6 with Eric, and  Michelle Dodd turned up later for some PW6 flying as well. Single seaters that I know of were Andres, Dan, Luke and me (Clyde). Dan and I had a lovely flight to Maryvale (with an excursion to Cunninghams Gap for me while waiting for Dan to catch up), Pittsworth and return with plenty of good climbs under cu, though it was getting soft by the time we got back.

 

Then I had a bit of a mad dash to get home in the SR22 before last light - on descent I passed by a rain shower with the setting sun low in the west and was treated to a 360 degree full circle rainbow - could not get a photo of the whole thing but managed a snap of one of the vertical sections.

All in all, a very nice weekend.

Clyde

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Posted by on in Easter Comps Reports

Practice day weather was not great, but a few gliders took to the air, and one logfile was submitted by Dan the Bugman. The forecast for day 1 was not promising, but by launch time the sky actually looked pretty good. It was deceptive though - the lift was weak, especially down low. Nonetheless the majority of the fleet completed the task, with only two outlandings and a handful of relights required.

The photos below are in no particular order.

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Posted by on in Clubhouse

Evening all

Just a quick update on where the club is at from the inside.  It has been a great effort on removing and installing new bunk beds in the club house by all who could make it - as well as some flying.   (The weather really wasn’t that bad  J  and we did have some good thermal conditions ).   Val and Bill as always put in a big effort with many other helping hands.   We still have two double bed and bunks to install and if these turn up this week we will finish the job next weekend before the Maintenance course starts at the end of the month.

Many thanks again.

Phil Southgate

 

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Posted by on in Glider fleet

Our PW-6U is being loaded into its container at the factory today. ETA is about 6 weeks.

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Our new PW-6U glider has flown at the factory. Some photos, and the test flight report are here.

It should be shipped from the factory next week, so hopefully we will see it around the end of August.

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