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  • A wind in the Weather

    Posted on May 7th, 2012 admin No comments

    April and early May have been below average when it comes to good flying weather. However last weekend there was a respite with some good sunny periods and very good visibility.

    Our students took good advantage of the conditions.


    Congratulations to Rob Turner and Dave Wiseman on completing their First Solo flights – a never to be forgotten experience – on Sunday 6th.

    Rob Turner  (left) & Dave Wiseman

      Congrats also to Alex Wood on completing his Qualifying      Cross Country in the same weather window.  





  • Annual General Knowledge Quiz

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 admin No comments

    It’s the last Saturday in January so it must be quiz night time! Some 50 members and friends gathered to take part in the Clubs Annual Quiz, with a warm atmosphere prevailing within the packed clubhouse.

    Assembled into groups of 3, 4 or 5 people the teams tackled a series of 10 rounds of assorted questions under headings such as ‘What on Earth’, ‘Quickies’, ‘Born this way’, ‘Right Royal Mix-up’ and other titles chosen to provide as few clues as possible to the real nature of each round. A joker system allowed double points for one preselected round.

    The questions were set by last year’s winning team, Graham and Frances Watson and Richard Crosby, Graham and Richard acted as quizmasters and Frances kept the scores and settled disputed answers.

    An extra novelty round asked teams to identify children’s nursery rhymes from newspaper headlines and this kept the masses occupied while the final scores were checked.

    After a keen contest the team ‘Bar Hogs’  emerged as undisputed winners and they now have the responsibility for preparing Quiz 2013. Bamfurlong Bandits brought up the rear.

    A chilli supper with a selection of desserts generously donated by members’ wives rounded off the evening. Book early for 2013!


  • Annual Awards Presentation Dinner 2011/12

    Posted on April 5th, 2012 admin No comments

    Saturday 24th  March saw some 65  club members and guests gathered at Brickhampton Court Golf Club for our 2011/12 event. MC Richard Crosby kept us all in order during an enjoyable evening which saw a 12 awards for First solo, 11  for PPL along with several Night Qualifications and IMC Ratings.

    The Daniels Trophy goes to Ian Colwell and Ian Brown with the Aladdins Lamp going to Monika Andrews.

    Over the last year all our students have demonstrated considerable skill and ability in achieving their aims. Therefore it has not been possible to identify one above the rest so the Walwin Trophy was not awarded. The citations  are reproduced below.

    The Daniels Trophy for navigation. With 11 out of 12 photo clues correct and the quickest flight to complete the route the winners, on a tie break were,  Ian Colwell ably assisted by Ian Brown


    The Aladdin’s Lamp

    To commemorate that ‘I’d rather not be there’ moment. The most notable event in this category over the last year was achieved at Gloucester when G-BGBA made an unfortunate bouncy landing on27. No injury was sustained by pilot or passenger –  other than to pride! So step forward for a rub of the lamp – Monika Andrews.

    Entertainment was provided by The Live Loungers, a three piece band playing popular covers and some of their own music.

    Our raffle this year raised £250.00 for The Butterfly Garden.

    A photo montage is on display in the club house. Copies are available if required. A couple of pics below.

  • Visits to ATC

    Posted on April 5th, 2012 admin No comments

    As part of our on going progamme of visits to Air Traffic Control a number of members have been seen in the Towers of Bristol and Birmingham airports.

    These visits give us an opportunity to see how the ATC world works and an insight into the contollers view of how pilots operate. At the same time we can enlighten ATC on our view of how things work and create a good two-way dialogue.


    Pictured below are some of our members visiting Bristol.



  • Love is in the Air

    Posted on January 9th, 2012 admin No comments

    Dave G, a newly qualified pilot member completed his first passenger carrying flight last Saturday, 7th January.

    Whilst this is a big milestone in any pilot’s career it was even more so on this occasion. His passenger was Emily, his girlfriend, to whom he proposed whilst they were out flying.

    An engagement ring was evident when they returned, so congratulations to the happy couple!

  • Christmas Get together

    Posted on January 9th, 2012 admin No comments

    Some 60 plus members and friends called in to the clubhouse during the day on December 19th to share a drink, a bite from the buffet and a good chat.

    A stark contrast to last year which got snowed off!

    The Christmas raffle was drawn with the lucky winners being:

    Keith Buckman  - Basket of fruit
    Zoe Crosby          - Tin of biscuits
    Brian Aston         – Quality Street
    John Milner        - Quality Street
    Trish Howes        - Bottle of Chardonay
    Sue Oldham         – Super Cassis
    Joe Edwards       – Hobsons Beer
    Maria Thomas    - JP Chenet
    John Maclaren   – Paper planes book
    Steve Clark          - Diary
    Louise Clifton     – Cheese selection
    Andy Smart         – Cockpit Companion
    Ross Clifton         – VFR Guide

  • Have ball – will bowl

    Posted on October 23rd, 2011 admin No comments

    Last Friday (21st Oct) we gathered at The Civil Service Club, Cheltenham for our annual skittles evening.

    Some 20 plus members and guests enjoyed a convivial evening of skittling and  chatting interspersed with a little drinking and eating.

    The competitive part of the evening involved everybody bowling 4 hands of 3 balls each  which gave us a husband and wife first place of Phil and Lynne Green. There then followed a game of killer which also came to a husband and wife finale. Becks and Ben Walker battled it out with Ben eventually winning.

    So, till next year………………….

  • Aerial Treasure Hunt

    Posted on September 19th, 2011 admin No comments

    Cotswold Aero Club Treasure Hunt 2011

    The Cotswold Aero Club 2011 aerial treasure hunt took place on Saturday 17 September.

    Many congratulations to this year’s winners, Ian Colwell and Ian Brown who manage to dodge showers and lightning strikes late in the afternoon to identify an impressive nine pictures.  Not only do they win the Daniels Trophy, which will be presented at next year’s annual dinner, but they win the honour of setting next year’s competition – we can’t wait!

    There was an impressive entry – 12 teams – who decided to ignore the Met Office’s rather gloomy forecast and show what Cotswold Aero Club’s members are really made of.

    It was a closely contested contest.  The winners could only be separated from James Rowland and Phil Mathews in second place by taking a shorter time to complete the course.  A commendable well done to Maria Thomas and Tony Chapman in third place.

    The results are:

    Position Pilot Aircraft Score Airborne Time
    1 Ian Colwell, Ian Brown GBKDJ 9 55
    2 James Rowland, Phil Mathews GBKDJ 9 60
    3 Maria Thomas, Tony Chapman GBGBA 8 80
    4 Dave Allard, Jeremy Noyce GSHED 7 41
    5 Manuel Quiroz, Neil McKenzie GGDRV 7 45
    6 Alan George, SurendraThatha GBXRV 7 55
    7 A Virgoe GCEHL 7 70
    8 Chris Farey GSAPM 6 57
    9 John Milner, Rex Harden GOMNI 5 60
    10 Richard Day, Roger Bailey GBKDJ 5 70
    Howard Faning GSHMI Did not finish
    Ralph Vincent GAZBE Did not finish

    For those still interested, the answers were:

    Point Photo Item Coordinates
    A 13 Sudeley Castle 51° 56.855′N

    001° 57.361′W

    B 5 Highnam Court 51° 52.329′N

    002° 18.075′W

    C 12 M5 J8 52° 2.863′N

    002° 8.138′W

    D 16 Gas venting station 52° 1.762′N

    1° 55.700′W

    E 2 Warehouses, Quedgeley West Business Park 51° 48.456′N

    002° 17.437′W

    F 10 Bredon School 52° 1.388′N

    002° 12.130′W

    G 19 The Springs Holiday Park, Lower Moor 52° 7.156′N

    002° 1.818′W

    H 6 Blaisdon Hall 51° 51.028′N

    002° 26.374′W

    I 18 Croome Court 52° 5.979′N

    002° 10.153′W

    J 8 Eastnor Castle 52° 1.787′N

    002° 23.247′W

    There was a minor protest, when it was pointed out that Circle D was positioned not quite as accurately as it could have been.  The judges therefore awarded points to all those who gave photographs 16 or 17 as their answers.

    Many thanks to all those who took part.

  • Visit to Cardiff ATC

    Posted on September 19th, 2011 admin No comments

    Tuesday 13th September, a small group of members visited ATC Cardif.

    During the 2 hour visit they were able to see all aspects of  Air Traffic Control provided by the Cardiff staff as well as enjoy views of the Welsh coast and hills whilst visiting the Visual Control Room at the top of the tower.

    Watch out for more dates to visit an ATC unit near you.

  • Three in a Week

    Posted on September 16th, 2011 admin No comments

    Congratulations to Dave Rapkins, Pete Smith and Audrey Cherel whoo have all completed their PPL courses this last week!

    Many days of blue skies and happy flying to come