Nov 162017
 

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

This week.

Access road

This week, with help from Charles Carter who drove the excavator, we were able to do some more work which will further improve the drainage from the road.

We will continue to monitor the condition of the road over the coming weeks and will arrange more repair sessions as and when they are needed. Watch this space for future dates.

BGA conference

Sarah did a very well received marketing presentation, this is of major interest to all the clubs and we are leading the pack in some areas.  The conference was extremely well attended and provided a wealth of ideas to help us.

We received an update from the business rates team who are working tirelessly on our behalf.

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Just a reminder the funding runs out in December so if you were wondering whether to claim then you need to act quickly.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Peter Orchard, Dave Cole (we may need a substitute).

Sunday:  Mark Sanders, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Weekend

Poz is coming!  It is his birthday party this weekend so fingers crossed for good weather for him.

EASA

The conference was quite explicit that the delay to EASA implementation was to ensure that administration was in place and there is no evidence that the conversion will not take place. 

Safety

The BGA is getting concerned about aerotow accidents, I know we are only winch but many of us do goto aerotow sites so I urge everyone to pay attention to below:-

The BGA Safe Aerotowing webpage has been updated to reinforce the need to avoid distraction, and to highlight potential handling problems on tow. We’d be grateful if you would highlight the updated information among your club pilots.

https://members.gliding.co.uk/bga-safety-management/safe-aerotowing/

Christmas dinner  9 December

Peter Turner has once again “volunteered” to run the raffle, however we need prizes.  Words of encouragement from Peter :-

“Dear members it’s that time of year when we ask you to be generous again and come up with some prizes for the Xmas lunch raffle. You have been so generous in the past which helps to bolster the social fund to provide the cash for some of those extras that the club budget might not be able to support.”

Can I suggest you bring your prizes along to the members evening.

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.

Members evening

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.  We will present the strategy, the critical issues then a short presentation on the finances, the marketing and membership followed by the fleet.  Please be aware there will be audience participation!

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics: 

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Committee highlights

The water supply testing has been commissioned

Price adjustments (except courses and accommodation) will be discussed at the December meeting after the members meeting.

Fleet.  LUV is waiting the CAA to tell us how to fast track the registration,  EVV we are awaiting the insurance, Discus will be opened up for sale generally.

Health and safety.  Continual progress is being made on the items, the priority items will be monitored by a separate meeting.

Buildings.  Rob Shepherd has had to resign,  Richard Bennett has kindly offered to take over the task, he will report to John O’Reilly at committee level

CFI report.  There will be a safety review on the 2nd of December with the regional examiner.

Finance.  the cashflow will be presented at the members meeting.  The business rates will be discussed at the BGA conference by the Chair and Roger Bagley of the BGA rating team.

We still only have 2 signatories for the bank account, getting 3 signatories is now a very significant priority for the club.

  1. We are doing tests on one of the main winches to find out what is causing the smoke.

Grounds.  Tim and Howard have done a great job on the access road, we will await the drainage work before scheduling another day.  Steve Middleton will be repairing 120 metres of fencing w/b 13 Nov

Land Rovers: we will continue with the small tanks and re fill at lunchtime if necessary.  Julian wants to use a second Shogun instead of Vitara as it will be more flexible in terms of winch towing

GDPR: John O’Reilly will be producing a set of milestones.

 

Nov 102017
 

Well there was wave, two of us motored in, you could say it was cheating and you may have a point!. However after putting the time in and still not connected properly at 4500′ QNH I thought that seeing as I was going to fire the engine at some point during the flight anyway I may as well fire up now and use it to get into the wave.

I only needed to gain 800′ feet and move forward a little and there I was. Climbing to 12000′ as I didn’t have oxygen with varying rates of climb, typically 2-3 knts and occasionally 4-5knts. Traveling upwind was a challenge with 55knts headwind slowing down to climb would easily see me flying backwards!. Eventually I got to Vyrnwy when things changed, a normal looking jump to the next bar left me in amongst the cloud in a hole that wasn’t working!!!. dropping out of wave over the middle of wales was not part of the plan! Never mind all character building stuff so I had to fly home under the cloud with plenty of fall back plans that I fortunately didn’t needs.

The only pure pilot was Mark Sanders in 445 (KA also tested its motor) He managed his gold height and now has a completed gold badge.

The wind was quite wild in the morning so launches were delayed until Rob felt it was worth a Met flight, those who launched later when things had calmed somewhat had a ridge day which eventually produced showers (about the time that I fell out of the sky at Vyrnwy!).

A mixed day, definitely wavey and a good example of the problems of a high inversion, approx 5000′ feet today, much easier at 3500′.

dave.

Nov 092017
 

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

This week.

Bonfire night 4th of November

A fantastic night, yet again thanks to Denise for organising the lighting and the setup and the kitchen who laid on a wonderful supper.  The social side of the club is one of our great assets so if you could help in any way then please do let me know.

LUV

From the 1st of September there is a new process regarding imported gliders so we are now learning, with our colleagues at the CAA, how to expedite this as quickly as possible.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Simon Adlard, Nigel Lassetter, Peter Orchard, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Charles Carter, Peter Orchard, William Brewis

Forthcoming events

EASA

The Saga continues:-

EASA Pilot Licence Conversion. The CAA has reported that the outcome of the recent EASA Committee Meeting in Brussels, at which the UK Government was represented, has resulted in constructive progress on a number of important matters affecting the GA Community. The Committee voted positively on extending the Aircrew Regulation opt-out date for sailplane and balloon pilots. The BGA pilot licence conversion guidance has been updated to reflect the revised date by which pilots of EASA sailplanes must hold an EASA FCL SPL or LAPL(S), ie 8th April 2020.

 

Access road

Thank you to each of the members who turned up on Wednesday morning to help with the road repair works. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed a morning of work and witty banter in glorious autumn sunshine and sustained by the free tea and biscuits, we were able to make tremendous progress. Most of the potholes have now been filled and so the road is serviceable again.  The next phase will be to improve the drainage. Watch this space for news of when this will happen and if you are able to spare an hour or two to help out, please add your name to the list on the notice board.

The team of Howard Bradley, Steve  Foster, Martin McCurdie, Richard Bennett, Clive Crocker, the Chair  all ably led by Tim Mason made great progress.  There is a prize for naming the hard worker who managed to grab the correct end of the shovel in the photo below.

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Christmas dinner  9 December

The list is now full,  please ensure you have paid Faye the deposit to avoid disappointment!

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.

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.  I will provide more information next week but the committee are hard at work preparing facts and figures as well as presentations for you.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

First aid course 15 and 16 November

Once again we are able to offer a first aid course to interested parties see the poster below.  Let Mark know directly if you wish to attend.

longmynd outdoor pursuits 2 day 2

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics: 

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 042017
 

A rare benign winter southerly with enough headroom to launch gave the ideal opportunity for Nick to complete some final cablebreak checks and get his first solo flights.

Well done Nick

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Steve Rudge also managed to clock up more solos and will soon pass that first milestone of being off daily checks (weather permitting).

Owen Elias had his first experience of a real cable break. He has just started flying the launch and it failed only a few seconds after I gave him control!

Lee Thompson enjoyed his first day on the airfield his urge to give Gliding a go rejuvenated by Eddie at the Shropshire beer festival. Only three flights and he was already landing the K21

Nearly Four Firsts For Friday!!!!

Dave

 

 

Nov 022017
 

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

This week:

K23 – We are obtaining the C of A, then we can do the ARC so fingers crossed it should be in action in the next couple of weeks.

Incident Reporting – It is very important that all pilots wishing to fly at the Mynd read the enclosed reminder from the CFI about what constitutes an incident. In fact it’s so important, that we will be sharing this every few weeks as a handy reminder of what to do, should you witness or be involved with an incident (however big or small). Click here to read it.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Walter Baumann, David Brown, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Matthew Cook, David Brown, Charles Page

Forthcoming events

Bonfire night 4th of November

Once again, we are offering the Mynd Bonfire extravaganza with a lovely bonfire, fireworks and mulled wine followed by a fabulous meal.

For this event to succeed we do need members to confirm they will be coming and will be willing to pay £10 a head for the fireworks.  Please can you email or call the office to confirm this.

If you haven’t been before then I can assure you it is a magical night,  the top of the Mynd is a special place to be on a crisp November evening.

Access road

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with the road repair works. If the weather is suitable, we propose to work on the following days:

Wednesday 08 November

Saturday 11 November

Wednesday 15 November

Saturday 18 November

Wednesday 22 November

Saturday 25 November

Wednesday 29 November

Saturday 02 December.

Howard Bradley will lead the team and we intend to work between 10:00hrs and 13:00hrs on each day. If you are coming along to help out, please be at the club by 09:30 ready for a prompt start.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work”, so if you haven’t yet put your name forward but find that you are able to spare a few hours on any of the above dates, please add your name to the list in the clubhouse or let Martin in the office know.

First aid course 15 and 16 November

Once again we are able to offer a first aid course to interested parties (see the poster below).  Let Mark Rogers know directly if you wish to attend.

Christmas dinner  9 December

The list is now full,  please ensure you have paid Fay the deposit to avoid disappointment!

 

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.

 

Members’ evening – November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

 

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics:

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 longmynd outdoor pursuits 2 day 2

Oct 262017
 

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

This week.

Last full week of operation

This week is the end of summer.  From Monday we revert to Winter operating so flying on Thursday through Sunday and the office Friday through Monday.  If the weather looks stunning and we can get a winch driver and instructor then we will blog in advance.

K23: step inside LUV and EVV

EVV will be out of action for a while, Simon Adlard is in charge of the restitution and we are chasing up the final registration with LUV so we will have a K23 available.

The Discus sale is going ahead,  more to be announced shortly

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Alasdair Lewis, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Jon Hall

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Geoff Dailey,Glyn Macarthur.

Forthcoming events

Bonfire night 4th of November

Once again, we are offering the Mynd Bonfire extravaganza with a lovely bonfire, fireworks and mulled wine followed by a fabulous meal.

For this event to succeed we do need members to confirm they will be coming and will be willing to pay £10 a head for the fireworks.  Please can you email or call the office to confirm this.

If you haven’t been before then I can assure you it is a magical night,  the top of the Mynd is a special place to be on a crisp November evening.

Christmas dinner only a few places left!!!!

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control have been and gone

What a fabulous start to the winter lecture series.  Andy Bagley from Birmingham ATC gave a riveting talk to a packed room.  Andy gave us a fascinating and extremely useful insight into Air traffic, both at Birmingham and in the country.  A very entertaining and informative speaker.   Many attendees signed up the reciprocal visit to ATC at Birmingham airport

Members evening

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

First aid course

Once again we are able to offer a first aid course to interested parties see the poster below.  Let Mark know directly if you wish to attend.

Dave Cole

Many of you have been asking after Dave and we all hope him a speedy recovery. I’m sure he will be hopping about as soon as he can (sorry Dave, couldn’t resist it).

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

This winter’s evening talks will start on Wednesday 1st November with one topic:

‘How to get high without drugs’ – a talk by Phil and Diana on wave soaring, aimed at everyone, from those who have done little or no wave flying, to those who have some wave experience, but would like to learn more or have a refresher.

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics: 

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

longmynd outdoor pursuits 2 day 2

Oct 202017
 

20171020_150746 Martin, he resoloed after more years than he cares to remember!

Well, not quite as forecast! The cloudbase was lower in the morning, there was more rain, there was less wave but apart from that brilliant.

The afternoon worked well mainly cos Rob helped instruct. Owen Elias and Steve Wall progressed well with the Astir, meanwhile Martin Howitt resoloed the K21 after a 40+yr layoff  and Jared Forte soloed the K21 and then converted to the K23. Whilst all this was going on Steve Rudge blagged his way into the duo with Mike Greenwood, so, all in all a GOOD day (though I have seen better)

Dave

Oct 192017
 

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

This week.

K23: step inside LUV

The final bit of paperwork has now gone to the CAA so LUV will be ready to fly as soon as the weight of the paperwork exceeds the weight of the glider.  It should be in the next couple of weeks.  At this point I think it is worthwhile reminding everyone that we now have 2 pairs of similar aircraft and it is ESSENTIAL that they are logged separately.  Please do not write K13 or K23 in the logbook,  use the trigraph instead. This is a legal requirement.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Chris Alldis, Charles Carter, Peter Orchard, Tony Dietrich

Sunday:  Clive Crocker, Matthew Cook, Peter Orchard, Mike Dodwell

Forthcoming events

You will probably have seen the MGC events calendar on our web site.

This is a Google Calendar, but if you use your own online calendar, you can view this at the same time as your personal calendar – it will work with any calendar program which uses the ical format. For detailed information on how to do this, go to the bottom of the calendar page – http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Thanks to Geoff Minshull for organising this for us.

Half term juniors

The 23rd to the 27th will be half term juniors week, ably run by Paul Fowler so get your name down quickly.  Call or email the office.

Bonfire night 4th of November

Once again, we are offering the Mynd Bonfire extravaganza with a lovely bonfire, fireworks and mulled wine followed by a fabulous meal.

For this event to succeed we do need members to confirm they will be coming and will be willing to pay £10 a head for the fireworks.  Please can you email or call the office to confirm this.

If you haven’t been before then I can assure you it is a magical night,  the top of the Mynd is a special place to be on a crisp November evening.

Harry Entwhistle crowd funding

Harry Entwistle is a junior member and has been invited to train with the British Aerobatics Gliding Aerobatics Team. However, this means he will need lots of aerotows. He is  fundraising to be able to afford this. If you think you may want to help, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/harry-entwistle-aerobatics

 and have a read through his story

Christmas dinner only 12 places left!!!!

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control are coming – attendees get the opportunity to visit Air traffic.

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture he has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

Members evening

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

This winter’s evening talks will start on Wednesday 1st November with one topic:

‘How to get high without drugs’ – a talk by Phil and Diana on wave soaring, aimed at everyone, from those who have done little or no wave flying, to those who have some wave experience, but would like to learn more or have a refresher.

 

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics: 

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Last Committee meeting highlights

Trophies: we will be expanding the award system to include commendations

Courses and accommodation prices: we will leave course prices as they are and increase rooms to be more equitable with the surrounding area.   The course guarantee will be reworded to still offer a benefit but remove events beyond our control.

Health and Safety: we have negotiated 2 free first aid course places for staff

Marketing: The Ocktoberfest was excellent see previous blog.

MT and winching: there is white smoke from one of the main winches, to be investigated urgently.

Finance: the cashflow demands the sale of the Discus to replace the cost of the K23.

Buildings: Rob Shepherd has elicited the ideas for the old MT and workshop.  An agreed set of requirements to be created to evaluate the ideas against.

Grounds: The South end footpath diversion is complete except for some additional signs.

Fleet: the K21 aerobatic straps have arrived.  The Yellow K13 is scheduled for ARC and a deep investigation

Oct 182017
 

In a word, GOOD. a WSW 15/20 knts, good wind profile, an inversion sub 3000′ and an approaching front (more of a major weather event) this all adds up to wave. That is bad news for Saturday, but with any luck, a breezy/bungy day on Sunday with a wavey profile but the inversion is higher at 6000′ which is not so good. If for no other reason  you could come and if we don’t fly I can explain why a high inversion is not so good as a lower one. Oh, by the way there should be plenty of pairs of hands as the North Hill mob are here again.

Tuesday was good, short west with wave (Rob got up to 9000′  https://www.bgaladder.co.uk/dscore.asp?FlightID=68706&RC=X) plus when the ridge died and the paragliders were landing ,we, the chairman of the LMSC or Nick as we call him, and myself went ridge running, 8knts or so and we didn’t need the trailer!!

 

Oct 162017
 

Just a quick heads up:-

Once again, we are offering the Mynd Bonfire extravaganza with a lovely bonfire, fireworks and mulled wine followed by a fabulous meal. 

For this event to succeed we do need members to confirm they will be coming and will be willing to pay £10 a head for the fireworks.  Please can you email or call the office to confirm this.

If you haven’t been before then I can assure you it is a magical night,  the top of the Mynd is a special place to be on a crisp November evening.

Chair

Oct 122017
 

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

This week.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Allan Reynolds, Stephen Alexander, Dave d’Arcy  

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard.

Marketing

Oktoberfest took place last weekend in Shrewsbury. This was a massive project for us and we really appreciate the efforts of everyone involved, both beforehand to pull it all together over the space of 3 weeks(!), those who worked on the stand during the event, and now as we follow up.

 There were 10,000 visitors, we spoke to hundreds of them and now have over 50 people to call who are very interested in what our club has to offer.

 The results will flow through as we follow up and keep in touch with these interested folks, and I would be very surprised if we don’t end up with at least 4 or 5 new pilots joining our happy throng, just as a result of this one event!

 If you are interested in volunteering to help out at the next event (Shrewsbury Winter Festival on 9th and 10th Dec) please drop a message to Sarah (marketing@midlandgliding.club) or me (chairman@midlandgliding.club)

 The road

The response so far to requests for volunteers to work on road repairs has been disappointing.

Without a concerted effort the road surface will continue to deteriorate and we will soon find ourselves back where we were last winter. It is unreasonable to rely on the efforts of individual club members, so we need to put together a team of people who are willing to give up just a few hours on either a week day or a weekend to help out.

If you are prepared to help, please put your name on the list in the clubhouse or contact the office and let Martin know.

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control are coming

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture he has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC .  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

Members evening

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Oct 052017
 

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I seem to have got out of the habit of blogging, but a good westerly week with wave is worth sharing. I have been running a half course and it has been one of the best October weeks I can remember. The ridge has worked every day so far with good wave on two days, Tuesday and Thursday. Two flights into wave today, the first began to peter out at 9400’amsl and the second time we broke off in 4knts at 11900’amsl!!!

Wednesday, Kevin Burns, a visiting pilot managed 4hrs35 of his 5hrs duration on the worst day of the week shot down by deteriorating weather .

If I can retrieve some photos from my P2’s phone I will retrofit them to this blog.

Dave

This photo is from the first wave flight which didn’t get so high.

Oct 052017
 

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

This week.

Airspace

The BGA have asked me to propagate their message re Airspace Change Proposals (ACPs).  Please read below;-

For a number of reasons, the number of Airspace Change Proposals (ACP’s) out for consultation at any one time is at an all time high. The CAA webpage describing the current status of each ACP is at https://www.caa.co.uk/…/Permanent-airspace-change-proposals/

The BGA’s approach to representation and consultations is described at https://members.gliding.co.uk/representation-and-consultations/

The BGA view is that the default categorisation for airspace is class G. We recognise that commercial air transport may need the level of protection that is currently provided through controlled airspace. You’ll be aware that the BGA does not oppose proposed airspace changes that in its view are reasonable and proportionate.

Unfortunately, UK airspace policy and the airspace change process is heavily tilted in favour of commercial operators. Within that process, responses from organisations such as BGA, LAA and others are usually considered as a single responses, which frequently leads to misrepresentation of the level of opposition when airspace sponsors submit their proposals to the regulator. It is really helpful if individual pilots carefully consider airspace change proposals that affect them and respond individually. This greatly supports centrally organised response efforts, which continue apace and which greatly benefit from significant effort and expertise from a number of individuals at clubs.

Please may I request that as club chairman you encourage your club’s involvement with relevant ACP’s and in particular please encourage your individual club members to respond to those ACP’s. This is a slight change from the past where we only encouraged mass involvement with specific ACP’s. We know its yet another burden, but these are challenging times.

Marketing news

HELP! Calling all graphic designers. We are seeking someone who has a flair for design and would be interested in working with us to help with designing artwork for marketing materials (leaflets, logos, posters etc). This might suit you for example:

  1. if you are currently studying design, or know someone who is,
  2. you may be one of our members who does this for a job,
  3. Or it may also suit someone who is interested in learning the art of design (training will be given).

All reasonable out of pocket expenses will of course be refunded.

If you are interested in finding out more or have any questions, please email me (chairman@midlandgliding.club) or Sarah (marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357).

 

Taster Day a roaring success!

This year’s Taster Day in June was a real success story, thanks in no small part to everyone involved who made it happen. We achieved everything we set out to do and you can find out more about what we achieved by clicking here. Bear in mind too, that we hope to see even more benefits in terms of positive PR, new members and new returnees feeding through, as the attendees’ first 3-month memberships start coming to an end over the upcoming weeks and months.

 

New “First Principles” Marketing approach

You may be aware that we have begun to take a new approach to marketing the club. There is a move away from only having trial lessons to offer people, towards having more products available for people who really want to learn to fly and perhaps become members too.

This is a massive project, and the first steps have been to go back to first principles and design products that we hope potential members will be interested in.

As part of this we want to be seeing more people face to face and having conversations with them, so we are attending a range of shows and events locally, the first being OktoberFest in Shrewsbury this weekend. If you’re there, do pop in and say hello. If you’re one of the team helping on the stand, a massive thanks in advance. We will learn from this and use what works to make the next event even better.

If you have any questions on any of this, or indeed you may be able to offer your expertise in this area, then please contact Sarah (marketing@midlandgliding.club).

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mark Sanders, Matthew Cook, David Brown, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Denise Hughes, David Brown, Dave Cole

Forthcoming events

Classic car tour

On the 7th of October we will once again welcome the classic car rally.  They will arrive, have a cup of tea, relax and then head off again.  They are a stunning sight and we welcome them every year.  Iin return they take our leaflets and distribute them far and wide for us to aid recruitment.  They expect to arrive between 10 and 11.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control are coming

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture he has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 282017
 

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

This week.

Shrewsbury school summer camp

Below is an extract from their web site re the camp they held at the Mynd:-

“On the first day of the summer holiday, five cadets from the CCF RAF Section gathered with Mr Wray and instructor Paul Fowler for the annual Gliding Camp.

The camp is a fantastic opportunity to maximise the effectiveness of flying training on account of having five full and consecutive days staying at the Club, with much better weather expected than Thursday afternoons throughout the rest of the year. The weather this year did not disappoint, which meant that each cadet was able to have an average of five hours of flying time, so they all made great progress.

Huge thanks must go to the volunteers at the Club who care for us so thoroughly each year, and to Paul for his continued tutelage.”

You can read the whole article at http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/ccf-news-and-activities

Well done Paul.

Access Road

Please remember to let us know if you will be able help out with the road repairs over the coming months. There is a list on the notice board in the clubhouse so please put your name on it and say whether you can be available during the week, at weekends or both.

Please also remember to drive slowly and carefully to avoid causing any unnecessary damage to the road surface.

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Alasdair Lewis, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey, Charles Page

Sunday:  Steve Male, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Forthcoming events

Classic car tour

On the 7th of October we will once again welcome the classic car rally.  They will arrive, have a cup of tea, relax and then head off again.  They are a stunning sight and we welcome them every year.  Iin return they take our leaflets and distribute them far and wide for us to aid recruitment.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control are coming

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture she has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February (date to be confirmed) – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 212017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future. Apologies for last week, my delegation skills failed me.

This week.

K23 from Germany

As you are all aware Guy and the rest of the team did a successful retrieve from Wolfsburg. Simon has worked  on the panel.  The “old” registration markings have been removed and we’re waiting on new vinyls (Simon has reserved us a reg with the CAA &BGA).  The next step is to get the panel finished so that Simon can compile the “Equipment List” required by the CAA as part of the registration process. Then Roger can ARC it and once all that is done Roger can send all the docs to the CAA. Once the CAA confirm the aircraft is registered we can use it.

Discus

In the meantime we are anxious to get the Discus ready for sale so it will be mothballed.

The Disco is no more

For a long time now we have had various vehicles abandoned at the club,  at last we have made progress and removed some.  In order for us to be welcoming and attractive to potential members and visitors we really do need to give a good first impression and we are continuing to dispose of unwanted stuff left with us.

Parachutes

Chris Harris has commissioned the refurbishing of parachute 9.  We will  re-use the old parachute with a new harness/pack assembly which will completely renew the visual appearance and provide a brand new harness and attachment clips. The invoice will be  £900 including VAT plus £25 postage for a complete new pack assembly embroidered with MGC and chute number and including a new bag. In addition we will have to pay £50  to transfer the old canopy to the new pack ready for use.  So, in total a refurbish costs £1000.   Please remember when you are handling or storing a parachute that each one is worth over a £1000,  they are not cheap bits of kit.

Marketing

New marketing approach – we are developing an approach to marketing the Club starting from first principles and using this to identify our target market, the message and way we approach them, and the products and packages we create and offer to them. As part of this approach, we are concentrating much more on attracting New Members (rather than simply Trial Lessons), and are focusing much more on meeting people face to face, giving them a really good and lengthy introduction to gliding and the club, then having a clear structure of products that we can offer them. You will be hearing much more about this as time goes on, however the first event we will be attending will be a festival in Shrewsbury in early October.

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Cook and Peter Orchard

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Nigel Lassetter, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard and Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

Classic car tour

On the 7th of October we will once again welcome the classic car rally.  They will arrive, have a cup of tea, relax and then head off again.  They are a stunning sight and we welcome them every year.  Iin return they take our leaflets and distribute them far and wide for us to aid recruitment.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture she has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust

February 10 – We are hoping to get Julian Fack to talk and bring one of his amazing trials cars with him.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 152017
 

Predictions are for light NNE winds and generally showery (which equals v. unstable) air-mass both days, which is good of course unless we are actually precipitated upon! Saturday seems the better of the two days, with a cloud base approaching 4k, perhaps. The weather models have us in the best area of the country (such that it is at this time of year), so it would be churlish really not to turn up and give it a go!

The exact predicted best area keeps changing, and is somewhat different depending on whose interpretation of GFS you are looking at, so I’ll keep my powder dry until tomorrow’s model runs before sticking my neck out with a task suggestion.

If it’s training / local soaring you’re after, it should present some viable opportunities.

Maybe see you there.

Mark

 Posted by at 7:17 pm
Sep 072017
 

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

This week.

Last Saturday

Mark Sanders brilliantly predicted a great day and 15 people headed off for some fantastic cross country flying.  This really is a tribute to the hard work Mark and the coaches have put in this year.  More to come next season!!

We also had a silver distance and a duration (well done Tim and Vincent)

K23 from Germany

I have been asked to remind everyone of the club fleet strategy as outlined by the CFI at the AGM so the K23 purchase can be seen in context.  In summary :- we will train pilots up to syndication and we will replace the “unpopular” gliders with ones that will be flown more.  The K23 is on its way from Germany and now we will start the process of selling the Discus.  Walter Baumann is already gathering interest from members about forming a syndicate so if you are interested then please contact Walter directly at walter.baumann@virgin.net

Aerobatics

As we come to the end of the season we mustn’t forget how well we have done in aeorobatics this year.  Matthew Cooke won the Dan Smith trophy and Harry Entwhistle came second in a class at the National championship.

Access road

Many thanks to Simon Adlard and others who made the effort to fill many of the potholes which have developed again in the access road.

We know that if we want to keep the road serviceable through the winter and beyond, it will need regular maintenance and repairs. We are planning to schedule regular “road repair days” over the coming months and will be looking for volunteers to help out. Howard Bradley has agreed to provide the leadership so if you are prepared to give up a little of your time to assist in this important work, please let us know.

We must all do whatever we can to avoid causing damage to the surface. This means driving slowly and very carefully. Expect to be challenged if you are seen driving too fast and please remind others how important it is.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Paul Fowler, Allan Reynolds, Simon Adlard

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Phil Foster

The ATC will not be coming this weekend.

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – to be announced

February 10 – to be announced

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 022017
 

Super XC day at the Mynd. Rob(LJ), Darce(288), Mark(445), Neal & Den(KA) , Phil & Dave(FZ) all flew MYN-GBR-KID-CHE-LCL-MYN (327km). More details on the National Ladder.

David Brown completed his 100km Diploma Part 2 with a 127km flight (MYN-WOR-KID-MYN) at 70 kph (78 handicapped) in his Astir – Great flight David!

Tim Brunskill flew a Silver distance flight and got back to the Mynd for a 100km Diploma claim as well – well done Tim!

Lots of club flying too of course under the watchful eye of Roger, Walter and Charles.

What a finish to the (thermal soaring**) season!

Mark

** At the Mynd, of course, you can fly ridge and wave all over the autumn and winter months!

 Posted by at 10:55 pm