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The latest goings on at Camphill (Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club)

A crisp start to 2022

Tuesday 4 January The first flying day of 2022, and what a great day it was.  A brisk west/north westerly airflow produced consistent wave lift throughout the day.  All 15 club members who attended that day were able to take advantage of the excellent soaring conditions to see the Peak District from a vantage point […]

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Guy Martin drops in

Guy Martin flew with us… While filming for the documentary honouring WWII bomber pilots back in September, Guy Martin and his film crew found Camphill to be a very useful support location. Not only was their Tiger Moth refuelled here, but they were also restocked with flour bombs. You’ll have to watch the program to […]

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Prize-giving 2021

Prize-giving at the AGM 2021 Life showed another sign of adapting to a new normality yesterday when the club held its AGM in the clubhouse, with the twist of an extended audience: approximately half the attendees joined from home, via Zoom, resulting in a much larger turnout than usual. Fitting then that the club also […]

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Steve’s first solo

Congratulations to Steve Pearce Steve is looking very happy after being sent solo by Brian Allen yesterday. Steve has worked hard to achieve this over the shortened season this summer. His efforts were well rewarded, with three solo flights in conditions somewhat more demanding than the usual ‘solo scenario’. Great effort Steve. And from the […]

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Jonathan resolos

Jonathan re-solos

Welcome back! Following a break of a couple of years, it is good to see instructor Jonathan Thorpe back in the air as a solo pilot. Here is John MacKenzie congratulating him after flying a Puchacz, before Jonathan later went on to fly the K18. Good to see you back!

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A rare outing

Into Edale and beyond Despite, or perhaps bevause of, good looking skies, Mike Stephens declined the use of his syndicate’s ASW27B (JPT), in favour of his partner’s refamiliarisation with Jupiter. But when the opportunity arose to fly the club’s ASK18 (JKU), he leapt at it, and made very good use of it too. Initially joining […]

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Pilots’ Bullseye

A rare sighting of this form of the Brocken Spectre Seen in wave forming over Camphill yesterday. Brian needed three attempts to connect with the wave lift from the ridge, catching it later in the day. Being above the clouds creates the opportunity to spot your Pilot’s Bullseye! Photographing it is an added bonus. In […]

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70 years isn’t enough

Another enjoyable day in wave Not an exciting forecast but a sunny day appeared. A quick assembly of the glider and an early launch found that there was plenty of rising air (wave lift) that quickly wafted me up to over 5,000 feet, allowing views over much of the Peak District and as far afield […]

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A wonderful wave Wednesday

A great day out It’s that time of year when wave occurs, often accessible from the ridge, with moderate cloud and incredible visibility. Yesterday was one of those days. Enjoyed by many, but especially by Liz who captured some glorious shots for our Album,  from above the airflied and nearby.

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Congratulations to Alex O

Alex qualifies as an Assistant Instructor. After a great deal of hard work and practise, Alex Oldham has recently completed the final module of his Ass Cat training, passed the examination and been given his rating by the BGA. Very well done, and welcome to the instructing team. The author couldn’t find a picture of […]

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A trip round the block…

…after enjoying the local sights in our back yard Peter Gray added to the Flying Blog: The day gave us a wind of about 20kts/240 on the surface with a few gusts but nothing untoward. The edge was working with entrained thermal that somehow had the feel of wave influence. I spent a while on […]

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Puchacz G-CJRJ on approach at Camphill

Every cloud

Despite a poor outlook, Saturday turned out to be a perfect soaring day. Lots of dark threatening skies to the north, but it was fine over Camphill. Machiej had a team to serve him all of his own! We had a super soaring flight in front of towering clouds that took us up to 3500ALT […]

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Mike’s first solo

Mike celebrates, Covid-style Once flying resumed after lockdown, club members got stuck into their training with renewed vigour. Mike Carter celebrates the results after being sent solo by instructor Brian Allen during the Thrusday evening Tufty Club on 3 June 2021. Pictured here after compleing his flight in one of the club’s two-seat Puchacz gliders.

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Emily gets her wings

Tufty Club celebrates Emily’s first solo Teenager Emily Lockwood is rightly looking very pleased with her success after completing her first solo glider flight on 27 May 2021. Emily did much of her training after school, thanks to the support of the Tufty Club (our Thursday evening flying group). Seen here being Covid-congratulated by her […]

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Three Daves…

…celebrate Mr Richardson’s first solo Dave Richardson elbow bumps Dave Bailey, whilst receiving congratulations on his first solo glider flight. Coming on the back of a long lockdown, Dave (R) was very pleased not to have forgotten his earlier training, and now has the season ahead of him to start the real learning! And the […]

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25th Camphill Vintage Rally

2020 was due to be a very special year for Camphill… but we will now be celebrating 25 glorious years of our Vintage Rally in 2021 instead. We have a lot planned to make it “the one to remember”. In addition to the usual Gala Dinner, with fully stocked bar, there will be a very […]

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Out of lockdown

Release Day, 29 March 2021, proved too windy to start flying again, with 50-knot gusts, but following day was a beautifully warm sunny day, with a light SW wind. 13 pilots enjoyed 36 flights totalling over 8½ hours, with two pilots reaching over 5000ft in weak blue wave. An excellent start to what we all […]

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