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Aug 312017
 

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

This week.

MGC Task Week

At last the curse of task week has been lifted!!  We had 5 competition days and some wonderful cross countries by pilots relatively new to the sport.  Steve Ward and Dave Brown both did magnificently.  The Duo Discuses, Twin Astir (flown by Guy) and the K21 (flown by Nigel) took pilots who do not regularly fly cross country and the organisation by Dave Crowson (weather), John Parry (scorer), Hazel Turner (control) and Steve Male (Director) was superb.   Have a look at for the results on facebook.  This reinforces my  opinion that if you want to improve the performance of your aircraft then change the pilot!

New solo

Congratulations to Holly for going solo.  Interestingly she can fly an aircraft but is not old enough to drive a car.   Holly has put a lot of effort into this and is always an inspiration on the airfield offering help wherever it is needed.

Vitaras are now on gas

Julian has done a huge amount of work on the above and both are now running on gas.

K23 from Germany

We have had the offer on the K23 accepted and a team are on their way to confirm it is in good condition and bring it back.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Steve Male, Walter Baumann, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Laurent Couval.

Sunday:  Neal Clements (standing in for Mark), Matthew Cook, Denise Hughes, Dave d’Arcy

I have hopes for Saturday, it looks like a building ridge of high pressure with light winds. 

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

We always like to have an event each month in the Winter to keep up our interest in flying and general aviation related activities.  Denise is finalising the schedule but it is full already.  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.  Please put this date in your diary.

Members evening.

I promised the above at the AGM  and the date will be the 25th of November.  Please reserve in your diary.  The committee will present their views on the nature and direction of the club over the next few years and invite you to contribute to it at that meeting.  Please also ensure you tell any committee member you can find of your views at any time beforehand. 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 282017
 

FlyingCars

An image captured on the last day of Task Week by one of our younger newly-solo members.

 Posted by at 8:59 am
Aug 262017
 
Holly pictured after her first solo flight

Holly seen here after her first solo flight

Smiling faces all round as fifteen year old Holly Harris successfully completed her first three solo flights yesterday. Holly has been flying with us since October and has made excellent progress, showing a maturity beyond her years. Following a final intensive training session she reached that defining moment for any pilot – taking sole charge of an aircraft for the first time!

Congratulations Holly – Very well done!

 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Aug 242017
 

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

 

This week.

Fleet restructuring.

We have had an offer accepted for a K23. The intention is to approve it, get it over here from Germany and this will replace the Discus.  We are confident that this ever popular glider will improve our launches and flying activity.

Fire Inspection

The ramifications of this rumbles on and will continue to do so as we implement their findings.  In the immediate future we have to replace wooden cupboards in corridors with metal ones.  Specifically we need a metal cabinet for the laundry and the cleaning materials.  They are quite expensive so if you have any you could spare then please email me or let the office know.

Road

We are reviewing the current damage to the road and Tim and Howard are coming up with suggestions and solutions that we can afford.  These will require volunteer help with maintenance (all stone roads need maintaining) and it is vital that if you spot anyone going fast on the road you draw the problems it causes to their attention.

Barographs

We have found 5 of the old mechanical barographs.  Before we offer these for general sale I would like to invite member interest.  Looking on ebay I suspect these might be very collectable items.  Please email your interest directly.

David Ince

Our club , to mis quote Newton, is founded upon the shoulders of giants.  One of those was David Ince.  Below is the text from the notification from Bob Neill (another giant in my opinion).

“David Ince  died earlier this month aged 94 , He was CFI 1949/52 and taught me(together with Theo Testar and John Hickling) to fly……and of course many others of the post war generation.

His funeral is at St Mary’s church ,EASTON Near Winchester . Post code is SO21 1EH.

I will be there and would be glad to represent the MGC (only if this would be appropriate ) in case no one else from the club is going to be there.”

Task Week

If you would like to join in the end of task week celebrations please call the office or the kitchen and let them know what you would like.

We have had some requests to post the results on the web,  unfortunately we don’t have the facility to do that this year but we will take it forward for next year.  In the meantime here is my heavily biased report on yesterday.

The club class was Mynd South/Rodneys Piller/Bishops Castle/Mynd .  David Brown won it by getting round and Nigel and Holly came second with a field landing in the K21. 

The open class was Mynd/Worcester racecourse/Welshpool/Bishops Castle/Mynd.  Mark Sanders got round with reasonable ease and good speed.  Myself and Richard Bennett crawled round in an incredibly slow speed to come second.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Come and help and fly club gliders that are available

Sunday:  Come and help and fly club gliders that are available

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

Aug 212017
 

So far the weather has been a bit unkind.  On Saturday a small task was set but the conditions weren’t great at all and the entrants decided to keep their powder dry.  Yesterday was a triumph of optimism.  All the forecasts were positive and Worcester racecourse,  Leominster for the “open” class was set with Worcester out and return as the club class.  Unfortunately the actual weather hadn’t seen the forecasts and it turned out to be quite tricky.  Steve Ward did his second engine off landing of his flying career by landing the ASW 19 in a superb field.  Mark Sanders won the open class, he was very close to getting back.  Rob Hanks flew the task to show us all how it was done and got back.  Fingers crossed for improving conditions over the rest of the week.

Aug 172017
 

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

This week:

Congratulations! are in order for Geoff Dailey who has achieved some great things in his LS4. He had a wonderful flight around Wales gaining his Silver Distance (50km), Silver Duration (5 hrs), and his 100km Diploma – well done Geoff!  If you too have had a recent achievement then do let us know.

This week has been a full course, with a real mixture of flying weather. We will also be joined tomorrow by the local MP Philip Dunne, who will no doubt be enjoying a trial flight – he has been involved with our project regarding the land-rates.

General updates:

Committee meeting – a full summary of the decisions from this committee will be circulated in next week’s blog, but you may wish to know that we are currently making enquiries (& an offer) into a replacement glider for the Discus as per the plan approved by members at the post-AGM discussion. Watch this space..

 

Incident Reporting – Safety in the air, on the airfield, or anywhere on site is of paramount importance – we personally don’t want to get hurt and we don’t want to hurt anyone else. Consequently, it is important that we develop a culture where we look after each other as much (or more than) we look after ourselves.

Part of looking after each other is to identify hazards and things which go wrong or don’t work the way they should then take action to mitigate the risks these things may present. At the Mynd we do that through the Incident Reporting system (The green book in Martin’s office, or you can download & complete the Incident Report online from our website)

In preparation for this week’s committee and instructor meetings I have been reviewing the Mynd Incident Reports from the book kept in Martin’s office: in July only 2 incidents were recorded. You may well say, “that’s great we are having fewer near misses”, but I do not believe that we only had 2 incidents out of over 700 launches and over 450 hours flown in the month of July.

To be clear, an “incident” occurs when either: 1) something happened which should not have, or, 2) something which should have happened didn’t, or, 3) when a piece of equipment malfunctions.

The purpose of the incident reporting system is NOT to tell tales or assign blame – make your report anonymous if you like.

It IS our mechanism to capture information on “near misses” so that we can take early action to review and improve our systems, improving our overall level of safety.

Please do not mistake me, making things safer does not mean having less fun, but it does mean running fewer unknown or uncontrolled risks.

If we are going to look after each other, which we want to do, don’t we?  then it’s our duty as individuals to constantly assess what we see, or experience, and report those things which appear less than ideal.

So, if you see something you didn’t like, TELL US  then we will know about it and be able to react to it.  If you don’t tell us then we won’t know, in which case things cannot progress.

Please don’t leave it to “someone” to report incidents, if we all do that “no-one” will report anything, until there’s a serious incident or accident leading to our gliders getting broken and/or even worse our friends getting hurt…things which I believe we all want to avoid.

Steve Male CFI MGC

 

Access Road – In last week’s blog we raised the matter of the condition of the access road and the repairs which were carried out earlier this summer. Members will have seen that over the last few weeks, a number of the potholes which were filled in at the beginning of June have re-emerged and that new potholes have started to develop in the sections of road which were completely re-surfaced.

From the outset we made it clear that the resurfacing of particular sections of the road was a trial and that the filling of individual potholes could only be seen as a temporary solution. Some deterioration of the surface was to be expected, but it seems that if we want to prevent the road from returning rapidly to the condition it was in at the beginning of the year, we will need to start an ongoing programme of repair works sooner rather than later. The material for filling potholes is already on site, so if you are willing to give up some of your time on non-flyable days and are able to help with this type of work, we would like to hear from you. Please email Martin in the office to let him know.

In the meantime we should all make a particular effort to avoid causing further damage to the road surface. This means taking extra care when driving into and out from the club or when crossing the road, for example when taking equipment and gliders to and from the launch point. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY AT ALL TIMES.  Not least, we owe it to those who put in huge amounts of effort this spring to make the initial extensive repairs!

Marketing / Communications – We have a Twitter account @Myndies. Currently all the blog entries automatically go to twitter, but there is an opportunity for us to grow the engagement & increase the number of course/trial lesson bookings (& also members) resulting from it. So we are seeking someone who loves Twitter who may be willing to take a more active role in managing our Twitter account. Please contact Sarah. If you’re active on Twitter do give us a follow & if you fancy doing the occasional re-tweet that would be much appreciated.

 

Work experience – We are joined by Jack Withinshaw who has a great interest in aviation and is helping out around the club over the next few weeks.  He is also a junior member so please make him feel welcome and take a few moments to explain things.  He is really keen to learn.

Your team this weekend is:
Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Ed Jones, John O’Reilly.
It’s the first day of Task Week which means there will be lots going on, so make sure you come along. There may also be a couple of pre-solo / general training slots available, please enquire with Martin ASAP via 01588650206 or  http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Ed Jones, Mark Wakem. It’s the second day of Task Week, but it may be possible to arrange for check flights & pre-solo training – see http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/ for more information & how to book).

Forthcoming events

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week  Just a reminder that next week is Task Week so come along and enjoy the fun. Even if you are not flying it is worth a visit. We’ve had 15-20 entries, but there are still places available – if you wish to enter just fill in the form here and send it to the office.
This year we are introducing a new format to encourage less experienced pilots to participate with a real chance of achieving some flying goals. The new format sees the introduction of “classes” into Task Week, based on pilot’s previous Cross Country experience as of 1st June 2017. There are 3 classes: –Novice : Pilots who have completed the Cross Country Endorsement to their Bronze “C” but have not yet achieved a Sliver “C” distance flight.Intermediate: Pilots who have completed a Silver “C” distance flight but have not yet achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or a 300Kms flight.

Pundits: Pilots who have either achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or 300Kms flight.

NB: For those solo pilots without a Cross Country Endorsement, we will endeavour to provide 2 seat Cross Country experiences, so register your name with Martin, who will maintain a list of interested pilots.

Format: Each (soarable) day we will set separate tasks, tailored to each individual class, in the same task area. This will enable pilots to not only gain valuable Cross Country experience but also compete against pilots of similar experience. Each class (provided sufficient entries are received) will be scored separately to find an overall winner at the end of the week.

General Comments: This new format and class structure should provide some interesting Cross Country flying and will include the usual benefits of Task Week:

  • Weather Briefings
  • Task Setting
  • Notam Briefings
  • Retrieve crews available
  • Very very landable fields.
  • Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.
  • Social activities (There is an opportunity for an informal party on 27th, probably some guitar playing, but nothing particular planned – so bring yourself & some good cheer).

The entry fee is 25 pounds and will be charged to your flying account upon receipt of a completed entry form.

Sat 25th November – Members’ evening

At the AGM the committee promised to come back to all the members with an update on progress & also more details and worked-up plans for the future of the club, taking into account the results of the survey, ad-hoc feedback, the projected finances etc. This is your opportunity to hear the recommendations & to have input into the future direction of MGC, so please put the date in your diary now.   More details & timings will be shared nearer the time.

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 132017
 

What a great XC day – belting climbs and a cloud-base to near 6k! One of those rare days when the weather models didn’t like the look of it above the Mynd, but we did! The “committee” task of BID-NPT-BC3 (325km) was about perfect. Six gliders set off; Dave Rance (TL); Dave Crowson (154); Jon and Paul (KA); Darce (288); Bob and Ingram from Lasham (keeping out of the way of the Euros!) in their DG1000 and me (445) – and six gliders returned. Julian was a late arrival but still completed BID O/R with Mark Williams.

We’ll have a bit more of this weather for Task Week, please!

Mark

 Posted by at 9:11 pm
Aug 112017
 

Looking like two decent days this weekend. Saturday is a ridge day to get you in the mood for light winds and a cloud-base rising probably to 5000′ ASL on Sunday – perfect for a bit of local soaring, or for the more adventurous some XC into the middle of the country. I’ll be there both days, just ask if you’d like suggestions for a suitable task.

Mark

 Posted by at 7:35 pm
Aug 102017
 

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

This week:

Cross Country Course

This week has seen a full house on Simon’s cross country gliding course week. As I type, this morning’s weather is looking good & I’ve just been watching 2 of the gliders in a thermal over my house 🙂

General updates:

Airfield

We now have new signs at the south end to direct walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  The south end runways, Howard’s Way, and the new footpath need to be mowed. Martin is arranging the hire of a suitable tractor and mower and this work will be done as soon as the equipment is available and can be delivered.

Access Road

You may have noticed a small number of potholes which have started to form on the new road surface. This is disappointing as it is only two months since the repair works were carried out and the weather so far has been (relatively) benign. The committee are aware and have this in hand, and are currently considering the options for the long-term solution as per the original plan.

Clubhouse

Repairs to roof and guttering have now been carried out and the club house is watertight. A good summer storm should ensure it is thoroughly tested. The glass washer & bottle chiller in the bar were both unfit for duty, so have been replaced.

A project has begun to look at options for replacing the water tank above the clubhouse main room before the end of October.

Your team this weekend is:Saturday:  Simon Adlard, Charles Carter, David Brown, Liz Adlard. (Last day of the cross-country course, so training slots may be at a premium, suggest you get there early)

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Denise Hughes, David Brown, Glyn Macarthur. (We have the cadets joining us once again, however there are currently slots available for check flights & pre-solo training – see http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/ for more information & how to book).

 

Forthcoming events

Course 6

Next week is course number 6 for this year, which I’m delighted to report is fully booked.
Work experienceWe are joined by Jack Withinshaw who has a great interest in aviation and is helping out around the club over the next few weeks.  He is also a junior member so please make him feel welcome and take a few moments to explain things.  He is really keen to learn.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week

This year we are introducing a new format to encourage less experienced pilots to participate with a real chance of achieving some flying goals. The new format sees the introduction of “classes” in to Task Week based on pilot’s previous Cross Country experience, as of 1st June 2017. There are 3 classes: –

Novice : Pilots who have completed the Cross Country Endorsement to their Bronze “C” but have not yet achieved a Sliver “C” distance flight.

Intermediate:     Pilots who have completed a Sliver “C” distance flight but have not yet achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or a 300Kms flight.

Pundits: Pilots who have either achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or 300Kms flight.

NB: – For those solo pilots without a Cross Country Endorsement, we will endeavour to provide 2 seat Cross Country experiences, so register your name with Martin, who will maintain a list of interested pilots.

Format:

The format for the week will be that each (soarable) day we will set separate tasks, tailored to each individual class, in the same task area.

This will enable pilots to not only gain valuable Cross Country experience but also compete against pilots of similar experience.

Each class (provided sufficient entries are received) will be scored separately to find an overall winner at the end of the week.

General Comments:

This new format and class structure should provide some interesting Cross Country flying and will include the usual benefits of Task Week: –

  • Weather Briefings
  • Task Setting
  • Notam Briefings
  • Retrieve crews available
  • Very very landable fields.
  • Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.
  • Social activities (There is an opportunity for an informal party on 27th, probably some guitar playing, but nothing particular planned – so bring yourself & some good cheer).

The entry fee is 25 pounds and will be charged to your flying account upon receipt of a completed entry form.

Sat 25th November – Members’ evening

At the AGM the committee promised to come back to all the members with an update on progress & also more details and worked-up plans for the future of the club, taking into account the results of the survey, ad-hoc feedback, the projected finances etc. This is your opportunity to hear the recommendations & to have input into the future direction of MGC, so please put the date in your diary now.   More details & timings will be shared nearer the time.

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 062017
 

Another great day at the Mynd to follow on from a great Friday where 494 & KA visited the Welsh coast and Cadair Idris. Saturdays start was delayed by a couple of hours rain but once this passed the skies opened up and soaring was had till 19:00hrs. Paul Fowler, Matthew Cook, Guy Heartland & No.1 Mike Witton all helped out to give 2192 squadron from the north of England two flights each with some managing 8kts thermals and many 4-6kts ones. We were quite fortunate though as QueNim after QueNim lined up to our north running through a line of Shrewsbury – Kiderminster. Orch who likes storm chasing, visited Shrewsbury and reported lots of rain. Below are some pics and a vid from Sam of his flight with Guy.

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TwinAstir+5kts (See the TwinAstir can do +5kts too)

And now the video (if it will load – which it won’t so will have to YouTube it somehow.)

Darce.

 

Aug 032017
 

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

This week.

Office

Martin is on holiday this week but is processing emails remotely.  Sue is also helping out so please be patient, replies may take a little longer than usual.

Fire inspection

A great vote of thanks to Mike Greenwood, Liz and Roger and Tim Mason all ably assisted by John O’Reilly who liaised with the Shropshire fire service to give us a positive assessment of our fire precautions.  There were a few things we need to address and these will be done as a matter of urgency and there a few more things we would like to see improved and these will be progressed through the next few months.  On the whole, though it was an extremely positive and useful exercise.

Husbands Bosworth regionals

The Mynd did incredibly well in this.  One day we came first second and third with Julian Fack, Dave d’Arcy and Mike Witton taking the medals.  Our progress in cross country competitions has increased steadily over the years and I would encourage all the up and coming cross country pilots to consider a competition.  Have a go at task week first (see below) and have a taste.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Paul Fowler, Guy Hartland, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Nigel Lassetter, Geoff Dailey, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

Simon’s cross country course 

This starts this week,  at last the weather looks like it is going to improve.  The course looks pretty full and hopefully there will be some excellent cross country flying.

Work experience

We are joined by Jack Withinshaw who has a great interest in aviation and is helping out around the club over the next few weeks.  He is also a junior member so please make him feel welcome and take a few moments to explain things.  He is really keen to learn.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

This year we are introducing a new format to encourage less experienced pilots to participate with a real chance of achieving some flying goals.

The new format sees the introduction of “classes” in to Task Week based on pilot’s previous Cross Country experience, as of 1st June 2017.
There are 3 classes: –

Novice : Pilots who have completed the Cross Country Endorsement to their Bronze “C” but have not yet achieved a Sliver “C” distance flight.

Intermediate:      Pilots who have completed a Sliver “C” distance flight but have not yet achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or a 300Kms flight.

Pundits: Pilots who have either achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or 300Kms flight.

NB: –

For those solo pilots without a Cross Country Endorsement, we will endeavour to provide 2 seat Cross Country experiences, so register your name with Martin, who will maintain a list of interested pilots.

Format:

The format for the week will be that each (soarable) day we will set separate tasks, tailored to each individual class, in the same task area.

This will enable pilots to not only gain valuable Cross Country experience but also compete against pilots of similar experience.

Each class (provided sufficient entries are received) will be scored separately to find an overall winner at the end of the week.

General Comments:

This new format and class structure should provide some interesting Cross Country flying and taken with the usual benefits of Task Week: –

Weather Briefings

Task Setting

Notam Briefings

Retrieve crews available

Social activities

Very very landable fields.

Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.

The entry fee is 25 pounds and will be charged to you flying account upon receipt of a completed entry form.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 032017
 
A few pics of my landout field on Sunday, showing a lovely blue sky one way and a passed CuNb the other that did actually thunder, but no lightning. And before you ask, in the meantime i dried off the glider with a canopy cloth.
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Darce.