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Mark

Aug 022020
 

A very decent day, with a steady 15kt on the ridge throughout, and plenty of thermal action. Dave Brown finished his annual; Mark J completed his checks with Steve; new member Chris Jones had a very successful flight in the K13; Hefin converted to the K23. A string of takers for the K23 and Junior. Lots of private owners out and about – Dave in 154; Tim Brunskill and Mike Dodwell with their Pegs; James in BA; Julian with the Duo;Laurent in PZ; Glyn with DZ; Holly in BOL, who achieved her silver height for, I think, the third time, but on this occasion WITH a logger – yeeaay!! Nice to see Dominic and Dave Rance back, both after treatment for shoulder injuries, … and Mike Greenwood too, after a long lay-off. Apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten!

Simon and Guy provided the launches whilst taking it in turns to fly the mighty Nimbus. Retrieve winching today was by members of the cast.

And lunches by Helen – nice to have you back Helen!

Another Top Mynd Day!

Mark S

 Posted by at 10:45 pm
Aug 012020
 

Set up the field for long south, while the wind was still blowing 20E, on the grounds that the forecast reckoned it was due to veer south. Sure enough, just after noon, it did swing fairly abruptly south. Hefin had a couple of sessions, culminating in a re-solo; Mike Stringfellow of Church Stretton and Arizona(!!) had a check ride and even managed to find us some lift; Mike, Martin Howitt and Peter Clare all shared the K23; Holly had her first trip this year in BOL; Ian Orpe was a Shobdon visitor who came to learn a bit of winching.
By the time we finished the wind had gone round further to 10WSW and there was weak wave in the valley to sustain us.

Thanks to Dave Brown who launched us and Coley who ran the retrieve winch for most of the day.

Top Fun had by all!

Mark

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Jul 272020
 

Ooo-err, depending on your viewpoint, Autumn is either just FIVE weeks away (1 September – meteorological) or eight weeks away (23 September, the autumnal equinox – astronomical).

And since we’re only trying to get to cloud base, rather than into orbit… and this week seems to have some reasonable gliding weather, perhaps you ought to be thinking about getting your feet off the ground …

Just sayin’

Mark

 Posted by at 6:18 pm
Jul 192020
 

SteveWhalleyYeee ha – good weather, 56 launches, plenty of enthusiastic members and a real buzz about the place. Thanks to Guy for winching and everyone who helped on the field to make it such an enjoyable day.

 

Rob, Darce, Julian and James all clocked up soSteveW&Markme XC kms (I’m sure they are on the ladder, even as I type – hint!); Jack and Jon continued pre-solo training; Alasdair sorted his annual; Coley and Mark W were out in FWM; Liz in HYD; Clive and Simon flew 18; Morgan converted to the K23 and Steve Whalley bagged his first (and second) solo.

Congratulations Steve!

Super day – we’ll have a few more like that!

Mark

Postscript … For the “Covid Police” out there … As you can see Steve wore gloves; I used hand sanitiser both before and after the handshake. Some traditions, I’m afraid, must endure. Mark

 Posted by at 9:30 pm
Jul 112020
 

We are open for flying every day next week. The Rota and Bookings Page has the details

We don’t have a sufficient reserve of volunteer instructors and winch drivers to operate like this every week, so do please avail yourselves of this opportunity if you possibly can.

Perhaps, it might be some pre-solo training, training for bronze, or maybe that annual check that will be due soon (or is perhaps already overdue!). Or just for the sheer joy of it, of course!

You can book dual flying with an email to mgcbooking@gmail.com giving a list of dates you would like to attend on, in your preferred date order.

For single seater flying, just turn up, put your name on the list and fly

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

 Posted by at 1:12 pm
Jul 062020
 

Tomorrow… by no means perfect, but everyone involved is up for it and we really do need to break our duck!

Rota and Bookings Page… We are experimenting in using the Notices box to give you bare-bones updates on the viability of the coming day. Take a look here:
https://www.midlandgliding.club/rota/MGCBookings.htm
So if the torrent of information on WhatsApp is a bit too much of a good thing as far as you’re concerned, this may be the place for you.
The Notice text is automatically emailed to the duty team and any Booked pilots

Talking of Booking ... maybe some further explanation of booking for dual training is in order, because it may be a bit of a culture shock compared to what you are familiar with. So the idea is, rather than book a particular day to fly on, we are asking you to give us all the days that you are available to fly over the coming week, be it just one, all seven or anything in-between.
This means we have a much fuller picture of demand. As we see a day with decent weather prospects, we also know how many pilots are wanting to fly on that day, which in turns means we can ensure we have the right number of instructors to give everyone concerned a decent day’s flying.
Once you have flown, if you need further dual, you’ll need to re-book. If you don’t fly, perhaps the day is scrubbed, we will keep on trying using the remaining days you are available.
Please bear with us, it’s all a bit experimental, and the weather is really doing it’s best to put a spanner in the works, but it does have that feel of being the right thing to do.

Temporary Flying Rules … have been updated to include the re-introduction of the short west launch, which will increase the number of days we can fly on, or make the wind stop blowing, either of which is good! Also a number of changes related to dual flying so please take a look – dead easy to spot because the CFI has highlighted all of them conveniently for you in red.
A link to the rules is in the bottom left corner of the Rota and Bookings page

The COVID stuff hasn’t gone away. So have fun, but please do it in line within the guidelines. When flying dual, the responsibility for operating within the Covid guidelines is that of the pilots flying together.  You should be happy at all times that you are presenting the least risk to each other and that whatever mitigations you may choose to put in place do not affect the safe flying of the aircraft

And finally, the Weather Outlook…  There is hope that from Friday things will take a turn for the better. Yes I know we said that last week, but one week we’re going to be right, and there’s every chance it could be this one!!

Stay safe, have fun

Mark

 

 Posted by at 10:17 pm
Jun 232020
 

Wednesday … Hangar doors open at 10:00

Thursday … Hangar doors open at 10:00 (nominally) may be subject to a weather call if there is is too much easterly component – That call will be via WhatsApp group

WHATSAPP – a word to the doubters.
WhatsApp is increasingly proving to be the tool for the job when it comes to making quick messages about flying on a particular day
1. It’s much quicker than the blog for us to send – no need to log on or wade though the random WordPress editor!
2. It’s much quicker for you to receive – this post won’t get to you until about 45 minutes after I’ve sent it. WhatsApp is instant
3. We have lives – we can’t continue indefinitely to double post – WhatsApp and blog
4. Everyone can be a contributor, not just a select few – you’ll get better information
5. It works via phone data and wifi
6. Everyone has a smartphone these days – they REALLY DO I’m afraid.

I think that there is a resistance to getting caught up in the world of social media that may be putting some of you off taking the plunge. I passionately don’t “do” Social Media, but WhatsApp just isn’t social media – there’s no log in, no personal details to enter other than your mobile phone number, no advertising, no “liking”… The channel is just for Mynd based gliding messaging and we’ll take a dim view of pictures of what you had for dinner, amusing cat videos and other social media dross. It really is just a BETTER FORM OF TEXT MESSAGING.

Please, please give it a try!

See you tomorrow

Mark

 Posted by at 7:28 pm
Jun 132020
 

Monday is looking good, so we will be flying.

Thanks to the Monday team….

Supervising instructor
AM Walter Baumann
PM Neal Clements

Winch driver
Pete Salisbury

We’ll let the longer range forecasts settle down then pick another day for later in the week

See you there!

 Posted by at 8:05 pm
Jun 092020
 
Launch Queue

Launch Queue

A decent and well-supported day, with 12 pilots taking a total of 27 launches. 5500 cloud-base, and strong thermals that still kept bubbling even when the top cover came over later in the day.

A return to currency for Charles P, Dave W and Guy, and a possibly very close to Silver Height for Holly.

Responsible Social Distancing

Responsible Social Distancing

291 and KA both put in some XC kms – hopefully traces will appear on the ladder. New member Stavros turned up just to help out; he proved a quick learner on the ground, and in the (virtual) air too, courtesy of a lesson in the simulator with Dave.

Thanks to Steve A for providing the launches, and to everyone who attended and made it such an enjoyable day.

Mark S

 Posted by at 8:32 pm
Jun 082020
 

Seems as though they had a decent day today at the Mynd and the weather looks set fair enough for a repeat tomorrow

I’m running the field, Steve Alexander is winching. These details are now back up again at the regular location

https://www.midlandgliding.club/rota/MGCBookings.htm

We’ll open the hangar doors at 9.00, have a briefing at 10.00 and aim for a first launch at 10.30

COVID-19 has not gone away, so please read and familiarise yourself with these documents tonight, so you’re on the ball with it for tomorrow …

Temporary Operating Rules

Sanitisation Rules

Thanks very much. Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Mark

 

 Posted by at 7:59 pm
Jun 072020
 

Hi All.

Well Andy Holmes, Mark Sanders & Dave “Dangerous with a tephigram” Crowson have got our heads together and we reckon the best chance for flying this coming week will be Monday & Tuesday. Dave C will supervise Monday and Mark S will supervise Tuesday. Winch drivers currently under negotiation Monday, but we’ll have cover! Steve Alexander is driving Tuesday. Thanks to all.

It doesn’t look like a spectacular week, but both days should produce flyable windows and are the best opportunities we seem to have this week. Tuesday might currently look like the best bet, but the weather situation is very variable. One of us will update again later. Don’t worry if you see a wet start forecast, as we will fly even if it’s just for the afternoon and will fly until late if needed after a late start. Don’t forget the Mynd can often produce good flying windows, even when the forecast looks poor, due to the local topography. If there’s a rain shower at any stage, we can shelter in cars or in a socially distanced manner in the hangar mouth.

Please support us and use this opportunity to visit the club and get flying if you meet the current flying requirements. It doesn’t need to be a 500 day to get current again. It is worthwhile to come and fly a club glider or your own glider and just do a few circuits or local soaring to get back up to speed. The more flying we do, the sooner the weather limitations can be revised again & the more ready we can be for the next big day.

If you don’t meet the current flying requirements, or feel uncomfortable flying after such a long lay off, please still come and help, chat to the supervising instructor, tinker with your glider, whatever. It would be great to see you.

Please let us know on here if you plan to attend, so we can gauge demand/enthusiasm for these sessions.

Thanks 👍

Andy, Dave & Mark

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Mar 042020
 

Dates and venues for the 2020 series are now available here on the club website …

Inter Club League (Rockpolishers)

Intermediates and Pundits, please let me know which of the dates you are available for, so I can start compiling the teams.

Novices, in my capacity as MGC Rockpolishers Captain, I will be stalking you individually!!

Mark S

 Posted by at 8:40 pm
Feb 242020
 

The weather models are all liking Wednesday (26 Feb). Once again it’s 20-25 kt on the ridge and with thermal predicted to 4000 ASL, RASP is currently giving it a heady three and a half stars, which might even tempt some private owners to rig – mine’s still on ground risk until Sunday, unfortunately! There is hope for some of the days following, but absolutely no agreement between the models as to which those days might be, so I’m saying nothing, because there’s currently nothing to say.

Anyway, back to Wednesday …

 Can we tempt enough of you to  make a day of it?

I can run the field and instruct; Orch has once again very kindly offered to launch us.

If you are up for it, please make yourself known by teatime tomorrow and we’ll firm up on a plan.

Cheers, Mark S

 Posted by at 8:44 pm
Feb 232020
 

Arrived at the club in the rain at 11:00, but it had cleared by 11:45 (phew!) and we took our first launch at around 12:30. A very pleasant afternoon after that with a strong ridge in 20-25W and some decent thermal action. With three instructors on the field, we could have handled quite a bit more business, but Andrew, Matt, Nigel, Clive, Dave W, Tim (from Sackville), Mark and Riccardo(!!) all had fun in the K21 and K23; and Orch launched us with his usual aplomb.

Where were you ...

View from the launch point … …

Keeping an eye on this coming Tuesday and Wednesday – fear not, if they look viable, you’ll be the first to know!

Mark S

 Posted by at 8:41 pm
Feb 222020
 

Sunday now looking much better than previously forecast. After early low cloud and light rain clears, that pesky strong wind abates and we see a predicted and pleasant 15-20kt on the ridge and enough headroom to be able to use it.

So, on that basis, we’ll give you a nice lie in, convene at 11:00, and get cracking as soon as we can after that.

See you there tomorrow!

Mark S

 Posted by at 8:34 am
Feb 172020
 

Venue: Batemans Arms in Shobdon
Date: Tuesday 18 February
Time: 7:15pm – 9:15pm

Topics:
Field Landings – Bob Pye
Want to do more XC Flying? Tips for practising, preparation and getting your confidence up – Rose Johnson

All very welcome.
(Sorry about the late notice)

Mark

 Posted by at 11:09 pm
Feb 122020
 

A good time had by all – 20kt on the ridge and a thermal bonus that saw some climbing to 4000 ASL – not too shabby for February! Even managed a full beat of the ridge task for the first time in the K21! It’s on the ladder … https://www.bgaladder.net/dailyscores/flightdetails/83464

Thanks to Martin S, Nick, Bob, Steve R, Allan, James, and Andy, our visitor from Welland, for being so enthusiastic.

But mainly, the hero named Orch who launched us.

I’m keeping my eye on next Tuesday for more weekday fun!

Mark

 Posted by at 8:20 pm
Feb 102020
 

After a wild Tuesday, Wednesday appears to be the apogee of the week’s weather with 20-25kt on the ridge and useful headroom, following which it is currently forecast to be a slow decline to another wet and windy weekend – deep joy! The weekend’s a long way off in weather forecasting terms, of course, so let’s endeavour to remain optimistic on that one.

Anyhoo, Wednesday is my day of choice, so…

 Is there any interest out there in making a day of it?

I can run the field and instruct. Then we need a winch driver and some “customers”.

If you are up for it, please make yourself known by lunchtime tomorrow and we’ll firm up on a plan.

Cheers, Mark S

 Posted by at 6:51 pm
Feb 052020
 

Thursday 6 Feb – 5kt southerlies, clear and bright. High pressure, low inversion, no lift, the perfect day for getting stuff done, for instance …
A great motor gliding day:
For XC Endorsement: Get that field landing and/or Navigation exercise signed off
Annual field landing checks for low experience XC pilots
Or just head for the hills and enjoy the view!
Annual Check – Remember you can do this up to 90 days before the due date and still maintain the same anniversary date. So if your annual is due before May 6, why not do it now and beat the rush later in the season?
Currency Flights – Not too long to wait until spring. Stay current so you are ready for the spring thermals when they arrive.
(For any of these options, please book at mgcbooking@gmail.com so we can gauge demand sort out additional instructor(s) if required)

Friday 7 Feb – 15-20kt S/SSE with plenty of headroom. Should get a decent launch height as long as there’s not too much E component in it. Cold front moves in and spoils things later, but at the moment that’s not until after dark. Keep an eye on it, but currently looks an OK day.

Saturday 8 Feb – 20-25 SW with headroom. In the gap between two cold fronts. Timing currently looks perfect to get a day out of it before the second front arrives. If the wind forecast veers by another 20 degrees or so it would be a great ridge day too. Worthy of your continued attention.

Sunday 9 Feb – Oooeerrr missus! Currently Armageddon! – rain and 50+kt SW’erlies. I guess it may change, but I wouldn’t hold your breath!

Mark S

 Posted by at 11:39 am