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Feb 252018
 

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher’s lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Feb 222018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week.

BGA conference

I attended the annual conference in Nottingham last weekend.  The consolidated Glide Britain video was aired for the first time.  The Mynd figures prominently in a superb marketing video for gliding and we also have our own, customised version which we are reviewing at the moment.

In the evening Dominic Haughton received the Philip Wills Enterprise award for his fantastic flight last year.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Paul Fowler, Nigel Lassetter, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday: Mike Witton, Paul Fowler , John O’Reilly.

Forthcoming events

CFI meeting

On the 11th of March we will be hosting the regional CFI’s meeting so there will be an army/flock/murder (delete collective noun as you see fit ) of CFI’s and examiners at the club that day.

Appleby ATC

A group of around 10 cadets from Appleby ATC plus staff will be making another visit to the Club this weekend. Another instructor to help out would be much appreciated. Please let Martin know if you can help on one or both days, or just part days. 

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.  Please ensure that this is in your diary.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those that have heard him before, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season,  we want to keep safe and Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Feb 182018
 

Yes, another very flyable day. We had the field laid out for a bit of low launch failure practise before the cloud base was high enough for general flying. Soarable too in the middle of the day. Three private owners out – Bob Sharman had 2h40 in his K6, Mark had a few decent flights in FVP, and KA, with Jon and Paul aboard, reported a (variable) 4000′ cloud base and visited Montgomery and Telford – not too shabby for this time of year.

Charles flew the trial lessons, Geoff winched us, William was LD. Obviously a Whole Lotta LUV, and curiously the Twin, over the Discus, was the single-seater of choice for the hot shots. (The Discus remained parked at the hangar all day). Lots of currency check flights kept me busy, and Holly did really well after a long winter lay off to go solo again.

Met for today, (Sunday) looks awful from all sources, so I’ve scrubbed it via the WhatsApp group. I believe the WhatsApp group, although in its infancy, has the potential to be a really useful tool to help us all pull together and coordinate our operations, and I would recommend that you sign up, if you haven’t already done so.

Mark

 Posted by at 10:47 am
Feb 162018
 

Two flying days on the trot! Thursday was a character building westerly, a bit too character building at times with a delayed start and an early finish as a result. However there was never any doubt that the ridge was working. So it became glass two-seaters only with Simon in the astrir, me in the 21, and Mark trying to finish off his conversion in the Arcus.

Friday has been a much calmer affair. Plenty of people to fly. apologies to Brian, John and Ian who missed out as it was so busy. Nick LeGras converted to the K23 and Andy Rands went solo (he has soloed numerous types of aircraft but this was his first glider outside of the ATC) So numerous check flights, numerous cable breaks and plenty of circuits. At lunch time there was even a good soarable slot.

On the subject of running out of day if those of you who can get here early can aim for 8.30 then we can get the hangar unpacked. Today by the time a quorum had arrived it was easily 9.30 and it must have been 9.45 at least before the unpacking started. If we can get the gliders out earlier we get more done and fewer people will miss out.

Dave

Tomorrow looks good. A 10-15knt westerly that even has a star rating from12 til 2.

Feb 152018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and the highlights from last weeks committee meeting

This week.

Feb 10 Pilot Aware.  Electronic conspicuity. 

Roger Ellis gave us a stunning presentation on the above,  describing the current and future aspects of conspicuity and why we are trialling pilot aware in some of the club gliders.  This is an important topic and is going to become even more so.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Mike Dodwell

Sunday:  Mark Sanders, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Forthcoming events

Membership renewals

As I write this I am staring at the thermals gathering over the horizon and it reminds me that very soon we will be enjoying our fantastic sport in warmer weather circling under booming cumulus.  In line with the wishes and views expressed by members at the members’ meetings over the past few months, the committee have been steadily improving our ability to forecast our finances further into the future with more accuracy. This gives us a much clearer picture, so that we can take sensible decisions for the long term benefit and health of the club. We can also set realistic budgets which take the full picture into account (our forecast reserves, and our desire to provide for new or upgraded assets).  With this in mind, at the December meeting the committee discussed the future finances and the continuing issue of having the ability to replace our important assets as they get older. We have limited reserves, which will not allow us to improve our situation massively at the moment.   The committee has concluded that a 3% increase in subscriptions and flying fees this year will enable us to improve our position. We are proposing similar increased for Associate memberships, Caravan pitch fees, and other Miscellaneous items. In addition we are proposing that the current generous discount in flying fees fees for Private Owners/Instructors/Overseas Members be reduced slightly.

The really good news is that we are proposing to keep the launch fees at their current rates, so there is NO change proposed this year for launch fees. So you can continue to fly your socks off and get into the air as much as possible.

CFI meeting

On the 11th of March we will be hosting the regional CFI’s meeting so there will be an army/flock/murder (delete collective noun as you see fit ) of CFI’s and examiners at the club that day.

Appleby ATC

A group of around 10 cadets from Appleby ATC plus staff will be making another visit to the Club on 24th and 25th this month. Another instructor to help out would be much appreciated. Please let Martin know if you can help on one or both days, or just part days.

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.  Please ensure that this is in your diary.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those that have heard him before, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season,  we want to keep safe and Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights from the last committee meeting:-

We have restructured the winch driving and engineering.  Skylaunch will mow maintain the winches.

The AGM will be on March 24th,  we desperately need a committee member to represent buildings.  all other committee members will be offering themselves for re election.

Our Junior definition is at variance to the BGA, we will amend ours to match.

The issues of medical recording have raised themselves again.  The CFI is going to construct a proposal after consultation.

General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May.  The Secretary has a firm grip and we are on track for compliance.

The water tank in the hangar is very old and the plan to replace it has now started.

The club has been offered a proposal to purchase and run the motor glider.  The proposal will be taken to instructors and the general membership for consultation.

Health and safety:  We are continuing to improve all areas,  particularly those involved with sleeping accommodation

We have a new banner for the front gate encouraging new members

Finance: we have placed a deposit with Skylaunch for the new winch engine and paid for 2 lots of tarmac on the road.  All other spending is on track.

Fleet: the K8 is in for ARC the refurbished K13 wings are a great success.

MT: the Shogun clutch is slipping and a replacement pack will be ordered once the repair team is established.

Buildings:  we are moving on the “members” workshop using the old MT shed for the purpose.

Access Road:  we will have a “pothole” party for the areas of the road not tarmacked and suffering with potholes.

Fencing: Minton Batch fencing will commence as soon as the weather is suitable.

Feb 112018
 

A few members were treated to that rare sight of Martin McCurdie on the end of a bungy rope! So there’s a lesson for you, don’t go home early on a Sunday you never know what you may miss.

So thanks to Mark’s enthusiasm for making it happen, we only managed two bungys but still worth the effort.

Dave

Feb 092018
 

Brave in that many club members braved the elements to get up to the club , by car and by foot.

Fortune in being able to fly on such a stunning afternoon.

A winter corker, views of Cader Idris covered in snow, 4knt thermals, ridge and non stop flying from midday with two two-seaters and the discus plus KA making the most of it. Thanks to everyone who made it happen. Guy managed to get the last part of his winch training completed so we have one more fully fledged winch driver.

Dave

Feb 082018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week.

Instructor renewals

You can’t keep a good man down and I am delighted to report what a good man Steve Male is.  While waiting for even more results he has very kindly volunteered to take on the instructor renewal process.  From now on you will receive your chasers from Steve rather than me and he will update the BGA database on the CFI’s behalf.

Junior weekend

They had a fabulous time with more than 80 flights achieved.  Many thanks to all the ground crew and Dave and Helen for putting in so much effort to make their weekend so successful.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

Instructor meeting 10 Feb

Please don’t forget the above at 17:30.

Skylaunch main winch

Just a quick update to let you know what is happening:-

Guy is in regular touch with Mike Groves. The engine is being crated up for shipping and we will soon have an E.T.A. for it, at which point a timescale for fitting will be agreed.

 

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

Feb 10 Pilot Aware.  Electronic conspicuity. 

This topic is becoming more and more important and Roger Ellis has very kindly volunteered to explain all about it at a Winter lecture on the 10th  This is going to be good,  Roger is a commercial pilot and an expert on all aspects of the topic and the rules and regulations as well as how it works.  He will cover:-

Why GA and gliders might be forced to have transponders.  History and function of different transponders.  How the Pilot Aware (PAW) transponder works (with practical demonstration)

If you read the article in S&G then you will know how important this topic is, if you didn’t read it then come along and learn all about it.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.  Please ensure that this is in your diary.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those that have heard him before, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season,  we want to keep safe and Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Feb 072018
 

Should be short west, possibly bungy. The BBC are here again but don’t despair they only want to see a launch not a multi retake of the rope pulling!!!

So plenty of flying and possible bungy, all help gratefully received.

Dave

 

 

Feb 012018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week.

Euroglide talk

Iit was a very successful talk on Saturday evening.  It worked very well with the 3 speakers who made it very entertaining.  We  would like to thank Julian, Dianna and Phil for their efforts. and to thank the guests  from Shobdon who came to join us and enjoyed the supper.

This year’s Euroglide is totally oversubscribed with 84 entrants (last time there were 35 ) so the next opportunity is 2020.

Diana and Phil and Julian are willing to brief anyone thinking of doing it also if anyone is interested then  something similar but less competitive and privately arranged might not be out of the question in future.   Contact Julian directly or myself if you are interested.

Medicals

Can I just remind everyone who flies solo using  a driving licence as a medical.  It must be an up to date licence and if you have a photo licence it expires every 10 years.  In addition, at 70 you will have to renew your licence anyway.

Airfield vehicles.

These are not to be taken off the airfield (unless on the back of a trailer).  Even if the field is covered in snow then they must be kept within the boundary.

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

The Juniors are coming!

Feb 3rd and 4th weekend. We will be hosting the juniors again. It is always a great pleasure to do this so please make them welcome.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Dave Crowson, Guy Hartland, David Brown, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Dave Crowson, Mark Sanders, David Brown, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

Feb 10 Pilot Aware.  Electronic conspicuity. 

This topic is becoming more and more important and Roger Ellis has very kindly volunteered to explain all about it at a Winter lecture on the 10th  This is going to be good,  Roger is a commercial pilot and an expert on all aspects of the topic and the rules and regulations as well as how it works.  He will cover:-

Why GA and gliders might be forced to have transponders.  History and function of different transponders.  How the Pilot Aware (PAW) transponder works (with practical demonstration)

 

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.  Please ensure that this is in your diary.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those that have heard him before, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season,  we want to keep safe and Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club