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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