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Mar 312017
 

I’m sure you’ve all noticed, but the forecast is rather good for the weekend – makes a change, eh!!

Sunday is the better day, with light northerly winds and decent cloud base. The perfect day for a wooden glider, I’d say.  A Silver distance flight to Hay-on-Wye (HAY) or Hereford (HEC) should be on, and add in the return trip for your 100km diploma. I’m thinking about an O/R to the Blorenge (ABS).

Saturday should be OK too. Enough cloudbase and light west(ish) winds. The shower risk in earlier forecasts seems to have gone away. The day to do those checks you promised yourself you’d do and never quite got round to?

Mark

 Posted by at 6:12 pm
Mar 232017
 

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

Last week:

Web cams

We now have an Easterly facing camera , thanks to Richard Bennet. This gives us a comprehensive coverage of the surrounding field and sky.

New members

Welcome to Dr Ray Lewis who joined and immediately attended the Aim Higher course showing how important the cross country aspect of our sport is to all.

Aim higher course

We were privileged to run the above last weekend.  An incredibly motivating,  educational and thought provoking two days.  Everyone who attended (see photo) was completely bowled over by the quality of the information and the superb presentation style.  The club owes a huge debt of thanks to Kevin Atkinson and we really will try to continue the push to encourage cross country.

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Llanbedr Expedition

The weather hasn’t been too kind but if you look at the postings on facebook even a ridge day appears to offer phenomenal soaring!  Easterlies forecast for the rest of the week so hopefully they will get superb wave as well.

Member survey

Please can I remind you about this and encourage you to complete it, we are already seeing some extremely useful feedback and this will help to make your club even better.  (Plus free winch launches if you win the draw!!!).  The link below will take you to it.

http://bit.ly/MembersSurveyFB

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is Alasdair Lewis, Mark Sanders, Nigel Lassetter, Mike Witton, Peter Orchard, Charles Page, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events:

Summer is here

The club goes full time on the 20th of March.  The office is open (except Wednesdays)  and ready to accept your bookings.  We have the fleet ready, the MT is ready all we need now is weather and pilots!

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

AGM

This coming meeting is an important one,  the AGM itself will be reasonably short and tight but the strategy session afterwards will help set the tone of the club for a long time in the future.  In addition can I ask you to consider coming on the committee.  The current committee is working extremely well and this is exactly the time to add to its quality.  The role isn’t onerous but it is important and rewarding.

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.  At the February committee meeting we agreed our 3 main goals and will be publishing them before the meeting so once the formal part of the meeting is over you can contribute to the discussion regarding the priorities of the club over the next few years.

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.f

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

Summer celebration

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

Mar 222017
 

The weather is surely set to change soon(!!??), so with that in mind, now is a good time to make sure your Nav Toy is up-to-date for the new season.

The 2017 BGA TP List is now available. Details of the changes at:
http://www.newportpeace.co.uk/turningpoints.htm

The TPSelect program is a great way to access this data, and you can download it at:
http://www.newportpeace.co.uk/tpselect.htm
This program automatically accesses the latest TP data, and outputs turning points in any format (including subsets for devices with limited capacity e.g. Garmin Pilot GPS) , and once installed you never need to visit another web address again.

Probably keeping airspace up to date is even more important and that is handled by a companion program called ASselect. Get it here …
http://soaringweb.org/Airspace/UK/ASSelect.html
This gives you choices for the optional output of ILS feathers, Glider Sector (e.g. Daventry Box), unlicenced Airfields to name but a few, and allows you to output in a format suitable for your own device.

I use them both and they work like a charm – Enjoy!

Mark

 Posted by at 5:09 pm
Mar 162017
 

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

Last week:

New members

I have been remiss in not welcoming new members,  last month we have Barnaby Jones-Evans and George Lawrence.  Previously we have Holly Huszak and Nick Le Gras.  Please ensure you make yourselves know to our new members and involve them in all aspects of our operation.

Internet

The last week has seen significant problems with one of our internet connections.  Thanks to Paul Shuttleworth and Rob Hanks for resolving most of it.  The root cause appears to be outside of our control but we are investigating with the supplier to see how we can prevent such failures in the future.  As of writing the weather station is not fully communicative, we are still working on this.

Member survey

Please can I remind you about this and encourage you to complete it, we are already seeing some extremely useful feedback and this will help to make your club even better.  (Plus free winch launches if you win the draw!!!).  The link below will take you to it.

http://bit.ly/MembersSurveyFB

Membership subscriptions

If you pay your membership via direct debit, you will notice those payments start to go out again this week. When we set them up, it was set up so that, unless you tell us you do NOT wish to renew, then payments will continue into the next membership year(s).   Once again please can I ask those of you who pay in one go to pay promptly.

 Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is :  Steve Foster, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur, Guy Hartland, John O’Reilly.  Steve Foster is trying to arrange a replacement so if anyone can step in please let the office know.

Forthcoming events:

Summer is only a few days  away!

The club goes full time on the 20th of March.  The get checked week coincides perfectly with the start of the season and I am confident that it will be the start of a superb soaring season.    Please start booking dates in your diary to come and enjoy the greatest sport in the world.

Can I remind all the private owners to check your trailers. This is the time of year when the first enthusiastic cross countries are performed. We have a tradition at the club of guaranteeing retrieves but it won’t work if your trailer is broken!

Winter lectures

Mike Groves gave us an inspirational lecture which he had to cut short after an hour and a half!  Yet another one we have to re book because it was so good.  The room was packed and the evening meal was fantastic.

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

Llanbedr Expedition

The MGC expedition to LLanbedr has had to change dates and will now be from the 18th to the 24th March 2017.  We will be taking the Twin Astir for club flying, and there are a number of Duos going that may have spare seats. If you want to go in the Astir but have not had an email with dates allocated please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk  with which dates you are able to attend.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.

If you would like to attend on the day please be aware that we have to contribute to the costs of providing this course so by all means come along and join in but you will be asked to contribute.    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. 

20 March get checked week

This is really filling up (I mean that, I’m having to help out with the instructing!)  so I recommend you make your booking as soon as you can.  Steve Male is running this popular week,  it’s a great opportunity to come along and make sure you are ready for the soaring season which I guarantee is going to be brilliant this year.   Don’t forget as Andy Holmes told me “April is when all the records are set” so you will be ready for the great weather.  We have circulated the details separately.  Contact the office if you haven’t yet received them.  Please can you download and print the latest annual check form off the web site :-

www.midlandgliding.club/policies-rules-and-documents/

AGM

This coming meeting is an important one,  the AGM itself will be reasonably short and tight but the strategy session afterwards will help set the tone of the club for a long time in the future.  In addition can I ask you to consider coming on the committee.  The current committee is working extremely well and this is exactly the time to add to its quality.  The role isn’t onerous but it is important and rewarding.

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.  At the February committee meeting we agreed our 3 main goals and will be publishing them before the meeting so once the formal part of the meeting is over you can contribute to the discussion regarding the priorities of the club over the next few years.

ATC starting up

The ATC have now completed their paperwork and we are intending to start the first trial with them on April  22nd.  This trial will run for the summer season and then we will review it with them.

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.

Summer celebration

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

 

Committee meeting highlights from the meeting on the 10th of March

ESA Grant.   This is still outstanding, Charles Carter is chasing for us.

Committee nominations. All the full members are willing to stand again.  Steven Gunn Russell has done nearly 9 years and would very much like to be replaced.

Fleet Insurance: due to be renewed 2nd of April.

Products and packages.  Sarah has developed: Convert to gliding,  Solo to Bronze, To Solo.  These are approved and will go into production.

Corporate structure: John, Sarah and Neal have met with Alison from the BGA and want to pursue CASC research a little more.  Objections and benefits have changed since the last review.

Accommodation block roof.  Simon Towers has commissioned another builder to review the extremely expensive quotes we have already received.

Access road.  Howard has commissioned the help of Ken Screen (great to see you Ken!) and Neal, Howard and Ken visited the potential contractor at Hughley.

South End signs.  Paul now has the go ahead to get the signs and we have some volunteers to help install.

Auto enrolment.  Our staging date is 1st of April when letters will be issued

BGA safety review and CFI report,  no incidents in Feb, the instructors meeting will be used to standardise and Steve will be present on the 2nd Saturday to offer refreshment to instructors.

Land Rover replacements.  The Land Rovers are being brought up to spec to sell and Julian will arrange the auctioning and Vitara replacement.  We will keep one back for the winch towing until we can replace the Range Rover.

Electric sheep fence.  We are waiting the contractor to make contact , we have all the kit ready.

ATC.  As soon as they confirm acceptance of the forms (subsequently they have ) we will try to start on April 22nd.

Business rates.  Charles and the BGA are preparing for a discussion with the Valuation office.

Hospitality.  The new booking process for visitor accommodation is ready to be started.  Paul has completed the terms and conditions.

Operational plan.  Everything reasonably on plan,  we could do with some more course bookings.

Finance.  Congratulations to Simon Towers who has produced a predictive rolling cashflow.

  1. The main office computer has failed, seriously. The recovery was excellent and quick except for Sage and the flight logging system.  Sage is easily addressed but it reinforces the need for us to have a supportable flight logging system.

Hospitality.  The committee authorised the purchase of two additional smoking bins.

 

Mar 092017
 

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

Last week:

Member survey

Please can I remind you about this and encourage you to complete it, we are already seeing some extremely useful feedback and this will help to make your club even better.  (Plus free winch launches if you win the draw!!!).  The link below will take you to it.

http://bit.ly/MembersSurveyFB

Membership subscriptions

If you pay your membership via direct debit, you will notice those payments start to go out again this week. When we set them up, it was set up so that, unless you tell us you do NOT wish to renew, then payments will continue into the next membership year(s).   Once again please can I ask those of you who pay in one go to pay promptly.

Parachutes

Below is a message from Chris Harris. Chris has given us a fantastic service re parachutes over the years and his comments really must be taken on board. A new parachute now will cost the club nearly £2000. 

We have had another parachute left in an open land rover. This time we
think for three days. It was found soaking wet and will now have to be
dried and repacked before it can return to service. It worries me that
if the wrong person had found this, might it have been put back in the
parachute cupboard wet and it’s serviceability compromised.

Generally speaking parachutes get put in vehicles when a 2 seat glider
is flown solo. Could I ask any pilot who puts one in a vehicle to take
ownership for making sure it is either put back in a 2 seater or make
sure it is removed from the land rover at the end of the day and
returned to the warm cupboard,
Signs volunteers

As you may be aware we have done a lot of work at the South end introducing informal paths which guide the public away from our operation.  All that is left of the project is to erect 3 signs.  Paul Fowler has organised the signs all we now are some volunteers to help install them.  The completion of this project will give us a significant benefit when launching North or South so please could you email the office with your offer of help.  We have had a couple of volunteers but could still do with more.  Paul Fowler will be in touch directly with dates for installation once we have the signs at the Mynd.

Launch directors

We now have 4 extra launch directors:- Dave Cole, William Brewis, Jon Hall and Tim Bird.  This is excellent but we do need more. The more we have then the job becomes much easier and less demanding of your time. The role is absolutely vital to ensure we achieve the launch rate (and landing) we need to deliver the most flying we can.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is :  Neal Clements, Denise Hughes, Ed Jones, Tim Mason, Clive Crocker, Charles Carter, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events:

Summer is only 1 week away!

The club goes full time on the 20th of March.  The get checked week coincides perfectly with the start of the season and I am confident that it will be the start of a superb soaring season.    Please start booking dates in your diary to come and enjoy the greatest sport in the world.

Can I remind all the private owners to check your trailers. This is the time of year when the first enthusiastic cross countries are performed. We have a tradition at the club of guaranteeing retrieves but it won’t work if your trailer is broken!

Winter lectures

Patrick  of the National Trust gave us a superb talk last week,  it was so good in fact that we are inviting him back next year.

We now have 1 left. Mike Groves of Skylaunch.  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.  

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

Llanbedr Expedition

The MGC expedition to LLanbedr has had to change dates and will now be from the 18th to the 24th March 2017.  We will be taking the Twin Astir for club flying, and there are a number of Duos going that may have spare seats. If you want to go in the Astir but have not had an email with dates allocated please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk  with which dates you are able to attend.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.

We have 15 attendees but there are still places available.  If you would like to attend on the day please be aware that we have to contribute to the costs of providing this course so by all means come along and join in but you will be asked to contribute.    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.

20 March get checked week

This is really filling up (I mean that, I’m having to help out with the instructing!)  so I recommend you make your booking as soon as you can.  Steve Male is running this popular week,  it’s a great opportunity to come along and make sure you are ready for the soaring season which I guarantee is going to be brilliant this year.   Don’t forget as Andy Holmes told me “April is when all the records are set” so you will be ready for the great weather.  We have circulated the details separately.  Contact the office if you haven’t yet received them

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.  At the February committee meeting we agreed our 3 main goals and will be publishing them before the meeting so once the formal part of the meeting is over you can contribute to the discussion regarding the priorities of the club over the next few years.

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.

 Summer celebration

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

Mar 032017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.  Please accept my apologies for the late arrival, this was caused by the early arrival of my second grandchild.

Last week:

Weather station

Thanks to Guy for replacing this and getting us back on line.  Not having any weather is a real pain.  The other good news is that we have a brand new windsock.

BGA conference

I attended the BGA conference this year,  a great event as always and I urge you to respond promptly to any requests the BGA make regarding airspace, this is now probably the number one concern for gliding.

Signs volunteers

As you may be aware we have done a lot of work at the South end introducing informal paths which guide the public away from our operation.  All that is left of the project is to erect some signs.  Paul Fowler has organised the signs all we now are some volunteers to help install them.  The completion of this project will give us a significant benefit when launching North or South so please could you email the office with your offer of help.

Access road

Howard is now at the end of his research and is ready to propose a variety of solutions,  short, medium and long term.  I will let you know as soon as we have them.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is :  Paul Fowler, Guy Hartland, Charles Carter, David Brown, Liz Adlard, Roger Andrews, Matthew Cook, Laurent Couval.

Forthcoming events:

Summer is only 2 weeks away!

The club goes full time on the 20th of March.  The get checked week coincides perfectly with the start of the season and I am confident that it will be the start of a superb soaring season.    Please start booking dates in your diary to come and enjoy the greatest sport in the world.

Winter lectures

Patrick  of the National Trust has very kindly agreed to reschedule his talk to the 4th of March. This will give us an understanding of the environment we fly from and I urge you to come along for an extremely interesting talk.

We now have 1 booked during March. Mike Groves of Skylaunch.  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.  

11 March Mike Groves from Skylaunch.  This will be a fascinating talk about our winches and winching.

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

Llanbedr Expedition

The MGC expedition to LLanbedr has had to change dates and will now be from the 18th to the 24th March 2017.  We will be taking the Twin Astir for club flying, and there are a number of Duos going that may have spare seats. If you want to go in the Astir but have not had an email with dates allocated please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk  with which dates you are able to attend.

20 March get checked week

This is really filling up so I recommend you make your booking as soon as you can.  Steve Male is running this popular week,  it’s a great opportunity to come along and make sure you are ready for the soaring season which I guarantee is going to be brilliant this year.   Don’t forget as Andy Holmes told me “April is when all the records are set” so you will be ready for the great weather.  We have circulated the details separately.  Contact the office if you haven’t yet received them

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.  At the February committee meeting we agreed our 3 main goals and will be publishing them before the meeting so once the formal part of the meeting is over you can contribute to the discussion regarding the priorities of the club over the next few years.

Aim higher course

18 -19 March.

We have 15 attendees but there are still places available. 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.

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

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