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CP training and Tandems

We had another day of training CP students on the 7/7/16.  The forecast was for strong conditions all day so only the CP students were called in. As I was busy with students Dave came in and took Tim on the tandem for a nice 35 min flight.

We spent most of the day ground handling but our patients was rewarded with some nice evening flying before the rain came at 6pm.

Congratulations to Tom for completing his EP and huge congratulations to Chris for completing his CP. Well done. 


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Can this really be true????

Two days of EP and CP training in a row. Well done to David Molloy for completing your CP training today with some text book flights. Congratulations to Dave and Ben for completing your EP course in just two days, well done.

Looks like I’ll be out with day ones tomorrow morning if these thunderstorms pass through. Time for beer and bed, I’m shattered.  


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Training on the Summer Solstice 21/06/16

Well what a fantastic days training for the EP and CP group. Despite the strong wind we managed a full days flying in almost perfect conditions. Congratulations to Peter Littledale for completing your CP, some really great fly buddy. I’m looking forward to flying with you soon. Well done to the EP group for some top ground handling this morning. All the hard work was worth it with some text book flights this evening. It’s been a long day, in fact the longest day. Time for beer and bed as we’re doing it all again tomorrow.  


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CP training 17/05/2016

We had a lovely morning’s training starting at 7 AM. Congratulations to Peter Littledale on completing a fantastic 20 minute soaring flight on his brand-new Triple Seven Rook II. The wind and thermals blew up by 11 o’clock so time for a little staff training. It was great to share the sky again with Mr Cox.


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Training again 30/03/16

After a long look at the weather forecasts we decided to cancel the EP and tasters and call in the CP students.

We meet up at 15:00 for some theory and ground training then flew until sunset.

Well done Nigel and Chris, some really great flying and ground handling. 

Dave and I are staff training tomorrow as it’s far to thermic for safe training. We will report on how we get on. 

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Day five and six and week summary

Day five was another unusually windy day with a strong westerly, but having already covered all the required air tasks for the EP and CP students, we headed off to one of the landing fields for a long session of reverse launch practice and ground handling. The EPs, Monica, Cezar and Tom all picked it up with the greatest of ease and were soon launching and controlling the wings around the field. Rob, Conor and John all practised their already excellent ground handling while Lee and I looked on with a critical eye!



Day six dawned grey but with a good afternoon forecast we had a relaxed morning during which we gave the students the good news that they had all passed their EP or CP courses with flying colours (excuse the pun!), before heading up to Little Church, a lovely launch overlooking the coast. After I had a quick check of the conditions on the gorgeous 777 King the crew all had a delightful late afternoon flight out with the castle and coast on one side and the snow capped Mount Olympus on the other…..a perfect way to end the flying week.


So to summarise, what can we say? Well, we had a great bunch of enthusiastic and fun students, an excellent guide in Stelios and his family, and a great hotel with brilliant staff. Although the weather was not perfect at times, we achieved lots, got all the course objectives completed and flew some beautiful sites in the process. All in all a brilliant trip and we already have a number of dates pencilled in for further EP and CP courses and XC weeks through the year.