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Jon Hall

Jun 202019
 

Hello everyone.
So I was at the club today, sadly not to fly but to do some fettling on the glider, but was delighted to see some normal summer weather with a nice westerly wind, lots of good cumulus and lots of people.  Shrewsbury School were there with Paul Fowler and Nigel Lassitter, the usual suspects with their privately owned gliders and a lot of paragliders from the RAF who were attending the LMSC site for a competition but were thwarted by the slightly stronger winds than they needed.  Really good to see the club so busy again.  Tomorrow looks at least as good as today.  I’ll be there.  You should be too, so cash in some of those brownie points and go flying.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Neal Clements (No 1), Guy Hartland (winch), Charles Page (LD).  We are, at very short notice, short of a No 2 so if you are available please let the office know asap.
Sunday:  Mark Sanders (no 1), Guy Hartland (winch), Dave Cole (LD).  We are also without a No 2 for this day too so same applies.

A big thank you
to Dawn and Guy Hartland, with help from Tim Brunskill and Martin McCurdie, who have stripped, polished and refurbished the floors, wall panelling and benches in the quiet room and the dining area.  A brilliant job in record time to minimise the disruption.  It all looks terrific so a huge thank you from the rest of us.

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The broken Vitara is fixed
thanks to Julian Fack.  It seems that the gearbox is not broken as thought, but that someone had managed to select both high and low gear ratios simultaneously, which must have taken considerable effort.  We rely on the ground vehicles to keep the operation running smoothly and we spend enough money as it is keeping them running, money that could be spent on upgrading the fleet, without them being made unserviceable by careless operation.  If you don’t know how to operate them properly, ask someone who does.

Newsletter
The second edition of the new newsletter was published this morning.  If you are a member and haven’t received your PDF copy please check with the office that we have your current email address.

Enjoy the good weather and happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Jun 132019
 

Hello everyone
I’m back from Spain after a very good expedition to Santa Cilia de Jaca in the Pyrenees.  It was, as always, different from previous years, quite cold a lot of the time but some really good flying.  These expeditions are a really good way to kick start your season.  I did around 50 hours during the three weeks, probably more than many people do in an entire season.  I highly recommend it as a way to get going at the beginning of the year.  As soon as I returned I went to the Lake District to visit a friend and while there went to the Windermere Jetty, a new venture that replaced the long standing and privately owned Windermere Steamboat Museum.  This new enterprise is run by a Trust and has some pretty special buildings designed by a young practice of Starchitects, clad in copper.  But one of the objects on display caught my eye because its not a boat at all but a glider, built  by Slingsby in 1943.  The water glider was an experiment by the War Office to develop a small aircraft that could take off and land on water in enemy areas.  TC Pattinson, George Pattinson’s father, adapted a standard Slingsby Falcon 1 glider.  It’s good to see gliders cropping up in non-aviation museum displays.
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Taxiing on the airfield
A reminder that it is club policy never to taxi your glider whilst landing but rather to land in a straight line.  This avoids the potential for running into things if the wheel brake fails or doesn’t work or confusing others landing behind.
Important Notice
Please note.  Dawn and Guy Hartland will be cleaning and restoring the wooden floor in the main dining area this weekend.  As a result the clubhouse will be closed from 1600 hours on Sunday June 16th until the next day and there will be no catering that evening.  Sorry for the inconvenience but it is a necessity and the floor will look great when finished.
Your Duty Teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Walter Baumann (No 2),  Mike Witton (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Jon Hall (LD)
Sunday: Walter Baumann (No 2), Geoff Dailey (winch), Glyn MacArthur (LD)

I know the weather has been unkind but it can’t last for ever.  Make sure you are there when it turns.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Jun 072019
 

Hi everyone.  Sunny Spain is not so sunny this morning but the forecast is for it to clear up and get wavy in the mountains.  Yesterday was an interesting day, very turbulent below cloud with difficult thermals but we eventually contacted wave at Sabinanego in KA and climbed to 15000′ before heading home. Today is our last day so we are hoping for a good end to the expedition.

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Your Duty Teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Chris Alldis (No 1), Nigel Lassetter (No 2), Denise Hughes (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday: William Brewis (No 1), Nigel Lassetter (No 2), Charles CArter (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)

Rockpolishers
Don’t forget that we are hosting the Rockpolishers Inter Club League comp this weekend.  Any help on the ground is most welcome.

This warning sticker on one of the little buggies made us smile
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Should be back to normal by next week.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

May 302019
 

Hello again from sunny Spain.  Sunny it may be but warm it isn’t, with constant northerly winds keeping temperatures probably lower than at home.  We have however managed to fly on most days in a mixture of thermal and wave.  Yesterday was a very good wave day with entry points in all the classic places and easy climbs to at least 15000′.  But the rotor was exciting!  JF and 291 went about 125k east in the wave while T1, the Fly-Pyr Duo, with Neal and myself in it, went west and north to explore.

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Rockpolishers
We are hosting the event at the Mynd weekend after next.  Rob and Mark are running the show.  Dominic Haughton is Pundit, Dave D’Arcy is Intermediate and Matthew Cook is Novice.  We are expecting four teams in total, us, Aston Down, Shobdon and Nympsfield.  We could do with help on the ground so if you are interested in helping out and finding out how the comp works this is your opportunity.  You can find out more about the competition here.

Your duty teams this weekend are:

Saturday
Guy Hartland (No 1, Paul Fowler (No 2), Matthew Cook (No 3), Charles Page (LD)
Sunday
Simon Adlard (No 1), Alan Swan (No 2), Dave D’Arcy (TLs), Guy Hartland (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

May 232019
 

Hello everyone.  I’m writing today from Santa Cilia de Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees.  This annual pilgrimage to the mountains has been going on for a lot longer than I have been taking part and some of the party are very experienced.  We have two Duo’s, an Arcus and a JS1 here at present.  We arrived late Saturday after an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Santander after pretty much continuous rain all the way.  It continued to rain on Sunday but Monday cleared nicely and we all flew.  Conditions improved on Tuesday and Wednesday but today we all decided to do some fettling.  Friday looks like thunderstorms.  The airfield at Santa Cilia has two hard runways east-west and a grass strip down the middle which is sometimes useable depending on the amount of recent rain.  It has a large hangar for visitors which means we only rig once, a nice briefing room and a big cafe and bar serving food all day.  These are big mountains up to 12000′ plus but a lot less busy than the Alps.  Unlike the Alps it doesn’t have a lot of land out options.  Anyway we are all having fun and getting some good flying.

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Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday
: Steve Male (No 1), Peter Orchard (winch)
Sunday: Steve Male (No 1), Nigel Lassiter (No2), Peter Orchard (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)

See you all in another two weeks
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

May 162019
 

Hello everyone.  What a great weekend we had with lots of sunshine, some clouds and some long distances covered by Mynd pilots.  Once again Wales had some of the best weather in the country.  This week’s course have had some good flying too starting with one of them taking a trip to Snowdon and back on Monday.  As I look out of my window this afternoon the sky looks really soarable so I hope you are taking advantage of it.  I leave for Jaca tomorrow to indulge in a bit of mountain flying so it is possible you won’t get another blog post until I get back in three weeks, though I will try.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday
: Chris Alldis (No 1), Steve Male (No 2), Simon Adlard (No 3), Steve Male (Motorglider), Peter Orchard (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday: William Brewis (No 1), Steve Male (No2), Simon Adlard (No 3), Mark Wakeham (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)

New Trial Lesson Briefing Presentation
I am happy to tell you we have updated the Trial Lesson Briefing Presentation and it is now in use.  I have to warmly thank the team of Mike Greenwood, Rob and Jean Shepherd, John O’Reilly and those who took part as extras for the filming.  It is a big improvement on the previous version, which served us well for a number of years, but this one is now completely up to date and, more importantly, much easier to edit, expand and renew.  Mant thanks.

Vitaras
I’m sorry to say that one of the Vitaras died last weekend but thanks to the prompt actions of Julian Ravest it has been replaced with another one.  Julian took on the job of selling one of the old Land Rovers, which he did, more than funding the replacement of the Vitara and the purchase of another gearbox to keep in stock and still had enough cash left over to put more than £500 in the bank.  We still need to fix the Shogun which requires a new clutch.  We have the parts but lack manpower to do the work. If anyone has the skills and the time please let me know asap.

Weekday flying
It is worth remembering that as a club we enjoy weekday flying during the soaring season because we run professionally led courses.  It is the course members that pay for the professional instructors, some of the fleet, the professional winch driver and some of the winch kit.  Our aim is to be the club of choice for residential courses and to do that we have to offer the best possible experience for the course members.  We do this in a number of ways including excellent accommodation at a relatively low cost and superb catering.  We also have to give the course members value for money so we give them priority during the course weeks.  But this doesn’t mean that members can’t fly at the same time.  Private owners almost always manage to fit in with the requirements of the course instructors and check flights are usually available if arranged in advance but are sometimes limited by the course demands.  If this happens then check flights are freely available during members’ weeks and event weeks, which are more or less every other week at present.

Telford Balloon Fiesta
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A huge thank you to Tim Brunskill and his team who helped make the club’s presence at the Telford Ballon Fiesta such a sucess.  On both days there was a constant queue of youngsters who sat in the cockpit of the ME7 and had the controls explained to them.  Our photo below shows Jared Chohan, 14, from Halesowen , a junior member of our club, introducing an even younger lad to the glider.  Jared being 14 is eligible to fly a glider solo which he hopes to achieve in the very near future.
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East winds
Another east wind day but it reminds me to remind you that the motorglider can fly in strongish east winds so why not take advantage of it to do some navex or field landing practice.  You know it makes sense.

Club ladder
I mentioned last week about putting flights on the club ladder.  I forgot to mention that the BGA analyse the data from flights logged on the national ladder to find out which chunks of airspace are frequently used by gliders.  This data allows the BGA to prioritise where to concentrate effort to defend airspace from requests for more control zones and airways.  So it is vital that all cross-country pilots put their flights on the ladder to show what airspace we use.  If a pilot doesn’t wish to officially put a flight on the ladder it is still worth uploading the logger file to the ladder web site.  There is a button “Add Airspace-only Flight” on the ladder home page (https://www.bgaladder.net/Home) for this purpose.

Hope you all have some great flying while I am away and see you in three weeks or so.
Happy landings
Jon Hall

May 092019
 

Hello everyone.  Last weekend was as predicted a pretty good weekend with a number of Mynd pilots doing some significant cross countries in Wales on Saturday.  This weekend looks flyable on both Saturday and Sunday.  The West and Wales looks better for distance on Saturday and Central England and the East better on Sunday.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday
: Neal Clements (No 1), Mike Greenwood (No 2), Mark Sanders (No 3), Steve Male (Motorglider), Geoff Dailey (winch), Dave D’Arcy (LD)
Sunday: Simon Adlard (No 1), Mike Witton (No2), Denise Hughes (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)
Telford Balloon Fiesta

Many many thanks to all who responded to my request last week for volunteers to help at the Telford Balloon Fiesta this weekend.  We have everything under control thanks to Tim Brunskill.
K13 Refurb
Work continues to recover the K13 wings.  These workhorses are the mainstay of our training fleet and while it is a pain only having two twin seat trainers at present it will be well worth in when it is finished.  We will have probably the best two K13s in the country.  Just look at the workmanship, and the art, in the wing construction. (photos courtesy of John O’Reilly)

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TV/Simulator Room
Work continues to finish the refurbishmernt of the TV/Simulator Room and thanks to John O’Reilly, Pete Orchard, Denise Hughes, Paul Shuttleworth and others for doing a great deal of the work to get it to where it is today.  There are however a few jobs left to do, the most important of which is the rewiring of the two side lights and the replacement of the main spot lights (the hardware is already on site) and a bit of painting.  If you are handy in these areas and find yourself up at the club with an hour or two to spare please get stuck in.  While you are at it have a look at the accommodation area corridor to see what can be achieved by a few volunteers willing to help the club improvements.  Excellent job by all concerned.
Club Achievements Board
The board in the Quiet/Briefing Room which shows notable club achievements is about to be updated.  If you have completed a flight of 500k or better since the last name on the board please let Chris Harris (or me) know, with details of the flight, date and a logger file, asap so we can add you to the board.  And while we are talking of club achievements, if you do any sort of cross country flight from the Mynd, in a club or private glider, singly or with someone else in a two seater, submit a logger file to the club ladder and register the flight.  It is all about letting other people across the country know that we do fly cross country from the Mynd, and occasionally get back.  It is good promotion for the club and encourages visiting pilots to spend time and money with us.  And you might even win a trophy at the end of the season if you do it often enough.  You can access the club ladder from the club website and the newly designed ladder site is really easy to use.

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Have a great weekend.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

May 022019
 

Hello everyone.  So for once I can say with some confidence that Saturday will be a very good day.  All the models more or less agree and it should be good for 500k plus for experienced pilots and definately great for Silver Distances or multiple romps around Tim’s Triangles.  This is SkySight’s prediction for a 500k task I have been looking at – not saying where in case I or the weather change our minds!Capture

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday
: Steve Male (No 1), William Brewis (No 2), Charles Carter (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday: Clive Crocker (No 1), Mark Sanders (No2), Dave D’Arcy (TLs), Pete Orchard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)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. So far not people interested.  So sign up and get even more attention form ther coaches and a chance to fly with one of them in a Duo.

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Tim Brunskill needs some volunteers to help out setting up on the Friday and running the stand on Saturday and Sunday.  The future of the club depends on us increasing our revenues and this is an outstanding chance to do some sales and recruitment from the 40,000 visitors expected at the Fiesta.  Please give up a half day of your time to help deliver, rig or talk to people at the show.  We have decided not to take the BGA Simulator but will have a glider on display.  Get in touch with Tim at this email address.
Temporary Membership Sign Up
May I remind everyone that it is illegal and extremely risky for us to fly anyone who is not a full or temporary member.  This includes members of the public who arrive for a trial lesson.  We must make sure that they sign a temporary membership form in the office before they are taken out to the launch point and put in a glider.  Not to do so means they are are not members and therefore they, and we, are not insured.  Any sort of accident under these circumstances would be disasterous.  Please make sure it never happens.This applies particularly to Launch Directors and BIs.
Associate Members
There has also been some confusion lately about Associate Members and their flying priviledges.  May I take this opportunity to remind you that we no longer have a Social Membership category.  There are only two categories of membership; Full Flying Membership and Associate Membership.  Associate Membership has a number of sub-categories such as Junior Membership.  Ignoring the Juniors for the time being Associate membership is for anyone who does not, or no longer wants Full Flying Membership.  The category comes with certain priviledges such as use of the club facilities, club member rates for purchases and accommodation and a maximum of four flights per year, one flight per quarter.

Have a great weekend.
Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

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
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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
 

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

 

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

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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, www.midlandgliding.club/cross-country-workshops, 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.

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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

Chairman

 

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.

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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 office@lasham.org.uk 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.

Newsletter
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.

Visitors
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.

Twitter
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 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
Saturday
Neal Clements (No 1), William Brewis (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday
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!  www.midlandgliding.club/wood-week

British Junior Team Workshops at the Mynd
www.midlandgliding.club/cross-country-workshops
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

Feb 282019
 

Hi everyone, its time for my weeekly blog again.

I’m afraid I can’t give you much encouragement about the weather for the weekend as it is going to be rain and drizzle for most of the time and strong south weaterly winds.  However it’s a good opportunity to try out the simulator or make a start on clearing out the old workshop.  My apologies for the content being much the same as last week but not a lot happens this time of the year.  However we have enjoyed some stunningly good weather this week enabling folk to fly.  Sadly the next couple of weeks don’t look great but keep an eye on the forecasts as things can change very quickly.

Weekend Duty Team
Saturday
Mike Greenwood (No 1), Steve Male (No2), Clive Crocker (No 3), Walter Baumann (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday
William Brewis (No 1), Steve Male (No2), Clive Crocker (No 3), Peter Orchard (winch), Liz Adlard (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
The British Gliding Association Sporting Conference takes place on Saturday at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel.  Anyone can attend for free and there are always a lot of suppliers and manufacturers with stands showing off their shiny new gliders and equipment and lots of people to talk to from Insurance Companies to Avionics suppliers as well as all the top people from the BGA eager to answer questions and give advice.  I shall be there representing the MGC and voting on its behalf.

Catering
Fay is giving up the catering franchise at the end of March and handing over to Helen who I know will maintain the very high standards to which we have become used.  I One of the knock on effects of this is that Helen will no longer be able to do the club house cleaning.  So we are looking for someone to fill that gap – urgently!  Of course it is a paid job.  If you know of anyone interested or you are yourself please contact me at chairman@midlandgliding.club.

MGC Wood Week Rally 13th to 20 July
Think ahead for the Wood Week Rally and get your Skylark, K6 or Olly 2B ready for a fun and challenging week at the Mynd.  Even if you aren’t lucky enough to own a wooden glider you can still turn up and take part with something a little newer.  There is a chance that our Wood Week will be dedicated as a bona fide Vintage Glider Club Rally.  Watch this space.

Motorglider
The Falke has now been fully integrated into the fleet and is available for many areas of training including doing nav exercises and getting a cross country endorsement.  We are adding qualified instructors to the list so take advantage of its availability.  It may seem expensive at £72 an hour but think how much twelve winch launches and 5 minute circuits would cost you.

Membership Renewals for 2019-20
The membership year ends at the end of next month.  It helps the club enormously if we can renew our individual and various memberships promptly.  This year we are offering everyone the opportunity to pay the subscription and flying fee by 12 equal monthly installments.  For most people on average this will be less than the cost of a tank of fuel for the car.  If you wish to take advantage of this arrangement it needs to be set up before the start of the year.  Please talk to Martin in the office as soon as possible.  Don’t forget that we are now legally obliged to record that you hold a qualifying medical so bring documentary proof.

Courses
The courses are filling really fast this year, happily, but this means if you want to get on one you need to act soon and get a place booked.  If you book and pay before the end of February you get a 10% discount.  There are still a few hours left!  Or if you book and pay before the end of March you might find another but different offer available.  See the ‘Courses‘ section on the website for all details of dates and costs.

Winter Lecture Series
The next lecture in the series is on Saturday 9th March at 1800 hours from Hugh Browning, the BGA Safety Officer.

Llanbedr Expedition
Mike Greenwood has arranged another expedition to Llanbedr in North Wales 23rd to 30 March this year.  It’s a huge airfield in an amazing Snowdonia landscape with great wave, thermal and ridge opportunities.  If you are interested in joining for a day during the expedition and flying in a club or private two seater as P2 get in touch with Mike.

Rockpolishers
Rockpolishers is the name of our InterClub League competition arranged over several weekends during the summer and sending a winning team to a Nation final.  It is a great introduction to competition flyng if you have never previously been involved, a great way to practice if you are planning doing something a bit more serious later and a really good fun weekend at someone elses airfield.  The dates have been announced so all we need now is a team and of course some crew.  Interested? Contact Mark Sanders our team captain or have a look on the club website section by clicking here.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Acting Chairman

Feb 212019
 

Hi everyone, its time for my weeekly blog again.

First off lets have a look at the likely weather for the weekend.  Saturday looks like quite a lot of high cloud cover with the wind SW at 30 knots overnight but slackening slightly to 20 knots by mid afternoon then continuing to slacken overnight and into Sunday.  The good news is that it is unlikely to rain but it could be foggy all day.  Sunday will start foggy but clear in the afternoon but probably won’t have much high cover.  So not a brilliant flying weekend but a great opportunity to do some early training or pitch in and do some of those jobs on the ‘lets get stuff done’ list.  All of this is derived from TopMeteo as I can’t be sure that RASP is giving accurate information.  Just now when I logged in to have a look, the date at the top of today’s page was for Tuesday 5th February and subsequent pages are wrongly dated.  Unfortunately, the rasp-uk.uk forecasts are failing at present as there is an update needed to the scripts that Paul Scorer used to maintain it. This started from the 6th of Feb when the site at NCEP switched to HTTPS only. You can get a two day more accurate forecast at rasp.stratus.org.uk while the fault is being fixed.

Weekend Duty Team
Saturday
Steve Male (No 1), Alan Swan (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday
Nigel Lassiter (No 1), Geoff Dailey (winch), Mark Wakeham (LD)

Fleet
I’m sure you will all be glad to hear that new 8.33 kHz radios are being fitted into the club’s aircraft.  The K23 now has one fitted and it is fully functional.  Others will follow soon.  The Junior is in Roger’s workshop and will be available to fly before very long.  By the time the weather improves we will have a K23, a Junior and a K8 for solo pilots to fly.  The K23 also has a new trailer.  If you want to fly cross country in the K23 you need to understand the trailer pack and unpack.  Don’t forget that if the weather doesn’t play ball we have a fully functional simulator available for practice, trying new types and having a go at cross country tasks.

AGM
the club AGM will be held on 23rd March in the clubhouse starting at 1700 hours.  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.

Membership Renewals for 2019-20
The membership year ends at the end of next month.  It helps the club enormously if we can renew our individual and various memberships promptly.  This year we are offering everyone the opportunity to pay the subscription and flying fee by 12 equal monthly installments.  For most people on average this will be less than the cost of a tank of fuel for the car.  If you wish to take advantage of this arrangement it needs to be set up before the start of the year.  Please talk to Martin in the office as soon as possible.  Don’t forget that we are now legally obliged to record that you hold a qualifying medical so bring documentary proof.

Motorglider
The Falke has now been fully integrated into the fleet and is available for many areas of training including getting a cross country endorsement.  We are adding qualified instructors to the list so take advantage of its availability.

Courses
The courses are filling really fast this year, happily, but this means if you want to get on one you need to act soon and get a place booked.  If you book and pay before the end of February you get a 10% discount.  See the ‘Courses‘ section on the website for all details of dates and costs.

MGC Wood Week Rally 13th to 20 July
Think ahead for the Wood Week Rally and get your Skylark, K6 or Olly 2B ready for a fun and challenging week at the Mynd.  Even if you aren’t lucky enough to own a wooden glider you can still turn up and take part with something a little newer.

Winter Lecture Series
The next lecture in the series is on Saturday 9th March at 1800 hours from Hugh Browning, the BGA Safety Officer.

Llanbedr Expedition
Mike Greenwood has arranged another expedition to Llanbedr in North Wales 23rd to 30 March this year.  It’s a huge airfield in an amazing Snowdonia landscape with great wave, thermal and ridge opportunities.  If you are interested in joing for a day during the expedition and flying in a club or private two seater as P2 get in touch with Mike.

Rockpolishers
Rockpolishers is the name of our InterClub League competition arranged over several weekends during the summer and senmding a winning team to a Nation final.  It is a great introduction to competition flyng if you have never previously been involved, a great way to practice if you are planning doing something a bit more serious later and a really good fun weekend at someone elses airfield.  The dates have been announced so all we need now is a team.  Interested? Contact Mark Sanders our team captain or have a look on the club website section by clicking here.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Acting Chairman