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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Air to Air

Alex Mazzoleni took this picture of the club's Astir from the Duo Discus at the weekend.

Best day of the year so far


Taken by Chris Gough on Sunday 13th March


For many years we have had our parachutes re-packed at Filton. Unfortunately, this service will shortly come to an end as our packer will lose the facility. I do not yet have a date when we will have to stop; when I do I will let you know by club e-mail and by putting up a notice. In the meantime, I am endeavouring to get as many club and private chutes packed as I can.

Working with Ken Brown from Nympsfield, I am exploring alternative options for getting our chutes re-packed. Currently, the cost of re-packing is £15.00. I do not know what the new cost will be, but commercial rates appear to be around thirty or thirty-five pounds. Depending upon the re-pack date for your chute, you may choose to get it re-packed now. If so, please leave it in the office or reception area, clearly marked with your name, account number and “For Re-packing”. I hope to be at the club most Saturdays, and also tomorrow (Sun 16th Jan) when I will also be returning those chutes I collected two weeks ago. I will try to retain a two-week re-pack cycle.


Harriers over Aston Down

A formation of four Harriers flew over Aston Down at 500' today during a tour of all the airfields that the Harrier has been associated with. We're not sure why they came to Aston Down but perhaps it was when the Central Flying School use AD as a diversion airfield and for touch and gos in the 70s.

A wintry view from the winch

Brrrr ... it was bitter outside. But in the winch the driver was as snug as a bug in a rug!

Tom & Sarah

Tom and Sarah
Congratulations to Tom and Sarah who got married on Saturday. Here they are celebrating in style.

Another first solo

Andrew Kingdon
Andrew Kingdon this time. He didn't say when his 16th birthday was.

Two first solos in a day

Tom Wilkinson, Brian Birlison and Sam Lazenby

Tom Wilkinson, Brian Birlison and Sam Lazenby

Two first solos in a day, Tom Wilkinson (left) on his 16th Birthday and Sam Lazenby (right) who was 16 a month ago with instructor Brian Birlison.

CGC at UWE Freshers' Fair

Students (the young looking ones) listen open mouthed as Eugene (the old geezer) waxes lyrical about the joys of soaring flight!

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