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This blog is used to report on activities that are happening at and around Booker Gliding Club.Bob S
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319 joins Virgin Atlantic for a day

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 23:18
The club's ASW19 took part in Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Exceptional Engineers event at their headquarters at Gatwick today.

The objective of the event is to "inspire children and young adults to showcase the amazing opportunities available to them by sharing our wonderful world of aviation".

Organisations supporting the eventOver 800 people attended the event over the course of the day with opportunities to fly Virgin Atlantics Airbus simulators, try out their training escape slides, meet and talk to various aviation related organisations and crucially sit in a real glider and find out about gliding. 319 was a popular attraction with a constant steam of 'future flyers' throughout the day.

319 on display in front of Virgin Atlantic's training rigs
Highlight of the event had to be Maddi giving a group of Virgin Atlantic pilots a very practical lesson in weight and balance....
Maddi's take on "Catch me if you can"

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Snowy Saturday

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:08
While the briefing room was sheltering those who attended Chris Rowland's lecture on Aircraft General Knowledge, a hardy few set up on 35 for Graham's aerobatic course and some check flights for those wanting to get current - after we had managed to get the frozen hangar doors open. The airfield was surprisingly clear of snow but the fields round about were well covered and the views were stunning.

Attaching the triangle for aeros
Maddi launching the first flight, Bob D in the tug
Luke looking for the airfield
Ah yes, there it is
A good warm hat was essential
Hangar packed, off to the clubhouse for a hot drink

Henry and the Winter Lectures

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 11:54
The room was well-filled yesterday to hear Henry de-mystifying radio comms in the third of our Winter Series of briefings. Next week Chris Rowland will be tackling the subject of Aircraft General Knowledge.

Henry keeping calm

We fly in snow!

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 22:22
There's been a bit of snow here in the Chiltern uplands, but not enough to stop us having fun.

Still smiling

Snow joke

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:03
There was some gliding today at Booker in the fine morning sky, but the day was cut short by a heavy snow shower. Jim Roland managed to get the tug away just in time.
Booker tug pilots remain cheerful whatever the weather throws at them.

First first solo of 2019

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 21:15
Today the Kosogorin family took advantage of the glorious sunshine to come to Booker to see 14 year old Sacha do his first solo. Sacha did his training last August, mostly with Graham Saw, but he had to wait until his 14th birthday before he could go solo. His younger brother is hot on his heels!

Congratulations Sacha!
Mum, Dad and younger brother with Graham
The traditional instructor handshake

News from Australia

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:59
Club member and DCFI Steve Williams is currently enjoying great weather in Australia.
Here are a few pics that he has sent to cheer us all up while we await the arrival of Spring.
Looks like the Discus 2 fits.
9000Ft Climb in convergent air.
9000 Ft in convergence above mountains North of Lake Keepit

Winter Lectures 2019

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:45
If you are working towards Bronze or just want to brush up a bit, here is the 2019 programme of Winter Lectures, all at 10.00 in the briefing room.

Two more instructors

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 20:08
Congratulations to Phil Binnee and Nik von Merveldt on completing their Basic Instructor ratings.

Another instructor rating

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 19:48
Congratulations to Jeremy Gilbey on completing his Basic Instructor rating today in glorious sunshine.

Another December solo

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 17:33
Cadet Basel Hammond took time out from his duty day today for his first solo, well done Basel.

December sunshine successes

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:40

Congratulations to Ed Skipsey (far left) who was sent solo by DCFI Steve Williams, and also to Stuart Whitehouse who completed his Basic Instructor Rating yesterday.

You can catch up with all of 2018's achievements, expeditions, comps and other activities in the latest newsletter, up on the website here.

Farewell to Scotland

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:57
Friday saw the arrival of the snow so there were alternative activities - one party went to the Grampian Transport museum in Alford, another group bravely circumnavigated Loch Muick in a blizzard.

Between snow showersAnd then it was time to pack up and drive home. Many thanks to Deeside Gliding Club for welcoming us and for laying on some fantastic weather for us to fly in. We will be back next year!

Snow on Morven