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Sep 272018
 

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

This week

Congratulations to Holly Rennel who went solo yesterday on one of our best wave days which also allowed Dave Rance to fly high into Wales..

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Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, William Brewis, Stephen Alexander, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Nigel Lassetter, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

2019 MGC calendar – call for photos

We are planning to produce a MGC calendar for 2019, so if you have any good quality photos that you would like us to include, please email them to Sarah at marketing@midlandgliding.club by 4th Oct latest, along with your confirmation that you are happy for them to be used for that purpose. We will choose the best 12 or 13 and publish it during late November.”

Oktoberfest Stand – One more person needed please – 5th, 6th or 7th October

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Winter Lectures

October the 20th will be the first in the series and will be a talk on Expeditions.  Have you ever wondered what we do on club expeditions, how can I get on one, what would it be like?  This will be the talk for you hosted by some of our expedition leaders.  Beware, once you know you may well become hooked!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Sep 202018
 

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

This week

A great weekend was had by all, in celebration of Andy Holmes’ 40th birthday. There was lots of great flying and two evenings of wonderful food (thank you to Fay and the team) and superb musical entertainment from the resident Mynd band and from The Rogues. Brilliant to see so many friends old and new, including a collection of the world’s best winch drivers. A welcome return of a proper Mynd party!

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The tail end of hurricane Ali has been visiting us this week, so it’s been a week of mixed weather combined with battening down the hatches.

Autumn projects

One of our major projects this Winter will be the refurbishing of the club trailers in our super heated MT workshop. If you can help then please do let Dave Crowson know and we will schedule some dates.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey.

Sunday:  Paul Fowler, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey.

It looks like we are short of a Launch Director on both days so if you’re around and can help out for a bit, I’m sure the team would appreciate it.

Forthcoming events

Oktoberfest Stand – One more person needed please – 5th, 6th or 7th October

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Read a leaflet

A number of members have been asking lately about the packages for new members that were introduced in the new year. There has not yet been a suitable opportunity for Sarah to do a quick pre-dinner chat to explain them, however in the meantime I would encourage everybody to read the Your Gliding Journey leaflet which can be found in the club as all the information and detail is in there. Details are also on the website under Learn to Fly section.

The aim is to ensure that if someone asks you about learning to glide, you are able to direct them to the most appropriate solution for them, which in a lot of cases is NOT simply a trial lesson. The general rule of thumb is:

  1. A) Wants a one-off / bucket list flight and has no interest in learning = Trial Lesson;
  2. B) Interested in LEARNING to fly = a Your Gliding Journey package (Intro to Gliding 1 or 2 day WEEKEND course, or Flying Start 40 launches package)

If you have questions on this, please do contact Sarah.

Entrance road

As we go into the Autumn season the road may start to take a hammering, so please do remember to drive slowly over it so that we can preserve the surface in as good a condition as possible.

Winter Lectures and Instructor meetings

October the 13th has been trumped by an instructor meeting (it is a flying club after all).  So we are trying to move it to the 20th.  We will publish a fuller list shortly.

Just a reminder that instructor meetings take place on the second Saturday of even numbered months so will all instructors please put these into their diaries.

marketing@midlandgliding.club on behalf of  

chairman@midlandgliding.club

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Sep 132018
 

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

This week

Congratulations to Guy Hartland who has become a full cat instructor.

Our instructor cohort is vital to our future and our CFI is working hard to progress people through.  If you are approached please try to respond positively.  One of the major benefits is that it keeps you current so you can take advantage of any day you choose to fly.

Autumn projects

One of our major projects this Winter will be the refurbishing of the club trailers in our super heated MT workshop,  if you can help then please do let Dave know and we will schedule some dates.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Alan Swan, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Jon Hall

Forthcoming events

Your Club needs you – can you help on October 5-7?

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Andy Holmes Birthday

Please don’t forget we will be celebrating Andy’s birthday with him this weekend.  For those of you who don’t know Andy he was introduced to gliding at the Mynd from a very early age and has been a keen supporter of the club as he has climbed the BGA ladder and is now the winching advisor to the BGA as well as being a superb cross country pilot.  I remember bringing some Venture Scouts up to the club and I told them to do whatever Andy said because he was the most experienced and capable member in the club even though he was the same age.

Winter Lectures and Instructor meetings

October the 13th has been trumped by an instructor meeting (it is a flying club after all).  So we are trying to move it to the 20th.  We will publish a fuller list next week.

Just a reminder that instructor meetings take place on the second Saturday of even numbered months so will all instructors please put these into their diaries.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Sep 072018
 

There is an expedition planned to Lleweni Parc, so far Phil Foster is going with his Duo. I suggest if you are interested you pay your deposit early (to Denbigh) as spaces are limited.
See their website (http://www.denbighgliding.co.uk) for more information on booking and charges.

Sep 062018
 

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

This week

Motor Glider

As you know we are going to integrate G-KGAO into our fleet and I want to keep you updated with the progress and the plan. The reasons for us having a motor glider were set out in the e-mail I sent last week but if you need further clarification, please speak to the CFI or any other committee member,  they will be happy to explain the driving force behind this move.   We are confident that a motor glider will be a useful addition to our fleet; they are very flexible aircraft and can be used to provide effective training from first flights all the way through to cross country qualification. Motor gliders are operated successfully and are popular at a number of other clubs we have spoken to and there is every reason to believe that the same will apply at our club. While we are transferring the aircraft ownership the CFI has been and will continue to assemble the cohort of instructors and amend the booking system to take bookings.  The various offerings to be delivered by the motor glider will then be available. To ensure it is a success we will need to make some changes to the way we approach pilot training and quite a bit of work will be required behind the scenes to put this in place. This is already under way and the benefits and offers will increase over time.  We are anxious that it is inculcated into our training culture as soon as we can, this is a very flexible tool enabling training right from first flight through to cross country training and we want to give members the benefits of this as soon as we can.

Autumn projects

Water supply

This is now underway with a spare tank installed ready to take over while the main tank is replaced.

Old MT shed

We are anxious to turn this into a working facility so before the winter starts we are installing the heater.  We have the heater ready thanks to Dave Cole, we just need to put it into its final resting place.  Please can I ask anyone who is capable to come along this Saturday morning and help give a lift to put the heater in place.  As soon as we have the shed habitable we intend to kick off the refurbishment of the open trailer and then we will make the facility available to members to do their trailer maintenance in comfort.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Your Club needs you – can you help us recruit

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Andy Holmes Birthday

Andy will be celebrating his 40th on the 15th of September and he has already issued an email to that effect.  Just a reminder, we can only accommodate so many so if you would like to eat then please let Fay know in the kitchen as soon as you can the list is filling up fast.

Winter Lectures

Please put October the 13th into your diary, at the moment it looks as if it will be on “Expeditions”, more information later.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club