Mar 282019

Your team this weekend
Saturday: Nigel Lassiter (No 1), Mark Sanders (Intro), Charles Carter (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)
Sunday: Steve Male (No 1 and Motor Glider), Nigel Lassiter (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Dave Cole (LD)

AGM 23rd March 2019
The AGM was well attended with about a third of the members present. There was some interesting discussion about finances, volunteers and insurance.  The following were elected to committee:  Jon Hall (chairman), William Brewis (vice chairman), James Moore (treasurer), Tim Mason (secretary),  Steve Male,  Simon Adlard,  Nick LeGras and Bob Sharman.  Many thanks to the retiring committee members who have put so much effort into making the club the wonderful place it is.

Mynd Expedition to Llanbedr
The joint expedition with Cosford has gone really well so far with a mixture of wave, ridge and thermal flights and sometimes all three.  Several gliders have visited Snowdon, Cadr Idris and ventured inland to Vyrnwy.  The K21 will be back on site for the weekend



Congratulations to Steve Rudge who successfully completed his first solo aerotow in JGJ.3AE2E8B5-E580-43C7-8099-D8B3A98AC7D3

Junior Team Cross Country Workshops

We are hosting the British Junior Team Workshop at the club on Saturday afternoon and evening.  Still time to attend so if interested see details on the club website,, and register.

Winch Maintenance

Andy Holmes has joined Guy Hartland in taking on responsibility for managing our winch and MT fleet. The winches are our only regular launch method and without them we lose money and credibility very quickly so this is an incredibly important job. They are being assisted by Nigel Holmes who is helping monitor the safety schedules. Guy and Andy are on the case and the Skylaunch main and both retrieve winches have been overhauled on site while the Knox winch is at Skylaunch having a major service and overhaul. All four winches will be in first class condition for the new season. Let’s keep them that way.


it looks like the soaring season has started with several 400k tasks being completed last weekend and posted on the BGA ladder. A plea to all cross country pilots to post your flights on the ladder no matter how small as it let’s the rest of the world know that the Mynd is a cross country site as well as ridge and wave flying. If you don’t know how ask one of the club ‘pundits’.

Happy landings

Jon Hall



Mar 212019

Hi everyone

Your team this weekend
Saturday: Mike Greenwood (No 1), Guy Hartland (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)
Sunday: Guy Hartland (No 1), Denise Hughes (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Charles Page (LD)

AGM 23rd March 2019
Final reminder that the club AGM will take place in the clubhouse starting at 1700 hours.  It’s not too late to stand for a committee position if you wish.  Just download a nomination form (click here), get a proposer and a seconder to sign it, add your own signature and hand into the office before the meeting.  If you intend to stay for a meal after please put your name on the list displayed at the hatch as soon as possible, or speak to Martin in the office tomorrow or Helen by phone.

Ridge Runners Retreat under New Management
Helen Johnson is now running the catering.  Many thanks to Fay, Rob and their many helpers for a splendid service since she took it on some 8 years ago.

First Day of Spring
Yesterday was the official first day of Spring. Also known as the Vernal Equinox, yesterday marked the time of year when day and night are most nearly equal (roughly 12 hours each). The Spring Equinox always falls on March 19, 20 or 21.  So life just gets better and better for the next few months for us glider pilots and the weather this week and the forecast for next week back that up.  Should see some thermal cross country flying very soon.

First Flight of the Junior
Our new Junior made its first flights at the Mynd this week.  Its not dissimilar to the K23 but a more defined taildragger so it needs to be held off properly.  It has brakes like barn doors and is roomy and comfortable to fly.  So all you people who complained that the Discus was sooooo uncomfotable should form an orderly queue to get the Junior in your log book.  Don’t forget you need to do a type conversion first.


Celebration of Derek Piggott’s Life
A memorial event will be held at Lasham Airfield on Friday 26th April at 14:00 hours. It will be a non-religious ceremony to celebrate Derek’s life. All will be welcome to come and pay their own respects to one of the world’s greatest aviators. The event will last for an hour to an hour and a half and will be held in the Brown Elephant building at Lasham.
Please inform anyone else you know who may be interested, especially anyone of DP’s era.  If you would like to attend, please can you let the girls in the office at Lasham know. They will need to know numbers so please phone 01256 384900 or e-mail the a.s.a.p.

Press and Media Officer
Still looking for a volunteer to help with Press and Media Relations.  It isn’t a committee job and just requires someone who can keep in touch with events at the club such as new solos, visiting, expeditions, special events etc. and write a decent Press Release and a Twitter/Facebook post, circulating to the relevant press and media operators in our region.  If we are to grow the club and attract new members this is a vital role.  It could be shared amongst a number of volunteers.

That’s all for now.  See you at the AGM.
Happy landings.
Jon Hall
Acting Chairman

Mar 142019

Hi everyone time for my weekly blog again.  No one has bent my ear about how wrong SkySight was last week so I’ll try again.  I shall be at the club all this weekend so I can see for myself.

Friday will be post cold frontal and has a lot of high cloud, mid level cloud and Cu with a forecast of soarable conditions and decent headroom between 1130 and 1630 hours.  Winds will be a bit north of west around 25-30 knots.  There will be showers throughout the day but SS thinks it will mostly miss the Mynd.  Saturday is pre cold frontal and looks pretty grim with high, mid and low level cloud with embedded Cu.  Cloudbase will probably not allow any flying.  Winds will go south of west and remain strong, probably building.  There will be rain in the morning but should clear the Mynd by lunchtime.  Sunday is the gap between the cold front and an approaching occluded front.  The day looks considerably better with no high cloud, intermittent mid level cloud and lots of Cu giving soarable heights up to 4500′ asl from 1030 to 1530 hours.  Winds almost westerly all day starting off at about 20 knots and slackening a bit during the day and it could wave between Bishops Castle and Montgomery.  It will definately be wavy further west towards the coast.  But it will rain during the afternoon.

Your team this weekend
Saturday: William Brewis (No 1), Charles Carter (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Jon Hall (LD)
Sunday: Clive Crocker (No 1), Matthew Cook (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)

AGM 23rd March 2019
Don’t forget the AGM on 23rd March starting at 1700 hours in the clubhouse.  If you intend to stay for a meal after please put your name on the list displayed at the hatch from this weekend onward, or speak to Martin in the office or Helen by phone.  Helen Johnson takes over the catering from Sunday afternoon this weekend.  Many thanks to Fay, Rob and their many helpers for a splendid service since she took it on.  Nomination forms for the committee are available for download from the club website.

I’m happy to say that the first edition of the Newsletter seems to have been well received and to start with I intend to publish it quarterly.  So I’m looking for contributions of articles so I don’t have to write it all.  I have promises of some interesting pieces, have received one finished piece already, but need lots more.  I have a list of potential topics and I will be approaching some of you asking for contributions but if you have ideas for an article, or a regular column, please let me know.  I would like pieces on: instruments and avionics reviews, cross country achievements, or lack off, interesting field landings, things that you learned from things going wrong, competition reports, expedition reports, gliding related events, flying abroad, humorous pieces especially and lots and lots of pictures.  I need your help to make the Newsletter properly represent the club.  Don’t be shy in offering contributions.

We have a visiting group from Cambridge University with us from Saturday until the following Friday.  I know I can count on you all to make them feel at home.  Rob Hanks is the instructor in charge for the week and he will be grateful for any help you might be able to offer on the ground.

We now have a fully functioning all new Midland Gliding Club Twitter page @MidlandGliding.  If you are a Twitter user please do post stuff especially good images of us having a great time.  The more we post the more it gets re-tweeted around the many aviation and media followers, helping to promote the club.

Press and Media Officer
Still looking for a volunteer to help with Press and Media Relations.  It isn’t a committee job and just requires someone who can keep in touch with events at the club such as new solos, visiting, expeditions, special events etc. and write a decent Press Release and a Twitter/Facebook post, circulating to the relevant press and media operators in our region.  If we are to grow the club and attract new members this is a vital role.  It could be shared amongst a number of volunteers.

That’s all for now.
Happy landings.
Jon Hall
Acting Chairman

Mar 092019

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone know who has the login details to the Club’s Twitter account, ?

It was clearly set up and managed with a great deal of love and care for a long time but has been dormant, except for automatic posts.   We would like to use it actively as s part of a membership campaign and access to updated and create marketing campaigns.

If you do, please let the treasurer know by emailing the bean counter at

Thank you,


Mar 082019

Hello Soaring Pilots,

If you are planning on coming to the Cross Country Workshop with the British Junior Team at the Mynd on Saturday, 30th of March, please book online using the link below:-

Happy Landings,


The bean counter…


Mar 072019

Hi everyone, its time for my weeekly blog again.

This week, after listening to Matthew Scutter give a presentation at the BGA Conference last weekend, I decided to subscribe to SkySight, his new and improved version of RASP, to see if it works.  I tried it out briefly after meeting him in Jaca last year but then couldn’t see that it was much better than RASP.  Now however it might be.  Graphically it is a big improvement and you can use it all over Europe, plus it links to SeeYou and you can access real time weather data on your phone in flight.  Cool if it works!  Apparantly the wave forecasting is excellent, according to Matt, and the Perlan Project use it to plan their record breaking high altitude flights and use it while flying at night, in the dark, to stay in the best wave lift.  So todays weekend weather forecast come courtesy of SkySight.  No doubt you will let me know how accurate it is.

The first thing to note is that the winds on Saturday are going to be almost due west and very strong, maybe 40+ knots.  Sunday the wind drops to about 20-25 knots and goes just south of west. If there are any thermals on Sunday they could be around 3 knots and go to 4000′ asl just after lunch and cloudbase could be 5000’asl.  There is a pretty good chance of rain to the west of the hill on Saturday but a lot less on Sunday.  Not surprisingly it suggest ridge lift on Saturday but only 2-3 knots and much the same on Sunday.  Not much wave on Saturday but better on Sunday.  Hmmm.

Weekend Duty Team
Neal Clements (No 1), William Brewis (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Chris Alldis (No 1), Alan Swan (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Dave D’Arcy (LD)

Annual General Meeting
The club AGM will be held on 23rd March in the clubhouse starting at 1700 hours.  The committee has been short of members for a while and John O’Reilly and Guy Hartland are standing down this year so we really do need some volunteers to take up the slack.  I shall be standing for election as Chairman but I would really welcome some competition.  Nomination forms are available for download from the club website in the ‘Policies, Rules and Documents’ section of the ‘Members Area’, or by clicking here.

BGA Conference and AGM
The BGA Conference was well attended and provided a stimulating and interesting day.  The Chairman’s Session first thing in the morning was introduced by Andy Perkins (Chair) and Pete Stratten (CEO) who told us that no-one knows for certain what will happen after Brexit but expect nothng much to change.  Airspace remains a pressing issue and the Judicial Review that Lasham is pressing for is scheduled for mid June.  In the meantime we can’t really talk about it as the judicial process looks dimly on speculation and gossip influencing the decisions.  The gathered chairs were still talking about how to attract, reward and value volunteers.  This seems to be a perennial problem without any clear answers but good communication seems to be important.  There was some discussion of eConspicuity which was coverd later in the day.

Neil Goudie (BGA), Stuart Lindsey (CAA) and Dave Curtis (NATS) gave a joint presentation on ‘Gliding in a Future Airspace’ which sounded optimistic that future airspace design could improve the situation for GA but reading between the lines it is clear that the decision makers are very much beholden to the industry leaders that pay for them to exist.  I’m not as optimistic as they seem to be. Permanent airspace change proposals under the new CAP1616 process seems to be fairer to the airspace users with better provision for them to object and influence the decisions and the CAA have turned down several recently but there are literally hundreds more in the pipeline.

Paul Ruskin gave a very comprehensive review of developments in Electronic Conspicuity which covered Flarm, Pilot Aware, Mode C, Mode S and ADBS and looked at the various devices now on the market to make pilots aware of traffic.  He suggested that at present the only system suitable to give reliasble traffic avoidance guidance for glider pilots is Flarm.

The last of the afternoon sessions had a really interesting presentation from Sian Lane, ex Met Office , on ‘How our Weather Works’ though it was really about ‘How we gather the data and what we do with it’, fascinating nevertheless.  Matthew Scutter then talked about ‘Advances in Soaring Meteorology’ which covered much of what was previously said by Sian and made a pretty good sales pitch for SkySight.  Chris Gill from Denbigh did a very convincing job of getting us all to fly in Wales with an entertaining talk, enhanced with some great video and music, on ‘Surfing the Welsh Wave’.

The BGA COnference is a good event for talking to suppliers and developers and the trade show was bigger than I’ve ever seen it before.  It’s also a great place to meet old mates and find out how the other clubs are getting on.  I would recomend it to all, not just club officers.

The Mynd Wood Week Vintage Rally 13th to 20 July
It’s a week where we have a “Rally” style event and it’s all just good fun flying wooden gliders.  The week is run “Free Format” style with each day’s flying activities being dependent on the weather conditions.  Traditionally we have seen many Bungee launches and local cross country tasks being flown. This year the event is being run as a precursor to the VGC Rendevous at Hus Bos (22-25 Jul) and the 47th VGC International Rally held at Tibenham (27 Jul-3 Aug). So why not book in for all three and make it a vintage bonanza!

British Junior Team Workshops at the Mynd
Saturday 30 March 2019 starting at 14:00
The British Junior Gliding Team are hosting a series of Workshops and Talks of interest to glider pilots of all ages and experience during the early part of 2019 in order to raise funds for Junior Team competition expenses. On Saturday 30 March they will be visiting The Mynd.  juniorteamCurrent British Team members Jake Brattle, Simon Brown, Peter Carter, Finn Sleigh, Clement Allen and Henry Inigo-Jones will be presenting the programme  below.  Read their profiles here.

The event is for members of the Midland Gliding Club and neighbouring gliding and flying clubs. There is no charge for entry but those attending are respectfully requested to make a contribution to the British Junior Gliding Team fund.

We will need to have an idea of numbers so if you wish to attend, please notify the office which talks and workshops you will attend and if you require an evening meal.

14:00 – Workshop on How to fly Cross Country faster
The workshop will include a detailed look at:

  • The very important basics – handling and look out techniques
  • How to prepare for a flight effectively using British team planning techniques
  • How to choose when to start
  • A detailed look at speed to fly – (please bring your own glider’s polar, a pencil and a ruler with you)
  • Routing + thermal selection – with pictures from real life routing dilemma
  • Centring techniques – a close look at common mistakes, how to adapt to conditions
  • Getting low – how to focus your attention and what to look for
  • Efficient final glides – Including a look at some real traces
  • How to carry out effective post flight analysis – we will show you how to best analyse all of your flights
  • Self development techniques

This workshop should last approximately 2-3hrs with regular breaks. The Junior Team recommends everyone bring note taking materials. They will have some hand-outs for attendees to complete too.

17:30 – A workshop on flying your first competition:

  • What preparations you need to do beforehand,
  • We will show you how the British Team plan a flight,
  • We will show you how to plan an AAT,
  • How to plan for terrain and weather changes and airspace,
  • Mental approach and objectives,
  • Post flight analysis in a competition,
  • Self development.

This workshop will last 1 hour.

18:45 – Adjourn to the Bar and Dinner
The usual legendary and unsurpassed Mynd Saturday night feast awaits.

19:45 -After Dinner Talk
Following dinner there will be a talk on a topic to be decided by the majority of attendees on either of the following:

  • Preparations of the British Junior Team for the Worlds 2019
  • OR, Use of equipment for XC and competition flying

The evening talk will last approximately 1 hour. All finished by 2100.  The Workshops and Talks should be of interest to glider pilots and aviators of any age and experience level.

Winter Lecture Series
The next lecture in the series is on Saturday 9th March at 1800 hours from Hugh Browning.  Hugh Browning is the BGA safety wizard.  Please do attend, listen and learn.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those who have, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season.  We want to stay safe and operate in a safe manner – Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that.  Don’t miss it.

Llanbedr Expedition
The Llanbedr Expedition is full.  If you haven’t booked yet – too late.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Acting Chairman