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Apr 302019
 

Forget all this “Spanish Plume” nonsense that the Daily Excess is peddling – what we’re getting this weekend is a proper cold front with some nice chilly air behind it. Not BBQ weather, but great for gliding, esp. XC gliding!

Too early to say which day (the models are currently failing to agree on anything), but somewhere in the timeframe Friday through Monday (coinciding with another BH weekend – unbelievable!) there is a brilliant XC day just waiting for you!

So get your jobs done and your tickets signed off (or have some very plausible excuses lined up), and be ready to go!

Mark

 Posted by at 4:16 pm
Apr 252019
 

Hello everyone.  It’s Thursday again already.  Last weekend was fairly unremarkable except that on Sunday a significant convergence set up out west over the Welsh hills which appeared to run along most of the length of the country.  Chris Gill from Lleweni Parc did over 300k in it.  He reported 8kt average climbs to above 8000′ asl.  We do often see convergences out there, varying in distance from us, but often reachable with a bit of perseverance or an engine.  If you want to know how a convergence works keep an eye on RASP or SkySight, which both forecast them well, and book an hour in the motorglider.  Once there you can turn the engine down and experience the excitement of it all.  This weekend a recurance is unlikely though there may be some wave on Saturday.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday
: Neal Clements (No 1), Matthew Cook (Intro/No 3), Dave D’Arcy (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)
Sunday: Nigel Lasseter (No 1), Dave D’Arcy (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Mark Wakeham (LD)

Rockpolishers Inter-Club League
This weekend was supposed to be the first of the Rockpolishers events to be held at Nympsfield but the weather has other ideas and the weekend has been scrubbed and rescheduled for 13/14 July (formerly the Talgarth round but they have pulled out).  Our team consists of Mark Williams and Geoff Dailey as Novices, myself, Dave D’Arcy and Julian Fack as Intermediates and Rob Hanks, Mark Sanders, Dominic Haughton, Paul Shuttleworth and Dave Crowson as Pundits.  Details of the competition organisation is available from our website.  If you’d like to know more, would like to crew or take part in the future please contact the team captain, Mark Sanders.

Cross Country Development Week
MGC’s cross-country Development Week will take place from 7-12 May.  It will provide potential and early 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:

Ground School
Interpreting the weatherChecking NOTAMS
Choosing a Task and  the requirements of the “Badge” flights
Marking up maps and entering Tasks into PDA’s
Flight Logging
Thermalling techniques
Speed to fly and routing considerations
Field Selection and Field Landing
Final Glides
Post flight analysis Entering your flight on the BGA/Club ladderThe Motor Glider will be available all week for:-
Field Landing Instruction and checks.
Testing for Bronze/XCE Navigation Exercises.
Testing for XCE Cloud flying training.
Testing for BGA Cloud flying endorsement

Aerotow training

Training and check/revalidation flights available out of Shobdon, if required

Advanced Handling Techniques
Thermalling
Routing and speed to fly
Field Landing

Cross Country tasks set
 on suitable days
Fly P2 in a club two-seater, or maybe in one of the privately owned two-seaters, generously offered by their owners
Fly as P1 in one of the club single seaters, (or your own glider, if you have one!)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 you are a member of the target group!  To book your place contact the office on 01588 650205 or email to office@midlandgliding.clubCourse No 2 Starts Next Week
Course No 1 didn’t quite get of to the start we hoped for because of the weather so I’m hoping the next course will fair better.  If you want to fly as a private mowner during the course weeks remember that the course always gets priority but we will try and launch others as soon as they are ready and as soon as possible.

Keeping the Club Tidy
Nigel Holmes organised a trailer hitch tidy event on bank holiday Monday.  Several people took part and I would like to thank all of them.  Keeping the site tidy and presentable is a vital part of our ‘kerb appeal’ for prospective, new and established members.  They gathered stuff that was half buried and bits of metal and odds and sods that didn’t look as if they had been used for a long time.  If people are missing stuff they had wanted to keep, it was likely put next to the skip. If you still want it, it will be there for collection until the skip is ready to be emptied again.

Camping Area
I received a heads up from a member last weekend that some people are allowing their dogs to foul in the camping area.  I’d like to remind all members that the club has a policy relating to dogs on site, which says:
No dogs are allowed in the Clubhouse except guide dogs; no dogs are allowed on the airfield when it is active; dogs in all other places must not be a nuisance, annoyance or danger; and the owner and/or keeper of a dog is responsible for it.
I am asking that all members remember that people do sit and lie on the ground in the camping area, children play in it and we all expect it to be kept clean and hygenic.  If you have a dog on site walk it elsewhere, not in the campsite and especially 
pick up after it and dispose of its feaces properly.

Have a great weekend.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Apr 192019
 

Hello everyone and a Happy Easter Weekend to you all.  The weather is finally changing and it looks like a warm and sunny few days at least so no excuse for not flying this weekend.  Friday looks probably soarable in the afternoon and even though the winds remain SE they will be very light so shouldn’t prevent launching.  Saturday looks very similar though it should get soarable earlier, Sunday and Monday much the same, though Monday is the better day, with more south in the wind.  So get yourselves up to the club and fill your booots!

I’m grateful to all of you who volunteered to help out with the Balloon Fiesta in Telford next month, especially to Tim Brunskill who is taking  on the organisational lead.  The more people helping out over the two days the better so please get in touch with Tim if you can spare half a day.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Friday: William Brewis (No 1), Steve Male (No 2), Peter Orchard (winch)
Saturday
: William Brewis (No 1), Steve Male (No 2), Denise Hughes (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)
Sunday: Steve Male (No 2), Denise Hughes (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch)
Monday: Nigel Lassiter (No 1), Steve Male (No 2), Guy Hartland (winch)

CFI’s Get Checked Week  13 – 22 April 2019
The CFI’s Get Checked Week continues over this weekend until Monday.

  • Annual Checks
  • Spin Checks
  • Launch Failure Refresher
  • Field Selection and Field Landing Refresher
  • Promotion to your next MGC Stage
  • Working towards Bronze or XC Endorsement

The club two-seaters, the motor glider and additional instructors will be available for you.

Pre-Flight Planning
The CAA publish information every month on Airspace Infringements and the one for March includes some advice on pre-flight planning, especially if you plan to usew your rasdio to cross an ATZ.  Meant for GA power pilots but equally relevant to us.  Have a look at airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/?mc_cid=852befccb5&mc_eid=7d4aa6fc64

Membership Cards
Many of you will be aware by now that we are all required to carry a membershipcard while on the airfield and to show it to the Launch Director or Duty Pilot before taking a launch.  This enables us to comply with our insurance regulations, particularly for members over 75 years old.  If you have a card already, great.  If you don’t please show proof of your medical status to the office and collect a card.  You can also get a lanyard from the office, free of charge, to wear it safely inside your clothing – just ask.

Have a great weekend.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Apr 122019
 

Yesterday I forgot to include mention of the fact that when the private syndicate first aquired the Falke they ran a series of dedicated weekends in April to get people brushed up on field landing ready for the cross country season.  They used the following limmeric in the notice advertising them.  Same applies now!

There was a young man from the Mynd
Who realised how greatly he’d sinned
When the field that he chose
Had potatoes in rows
And his landing gear totally binned.

Jon Hall
Chairman

Apr 112019
 

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Clive Crocker (No 1), Steve Male (Intro/No 3), Stephen Alexander (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday: Chris Alldis (No 1), Steve Male (No2), Charles Carter (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Jon Hall (LD)

CFI’s Get Checked Week  13 – 22 April 2019
Get checked out for the new soaring season.

  • Annual Checks
  • Spin Checks
  • Launch Failure Refresher
  • Field Selection and Field Landing Refresher
  • Promotion to your next MGC Stage
  • Working towards Bronze or XC Endorsement

The club two-seaters, the motor glider and additional instructors will be available for you.  You don’t need to attend the full week, just pick a couple of days to suit.
Book your place  It is important to book your place, so that we can gauge demand and spread the load evenly over the week.  Contact the office on 01588 650205 or email to office@midlandgliding.club

Visitors from Hus Bos This Weekend 
We are meant to be having visitors from Hus Bos this weekend but the weather continues to give us easterlies though probably less strong than recently.  Friday and Saturday may be flyable but Sunday not looking great.  However I’m sure you will give a great Mynd welcome to those who venture up the hill.

New Staff Member
I’m pleased to welcome Eddie Humphries to the staff team.  He is joining Martin in the office on a job share basis so that the office now will be manned seven days each week until October.  I’m also pleased to say that we have recruited someone to do the cleaning around the club.  His name is Ben Rodway and you will see him around the club probably on Monday, Wednesday and Fridsay afternoons.

Press Officer
I’m also very pleased to announce that Chris Ellis has volunteered his services as Press Officer for the club.  He got off to a great start this week with a nice piece in the Shropshire Star.  Please forgive the cheesey headline but it certainly grabs attention.  Well done Chris!  If you have any images or news pieces that Chris might be interested in please contact him at press@midlandgliding.club Capture

New Committee Members
The new committee met for the first time last night so this is a good time to remind you of the new members and their responsibilities.  The committee consists of:
Jon Hall – Chairman, William Brewis – Vice Chairman, Tim Mason – Secretary, James Moore – Treasurer, Steve Male – CFI, Simon Adlard – Fleet, Bob Sharman – Radios and Trailers, Nick LeGras – Buildings, Mark Hollings – Airfield and Grounds (co-opted).  In addition we have Andy Holmes and Guy Hartland looking after the MT and winches though neither hold committee positions.  There are many other members who are giving their time to do valuable jobs that keep the club running.  If you would like to help and have specific skills and experience contact me at chairman@midlandgliding.club.

New Signs
The more observant of you will have noticed we have new signs on the gate at the entrance.  These are a temporary measure to prove the concept of having something more welcoming at the gate.  If they work and and don’t present any problems they will be replaced with a more permanent solution in due course.IMG_6269

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Dragon GP 2019, 11th to 18th May
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Denbigh Gliding is holding a Grand Prix style Regionals this year with distance handicapped tasks for all gliders with handicaps between 94 and 104.5.  This means that Duos are included but sadly Arcuses are not!  If you fancy having a go at GP style mountain racing here is your chance.  Wish I could but I’ll be in Jaca flying in the Pyrenese!  The entry list was open until 1st Feb 2019 but I understand they will still take entries now.  The entry fee is £200, with a £25 non refundable deposit.  If you have any queries contact Chris Gill on 07980 372 836 or email chrisgill123@hotmail.co.uk

 Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Apr 042019
 

We have just had about 4″ of imperial snow or 100mm of metric snow depending your age, blown along by a 30knt easterly!!.

If you are coming up on Friday ring first as I will test the roads to see if they are clear. At the moment they have significant drifts and are impassable even with 4×4 I will try again in the morning.

Apr 042019
 

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Steve Male (No 1), Mark Sanders (Intro/No 3), Walter Bauman (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Charles Page (LD)
Sunday: Steve Male (No 1), Mike Witton (Intro/No3), David d’Arcy (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Mark Wakeham (LD)

Bronze Progression Weekend
The weather for this weekend looks doubtful, with Easterly winds being forecast. However we will still go ahead with the second of our Bronze Progression weekends even if we can’t fly.  This weekend we will be covering the following topics in detailed ground school: Glider Performance, The Slow Flight Exercise, Stalling and Spinning. Of course if we can fly we will do.
Anyone who is not on the course but wishes to refresh on these topics is more than welcome to attend the ground school elements but I can’t promise that you will fly as part of the course.  (CFI)

CFI’s Get Checked Week  13 – 22 April 2019
Get checked out for the new soaring season.

  • Annual Checks
  • Spin Checks
  • Launch Failure Refresher
  • Field Selection and Field Landing Refresher
  • Promotion to your next MGC Stage
  • Working towards Bronze or XC Endorsement

The club two-seaters, the motor glider and additional instructors will be available for you.  You don’t need to attend the full week, just pick a couple of days to suit.
Book your place  It is important to book your place, so that we can gauge demand and spread the load evenly over the week.  Contact the office on 01588 650205 or email to office@midlandgliding.club

Junior Team Workshops
The British Junor Team held one of their series of workshops at the club last weekend.  It was well attended including several of our own members.  Part of the reason for the series is to raise money to support the British Junior Team in competitions across the world.  If you would like to contribute to their crowd funding efforts please click here.

Trailers
This is the time of year when you should be making sure that’s your trailer is in serviceable and roadworthy condition before embarking on those epic cross country flights.  Of course you expect to return home but just occasionally, you know, it just doesn’t work out.  You will of course have already arranged for someone to collect you if you don’t make it but remember that if your trailer isn’t fully functional and safe you may be asking them to break the law.  And they won’t thank you for getting points on their driving license and a fine when stopped  by the Bill.  So check the wiring and make sure that all the lights work, check the brakes to make sure they are properly adjusted and especially check the tyres.  Tyres should be C rated for a trailer, C stands for commercial and generally means they have tougher side walls.  There are recommendations about how often you should change tyres even if they have low mileage, generally about every 5 or 6 years.  You should check for cracks or delamination on both the outside and the inside of the tyre walls as they will degrade due to UV even if you never move the trailer.  And of course check the pressures and that you have a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth across three quarters of the width and around the whole circumference.  Having had a flat tyre once towing back from Spain I can assure you it isn’t much fun, especially when late for the ferry.

Although it doesn’t feel much like it this week with cold east winds, rain and snow the clocks have changed and the days are getting longer so here is looking forward to a great soaring season.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman