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Dec 222016
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and give you highlights of the last week.  The next posting will be on the 5th of Jan.

Last week:

A quiet week for flying.  The K8 and Discus are back out of ARC.  The Discus needs to be rigged.  It is important that we keep the fleet rigged.  I have noticed a direct correlation over many years between gliders being available at the launch point and the amount that they fly.

 

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is :   Having a festive break.

Forthcoming events:

Christmas flying

The club is closed on the 25th and we will not be operational from the  24th until the 27th.   This is the last blog before Christmas so I wish all members a great Christmas and a sincere hope for wonderful soaring next year!   

New Year’s Eve

This is usually a chance to get together at the club on New Years Eve to celebrate the incoming year with good friends. Do let the kitchen or office know if you are coming, as there is usually a mass order for takeaway food on that night.

Winter lectures

We now have 4 booked during February and March. We have Pete Harvey the BGA chair, Hugh Browning the driving force on the safety initiatives, Mike Groves of Skylaunch and the National Trust.  We have also had an offer of another interesting talk from a member.  Please do make an effort to attend, it’s a great night and the trick is to fly in the day, have the talk then a really good supper.   Please put the 14th of January into your diary, there is a lot going on in gliding and Pete knows everything!

14 Jan Pete Harvey

Below is the extract from the BGA web site.  We are extremely privileged to have Peter as our guest speaker.  This is an interesting time for our sport and as well as entertaining us on how to do it he is a fount of knowledge on all things that affect our sport.

PETE HARVEY – CHAIRMAN

Pete flies from Bicester and York and is a British Team member. After success in international hang-gliding, he won the European Open Class Gliding Championship in 2005, 2007 and 2009 – an unprecedented achievement. He has a Nimbus 4 glider and a small share in a Robin 400.

 

11 Feb National trust

4  March Hugh Browning

11 March Mike Groves

 

Juniors

We will be hosting the Juniors Winter expedition on the 1st weekend of Feb.

Llanbedr Expedition

Mike Greenwood has booked the week of  11th March in Llanbedr taking the K21 again.  Please contact the office to book a slot.

AGM

8 April 17:00.  Please put this into your diary.  We intend a slightly different format this year with the AGM, followed by presentations on the options for going forward.  We have had a couple of good years but we face stormy times ahead.  We must strengthen our position now while we can and your input and feedback are essential.

Sage

Does anyone out there have good Sage skills?  With a new treasurer and a more concentrated view on the finances and reporting we could do with a bit of training on how to get the best out of Sage.  If you feel you could donate an hour giving us some tips (we already have the wrinkles) we would be grateful. Please drop me an email.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.  Please put this date in your diary, and book in with the office now.  We are so privileged to have Kevin Atkinson to do this course for us.  He will cover:

 How the sky works

How to work the sky

Going further and faster

Self-teaching skill drills and self-tasking

And will be the best preparation you could think of before the cross country season starts in earnest.  This is proving very attractive to visitors from far and wide so I do encourage Mynd members to book up while you can.

 

Thinking of summer

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Dec 182016
 

I’ll probably regret saying this, but I think the weather station is working consistently now. Apologies that it has taken so long, entirely my fault. 

Thanks to Martin for his help in sorting this. 

I might need to tweak the direction shown over the next few days, by a few degrees, but it should be more or less accurate.

Geoff.

Dec 152016
 

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

Last week:

Instructor development

Congratulations to Mike Witton who has now become a full cat instructor.  This is a significant achievement well done Mike.

Congratulations to Steve Male who has been appointed a regional examiner. 

Access road

Howard Bradley is beavering away behind the scenes trying to get a contractor to do a fix we can afford.  Its not easy getting contractors, especially reliable ones and Howard’s persistence is absolutely marvellous.

Ground radios

Peter has finished the radios,  they even work as far as Bishops Castle.  Peter says the most difficult part will be trying to lock them down so they cant be interfered with.  Good luck with that.

 

Club Secretary

I am delighted to announce that John O’Reilly has stepped up to the plate and is our new secretary.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is :  Steve Foster, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, John O’Reilly, Charles Page.  With high pressure in charge it should be a nice day.

Forthcoming events:

Christmas flying

The club is closed on the 25th and we will not be operational from the  24th until the 27th.

Calendars

Your last chance to get a calendar before Christmas.  They make a stunning present and of course get people interested in gliding and more specifically our club.

 

Christmas dinner

 The dinner was a huge success, once again a packed evening with a wonderful meal,  trophies and a great raffle raising £468 for the social fund.  Book early for next year is my advice as there were several disappointed members this year.  Denise did a fantastic job of decorating,  Fay, Rob, Jane and Dave did miracles in the kitchen and Pete and Rob executed the raffle with panache and style as always.  Thanks to Jean for the photos.

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New Year’s Eve

This is usually a chance to get together at the club on New Years Eve to celebrate the incoming year with good friends. Do let the kitchen or office know if you are coming, as there is usually a mass order for takeaway food on that night.

Winter lectures

We now have 4 booked during February and March. We have Pete Harvey the BGA chair, Hugh Browning the driving force on the safety initiatives, Mike Groves of Skylaunch and the National Trust.  We have also had an offer of another interesting talk from a member.  Please do make an effort to attend, it’s a great night and the trick is to fly in the day, have the talk then a really good supper.   Please put the 14th of January into your diary, there is a lot going on in gliding and Pete knows everything!

14 Jan Pete Harvey

Below is the extract from the BGA web site.  We are extremely privileged to have Peter as our guest speaker.  This is an interesting time for our sport and as well as entertaining us on how to do it he is a fount of knowledge on all things that affect our sport.

PETE HARVEY – CHAIRMAN

Pete flies from Bicester and York and is a British Team member. After success in international hang-gliding, he won the European Open Class Gliding Championship in 2005, 2007 and 2009 – an unprecedented achievement. He has a Nimbus 4 glider and a small share in a Robin 400.

 

11 Feb National trust

4  March Hugh Browning

11 March Mike Groves

 

Juniors

We will be hosting the Juniors Winter expedition on the 1st weekend of Feb.

AGM

8 April 17:00.  Please put this into your diary.  We intend a slightly different format this year with the AGM, followed by presentations on the options for going forward.  We have had a couple of good years but we face stormy times ahead.  We must strengthen our position now while we can and your input and feedback are essential.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.  Please put this date in your diary, and book in with the office now.  We are so privileged to have Kevin Atkinson to do this course for us.  He will cover:

 How the sky works

How to work the sky

Going further and faster

Self-teaching skill drills and self-tasking

And will be the best preparation you could think of before the cross country season starts in earnest.  This is proving very attractive to visitors from far and wide so I do encourage Mynd members to book up while you can.

 

Thinking of summer

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Notes from committee meeting held on the 9th of December

Prices

We will apply a 1% increase to those prices not agreed at the previous meeting.  In addition launch fees will go up to £11.  There was agreement that the subs should be below £500 and the Shrewsbury school fees should not increase.  The increase will be from April 17.  We are conscious that although we made a small surplus this last year we are faced with large rises next year in terms of business rates and energy.

AGM

The date will be the 8th of April 2017 at the club 17:00.  At this meeting we will be presenting the club strategic direction regarding expenditure:-

Caravan park

The only outstanding item is the electric and water station. 

BGA safety review

Steve reported that the 2 strands he is currently working on are :-

Instructor comms,  he is implementing Alasdair’s forum.

Instructor standardisation.  This will be done via the bi monthly instructor meetings.

Land Rover replacements

The Vitara is now back in service.  Julian is still arranging the fitting of the gas tank

Marketing

We have one new member and another in the pipe line.  Paypal will be amended to enable better capture of source of enquiry. 

Fleet

The K8 and the K13 start ARC this weekend.  Handhelds will be fitted as fixed installations.

The Discus has the tailplane problem to be addressed.

MT

  1. Marc and Guy have started the winter maintenance. Guy recommends that Skylaunch service the retrieve winch.  The meeting  approved this.  Both main winches will be serviced in house. 

Grounds

Steven has submitted a report “Airfield and grounds report 1612”.  The committee authorised Steven to fit the gate repairs as he sees fit.

The runway markers need re painting and Steven will approach volunteers to help.

Radios

Peter Orchard has almost completed the installation of the new PMR radios.  They can receive as far as Bishops Castle.

 

 

Dec 122016
 

We awoke after the fabulous Mynd Christmas Party (thanks to Fay, Jane and everyone involved) to 10-15 knots on the ridge, a useable cloudbase and lenticulars over the Stretton valley – tempting!

Flyable, let alone soarable, days have been a bit thin on the ground recently, so it was a good opportunity to unpack all the toys – and even one private glider – Laurent and Geoff Dailey were busy rigging PZ.

A few currency checks after some long layoffs to get us started; all the usual suspects took their turn in the K8 or the K23; Holly made more excellent progress with her training including a couple of nicely executed landings; Walt handled the trial lessons; Ed winched us; Mac was launch director and even managed a cheeky annual check.

macMac’s spin flight was worthy of note. The ridge had been a bit disappointing all day, probably as a result of being out of phase with the wave. I planned for him a couple of spins which I hoped would leave him nicely out of position for his circuit. (Ooh – sounds a bit mean when you write it down like that, doesn’t it!!?) Anyway 900 foot launch to the Knoll, out into the valley, HASSLL checks, two spins and we’re down at, 900 feet!

Nice Climb

Not to worry, an impromptu chandelle refresher should soon sort that out. So four or five chandelles later and we’ve sunk to, err, 1300 feet! “What’s worse than a bad plan?” as Simon would tell you … “Sticking to it!” So we went to ride the wave instead!

obligatory-above-cloud-photo

Obligatory Above the Clouds Photo!

 

A climb rate which peaked at six knots soon had us up to 5000’ above site (elsewhere in the sky, Laurent topped out at 6300’). You won’t be surprised to learn, dear reader, that our Mac was well and truly re-acquainted with all aspects of spinning by the time we landed
– oh yes!

Happy Christmas, Mark

 Posted by at 11:27 am
Dec 082016
 

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

Last week:

Instructor meeting

We had a good, well attended instructor meeting last Saturday.  The CFI will be communicating separately but a couple of highlights are worth mentioning.  Incident reporting still needs improving.  You can report an incident in any way imaginable,  piece of paper under the office door, phone call to any instructor, complete the forms in the office.  We really don’t mind how you do it but we really really want to know.  Just a reminder, an incident is something that didn’t happen that should have done or the reverse.

We will be improving the signalling and retrieve winch launch procedures.  This is a change for us so we have set up an implementation team to get this in place.

MT shed

We are at the end of final glide.  Nigel Lassetter is getting the completion certificate and the plumbing has been completed.   Unlike a competition final glide I recommend we don’t pull up and go round again.

Ground radios

The Vitara is now back in service and Peter Orchard has completed all the other vehicles except the bus and Romeo 1.  The club house will be the last to be installed then we will have a complete, modern ground system.

 

Club Secretary

After more than 7 years of dedicated service Clive Crocker has resigned from the committee.  We all owe Clive a huge debt of thanks for the work he has put in over this period.  There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes and Clive has helped the club move forward.  This leads to a vacancy for the role.  Ideally the club needs a Secretary,  it is nowhere near as onerous as in the old days.  The requirements are:-  be able to authorize on line payments,  help record actions and decisions at committee meetings and ensure that the mandatory tasks (eg insurance renewal) are reminded to the committee when due.  Each monthly meeting only takes 1.5 hours and gives you the opportunity to help steer your club.  This committee is extremely effective yet the meetings are not onerous at all.    Please give it some thought and let me know.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is Neal Clements, Matthew Cook, Ed Jones, Mike Greenwood, Walter Baumann, Glyn Macarthur.

Forthcoming events:

Calendars

The club calendars are ready so please order now from the office.  They make a stunning present and of course get people interested in gliding and more specifically our club.

 

Christmas dinner

Christmas Raffle

As well a wonderful meal and a stocked bar to drink our way through we have some  fantastic raffle prizes that have been kindly donated:-

– for those trainees and early solo pilots we have we have 3 tickets for X country fights in a Duo Discus.

– for those who have yet to buy a present for their wives/partners/girlfriends we have a boxed ladies wristwatch.

– for those who love a glass of the amber nectar we have a bottle of 8 year old Dailuane malt whisky one of only 391 bottles.

–  been shopping yet? We have a Christmas box just for you

– for the go faster amongst us we have some genuine Ferrari accessories.

– for those members on the go we have a nice laptop available.

– would you like a photograph of your house from the air, live in a 50 mile radius of the club. Bring a camera and this can be arranged.

Lots of fantastic prizes so bring your wallet!!!!!!!!

As per previous emails the weather looks to be warmish and the dinner will be going ahead.  Don’t forget Dawn Hartland will be available to take orders for the fantastic Yule rings.

 

New Year’s Eve

This is usually a chance to get together at the club on New Years Eve to celebrate the incoming year with good friends. Do let the kitchen or office know if you are coming, as there is usually a mass order for takeaway food on that night.

Winter lectures

We now have 4 booked during February and March. We have Pete Harvey the BGA chair, Hugh Browning the driving force on the safety initiatives, Mike Groves of Skylaunch and the National Trust.  We have also had an offer of another interesting talk from a member.  Please do make an effort to attend, it’s a great night and the trick is to fly in the day, have the talk then a really good supper.

14 Jan Pete Harvey

Below is the extract from the BGA web site.  We are extremely privileged to have Peter as our guest speaker.  This is an interesting time for our sport and as well as entertaining us on how to do it he is a fount of knowledge on all things that affect our sport.

PETE HARVEY – CHAIRMAN

Pete flies from Bicester and York and is a British Team member. After success in international hang-gliding, he won the European Open Class Gliding Championship in 2005, 2007 and 2009 – an unprecedented achievement. He has a Nimbus 4 glider and a small share in a Robin 400.

 

11 Feb National trust

4  March Hugh Browning

11 March Mike Groves

 

Juniors

We will be hosting the Juniors Winter expedition on the 1st weekend of Feb.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.  Please put this date in your diary, and book in with the office now.  We are so privileged to have Kevin Atkinson to do this course for us.  He will cover:

How the sky works

How to work the sky

Going further and faster

Self-teaching skill drills and self-tasking

And will be the best preparation you could think of before the cross country season starts in earnest.

 

Thinking of summer

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Dec 012016
 

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

Last week:

Club logbooks

We have the back copies of all the logbooks in the hangar,  they have been moved from place to place over the years but are slowly deteriorating.  If you can either find a dry home for them, or can scan them then please let me know and help us preserve our heritage.

MT shed

The gas and radiator installation has taken place this week, all we need is the heater finishing in the MT part and we will be nice and cosy for the winter.

Webcam issues

We have issues with the webcam information,  the computer that does the twiddly bits has been closing down and restarting itself on a daily basis.  Our IT guru Alasdair Lewis is on the case so please bear with us.

Women in gliding

We welcomed a group from women in gliding last weekend –  unfortunately it was only circuits but fortunately, because they are such a wonderful bunch, they made the most of it and had a great time.  Still as they used to say at Sutton Bank,  “a circuit a day keeps the Doktor away” (a free slice of cake to the first one who recognises the meaning of the quote).

Ground radios

As I have already reported Peter Orchard has kindly volunteered to replace the  ground radios.  These are essential to our operation and they have all arrived and Peter is now fitting them to the vehicles and winches.

 

Club Treasurer and accounts

We met with the accountants and thanks to the efforts of Tony Gould our previous treasurer we have a set of final accounts months earlier than usual.  They will be published along with the AGM calling notice early in the new year.   I am delighted to say that following my appeal last week Simon Towers has stepped up to the plate and is our new treasurer.

Weekend outlook:

A reminder to all of our instructors that the next meeting is at 17:00 on Saturday.  Your team this weekend is : Chris Alldis, Clive Crocker, Denise Hughes, David Brown, Tony Dietrich and Peter Orchard.  It looks like the high pressure may well still be in charge.

Forthcoming events:

Calendars

The club calendars are ready so please order now from the office.  They make a stunning present and of course get people interested in gliding and more specifically our club.

 

Christmas dinner

The list for this is now closed and as usual it will be a fabulous event.  We have had a very generous offer from Dawn Hartland to produce some Yule Rings to brighten your front door this Christmas with the profits going to the club. This is a very generous offer and I would hope that we will all support her, I have already placed my order.  On the 10th December for the Christmas celebrations Dawn will bring a stock of various colours but if you have a specific preference in colours please drop her an e mail at :-dogdawn@hotmail.co.uk with your request.

We will also have our fund raising so all contributions of Christmas Raffle prizes are appreciated. Please help and contribute as these go to delivering items like the wonderful firework display we had this year and the marvellous decorations that Denise kindly organises on our behalf. Thanks Den for all your hard work, if any members would like to help support with the social side please let me know.

 

New Year’s Eve

This is usually a chance to get together at the club on New Years Eve to celebrate the incoming year with good friends. Do let the kitchen know if you are coming, as there is usually a mass order for takeaway food on that night.

Winter lectures

We now have 4 booked during February and March. We have Pete Harvey the BGA chair, Hugh Browning the driving force on the safety initiatives, Mike Groves of Skylaunch and the National Trust.  We have also had an offer of another interesting talk from a member.  Please do make an effort to attend, it’s a great night and the trick is to fly in the day, have the talk then a really good supper.

14 Jan Pete Harvey

11 Feb National trust

4  March Hugh Browning

11 March Mike Groves

 

Ready for cross country?

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.  Please put this date in your diary, and book in with the office now.  We are so privileged to have Kevin Atkinson to do this course for us.  He will cover:

How the sky works

How to work the sky

Going further and faster

Self-teaching skill drills and self-tasking

And will be the best preparation you could think of before the cross country season starts in earnest.

 

Thinking of summer

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club