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

 

Apr 152018
 

OwenGliderRecent member Owen Elias, seen here in the glider with daughters Sarah and Helen, chose us here at the Mynd to help him celebrate his 90th birthday. A virtual coach-load of family members were in attendance to watch him take to the skies. Owen made the mistake of telling me that he was sponsoring himself with a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society (an illness which claimed the life of his wife a couple of years ago) for every minute flown, with bonuses for aerobatics! So first up a couple of soaring flights, which he handled very well, then later an aerobatic sortie. Four loops and a couple of chandelles later (as his wallet begged for mercy!) he landed to applause and smiles all round.

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Here he is again, being presented with a cake by his grand-daughter Elizabeth. Not sure where the other 87 candles are – probably too much of a fire hazard! Just look at the weather they brought with them – please come again – anytime!

Happy Birthday Owen – and many Happy Returns, from all of his family and all at the Midland Gliding Club!

 

In other news … A good day had by all with 75 launches by the close. Some more annual checks completed, lots of training, a smattering of trial lessons and a visiting party from North Hill here for the week, kept all four two-seaters busy. A few private owners flew, notably Rob and Dave in the Arcus who braved the murky and fairly low cloudbase conditions to get out to Llyn Brenig in Welshest of North Wales, although it cost them a bit of petrol to get home – see the flight on the Club Ladder.

Mark

 Posted by at 7:22 pm
Apr 122018
 

If I was wanting to pick a day to go flying this weekend (and I am!), then that day would be … Saturday – not too hard a decision, since (at the moment) Friday and Sunday appear to be largely unflyable.

Anyway, back to Saturday … Cloudbase gets high enough mid-morning, with a decent afternoon in 10-15SSW.

Excellent for training, early solo, finishing off those annual checks (should be able to get a good high launch to the south, if you need it to finish off your spinning) and just getting airborne / staying current.

Not an early XC kind of a day, but should be a thermic kind of an afternoon, with plenty of opportunity for extended flight.

We have THREE instructors on duty on Saturday, so there should be more than adequate capacity. Booking would be ideal, but otherwise just turn up and surprise us, if that’s the way you roll!

Look out for updates on the WhatsApp group if anything materially changes between now and then, otherwise …

See you there.

Mark

 Posted by at 9:38 pm
Apr 122018
 

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

The Easter Juniors week this week has seen a mixed bag of weather, with ground training happening when flying couldn’t.
Your team this weekend is:Saturday: Guy Hartland, Nigel Lassetter, Charles Page

Sunday:  Denise Hughes, Mark Wakem

 

Committee / General updates:

Access Road: Now that spring is here and the weather is getting better (!?) we need to work on getting the access road back into good condition. It is particularly important to get it properly serviceable in time for the prospective members weekend which is being held 4th-6th May. The half day sessions we held last autumn worked well and were great fun (honestly!) so we will be doing more of the same over the next few weeks. If you are willing and able to spare a little time to help out, please put your name and contact details on the list which is on the notice board in the clubhouse, or contact Tim Mason via the office.

Maps: The new 2018 (Edition 44) CAA/NATS/ICAO 1:500,000 Aeronautical Charts are now available from the office, priced at a very reasonable £15 ea. Just a reminder that it is an ANO requirement to carry an up to date chart if flying out of ‘Local area’ soaring, and at just slightly more than the cost of a single launch, it is a good investment anyway. For those expecting to fly cross-country it is a necessity, for those thinking of flying cross-country in the not too distant future, it is worth getting familiar with airspace with an up to date chart. They will be literally ‘flying off the shelf’, get yours before they are all gone.

GDPR 2018: There are new Data Protection Regulations coming into force in May of this year, and together with the club needing to highlight what personal data we hold on members, how we store and use it, members also need to give their explicit permission for us to do so. The membership application and renewal forms have been updated to include that authority. Could you all please ensure that a membership Renewal form is completed this year, so that we have a record of your  agreement for us to hold that data. Many thanks

Membership Subs: Whilst we’re on the subject of membership renewal, roughly 50% of members have paid their annual membership subscriptions. We ask everyone who has not yet done so to please contact the office on 01588 650206 with the minimum of delay, and with bank card in hand!

MT: The new winch engine should now be here and we are likely to be able to get it fitted next week. We now have a new clutch for the Shogun and will look at fitting it within the next week too.

Aim Higher training 7th-11th May: We have a couple of spaces left for this excellent and popular training week (see below for full details). To grab one of the spaces, please contact the office without delay.

Rockpolishers (Inter-Club League competition): Here are the teams for the events

Round Date Venue Novice Intermediate Pundit
1 21/22 April Nympsfield   Jon Hall
+ Mark Williams
Rob Hanks (capt)
+ Dave Cole
2 5/6 May Long Mynd David Brown Julian Fack
+ P2
Paul Shuttleworth
3 26-28 May Aston Down Geoff Dailey
Mark Williams
Dave d’Arcy (capt)
Mike Witton
Dominic Haughton
4 9/10 Jun Usk Mark Williams Dave d’Arcy (capt)
Walter Baumann
Dave Crowson
(+ P2?)

A weather call will be made on the Thursday evening before each event. If the forecast looks to be unsuitable the event will be cancelled and scheduled for later in the year.

The very wet conditions we are experiencing currently may also bring the viability of the first event into question. Pray for (lots of) sunshine between now and then. We’ll keep you posted.

CFI News – Check/Currency/Recency Flights:

Now the weather is (should be) getting better a number of us, including me, will be thinking of taking to the air for the 1st time in a while. This brings us to the thorny questions of “Currency” and “Recency”.   You may well be within your Annual Check period of validity BUT if you haven’t flown 3 launches and 3 landings as handling pilot in the last 90 days then you’re NOT “Current”.

You also need to ask yourself if you’re “Recent”.  You can easily be within the 3 launches & landings in 90 days requirement but ask yourself: – when was the last time you flew in today’s conditions? or, in today’s launch direction? Could you cope with an unexpected launch failure on your 1st launch? Bear in mind that during a lay off our “skills” generally stay with us but our “judgement” deteriorates quite quickly, so, If there’s any doubt then there’s no doubt.

ASK for a check flight and be sure to tell your instructor WHY you want/need a check flight; maybe get them to demonstrate something you’re rusty with or a new skill? Our instructors are all here to facilitate you flying safely and making progress, so use this valuable resource and get the best out of your flying.

MGC Stage System

Do you know what MGC Stage you are?  Do you know what the check flight period is and what your annual renewal requirements are? Do you know what skills you need to move to the next stage?

If the answer to any of these questions is “NO” then talk it through with an instructor, particularly on wet “tea drinking” days and (particularly with Annual Check Time fast approaching) get a plan together, give yourself something to aim for both in the short term and for the season as a whole…….. Give it some thought, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Then, when you fly with an instructor TELL THEM what you’re trying to achieve – that way they’ can tailor your flying to make progress towards your goal.

In the meantime: – STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN.

Whatsapp group for flying updates – if any members would like access to this please drop a text to Rob Shepherd on 07709352826 asking to be added, including your full name and membership number if you know it. Please see previous blogs for further details.

 

Forthcoming events

All Events – We wanted to make it easy for all members to see everything that’s happening and planned, all on our website. Here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

North Hill visiting the Mynd – 14th April for a week, so come along and say hello. There should be lots of aviation happening.BI (Basic Instructor) Training week – 16th to 20th April

If you’re booked on, that’s brilliant. If you are interested in getting booked on or training to become a basic instructor, please contact Steve Male by emailing him here to check the criteria and find out what’s involved and to get booked onto this or a future training event.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at Nympsfield – 21st/22nd April

Contact Mark Sanders and see above for more information.

Club Week – 23rd-27th April

Come along and fly lots! Get those checks finished if you still need to. Get some training on something that you’re finding tricky. We recommend you book accommodation and any check flights fairly quickly for this one, via the office.

Gliding Course No 1 of 2018 – 30th April to 4th May

This is very early sold out, but it looks like there may be a space on Tues, Thur and Fri. So if you are interested, please contact Martin in the office without delay.

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.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at The Mynd – 5th/6th May

Contact Mark Sanders for more information.

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!

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club,

on behalf of Neal 🙂 chairman@midlandgliding.club

Apr 052018
 

Maybe not quite as good as first thought but the sun shone, the temperature rose, light South Easterly winds, the hanger was emptied, private glass and wood took to the skies and the log book showed a total of 51 launches.

Instructors Dave Crowson, Mike Greenwood, Nigel Lassetter, Simon Adlard and Paul Fowler flew numerous club members getting them back in check whilst Charles Carter took care of our trial lessons.

No great achievements will appear on the ladder but what a great day seeing the launch point buzzing with members and the older gliders, K8, K6 and T21 outclimbing the Arcus, Duos and at one point, we were even above The Hankster….

 

 

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Apr 052018
 

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 – the consultation closes TODAY.   Please can you  review below and help wherever possible, the deadline is today.

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

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Geoff Dailey, Glyn MacArthur – It seems we are short of a No 1, so if you are one and are available & willing to supervise the field for a bit, please can you contact Martin asap.

Sunday:  Mike Greenwood, Steve Alexander, John O’Reilly

 

Committee updates:

MT: The new winch engine has had a shipping delay, we are awaiting an accurate arrival date so that we can plan the fitting which should be mid/late April.

Caravan park: Dave Crowson and Guy have discussed the very muddy state of the north end of the caravan park since the new MT shed has changed the way water flows into the caravan park. We have tried to stablise the mud with some stone chippings and will look at a new drainage scheme and possibly a new road surface to resolve the issues.

CFI News – Check/Currency/Recency Flights:

Now the weather is (should be) getting better a number of us, including me, will be thinking of taking to the air for the 1st time in a while. This brings us to the thorny questions of “Currency” and “Recency”.   You may well be within your Annual Check period of validity BUT if you haven’t flown 3 launches and 3 landings as handling pilot in the last 90 days then you’re NOT “Current”.

You also need to ask yourself if you’re “Recent”.  You can easily be within the 3 launches & landings in 90 days requirement but ask yourself: – when was the last time you flew in today’s conditions? or, in today’s launch direction? Could you cope with an unexpected launch failure on your 1st launch?

Bear in mind that during a lay off our “skills” generally stay with us but our “judgement” deteriorates quite quickly, so, If there’s any doubt then there’s no doubt.

ASK for a check flight and be sure to tell your instructor WHY you want/need a check flight; maybe get them to demonstrate something you’re rusty with or a new skill?

Our instructors are all here to facilitate you flying safely and making progress, so use this valuable resource and get the best out of your flying.

Incidentally, I haven’t flown since October, because of my health problem, so I will be taking a series of Check/Refresher flights before I fly solo again. If I can do it -so can you !

MGC Stage System

Do you know what MGC Stage you are?  Do you know what the check flight period is and what your annual renewal requirements are? Do you know what skills you need to move to the next stage?

If the answer to any of these questions is “NO” then talk it through with an instructor, particularly on wet “tea drinking” days and (particularly with Annual Check Time fast approaching) get a plan together, give yourself something to aim for both in the short term and for the season as a whole…….. Give it some thought, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Then, when you fly with an instructor TELL THEM what you’re trying to achieve – that way they’ can tailor your flying to make progress towards your goal.

In the meantime: – STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN.

Whatsapp group for flying updates – if any members would like access to this please drop a text to Rob Shepherd on 07709352826 asking to be added, including your full name and membership number if you know it. Please see previous blogs for further details.

 

Forthcoming events

All Events – We wanted to make it easy for all members to see everything that’s happening and planned, all on our website. Here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Get checked week is this week – I’m looking out the window at a beautiful day. Notams have precluded any realistic tasks, but there are loads of gliders rigged and raring to get airborne.

Easter Junior Camp – 9th to 13th April

Easter Camp for junior members. 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.

North Hill visiting the Mynd – 14th April for a week, so come along and say hello. There should be lots of aviation happening.

BI (Basic Instructor) Training week – 16th to 20th April

If you’re booked on, that’s brilliant. If you are interested in getting booked on or training to become a basic instructor, please contact Steve Male by emailing him here to check the criteria and find out what’s involved and to get booked onto this or a future training event.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at Nympsfield – 21st/22nd April

Contact Mark Sanders for more information – if places are not already filled, he will no doubt will be looking for pilots, crew and other willing volunteers to take part.

Club Week – 23rd-27th April

Come along and fly lots! Get those checks finished if you still need to. Get some training on something that you’re finding tricky. We recommend you book accommodation and any check flights fairly quickly for this one, via the office.

Gliding Course No 1 of 2018 – 30thApril to 4th May

This is very early sold out, but it looks like there may be a space on Tues, Thur and Fri. So if you are interested, please contact Martin in the office without delay.

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.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at The Mynd – 5th/6th May

Contact Mark Sanders for more information – if places are not already filled, he will no doubt will be looking for pilots, crew and other willing volunteers to take part.

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!

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club,

on behalf of Neal 🙂 chairman@midlandgliding.club

Apr 032018
 

Surely must be worth a punt, I reckon. The models differ on the detail, but the predicted ridge of high pressure for Thursday has remained consistent on the chart throughout. If you’re a “RASP Star Rating” kind of forecaster, you may be feeling a bit lukewarm about it. That rating is based on Thermalling Height, with deductions for windy and/or blue conditions. Since blue conditions are forecast, the rating is lower. I’m working on the basis that the models make no consideration of how wet the ground is, so there should be a good deal more humidity (and hence cloud) around than they predict. Only one way to find out though. “You’ve got to be in it to win it” and all that – See you there.

Mark

PS. There are significant NOTAMS around Shobdon, which you will certainly have to consider when making your XC plans.

 Posted by at 10:14 am
Mar 312018
 

Next weekend, 7th April, a few of us are going to Booker for their annual Easter egg aerobatics  competition. This is a very light hearted comp open to anyone, pre solo up to championship standard. For those that wish to try something above their ability level a safety pilot will be provided hence pre solo are welcome, the more the merrier. So if you would like to join Nige Lassetter, Matt Cook and myself please do, just let us know and who knows you may be on your way to becoming the next Guy Westgate.

Dave

 

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 292018
 

Well, not a great Easter forecast. Saturday looks like a low cloud write-off, so I’ve moved my duty day to Friday, which seems a better prospect.

As for Sunday and Monday, a bit early to say for certain, but I’m sure the No 1’s will update you as the time comes.

The models aren’t in total agreement, but if we go with the more optimistic prediction, Friday looks like an early start, early finish kind of a day, as showers and strengthening easterlies move in during the afternoon. At this stage I’m saying we’ll open the hangar doors at 8:30, but I’ll keep you updated via a WhatsApp message at about 7:15 tomorrow when all the latest model runs will be available.

It’s that “Annual” time of year, so just a few reminders …
Remember your logbook – you always do, I’m sure
Get an annual check form from the office and fill in your hours and launches from the last twelve months and other details. (The form enables you to get part of your annual done on one occasion and the rest on another day).
Bring the form and logbook with you to the flight line
Make sure the checking instructor signs off the completed exercises.
Hand the form back in to the office when it’s fully signed off.
Remember that you can begin your annual checks up to 90 days before the expiry date and maintain that date 12 months on.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow

Mark

 Posted by at 12:25 pm
Mar 262018
 

Hi all,

We currently have 42 members signed up to the MGC Flying WhatsApp group so that’s around 42%, as the better weather is fast approaching (honest), signing up to this app will give you the quickest updates on flying at the club as well as other information. Neal blogged the sign up requirements back in January and I have pasted them again for those interested.

I must emphasise that –

A/ You need to have WhatsApp installed on your phone.

B/ You must add your name in the apps status.

C/ You must add a recognisable photograph.

 

Happy flying

Rob

 

Whats app flying group

This is now working well, and for those who have forgotten the detail I am reproducing the instructions below :-

“The idea is that it will be another way for us to let you know quickly about flying prospects coming up in the very near future, and for you to find out prospects the night before you set out. This is in addition to & will complement the blog. We anticipate that the No 1 may use it the night before (and even from first light on the day maybe!), to say perhaps, “brilliant/busy day, come early”; “low cloud base to begin with, hangar doors will open at …”, “rain predicted all day, don’t bother”, so that (time-poor) members and the duty team may make the best use of their day. If, for you, the Mynd is as much a social club as a flying club (and there are many), then this will probably be of little interest, but as it develops we hope that this may be a useful service for members juggling many demands on their time, to help ensure that their visits to the club are as productive as possible.

If members of our flying community would like to join, obviously you need to have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone.

For us to add you to the group you need to be in one of the Administrators’ contact lists, so please text “MGC Group request” plus your first and last name (and membership number if known …don’t worry if you don’t know it just say so!) to Rob Shepherd on 07709352826 or to Sarah Platt on 07754070357.

Rob or Sarah will store the contact and add you to the group. By requesting access, you give your consent for MGC to use your name & mobile data for this purpose only. You may withdraw your consent at any time by removing yourself from the group, and also by requesting Rob/myself to remove you from the list of contacts.

All group members should create a (recognisable) photo of themselves in the WhatsApp Settings, together with their name in the About field (where it probably says “I’m using WhatsApp”), so that we can all associate names and faces with the telephone numbers. Also in Settings>Account>Privacy, make sure “Profile Photo” and “About” are set to “Everyone”.

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 202018
 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by the visiting Cambridge group digging considerable amounts of snow we managed to fly today, thanks to Orch for winching. There have been the usual large drifts blocking both the hangar and the MT shed with access to the airfield via the removal of a length of hitch rail.

The route up via ratlinghope is now ok with two wheel drive, there may be some ice if you aim to get up here early the worst part is below the cattle grid after that it is completely clear all the way to the clubhouse. Don’t even think of trying the burway or asterton.

Wednesday is a good westerly, 15/20knts with no significant weather to spoil our day. See you tomorrow.

Dave.

Mar 192018
 

After bundu bashing we drove easily to the cattle grid at Ratlinghope, after this it is a bit slippy. The road has been cleared by snow plough which has left a thin layer of compacted snow. At the moment to get up from the tee junction at Mansell Towers (the bit through the trees) you will need 4 wheel drive, once at the cattle grid it is an easy 2 wheel drive all the way to the club. Forget the Burway and Asterton.

We have a visiting group from Cambridge who have been very busy digging out the MT shed and the hangar so we can fly and tomorrow and Wednesday looks hopeful.

We now have water again, the supply from the car park froze up so Roger and Liz spent most of the day defrosting the pipes just in time before we ran out

 

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 132018
 

What a super day! Plan was to open the hangar doors at 11. By the time I got there at 10:30, para-gliders were already at altitude, the gliders were out on the apron and FVP was rigged.

10W winds, 4-6kt climbs and a cloud-base that rose to 3000 above site. Mark had excellent flights in FVP; Steve Gunn-Russell completed his annual check then consolidated in 493; John Kingsley had some long soaring flights in the Discus; Andrew Rands had a whole ruck of solo flights, initially in the Astir, then successfully converting to the K23 with a further three flights. Thanks to Barbara for helping out (she did get her feet off the ground in the Astir), “Vintage” Nick who came up to eat his sandwiches but stayed to help, James Moore who came late on to see what we were up to, and finally and most importantly, Orch who did a brilliant job of launching us.

Great team work. A real pleasure of a day.

Mark

 Posted by at 9:56 pm
Mar 122018
 

The club will be open for flying tomorrow. Orch has kindly offered to launch us. Hangar doors will open at 11am so you can have a lie in, or get some chores done first. Dual and solo flying available. Should be a soarable afternoon in light SW winds. (Rest of the week not looking too promising)

Note: Limited catering for tomorrow. Only tea and cakes available for purchase.

Mark

 Posted by at 8:25 pm
Mar 082018
 

There is a distinct possibility of aviation with only a tiny bit of digging required. So come up and get back in check, no need to bring a shovel we have plenty.

Todays digging was all down to Alan Reynolds. An early morning email chat between Jon and myself left us not bothering as it was snowing and we were in an amber warning area so I said sod it., it’s not worth bothering. At midday the phone rings and it is Alan who tells me he has been digging for an hour and would anyone else be joining in? He obviously prefers to reply by deed rather than email? and assumed we were made of sterner stuff!. So we were put to shame and got our arses into gear to help out. So thanks to Alan we are now open (Burway only).