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Neal Clements

Jul 122018
 

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

This week

Power cuts

The valley and ourselves have experienced many power failures over the last few weeks.  This does have consequences for us, our Internet, our admin systems and the web camera computer can all fail to restart gracefully.  We are working on how to mitigate each of these.

Shrewsbury School Summer Camp

The RAF section of Shrewsbury School’s Combined Cadet Force held their camp at the Club last week with 8 cadets and Paul Fowler instructing,  plus Tom Brennan who had just finished A levels and wanted to do some more solo flying aiming for Stage 3.  The week began with the dreaded east wind, but there was enough of a northerly component on Monday to allow launching. Tuesday was altogether different with an east wind strong enough for bungey launching if it had been from the opposite direction, and so a day out was planned.  First, a climb up to the well-preserved Montgomery Castle where there was a light breeze, and so a briefing was called for on the wind gradient and isobars. Next, on to Lake Vyrnwy to hire bicycles for a ride around the Lake.  There was plenty of flying opportunities in the rest of the week as the east wind was much calmer and good thermals gave long flights.  Many thanks to Mike G and Roger for flying the cadets in the T21.  There was guesswork on some of Roger’s flights about who was doing the landing!  Thanks also to Nigel and Matthew for their help.  The cadets made good progress in their flying training and worked hard on the airfield driving the retrieve winch, fetching cables for themselves and other Club members, keeping the Log and retrieving gliders.  The camp ended on Friday with an excellent achievement when Jack Li flew solo for the first time.  Many thanks also to Fay and Helen on the food and domestic side, and last, but not least, thanks to Rob for being in charge.

Wood week

As you have seen from the blogs they are having a wonderful time.   Many launches and lots of soaring.

New members

We have had a spate of new members recently, some on the 40 flight package.  We welcome John Darby, Iain Thomson, Ewa Lakeman and Martin Howett

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday: Mark Sanders, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Charles Page

Forthcoming events

Good news and bad news

The Fairford airshow looks as if it will have a minimal impact on our flying over the weekend.

Farnborough

The CAA decision has been announced, largely in favour of TAG Farnborough.

Please see the link below for the full updates.

 https://members.gliding.co.uk/news-notices/

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

TaskWeek poster 2018

Reviews please!

If you’ve visited us or flown with us then it would be really great if you could take a moment to pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review. Here is the linkNB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jun 282018
 

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

New road

Our new road is taking a bit of a pasting with this heat.  This is a most precious asset so please please can you drive over it slowly.

Weather station

Significant progress has been made behind the scenes, a new computer has had the software successfully moved over and we are just waiting for a convenient time to install it. 

MT Vitara

Julian thinks he has finally cracked the Vitara gas puzzle whereby one vehicle works and the other doesn’t.  We are testing the change now and fingers crossed we can have them both back on gas.  Don’t forget, they have small tanks so must be re filled midday to have uninterrupted operation.

Lawnmower

Denise has very kindly donated a ride on lawnmower for the club use.  This has speeded up the cutting of the non sheep areas tremendously.  If you do get a chance to ride this then please turn the fuel off after use.

 

MGC website and more domains

We have made some significant updates to the website to reflect our focus on both members and new members. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do check the menus as they have changed.

MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking just TWO more willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!  This is a really good opportunity for us to show the locals everything that’s great about our club.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Greenwood, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Alan Swan, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

The infamous Wood Week returns for 2018. Who’s joining us? There are a few spaces left & we’d love to see you   For more info or to book your place, call Martin on 01588650206 or office@midlandgliding.club
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5,000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerleys, with beautiful gliders and excellent company.

Task week – 18th – 27th August

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap. Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions.

Task Week is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

In order to encourage more pilots to fly cross country at a level where they are safe and comfortable the event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the queue given to the results by a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at.

Can you help – Tripadvisor

We are working on increasing our online presence and make it more likely for people to come across us on a Google search. As part of this, we have dusted off our Tripadvisor account to give potential visitors an idea of what we have to offer as a venue. This is where we need your help…..If you’ve visited us or flown with us (since you’re on this email list, this would almost definitely apply!) then it would be really great if you could take a moment to  pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review.

Here is the link https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g315989-d10832623-Reviews-or10-Midland_Gliding_Club-Church_Stretton_Shropshire_England.html

NB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

 

 chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

 

 

Jun 142018
 

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

CFI

There seems to be some confusion over the CFI’s role at the moment, therefore I thought I would clarify the position:-

The club can only have 1 CFI and for the moment I cannot fly due to medical considerations.  Therefore, Simon Adlard has kindly “volunteered” his services as CFI until I can return to flying/instructing status.

As such all CFI matters must be referred to Simon.  My role, for the moment, is merely to provide Simon with an administrative “back up” service. I hope this has clarified who our CFI is and what my current role within the club is.

Happy Landings

Steve Male

Access Road

Once again Tim Mason and Roger have found an “opportunity” to improve the road via a contractor. This has been done by the same contractor who did the work for us last Winter.  The statement of work included:- clean out all potholes, fill potholes using the road stone, compact the stone using a ride-on vibrating roller, seal all filled potholes using hot bitumen, provide a top surface to the road using machine laid bitumen with a topping of granite chippings, compact/roll the surface.  All of which was done within our grounds budget. 

Road photo

Webcams

You may have noticed that the webcams are back, albeit without the weather station data.  The system that merges the data is broken and it is not an easy repair so we have reverted to the raw camera data.  We are still seeking ways to reinstate the merging software.

MGC branded clothing and merchandise

We are indebted to Peter Turner who has worked tirelessly over the past few months to refresh and extend our range of MGC clothing. This has been no small task! Items are being delivered as we speak. Already in stock are the new gliding hats (see pic) – grab yours from the office at just £5.50 each. Other items include a range of t-shirts, wind-proof jackets, warm gillets etc. We will be holding some items in stock, and we will have samples of other items which are available to order to your exact size. Please see the display in the entrance corridor, or ask in the office for more details.

hat picture

MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking a small and hardy band of willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!   We are in talks with the school about collaborating with them in a number of ways, so this would be a really good opportunity for us to show them our best side.

Tours for prospective members

The latest day of Tours for prospective members resulted in one new member on our Intro to Gliding package, and another couple of people extremely interested in our Flying Start package. If you’re not familiar with our newly developed Membership packages then do take a look at the Your Gliding Journey leaflet the next time you’re at the club. The packages are aimed at prospective members / people who want to Learn to Fly, rather than those who simply want a one-off Trial Lesson.  When people ask you about gliding or approach you at the club, it would be great if everyone could direct people towards either the Membership packages, the Tours, (or Trial Lessons, if that’s the right option for them). Sarah will be doing a quick pre-dinner talk about this in the next few weeks.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Witton, Stephen Alexander

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Charles Page.

Forthcoming events

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  So please call or email the office with your interest.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.  Steve is organising it such that it will develop our skills no matter what standard we are.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Committee meeting highlights

Business rates: this is still continuing, the BGA are helping us through the process and the Treasurer is involved as well so we are hopeful of a very positive outcome. The new rules only allow one appeal so getting that appeal absolutely watertight is our priority.

Debtors:  The treasurer and the office are really getting a grip on this issue.  We are amending our finance system so that debt collection will be much quicker and easier than currently.

The tours are working well,  the conversion rate is extremely impressive and this “targeted” marketing is definitely a great way forward. 

The Simulator is progressing well.  The external IT consultant is visiting on the Saturday to resolve issues with the software and interface to the controls.  We will either have a fix or a list of stuff to get to complete the project.

MT: Julian has done a lot of work on the Vitaras, there is a difference between them in the way the engine management systems cope with the gas replacement.  Julian is going to source an emulator for the one that doesn’t like the gas.  The Shogun clutch parts are available and Guy and Geoff Dailey are working on the replacement.  The Land Rover disposal plan is starting up again.

Buildings: we still have require someone to represent buildings.  The highest priority is the water tank replacement.

Grounds: see above re access road.  The repairs to the East perimeter fence are now complete.

Health and safety: the corridor improvement works are continuing and there will be another push next Thursday to move forward.

The new engine in the Skylaunch winch is now signed off.  We are investing in some “superior” oil to maximise the life of the engines.

 

Jun 072018
 

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

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Neal Clements, Charles Carter, Peter Orchard, Jon Hall

Sunday:  Mark Sanders, Peter Orchard, Mike Dodwell

Forthcoming events

Access Road

We will be carrying out repairs to the main access road over the weekend of 16th/17th June i.e. filling potholes and restoring the road surface.

Machinery to move the stone and compact it will only be on site on Saturday and Sunday so it’s important that we make as much progress as possible during these two days.

A small team of volunteers will be required to get the job done so if you are prepared to give up a little of your time – even just an hour or two – on either day, your help will be greatly appreciated.  Please can you email Tim Mason grounds@midlandgliding.club or the office if you can help.

Midsummer recruitment event.

We are putting this on hold this year, thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out, we really do appreciate the willingness of people to volunteer.

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  Simon Adlard has very kindly agreed to run the week. So please call or email the office with your interest.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you. 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 312018
 

Hi everyone, this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future. My apologies for the shortness but I am on the Jaca expedition at the moment.

Jaca expedition
Like the uk we have suffered with heavy rain for a couple of days. Unlike the UK we can enjoy our time off in one of the most beautiful regions of Spain. Normal service will be resumed today.
Your team this weekend is:
Saturday: Simon Adlard, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey, Liz Adlard
Sunday: Chris Alldis, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy
Forthcoming events
Midsummer recruitment event 30 June
Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

Wood week July 7 -14
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds, 5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys. Simon Adlard has very kindly agreed to run the week. So please call or email the office with your interest.
Task week August 18 – 27
Please ensure this is also in your diary, we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year. The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 242018
 

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

Jaca expedition
The weather has been poor by Jaca standards, flying every day for over 6 hours, wave flights at FL195 and yesterday a nice trip out of the valley towards the East of the Pyrenees, today another 5 hour flight in convergence. The locals insist the weather is rubbish!
Your team this weeekend is
Saturday: Guy Hartland, Matthew Cooke, David Brown and William Brewis
Sunday: Mike Witton, Alan Swan, Geoff Dailey, Glyn MacArthur
Forthcoming events
Midsummer recruitment event 30 June
Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

Wood week July 7 -14
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds, 5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys. Steve Male is helping run the week so let the office know now that you want to take part.
Task week August 18 – 27
Please ensure this is also in your diary, we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year. The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 172018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future. And to let you have the highlights of last week’s committee meeting

Appleby ATC

The Club was delighted to welcome a contingent of eight cadets and four staff members from Appleby Grammar School ATC squadron over the last weekend. Two good days of sunshine with a nice westerly wind ensured that they all enjoyed soaring flights with an introduction to the basic effects of the controls. All were eager to help on the airfield with a bit of prompting at times from Rob, their CO; one member was overheard saying that he would make a great Launch Director!

The squadron have hardly any flying opportunities with the RAF and so, with cadets keen to learn to fly, they now been visiting the Club regularly over the last few years and are planning a summer camp this year and an autumn visit. The Committee is keen to encourage the visits.

Aim higher

A fantastic week was had by the attendees. The quote of the week was “50k to diamond in 5 days” which applied to Mark Williams Who had his sliver distance at the beginning of the week and had his diamond goal by the end. Steve Ward and Tim Brunskill achieved their diamond goals as well. We really are privileged to be able offer this course.  Kevin Atkinson is not only enthusiastic and knowledgable but is also an extremely good demonstrator. We are also really grateful for JF and KA helping out, introducing new pilots to cross country.

Membership renewals

Please can I remind and encourage those of you who have not yet renewed to do so.  It really is vital that we maintain or increase our membership and every late or forgotten renewal makes managing the club and maintaining our fabulous facilities more difficult.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site with its new, more powerful engine and is now able to give us the powerful launches promised.

 

 Web cam overheating

The experts have now reached the conclusion that it probably isn’t worth any more attempts at salvaging the existing computer so we will attempt to move the software over to a more modern configuration.   Fingers crossed,  this is isn’t usually very easy in my experience.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Chris Alldis, David Brown and Charles Page

Sunday:  Roger Andrews, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey and Mark Wakem.

Forthcoming events

Midsummer recruitment event 30 June

Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

 

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  Steve Male is helping run the week so let the office know now that you want to take part.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights of last weeks committee

The meeting welcomed James Moore, this was his first meeting as treasurer.  He has commissioned a financial review from our accountants with a view to us being able to reduce our outstanding debtors and confirm our calculations on reserves necessary for business continuity.

The fleet strategy continues to be a priority with the provision of a glass single seater, the move to a  2 seater fleet of the size and nature we require and how we provide access to a motor glider given the latest restrictions from the CAA.  These are the  3 items under consideration and of course, tie in with our minimum reserve referred to above.

One of the Vitaras is struggling to work on gas. The root cause has been identified and Julian is working on a solution. The Shogun clutch has the parts ready to fit.

May 112018
 

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

Rockpolishers

We ran a very successful rock polishers weekend, see other posts for details but in summary, we made a very good showing and it showed our potential members how active the club can be and what wonderful machines we fly.

Prospective members weekend

Hard work by James Moore, Sarah Platt, Martin, Nick and Gill LeGras at The Ludlow festival and more work over the prospective members weekend with Steve Male, Matthew Cooke, Charles Carter and John O’Reilly as well has resulted in a very successful weekend and sales of our new Flying Start packages. We believe that this focused targeting of our type of potential member is going to be the most effective way of improving our recruitment.  We involved the Shropshire Star and you can read the excellent articles on line.

Trial Lesson Packs

Allan Reynolds has done a fantastic job in producing a set of packs in envelopes which get handed to course members and Trial lessons when they arrive.  The pack tells them everything they can do after their flight(s) so they have something to think about and process to reinforce their experience.  If you are signing someone in then please ensure you give them one of the packs,  they are clearly labelled in the office.

Membership renewals

Please can I remind and encourage those of you who have not yet renewed to do so.  It really is vital that we maintain or increase our membership and every late or forgotten renewal makes managing the club and maintaining our fabulous facilities more difficult.

Road

We now have stone on site for pothole filling and so we’ll be arranging road repair sessions very soon. Please put your name on the list in the clubhouse or contact the office if you can spare some time to help.   In the meantime please do not drive on the grass alongside the road unless absolutely necessary. Despite the potholes, the road is still useable if you drive slowly and as the grass is still very wet, driving on it will cause further damage to the airfield.  We have had a very wet winter, next time you fly have a look at the wet patch adjacent to the road at the north east corner.   This is getting larger and driving off the road will carve up the field to the extent we cannot repair it.

Simulator

The simulator body is now installed.  Dave Crowson, Roger, John O’Reilly, Orch and others have all contributed to getting us this far.  The next step is to install the computer and the controls,  wire it up to the screen and press the big button.  This will be a huge benefit for training when we cannot fly.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site with its new, more powerful engine and is still having its gearbox adjusted for the best performance.

Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we have had to remove it while we attempt a repair.  A replacement is the last resort as it runs a particular software configuration.  The fix is proving to be quite difficult, there are 3 experts working on it as I write!

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Stephen Alexander, Glyn MacArthur

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Nigel Lassetter, Stephen Alexander, John O’Reilly

Forthcoming events

Midsummer recruitment event 30 June

Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

 

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

May 032018
 

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

Apologies

Sorry this is a short blog, I am writing it 4 days into a week of instructing, over 60 flights and over 10 hours of flying on a reasonable week.  I encourage all of our instructors to book themselves to help out on a course week, it is the most enjoyable refresher you can have.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site….shiny new engine installed.

 Tomorrow is scheduled for the set up of the gearbox and transmission then we will be operational

 Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we have had to remove it while we attempt a repair.  A replacement is the last resort as it runs a particular software configuration.

Calendar

We are now able to show the events that are planned during the year.  This is a less detailed view than the rota but extends further.  We are working on extending it to a 2 year horizon so you can plan your holidays around gliding.  We are also seeking ways to increase its detail but in the meantime please have a look and, if you like you can link it to your own electronic calendar.

See http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Cook, Simon Adlard, Liz Adlard  

Sunday: Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Simon Adlard, Mike Dodwell

Forthcoming events

Fell Runners

Their annual race takes place this weekend,  we are co ordinating with them and it should not impact on our operation.  This weekend will be very busy, come along and see how the competition is organised and have a flight whilst they are busy soaring away on task.

Rock Polishers

We are hosting the above this weekend

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

We still have spaces on the aim higher course,  please call the office if you would like to attend.

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 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!

Marketing

We have lots of leaflets at the club, if you see a visitor of any description please can you encourage them to take the “your gliding journey” one, or several if they are staying at a B and B.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Apr 262018
 

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

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site….shiny new engine installed.

 We just need a day when a long launch direction (preferably South) is possible to get the gearbox set up properly for the new engine.

 Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we are having to reset it and turn it off overnight.  We are looking at ways to address the problem, in the meantime bear with us as we have to restart each day.

Calendar

We are now able to show the events that are planned during the year.  This is a less detailed view than the rota but extends further.  We are working on extending it to a 2 year horizon so you can plan your holidays around gliding.  We are also seeking ways to increase its detail but in the meantime please have a look and, if you like you can link it to your own electronic calendar.

See http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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 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!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Apr 192018
 

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

Winch

The new engine has arrived and Skylaunch have collected the winch to install it.  We hope to have it back very quickly so we will have tow very powerful winches.

Road

We are getting ready to do another pot hole filling session, Tim is ordering the stone and we will then ask for volunteers to help for half a day or even an hour.  In the meantime please don’t be tempted to drive off the track,  just take it slowly.  The airfield is delicate at the moment it has had one of the wettest winters and is soaked.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Dave Cole

Forthcoming events

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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 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!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 292018
 

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

Airspace

Sorry to keep badgering about this but it is important.   Please can you  review below and help wherever possible, the deadline is looming

https://members.gliding.co.uk/representation-and-consultations/oxford-and-raf-brize-norton-acps/  

 

AGM and Presentation (Christmas) dinner.

The AGM was held on Saturday and was well attended.  I am delighted to announce that James Moore is the new treasurer and we thanked Simon Towers for his hard work.  The Christmas dinner was its usual superb standard, the catering was terrific and Denise managed to cover the ground with liberal amounts of snow and put up Christmas decorations in the club house.  This year we amended the presentations by awarding the trophies and, new this year, CFI and Chair commendations.

The AGM had a question and answer session afterwards.  The key concerns from the BGA are Airspace and participation.  See airspace below,  James Moore gave a very cogent overview of our marketing strategy and one of the key elements is attendance at events like Octoberfest and Ludlow festival.  Please, if you would like to promote the sport and your club, then contact marketing@midlandgliding.club to offer your help for an hour

Awards

The Siam trophy went to Dominic for his fantastic flight in Wales, the Bob Neill went to Holly Harris for best  ab initio, Hardwick to Mark Sanders for his circumnavigation of Birmingham, Maxam to Julian Fack for his work on the Vitaras.

The CFI commendations were:-

Matthew Cook  for his performance at the Dan Smith Memorial Trophy Aerobatics Competition

Harry Entwhistle – for his performance at the National Gliding Aerobatics Competition

 Mark Sanders – for organising and energising the Cross Country Development Group.

CFI achievements: 1st Solo: – Holly Harris, Nick Le Gras.  Bronze C with Cross Country Endorsement: – 

Tim Brunskill, Steve Ward, Geoff Dailey, Mark Williams.  Silver C: – Geoff Dailey, Rob Shepperd.

The Chair’s commendation went to Howard Bradley for his work on the road and the apron.

Your team this weekend is:

Friday: Mark Sanders, Peter Orchard

Saturday: Walter Baumann, Peter Orchard

Sunday:  Mike Witton, David Brown

Monday: Chris Alldis, Allan Reynolds, Stephen Alexander

Forthcoming events

Get checked week

This starts on Sunday, call the office to see if there are spaces.  Don’t forget April is when all the records are set.

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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 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!

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.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 222018
 

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

This week.

The club is now accessible from all directions.  Hopefully we can now get on with the proper job of Spring flying!

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.  The AGM starts at 17:00

Lleweni Parc Expedition 2018

For the last 2 years we have been to Llanbedr in March and had fantastic flying conditions over Snowdonia. This year Snowdonia Aerospace wanted £4,200 in advance for the use of the airfield for a week for 12 gliders. We thought that this was rather too expensive, so arranged to go to Lleweni Parc  instead, partly because we kept seeing videos of Chris Gill flying at 23,000 feet or flying over Snowdon and Cader Idris.

 Lleweni Parc is a gliding site just outside Denbigh at the bottom of the Clwydian range of hills. It is not a gliding club as such, they cater for expeditions from other clubs. There is a club house, members kitchen, bunk room and you can camp or take your caravan. They have a Skylaunch winch, a Eurofox tug, a DG 1001M self launching 2 seater, and an LS7 single seater. 

Unlike Llanbedr there are no security gates, no FOD bins, you don’t have to go for a long discussion with the management every morning, and you only pay for the days you fly, and the costs are very reasonable. Chris Gill, the CFI/ winch driver/ secretary/ cleaner/ general dogsbody is very helpful and relaxed about everything which made the whole experience very pleasant.

Llanbedr has 2.2 km 50 metre wide runways, Lleweni Parc  has a single 850 metre tarmac runway. The slight difficulty is you can’t land on the grass, the runway slopes up if you are landing to the West, you have to taxi to the end of the runway in case there is anyone behind you, the winch is parked at the end of the runway. Did I mention that the runway is 2 metres wide.  This proved slightly more difficult to land on, with even quite experienced pilots struggling to keep the glider on the runway, especially in a crosswind.

Unfortunately the Tug was unserviceable after the first day so we winched for the rest of the week. This meant that those with turbos could light the engine and travel to the lift, while the rest of us without mechanical assistance struggled to get away. At least we got plenty of practice trying to land on that runway. The Arcus was the only glider to manage an epic flight over Snowdonia after using the engine to get going.

The ridge behind the airfield is 30km long. You have to take a dive at it from the top of a winch launch and hope it works when you get there, and that you have enough height to get back if it doesn’t. In practice this was a lot easier than it sounds, and the ridge is fantastic.

Dave Crowson and myself went there before the expedition to fly with Chris Gill in the DG self launcher, which was a really great experience. Several members flew with Chris in the DG while we were there and had excellent flights, it is well worth making the effort to do this and we all thought it was excellent value for money.

Lleweni Parc is a great place to fly from, it is challenging and you have to be good at accurate landing and good energy management to fly there, but the potential for wave, thermal and ridge flying in Snowdonia is enormous, so I’m already planning the next trip.

Mike G

Glide Britain

You may remember that we decided to help with the funding for this last year and the results are now being published.  There was a huge amount of footage and the club’s contribution is available below.  At the BGA conference they also showed a consolidated version which included several sections from the Mynd and was a superb advert for gliding.  As soon as that is available I will publish the link for it.  In the meantime look at our contribution below

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAsyazUSKdSl3yHjvzH5nag/videos

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Nigel Lassetter, Guy Hartland, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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 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!

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.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 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.

Parking at the club

Please be  aware that some snowdrifts are clearly marked for committee use only.  I was distressed to turn up last week to find my particular reserved drift already occupied.  see photo below.

snow

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Paul Fowler, Peter Orchard, Dave D’arcy

Airspace

I was at the BGA conference in February and the two key areas of concern were airspace and participation.  An example of the airspace issue is below,  this is important, please read the following from the BGA :-

“As you will aware, RAF Brize Norton and Oxford Airport are currently consulting on a number of proposed airspace changes within two Airspace Change Proposals (ACPs) that are linked, but are presented and being consulted on separately. If taken forward and approved by the CAA, these airspace changes will significantly increase risk to the majority who operate outside the proposed controlled airspace, significantly limit freedom of movement across south central England, directly negatively impact the operations at a number of nearby clubs to the point where it’s possible that some will be fatally damaged, and negatively impact all clubs whose members fly cross-country.

There are many reasons why the proposals should be rejected, including re safety, proportionality, and the damage they will do to others. There has been no meaningful engagement with GA stakeholders by the airspace proposers. The consultation process has been poorly executed, particularly with non-aviation stakeholders. The ACP’s are taking place under the CAA’s now discredited CAP725 process. It is apparent that the Brize Norton and Oxford airspace change proposers are uninterested in overall airspace safety. A ‘solution’ has been produced in advance of understanding the needs of others, and taking no account of the effects of their proposals on those in surrounding airspace. Inward-looking airspace developments do not contribute to overall airspace system safety.

The BGA is working with the GA Alliance to respond to the two consultations. There is a lot of work underway. A number of people from gliding and the wider GA Alliance are involved, led by Steve Noujaim of BGGC. Alternative proposals are being considered within that work.

The deadline for submitting responses is 5th April 2018.

Together, we need to encourage as many pilots as possible who are opposed to the proposed airspace changes to submit their views in a meaningful way ahead of the 5th April deadline. We will be promoting the need to respond by email and social media from Wed this week. We’d be grateful if you could strongly support that approach in conversation with your members.

In addition, we need to ensure that gliding clubs, which of course stand to lose a lot if the proposals are approved by the CAA, also submit a club response.  We understand of course that this may not be an issue for clubs much further afield than the southern half of the country. And we appreciate that some clubs will already have consultation response plans underway. All support is welcome.

We recommend that in addition to responding to the consultation, your club submits a one-pager to its constituency MP explaining in layman’s terms why the proposed airspace changes are a significant problem for your club and seeking your MPs support in rejecting the airspace change proposals. You might want to point out that a safe and proportionate outcome can only be achieved if airspace change proposers have a common understanding of all needs BEFORE an airspace design is proposed. That has not occurred in these two cases. You may want to express concern that the CAA is still utilising the discredited CAP725 regulatory process that from 1 Jan 18 was replaced by a new process under CAP1616.

The information for pilots is at https://members.gliding.co.uk/representation-and-consultations/oxford-and-raf-brize-norton-acps/ . We may update this as new information emerges, but that should not delay anyone from submitting their responses.”

Forthcoming events

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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 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!

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.

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

As usual we will be publishing the calling notice and the accounts for the meeting.  After the meeting there will be an opportunity for members to voice their opinions.

Booker Aerobatic Competition

(15th year running!)

The late “Easter Egg Cup’’

Date: Saturday, 7th April (or Sunday, if weather duff)

3 Sequences:     ‘Standard’, ‘Tricky’ and ‘Joker’ levels

‘Standard’figures to be flown:    45 degrees down line

                                                                                                Loop

                                                                                                Humptybump (canopy down)

                                                                                                Chandelle

                                                                                                45 degrees up line

180 degree Turn (60 degree bank)

‘Tricky figures to be flown:           45 degree Down Line

                                                                                                Loop

                                                                                                Humptybump (canopy down)

                                                                                                Stall Turn

                                                                                                Humptybump (canopy up)

                                                                                                Chandelle

                                                                                                ¼ Clover

                                                                                                90 degree Turn

‘Joker’ figures to be flown:           Awesome rolling figures !            

Note:  If you are safe to fly the Standard sequence solo, it qualifies you for the BGA ‘Standard’ Aerobatic Badge, which gives you the Aerobatic Rating on your EASA License.

Huge prizes for the top 3 places

Who can enter:                 Anyone who wants to have a go !!

A safety pilot will be available for anyone not cleared solo for these aerobatic figures

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Committee highlights

GDPR: The secretary is confident we will be compliant by May 18

Skylaunch Winch upgrade:  The engine has been ordered but is in America waiting shipment.

Medical recording:  The forms are ready the next step is to try to change the culture to ensure compliance

Flight logging: The current system is not supported, the office and Steve Male are evaluation an alternative

The proposal from the motor glider syndicate is to be revised and re presented

A proposal for electricity generation was received,  there were some questions of clarity which will be addressed before being re presented.

AGM: The treasurer has resigned and we are seeking a replacement

The Astir is next in for ARC

The Shogun clutch is failing, we are seeking a heavy duty replacement, if not then we will use a standard.

 

Mar 082018
 

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.

Accessibility

Helen, Dave, Allan and Jon have all worked their shovels off to clear a path up the Burway and have tested it with 2 wheel drive.  We have cancelled the Saturday lecture and will reschedule it for the next series.  Come up and re acquaint yourself with the club.  Hopefully the forecast rain will get rid of the drifts.  If you are coming early tomorrow morning be wary of ice first thing.

Hot and cold

Definitely one of the coldest spells I have known up the hill put a huge strain on the club utilities.  Without the skilled intervention of Dave Crowson we would be facing broken boilers and heating systems.  Thanks also to Paul Shuttleworth and Roger Andrews for braving the elements and taking up much needed supplies and equipment.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Peter Orchard, Charles Page

Sunday: Chris Alldiss, Peter Orchard, Dave Cole.

Forthcoming events

CFI meeting

We took the decision on Wednesday to postpone this.

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

March 10 is cancelled. 

It’s always tricky deciding when and whether to cancel and we are really grateful that Hugh has immediately offered to talk to us in the next series

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.

Spring and Summer

Don’t forget that March the 1st was the first day of spring so bring your beach towel and flip flops next time you visit.  Please can you pay for your caravan space in the office and prepare yourself for subscription renewal.  We need to invest in the future of the club and early and prompt payment of renewals will help us enormously.

Wood week

Week beginning July the 7th,  we would like this to be a celebration of the best of the Mynd and wood.  Unfortunately the original instructor cannot now do the whole week so I am asking for a volunteer instructor to take on that week.  The marketing resource is in place we just need a number 1.  Please email me directly if you are interested.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Mar 012018
 

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.

Snow

Please keep an eye out on the cameras and blogs for the snow situation this weekend re accessibility.  If we cant get up the hill we divert the office phone so it can still be answered.

Accommodation block ceiling

We are replacing the existing ceiling with a more fire robust ceiling, this is part of the continual upgrading of our accommodation to match the highest safety standards.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Charles Carter, David Brown

Sunday: Mark Sanders, Walter Baumann, David Brown, Mark Wakem

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.

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.

Spring and Summer

Don’t forget that March the 1st is the first day of spring so bring your beach towel and flip flops next time you visit.  Please can you pay for your caravan space in the office and prepare yourself for subscription renewal.  We need to invest in the future of the club and early and prompt payment of renewals will help us enormously.

Wood week

Week beginning July the 7th,  we would like this to be a celebration of the best of the Mynd and wood.  Unfortunately the original instructor cannot now do the whole week so I am asking for a volunteer instructor to take on that week.  The marketing resource is in place we just need a number 1.  Please email me directly if you are interested.

Web Cams

It appears that the refresh button on some browsers is not refreshing the webcam images. Geoff Minshall has added the following to the webpage, but just in case you haven’t spotted it:-

“Always check the date and time on the web cam images, to make sure they are current. However, occasionally, those can be correct (because they come from the separate weather station, and are just added to the static images) but the static image itself can be incorrect. If you are not sure, do a refresh of the page – in Windows: ctrl + F5, on a Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R. If they are still giving incorrect info, please email webmaster@midlandgliding.club.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

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 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 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 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