During our usual October flying week we were joined by five members of the Air Cadets who had been awarded scholarships to train towards going solo. They were James Darnley from Nairn, Josh Greig from Aberdeen, Conner Ladley from Forres, Michael Ralph from Elgin and Esther Smith from Insch.. Fortunately, though the weather wasn't conducive to soaring, it was very suitable for circuit training, and all five made good progress. Josh went solo on the last afternoon. The cadets made excellent use of the winch, and we were also able to train three new winch drivers, Ellen Packham, Mike Laity and Ian Tait. Sadly the winch is nae weel. The fuel tank has sprung a leak, and a cable break on Friday afternoon produced the snarl-up to end all birds' nests as well as detaching part of the pay-on gear, so we will be winchless for the next few weeks.