BBQ at Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham 8th July 2014
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At 2pm several members and their families met at the Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham and went inside their club house. The weather was showery so it was not looking likely that any were going gliding as arranged. This did not spoil the day however as the gliding club were laying on a BBQ and this was a good chance to socialise. Roy West and Liz Gatheral arrived in a Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180F (G-AYUH) and offered flights to some of the committee members and me as a thank you for helping with the club and in my case writing reports about various trips. On the second flight I sat in the back of the plane. I was joined by another member, Roy as pilot and Brian who co-piloted. We flew over such places as Beccles, Pleasure Wood Hills, Lowestoft, Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth, Somerleyton Hall, Reedham Ferry and back to Tibenham. Brian took the controls for part of a wonderful flight and also did some navigation. On flying over Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth we managed to see some sun, but on arriving back towards Tibenham we were into the dark clouds again, so unfortunately no gliding was able to take place. After clambering out I thanked Roy for offering the opportunity of the flight and then we joined in with the BBQ.

There was a lovely spread on offer such as chicken, burger and sausages with some tasty salads on the tables. As I was eating I noticed a Yak 50 (G-FUNK) from the UK Aerostars Display Team. After the first course I went over with Tony to track it down on the way to its hanger. After explaining who we were and what we were doing there, the pilot (Gabriel Barton Aerostar 2) explained that he had been to Farnborough with the rest of the team to practice their display so they had clearance for the show on 19th and 20th July, the Sunday being the day. Hopefully he may give us a talk sometime in the future. Later we had a look inside the hangers that had various other aircraft in. These included two Tiger Moths (G-AODT and DE673/G-ADNZ) and an American Registered Piper PA-39CR Twin Comanche CR (N39CR) which is owned by Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc Trustees. When we got back to the Clubhouse everyone were having their deserts of strawberry gateaux and ice cream. Later Roy offered a couple of people a flight to Saxon Air at Norwich, one of which was my mother. While flying she took plenty of photos. Dad and I drove to Norwich Airport to pick her up before going home. A big thank you goes to Rachel and her volunteers in welcoming us to Norfolk Gliding Club and for the BBQ. Also to Roy West for the flights he did for various members of our club.

Andrew Elphick

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