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Dec 302019
 

Well as predicted another very nice day at the Mynd, with gentle wave at the end of the wire for most not going to great heights but keeping people in the air none the less. A little training was undertaken also and i think all had a good day out. Thanks to Simon & Liz for winching and everyone else for helping out and making it a great day.

Darce.

Dec 302019
 

I am off to sunnier climes so before I head off I thought I would just blog a reminder about the above. 

Please can you ensure you have this date in your diary, 18 January 

Afandi is a real “Pilot’s pilot” as well as being a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.

Jon Hall points out that Afandi designed the winglets on one of his gliders. 

We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about Aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  What a fantastic day!  The talk will start at 6 and there will be the usual request for contributions.

Neal

 

Dec 292019
 

A brisk southerly (hopefully not too brisk!) with plenty of sun. Simon is on duty so come on up and buy some launches. This is the last day as new year’s eve is a brisk easterly!!

Helen is doing curry night on Monday and steak night on Wednesday. There won’t be any food from the kitchen new years eve as those involved have usually organised a takeaway. I am not sure if anything is happening so if anyone is planning anything please let people know.

See you tomorrow.

Dec 222019
 

Long Mynd Soaring Club

It’s a funny old game – today we had a 15kt westerly, 1200ft base with plenty of gaps, five instructors and no students – all eating mince pies or wrapping Christmas swag, I guess.

So for the first time in my experience, we turned it into a soaring club, left the two-seaters in the hangar and just flew the single seaters. Orch launched us, Clive and Mark J took turns in the Junior, I tazzed about in the K23, Nige flew the Falke – alright, it’s a two seater, but he flew it alone! Ridge and a bit of wave. Nice day out – first time I’d flown in a while.

Happy Christmas to you all!

Mark

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Dec 212019
 

Please can you ensure you have this date in your diary, 18 January 

Afandi is a real “Pilot’s pilot” as well as being a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.

Jon Hall points out that Afandi designed the winglets on one of his gliders. 

We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about Aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  What a fantastic day!  The talk will start at 6 and there will be the usual request for contributions for expenses.

Dec 132019
 

The threat of snow has reduced over the last two days so we will go ahead with the dinner as planned. So that is that guessing game over and decision made. In case you have forgotten what you ordered fear not Clive has carefully written out cards with your name and order, the colour of the card indicates your main choice so please leave this visible when we are serving the main course.

See you Saturday.

Dave&Helen

Dec 132019
 

Hello
Just a quick blog this week because I’ve been busy all day and most of the evening with club business so I need to get to bed soon.  Main thing to say is that there was some doubt about the weather for Saturday and forecasts of heavy snow on the Welsh hills made us think that we may need to postpone the Christmas Dinner.  However, this afternoon the forecast had changed significantly this afternoon suggesting that if there is any snow it will be patchy, won’t last long and will be quickly followed by heavy rain that will wash it away.  So the decision is that David Crowson will have another look at the predictions first thing in the morning and blog again to confirm that we plan to proceed.  Watch this space.
Assuming we go ahead, which is highly likely, please take note of the following.  When you arrive and pay the balance owed to the kitchen you will be given a coloured ticket – red for beef, yellow for turkey and green for vegetarian, according to what you ordered.  When you find a place to sit please place the ticket on the table in front of you so that the servers can identify who has ordered what.  This will speed up the service and make sure everyone gets a hot meal.  Have a great time.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Denise Hughes (TLs), Guy Hartland (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday:  Nigel LAssetter (No 1),  Guy Hartland (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)

This will be the last blog from me before the new year.  I’m travelling to Ireland next Thursday, then its Christmas closely followed by New Year and frankly I’m looking forward to having a few weeks off.
Have a great Christmas
Jon Hall
Chairman

 

Dec 062019
 

Hi everyone
Last weekend we had a members forum at the club on Saturday evening with more than 40 people attending, where the officers presented a review of the state of the club, its finances, membership and operations status.  The forum finished with a question and answer session where members had the opportunity to question the committee about things that have happened, are happening and might happen in the near future.  John O’Reilly supported both the Treasurer and the CFI with an analysis of membership and flying activity which makes interesting reading.  For those who were unable to attend the main points were;

  • Total number of launches were down (- 7.5%) in 2018-19, mainly due to the poor weather in April, June and September
  • However the total number of club fleet glider launches was near enough where it has been for the past 4 years.
  • So the total number of launches is down, BECAUSE there were fewer members’ private glider and visitor glider launches
  • Despite the loss of the Twin Astir (end March 2019), the number of club 2-seater launches shows essentially no change, despite the weather (probably due to the increased number of courses)
  • The K13s and the K21 have taken up the slack. Over the past 7 years, the number of launches that the Twin Astir has taken had reduced from 800+ to 300’ish.
  • The club single seater launches were a bit down (@810). The Junior had 155 launches. The K23 remains the most popular single seater.
  • In particular, the K8 took only 90 launches this year.
  • Over the past 7 years, the number of club single seater launches have reduced from 1,250’ish down to somewhere around 800

The committee is working hard as always to increase membership numbers and get the fleet and launch system reliable and efficient.  There is much activity around the winches and airfield vehicles with the intention that by the beginning of the soaring season next year, before our big events of the VGC National Rally and the Olympian, all our kit will be fully serviced and fully functional.  Many thanks are due to Andy Holmes and Julian Fack for driving this.  The CFI is clear that the fleet is currently adequate for our needs but we are aware that the K21 may reach the end of its life in 5 or so years and are actively exploring ways of replacing it if it doesn’t get re-lifed.  We are preparing a strategic plan for the next five years that will address the many challenges that this club will face as buildings get older, the road continues to wear and the infrastructure needs maintenance.  It will be completed in time for the next AGM.  Membership, in common with most other gliding clubs in the UK, remains a constant challenge and the committee is reviewing the membership packages on offer to effect an improvement.  Trial lesson sales and courses remain a vital part of our revenue stream and much effort is going into improving sales of both.  With that in mind we are taking a stand at the Wenlock Fayre on Saturday, after the sales it generated last year and are taking a glider to display.  We desperately need help from people willing to give a few hours to talk to people. Please come along if you can.

Christmas Dinner
Don’t forget the Club Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony takes place on December 14th.  Let Helen know if you plan to attend and order and pay for your dinner ticket

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Neal Clements (No 1), Mark Jerman (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday:  Matthew Cook (No 2, ark Wakem (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Jon Hall (LD)

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman