Tuesday 25th July

Sounds like another tricky day from Nympsfield on Sid's Task week with Pete Startup 230 and Phil Morrison 611 struggling across the Severn Valley and having to deviate round big showers but both achieved 285kms Bridgnorth, Hereford,  Stratford. Wyn Davies W7 found another nice field in Bromyard.
W7at Bromyard (Wyn Davies)

Back at North Hill, some more evening flying for a group from Torbay Grammar Exporers.....
Torbay Grammar Explorers (Jill Harmer)

.....unfortunately flights were going nicely until the Skylaunch threw a wobbly and we couldn't replace the coil in enough daylight for Henry and Lee to get their flights, - hopefully they will return to enjoy their first flights. Thanks as always to the Instructors and Helpers. - J&P

Monday 24th July

With Pete Startup 230, Wyn Davies W7 and Phil Morrison 611  at Nympsfield for Sid's task week, it looks like they all enjoyed themselves doing different tasks, with Pete managing 204kms and Wyn crossing the Severn to Monmouth. 
The Severn crossing (Wyn Davies)

Back at North Hill, it was a lovely evening flying the Ipplepen Scouts, many had never been in an aircraft let alone a glider! 

Ipplepen Scouts and Instructors and Helpers (Lisa Humphries)
Thanks to all of the helpers, this wouldn't be possible without you , note Stirling is not in the photo as he was packing up the Winch!

Sunday 23rd July

It was a bright start at North Hill today, but gradually the showers approached and forced us to take refuge and have an early lunch. After the showers had cleared, flying was once again resumed. I was lucky enough to have two flights in the K13 and one low launch failure with JB, who let me fly solo in the K13. JB asked me what my weight was and I said 142 pounds. He said that I better check, so I did and I was exactly 142 pounds. (Why did JB suspect that a girl wouldn't know her weight?)
Well done Ellie for converting to K13 and collecting some wild flowers at the end of the airfield (JB)

Andy Williams also soloed for the first time on a winch launch. So all in all it has been a very successful day.  - Ellie Carter

Thursday 20th July

It was a bright start with a fresh northwesterly wind and the Clubhouse was packed by 08:30 with a good weather forecast and lots of expectation. Private gliders were being rigged whilst the launch point was setup, and there was just a little questionmark about what card colour would be set due to the gusty conditions.

It was thermic from first launch, but the ridge wasn't doing anything useful. With Pete Harmer, Peter Smith, Mike Sloggett, Chris Wool instructing and Pete Bennett looking after the 3 Mile High flights, and Mark Courtney and Robert Lee tugging it was a busy launch point all day. 

The private gliders pushed out at 11:30, and some struggled to get away coincident with a cloudy part of the cycling sky. Rowan in CLM had visited Wimbleball Lake but got caught in some rain and landed near Burlescombe. Ron (with Malcolm Vest) in 711 also got wet but managed to scuttle back with his long wings.  Pete Startup 230 went to MUD (to check on the runner beans) and then did Beaminster and Tiverton but couldn't face the struggle back into wind for a second time down to Axminster although he did find a bit of wave. Rich Roberts V5 flew Tiverton, Crewkerne, Taunton and found first time with water helped him get back. Paul Medlock HMS aborted his attempt to go to The Park getting caught in the sky cycling. 
Nice field for Rowan at Burlescombe (Rowan Smith)
Congratulations to Aston Key for passing everything that Wooly could throw at him and converted to DG505 solo. 
Aston solo in DG505 (Mike Sloggett)
Thanks to everyone for making it all happen, in the evening another group of Air Cadets enjoyed some extended flights with some weak wave. -J&P

Sunday 16th July

Arriving at the club for the pm Duty slot it was a bit like boarding the Mary Celeste. I was  however able to establish that it had been largely abandoned in this case because of low cloud and spells of drizzle. Having made the effort I resolved to put it to some use so Glenn Turpin and I set about some field mowing and he did his second solo session, while periods of drizzle passed. 

 This was brought to a close by needing the field for gliding of all things as several short flights were achieved by the Perkoz from aerotow with the Rotax Falke. The last of these was with Barbara as P2 who clearly revelled flying inverted and came back with a grin from ear to ear.

It was then de-rigged (very swiftly and easily) and put back in the trailer. 

Now the debate can begin............. - Peter Smith

Saturday 15th July

Another dodgy weather forecast, but it didn't put members off, with Martin Woolner in a  K21 early on, and well done to Dave Herbert for getting back solo after a few months. Welcome also to John Sugden from Booker GC who has joined the Club having moved to Devon. 
Perkoz in action yesterday, (with the better weather) with Lisa Humphries and Michal Ombach

The Perkoz trial flights were a bit limited today due to the lowering cloud base, but more than 20 members managed to sample some of its characteristics. -J&P

Friday 14th July - Perkoz day

James and I opened up before 9:00 today and quickly set up for the aerotow. First to arrive were  Bernd Hager owner of the Allstar PZL company and the demonstrator Perkoz and the Polish aerobatic champion and test pilot, Michal Ombach.

Soon members trickled in and the first tow was at 10:00. It was a grey day to start but soon developed into a nice looking sky.
Lisa preparing to go inverted (Mark Courtney)
Instructors flew first with Michal, the test pilot and then carried on instructing with our members.
Wooly looking delighted after his flight (Mark Courtney)

The build quality of this aircraft is superb,it has been closely looked at by our inspectors and been given a thumbs up.
James Hood preparing for his first flight (Mark Courtney)
The tug was on the go continuously with tug pilots swapping between Perkoz and Pawnee.
JB and Rowan try out the little wings (Mark Courtney)
Everyone who flew the Perkoz seemed very impressed, comfortable light controls and simply superb handling. Despite looking like a large aircraft similar to the DG it handles like a single seater.

Even Captain Slow aka Pete Startup was impressed with the way the aircraft handles, I have to admit that I had to discourage him on numerous occasions from heading off to Exmoor!

I would encourage everyone to take advantage over the weekend of the free winch launch or reduced price aerotow , have a fly of this next generation Polish glider and provide some feedback to the Club. - Mark Courtney

Thursday 13th July

It was always going to be a busy day with the Perkoz demonstrator available for members to try, and the distraction was obvious as it took a long while to get going. 
Perkoz demonstrator (Mike Sloggett)

There was some low cloud (below launch height) to the north west which seemed to stay there most of the day, but over the airfield it was fine and the first trial lesson Mile high was easily achieved. There were a few ragged thermal around but patches of strong sink so the day could hardly be called soarable, - maybe broken wave interference in the south westerly. 

Despite a long two-seater list there were only 2 trainees, with most requiring card checks.  
Andy Williams solo on aerotow (Mike Sloggett)

Congratulations to Andy Williams who resolod on aerotow after 'xx' years. James Smart added to his Junior total with a couple more circuits and congratulations also to John Borland for achieving his 50th solo. 
John Borland -50 solos (Rob Rand)
Perkoz launching (Rob Rand)
The Perkoz was well liked by all who flew it, and some enjoyed the aerobatic elements supplied by Michal Ombach of inverted flight. - J&P

Wednesday 12th July

The forecast for Wednesday was for a much fresher weather than of late and it certainly started that way most people had coats on and only the most hardy of individuals  (John Sillett) was wearing shorts.
Warm jackets needed (John Street)
The wind was northeasterly so it was up to the southwest corner the wind was quite strong and gusting so we started with a blue card. Eric Alston, Pete Startup and Tim Johns needed some encouragement to rig their gliders, but in the event they were quite glad they did the forecast indicated that the wind would drop and the conditions would improve and that is exactly what happened.
There were some achievements today Chris Warnes had his first solo one hour in the Junior, James Smart was converted to the Junior and Reuben Buss had over one hour of thermal flying under his belt that he found quite useful.
All the private gliders had good soaring flights and Robert Lee flew the Tug.
At the end of the day we were entertained by the Perkoz demonstrator giving us some very interesting flying. - John Street

Sunday 9th July

After the excitement of Competition Enterprise it was a quiet day at the Club today.

Whilst the wind was from the South West it was light in strength so  the launch point was set up in the South East corner of the field in anticipation of the wind direction moving to the North West later in the day.

K21 (KEK), both Juniors and the K13 were taken out of the hangar and with the departure of the Robin and Ikarus tugs, K21 (HCX) was re-rigged.

As the day progressed so did the flying list with,  as ever, timing of flights determining  whether pilots were fortunate to find lift at the top of the winch launch. The wind did not change direction as forecast/anticipated but with limited strength the launch point was kept in the same position.
David Cowley converts to Junior (Mike Sloggett)
During the day David Cowley successfully completed his conversion to the Junior whilst various members renewed card ratings or simply maintained their flying currency whether on the winch or aerotow.

A relatively quiet but successful day all round, with the Club infrastructure returning back to normal. - Mike Sloggett

Saturday 8th July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog Day 7

Friday 7th July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog Day 6

Thursday 6th July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog Day 5.

Today was another opportunity for Club members to be able to see a wide variety of single seater and two seater gliders at North Hill for Competition Enterprise. 

The daily briefing saw Club members listen in to the stories of flights completed yesterday and also the task set for today, in and amongst NOTAM and Met briefings.

It was clear from the forecast weather that there were unlikely to be many Competition gliders launching before lunch so Club members took a K21, Junior and the DG505 out of the hangar, completing duly inspections on the gliders so that as and when the Competition gliders launched Club members could use any spare tug capacity.
Grid squat (Marc Corrance)
And then it was a question of being patient with Club members spending their time admiring the gliders on the launch grid whilst also thinking of as many ways as possible if being to afford them!

And then with the first Competition glider launching at just after 1 and in turn reporting good thermals the calm tranquility of the sunny  airfield was soon replaced with the sound
of 5 tugs steadily working their way through the launch grid - and soon members were bringing the Club gliders on to the launching area.
Club flying after the grid launches (Mike Sloggett)
For some members it was a question of maintaining currency on aerotows, for some it was a continuation of training and for some it was an opportunity to be launched by a tug aircraft other than the Pawnee, good experience all round. - Mike Sloggett

Wednesday 5th July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog Day 4a.

In the evening, some of the DSGC Junior Members....
DSGC Junior Members (Mark Courtney)
 ......organised a barbeque for the members and Competitors .....
Lovely evening for a barbeque (Mark Courtney)

with the proceeds going to the Ian Beckett fund  which supports DSGC Juniors.

Tuesday 4th July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog Day 4

Monday 3rd July

Please see Competition Enterprise Blog for Day 3

Sunday 2nd July

With an expected long line of Competition Enterprise gliders setting up on the launch grid first thing the small group of non-competing Club members hoping to fly, clearly needed to be patient around potential flights in Club gliders at some stage in the day.
Grid squatting (Mark Courtney)

In anticipation that there might be an opportunity to fly, a K21 and a Junior were brought out of the hangar and daily inspections completed - and then it was a question of being patient until all the Competition Enterprise gliders had launched.
Briefing (Mark Courtney)

Late morning the Competition Enterprise gliders started to launch and with 5 tug aircraft in operation, as well as most gliders managing to 'get away', by early afternoon all the competition gliders had been launched.
Gliders on the grid (Mike Sloggett)
And with the approval of the Grid Launch Marshal the K21 and Junior were brought on to the launch grid - with both gliders then in use throughout the afternoon and enabling all the Club members who wished to get in the air to do so.

Paul Summers (Cirrus 477) enjoyed a couple of hours local soaring whilst Pete Startup (Discus 230) completed...182Km
G-CDSC Rotax Falke ready to tow (Mark Courtney)

Guy Adams (Falke VG) did a flight around the local countryside and once it had completed it's tugging duties the Rotax Falke (SC) was taken off to the North Coast by Mark Courtney and Mike Sloggett. - Mike Sloggett

Saturday 1st July - Comp Enterprise

I arrived early this morning to attend the briefing even though I wasn't competing. The work that has gone into Competition Enterprise is outstanding and thanks to all who have put this together.

The ground hangar was superbly set up, everything was well organised and thought out and it was truly wonderful to see a collection of 40 gliders of all classes at our site.
The grid is ready (Lisa Humphries)

 I urge any members to come and see this during the week, its not often we get the opportunity and the atmosphere is second to none!

Also the Devon & Somerset Wing Air Cadets were brilliant - if only we could book them for every club flying day!  For more details of the Competition flying - follow all the action on Spot the gliders, Competition Enterprise Blog, Facebook, and  DSGC Website - Lisa Humphries

Thursday 29th June

Two more Club days with no flying due to rain / low cloud / drizzle but thanks to all the members for helping with preparing North Hill for Competition Enterprise 2017 which starts on Saturday.
Great transformation from Ground Hangar to Briefing Room (Mike Sloggett)
Competitors have started arriving and now we just need a change in the weather. - J&P

Sunday 25th June

Following a disappointing Saturday, and after a grey, miserable and slightly damp morning there were very few members left at the the club this afternoon.  Neverless, duty instructor JB rounded up the remnant with his characteristic enthusiasm and we dragged a K21 out of the hangar.  

Launches were lively in the gusty westerly wind.  The ridge worked in places and some fairly strong thermals could be found, though the strong wind at height only allowed a few thermalling turns before dashing back to the safety of the ridge.  Every minute of soaring was hard won and most flights were less than half an hour. 

Longest flight of the day award goes to Barbie, who launched late afternoon in the Pik20 and continued soaring into tea time for a flight of nearly two hours. 

Simon's getting ready for next weekend (Simon Minson)
And after all the preparation work for Comp Enterprise this weekend, we welcomed our first competitor arriving late direct from a scrubbed day at Hus Bos. - Ruth Comer

Thursday 22nd June

The day after the heatwave, there should have been a nice cold front clearance and a change of airmass, but the North Hill micro-climate didn't quite play ball. It was 1200ft - 1300ft cloudbase to start, and the hoped for wave slots refused to appear over North Hill.
The Mile High Trial lesson had to be cancelled, although cloudbase did go up to 2000ft so that Malcolm Watson could enjoy his flight. 
Waiting for the aerotow (Mark Layton)
Training, check flights and solo flying enjoyed variable westerly ridge conditions with it working more consistently throughout the day. 

Paul Little CEC had the longest flight of 1hr 46 with Pete Startup 230  1hr 38 and there were several other extended circuits.
Rob Rand with 50 solos (Mark Layton)
 Well done to Rob Rand for completing his 50 solos, with his Bronze signed up last week.
In the evening, the Okehampton Air Cadets  returned for another enjoyable group session. - J&P

Wednesday 21st June

The longest day and by the time we had finished it certainly seemed like it!
With there being hardly any wind we went up to the northwest corner of the field, as a southeasterly  wind had been forecast.  After a very hot walk with the two K21s and a Junior we were ready to start, there were three trial lessons booked so Pete Warren took the Pawnee up as well.

On the second flight on the Supercat we had a slow launch but as Ray Buzza was having a card check, we used it as part of the red card check, after that we had a major snarl up on the winch which was going to take quite a while to sort out so we started aerotowing until we stopped for lunch.
Not much shade on the Summer Solstice (John Street)
John Sillett flew the trial lessons Pete Warren flew the tug and John Street flew the aerotow check flights until the Skylaunch was fixed.

During the afternoon the wind veered to the southwest so we changed ends, after a very hot day in which several club members were unable to fly, we handed over to the evening crew.  - John Street
Cheesy grin from a Teign Valley Scout (Lisa Humphries)

It was still hot during the evening when the Teign Valley Scouts enjoyed  their group flying.

Sunday 18th June

Well it was probably not too much of a surprise that with it being Father's Day as well as the day after the Club social and also with a fine, hot weather forecast but for anything other than soaring there were not too many members at the Club at the start of the day.
Mr Blue Sky (Mike Sloggett)
However there was sufficient interest in flying so whilst the K21s and a Junior were brought out of the hangar Ron Johns as Duty Instructor considered the best location for the launch point - with a variable light wind, the decision was made to start with the cable run from the winch in the South West corner of the field to the launch point in the North East corner of the field. With the SkyLaunch out of action and awaiting repair, today provided much needed use of the SupaCat 'reserve' winch.

And mid-morning the first launches of the day were soon underway with odd thermals 'here and there' providing the opportunity for extended circuits.

With good teamwork between the limited number of members present, suitable progress was made with the flying list during the morning including two trial lessons. 

Tuggie enjoying the shade from the Pawnee (Guy Adams)
Meanwhile, Dave Herbert and Lukasz Kieruczenko were busy setting up the wifi repeater ready for Competition Enterprise.

Around lunchtime, the wind decided to settle into more of an Easterly direction so the decision was made to land the K21s at the other end of the field and change ends for the afternoon.

And even though it was tempting, with the sunny weather, to stay in the shade of the Clubhouse for the rest of the day, with a flying list still to be progressed after lunch it was down to the North West corner of the field for the afternoon.
North Hill from a Mile High (Guy Adams)
A further Trial Lesson was completed as well as  K21 winch and aerotow training flights, but with some delays here and there for various reasons during the afternoon and with a rather humid feel to the air, it was decided to get everyone flown and plan to put the gliders/ground equipment away late afternoon.
Problems with the heat on expanding canopies (Mike Sloggett)
Thank you to everyone who helped get fellow members into the air today. - Mike Sloggett

Saturday 17th June

The day started at around 7:30, as it was a stunningly clear blue-sky morning. The early birds were checking the vehicles. With the Skylaunch  winch U/S, the SuperCat winch was DI’ed and pulled out of the ground hangar where Alan Turner did a very good briefing on how to drive it. 
A lot of interest was shown in the Demonstrator electric Gator, which performed very well for the whole day; finishing with over two-thirds of full charge despite being put through pre-planned rigorous use. 
Demonstrator Electric Gator (Jill Harmer)
The first few launches of the day were a bit hit and miss until the settings on the Supercat were sorted, from then on the launches were good. As the heat of the day increased so did the chance of thermalling and several gliders managed to get some flights over an hour: Michael Harris,William Pope and Robin W-F managed some good local soaring. 
Stuart and Lisa (Lisa Humphries)
Three trial lessons were flown by Roly Clarke, with great feedback from the Visitors. After friendly conversation from the ground crew, a group of walkers passing through were also inspired to enquire about trial lessons. 
Pete and Jill popped over to Farway Common in the Rotax Falke for their fly-in. By 5pm the heat of the day was draining everyone, especially once the Hog Roast arrived. Flying finished at 6pm, to end another successful day gliding for all. 
Surprise landings were made by Barbie and Mike in their Piper Cub and Ian Mitchell in the Luton.
A very hot blue day but nevertheless the thermals were there.
Member's Hog Roast (Jill Harmer)
A lovely evening was had by all at the members Hog Roast, thanks to Tom for getting it all together, and for Steve for the entertainment - Reuben Buss

Thursday 15th June

The forecast was just about spot on! with the cloud and drizzle to start with the weak cold front clearing through mid-morning. Rob Rand had the opportunity to brief everyone on Weather and Notams towards his Bronze Badge.

It was soarable from first launch, although cloudbase was still a little low. The 12 private owners started launching quite early led by Martin Woolner in KMV, but some found it quite tricky and had to take a relight.

JB was occupied most of the day with Phil Morrison on a 5yr Instructor review, whilst Woolly put Matthew Williamson through his paces for a BI rating renewal.

Pete Startup 230 turned Crewkerne, Witheridge and Bampton for 136km before setting off on another lap of Tiverton and Yeovil in better conditions but stronger headwind to get back.

Mike Sloggett had a whale of a time for nearly 5 hours in his ASW20 with the longest flight.
ENW in a great sky (Mike Sloggett)
To get through the 2-seater flying list it was fortunately still soarable till 7:00pm when the hangar crew started to get a little impatient.

A good Devon day, but still limited for the early solo pilots due to the gusty conditions. Thanks to everyone for mucking in. - J&P

Wednesday 15th June

We started with a southwest wind but it soon became apparent that we would have change ends so we set up shop on the aerotow run and guess what, we were still downwind some of the time.
The weather was warm to hot and very pleasant, except when with the canopy down you were waiting for a slow 'take  up slack'.
The thermals were hard to find at times but some creditable flights were achieved, Ruth had a reasonable soaring flight gained by much determination.
Tom, Andrew and Mike Fairclough flew their own gliders, Robert was the tuggie today with two Trial lesson flights and several aerotows, Pete Warren escaped to Dunkeswell to re-validate his PPL with Ian Mitch, At about 5:30pm we handed things over to the evening flyers with air cadets enjoying a super evening flying. - John Street.

Sunday 11th June

Well there was some flying 22 launches recorded on North Hill flight log, and some soaring but no other details -sorry- J&P

Friday 9th June - Course Week

The third in the series of this year’s Summer Courses, organised by  Ian Hunt, took place at North Hill between the 5th & 9th June. Sadly, the weather gods didn’t look down favourably on us and the course was marred by inclement and unsettled weather rendering three of the five days unflyable. The course instructors, Guy Adams and John Sillett, provided a variety of lectures, time on the simulator and a parachute packing demonstration, courtesy of Peter Callaghan, to make the lack of flying both worthwhile and enjoyable. The two flying days resulted in 69 flights and a total of some 16 hours in the air.

Morale on the course remained high throughout and the traditional course dinner at Keepers’ Cottage, organised by Caspian Merlin, proved a success. Nat Rankin, a pilot with Cathay Pacific, achieved his second ‘first solo’ on gliders in style and, with his father Rob, both of whom travelled all the way from Hong Kong, will be returning for a further course in September. All members of the course, which also included Howard Mascall, Dave Wojnar and Rick Andrews, made significant progress, despite the limited amount of flying.

Course and helpers (+John Sillett taking the photo)
Thanks are due to the instructors, Zoe and Emma in the kitchen, and in particular to the team of helpers - Tim Petty, Dave Albasiny, Robert Lee, Ian Hunt and James Smart - without whose generous contribution the course could not have taken place. - Rick Andrews

Wednesday 7th June - Course Week

It seems that Wednesday was the best weather of the week again after many days of gales and non- stop rain,  with the hangar unpacked before breakfast, all the club fleet were out ready to take advantage of the brisk Westerly.
The whole club fleet ready to go (John Street)
 At first the ridge didn't seem to work but the thermals gave plenty of opportunities to stay up and at times there were no aircraft on the ground.
Guy Adams and John Sillett at last got the Course members airborne and Pete Warren, Peter Field and John Street instructed the club members who needed somebody in the back seat.
Good reliable cloud streets (John Street)
 Tim Johns 877, Pete Startup 230 and Nigel Everett FAJ flew their own gliders (Tim just missing his five hour duration flight because of  approaching rain). Pete struggled for an out and return to Eaglescott, almost dropping in for tea and cakes at MUD!
The rain and high winds returned at about 4pm and all the toys were returned to the hanger. - John Street

Saturday 3rd June

A bright start with the sky looking half-promising, although the few wisps of cumulus in the distance didn't look to high. The Clubhouse greeted the first arrivals with the smells of the Orient from the previous night's supper party for the SF27 workers and guests. 
Chinese delight (Matthew Williamson)

The field was set up for the predicted south of west wind with the usual suspects doing sterling work getting the kit out. Duty instructor John Pursey, having had a final check of the kitchen for evidence from his Chinese exploits, polished off one of Cheryl's cooked breakfasts conscious it could be a long day with pm instructor Ian Mitchell double-booked with Mendip GC. 

A complicated list of NOTAMs with Red Arrow displays and model rockets going into orbit plus an increasingly soggy looking sky didn't deter Pete Startup, Tom Sides and Andrew Logan from rigging their gliders as the first launches were made.

 A succession of quick check rides released Lukas  and Martin Bennett into the wild solo and Dave Albasiny blagged another 4 months of Red card. The sky was cycling with cloud quickly filling in then partially clearing, never very high but giving reasonable climbs on occasion.

 New member Simon Roach was able to get some proper stick time with flights that clicked with periods of generally good air over the whole of the Broadhembury valley. Stuart Procter and James Flory continued the instructor training slog with the DG505 and the privateers launched for extended local soaring. 

Mark Wallis as DLM was replaced by Chris Coville who kept the churn at the launch point despite the modest number of ground troops... Having already consumed a 3000 kcals breakfast JP was happy to press on through lunch because the sky was already showing signs of the forecast rain. Ruth was able to have just about the last launch and enjoyed circling up the front of a curtain of dampness that was working its way in from the west. With the canopy just getting wet, the K21 landed and scurried over to the hanger. Chris C kept a K21 over at the launch point and despite the rain, kept morale high with songs and frequent floggings (I like to think...JP) but eventually play was abandoned and the hanger packed. Obviously when all was done and tea made the sun came out... Hey ho... - JP

16th - 29th May - Fayence

On 16 May I made it to the Pique de Bure for the first time.. Resisting the temptation to take every climb is quite hard , but with the valley breeze well established I enjoyed long glides over the mountains, and the final glide was established 70 k from Fayence- but I couldn't resist a strong climb on the return, which gave me the height for a sight seeing glide past Grasse towards Nice, and back to the airfield.
Pic de Bure (Wyn Davies)
After exploring the nearest outstanding fields from the air during previous flights,  on 20th May I found myself caught in some horrendous sink and made my way to La Mure. I couldn't understand where any lift was and landed comfortably in the field (with windsock ). My retrieve was the tug pilot, who came in the evening, giving me plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely French lunch and explore the area by the river and lake on foot.
La Mure (Wyn Davies)
21-29 May I flew to see the glacier Blanc, and explored some new mountains and routes.
Glacier Blanc (Wyn Davies)
Fayence is another great Alps club to fly from, with the warmth of Provence and the Alps in range. Lots to do apart from flying, with good walks/cycles, and the Gorges du Verdon, 
Verdun Gorges (Wyn Davies)
 and Cote d'Azure to be explored from above and by land. - Wyn and Marie

Thursday 1st June

After another disappointing Wednesday that cleared in time for a beautiful evening, we were expecting a slow misty start for Thursday, but the North Hill micro-climate had other ideas, and the glorious sunshine was there from early on.
Pundit tea and moaning! (Jill Harmer)
The wind was mainly southerly, but was it an easterly or westerly component? so we went for the easy option on the southwesterly run, accepting a tailwind on the ground run at times. As usual with a North Hill southerly crosswind the conditions proved too tricky for the early solos. But there were some unusual circuits for those wanting Bronze training, and aerotow practice.
Aerotow practice (Rob Rand)
There were some interesting cloud formations to talk about, but not much in the way of any lift to be found just an occasional smattering on the south ridge, with Aston and Robert in the Junior competing for the longest extended circuit from the winch launch.
How far away and how high is that cloud? (Jill Harmer)
It was perfect weather for today's Mile High Trial lessons  Lynne Haynes and Trevor Riley having had two previous bookings cancelled for low cloud. They both enjoyed their flights.
Lynne Haynes & Trevor Riley with Pete and Mark
In the evening a group from East Devon Pony Club had a glorious North Hill sunny evening, and CFI Stu even managed to fly with Mo, with a fantastic spread of food afterwards. - J&P
A family affair (Stu Procter)