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Neal Clements

Dec 202018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and the highlights from the last committee meeting.

This week

Christmas dinner and awards

We were very close  to cancelling this event  but using our superior weather forecasting abilities we correctly decided that the raging, freezing tempest would subside and so it did.  We had a wonderful evening, the kitchen did a fantastic job to serve us such a wonderful meal.  Peter Turner and Rob Shepherd amended the entertainment and the fund raising slightly and the results are below.

Social fund

We now have a substantial amount in the social fund.  This was set up to allow us to buy those things that the committee would spend months deliberating over because it isn’t in the strategic or operational plan.  So, for instance, we have bought the wonderful TV in the simulator room.  If you can think of a project that you would like considered by the social fund then please can you send your ideas to the Secretary who will pass them on. 

secretary@midlandgliding.club

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Chris Alldis, Alan Swan, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Coolk, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Dates for Your 2019 Diary: –

Bronze Progress Courses

One of the outcomes from the recent members survey was a requirement from several respondents to facilitate progress from the post solo stage through to Bronze C.

In order to help these pilots progress through this, often frustrating, stage we will be running a series of “Bronze Progression Courses” over the following weekends: – 1st – 2nd March, 6th – 7th April and 18th – 19th May.

These mini courses will focus on progressing members through the Bronze C qualification. 

On those weekends where flying is possible we will brief the exercises then go out on to the flying field and fly them. On those weekends where flying is not possible we will run ground schools covering the requirements of the Bronze C exam subjects and also use the simulator to look at some the flying exercises.

The intention is to run these mini courses in addition to the club’s normal flying activities so they should not  impact too greatly on other members opportunities to fly.

Even if you’ve already got your Bronze C you might like to sit in on the briefings as an early season refresher?

If these mini courses prove to be popular and useful in overcoming the Bronze C hurdle then there is scope to add further dates later in the year, if the demand exists.

Other opportunities for pre-bronze pilots to progress will, of course, be afforded by “CFI’s Get Checked Week” (13th – 22nd April) and “Cross Country Development Week” (7th – 12th May).

Other dates to note are: –

Wood Week – (13th – 21st July) 

A week where we have a “Rally” style event, it’s all just good fun flying wooden gliders.

The week is run “Free Format” style with each days flying activities being dependent on the weather conditions. 

Traditionally we have seen many Bungee launches and local cross country tasks being flown.

NB: – Whilst we call this week “Wood Week” don’t think you’re excluded if you don’t have a wooden glider.  If it’s flyable come along and fly anyway, we do his for fun!

Simon’s Soaring Week (3rd-10th August)

This week is run by Simon to facilitate pilots improving their soaring skills.

The week is run “Free Format” style with each day’s flying activities tailored to the requirements of the individual pilots and the weather conditions.

Simon usually starts each day with a comprehensive weather briefing followed by a plan of the day’s flying activities.

If you already have a Bronze C and Cross Country Endorsement then you may well be set Cross Country tasks.

Otherwise local soaring tasks or speed building tasks can be set and flown.

This week is the ideal opportunity for Cross Country beginners to gain valuable knowledge and experience before venturing further afield.

Task Week – (17th – 25th August with Monday 26th August in reserve) 

The main objective of Task Week is to encourage and enable pilots to improve their Cross Country flying and introduce an element of competition to prepare pilots to move on to other, more formal, competitions if they wish to.

For 2019 the format will follow that which we have developed over the past couple of years: –

Entrants will be divided into classes by a pilots previous Cross Country experience and achievements. 

They will then compete against each other within those classes, on tasks devised specifically for each class. 

The overall result being decided by a pilot’s performance within their individual class. 

This approach puts everyone on an equal footing, so you don’t have to be a “red hot” cross country pilot flying a “rocketship” glider to win; you just need to consistently be well up the order in your class.

If you have not done much Cross Country Flying this is an ideal opportunity to stretch yourself – full briefings are given, Weather, Notams, Tasks, to make the whole experience as straight-forward and rewarding as possible; who knows maybe you’ll get a chance to fly with one of our experienced cross country pilots in a 2 seater.

Not to be missed for any pilot wishing to improve their Cross Country skills.

Call Martin now!

Get you name down for whichever of these activities best suits your plan for the year. 

DON’T MISS OUT !

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Steve Male (CFI)

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Llanbedr

Negotiations are underway to return to LLanbedr for an expedition during to week 23rd to 30th March. This is an opportunity to fly over Snowdonia from an enormous airfield. If you are interested in bringing a glider along, or flying in a club 2 seater please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk to express an interest. I will get back to interested parties once we have an idea how many people want to go and how much Llanbedr will charge us.

Last blog from the current chair

I instituted the weekly blog as an attempt to ensure that all of you were kept up to date as much as possible.  This will be my last one for you as I am standing down as chair.  Jon Hall intends to keep them running as we believe that the blog achieves its objective.   I do wish you a happy Christmas and wonderful soaring new year.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights from the last committee meeting

Fleet: We authorised the Discus replacement team to enter into negotiations for a Junior

K23 trailer sale: we have a valuable asset in the old trailer for EVV, when we have the Junior we will evaluate how to capitalise on this.

Club ARCs: Roger has been instructed to get the ARCs for the club aircraft done as quickly as possible, we are anxious to have these fully completed before the 29th of March.

Radios:  the 8.33 change means we now have to switch the club aircraft over.  Simon will be ordering the robust radios to be fitted.

 

 

 

 

Dec 132018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Moor Park Christmas Fayre

Thanks to all who braved the pouring rain to volunteer at the above event last week.  Despite the biblical rain it was  good actually, and we learnt a lot. We couldn’t use the glider due to the pouring rain so my thanks to those hardy volunteers who kindly took that home. Meanwhile, on our table we had some good conversations with folks there. We gathered a list of people who are really interested & want us to call them about membership products, talked to youngsters who were excited that they could go solo at 14, and other people took details with the intention of buying their trial lesson presents online.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Liz Adlard

Forthcoming events

Christmas meal and awards dinner

I look forward to seeing you all at this event on Saturday.

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Llanbedr

Negotiations are underway to return to LLanbedr for an expedition during to week 23rd to 30th March. This is an opportunity to fly over Snowdonia from an enormous airfield. If you are interested in bringing a glider along, or flying in a club 2 seater please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk to express an interest. I will get back to interested parties once we have an idea how many people want to go and how much Llanbedr will charge us.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Dec 062018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Chairman

I am really pleased to be able to tell you that Jon Hall will take over as acting chair on the 1st of January and I am also delighted to welcome William Brewis on to the committee as acting vice chair.  Formal appointments will be made at the AGM.

Decorating

Thanks from Denise below:-

“Several people came forward to help decorate the club house last weekend.  It was Rob Hanks that started it by getting the paint for the door into the hangar.  Mark from Cornwall painted the door by Martin’s office after someone else had rubbed it down.  So I would like to thank Rob Hanks, Walter Bauman, Jon Hall, Dave D’Arcy for helping with the painting and Dave Crowson for helping with removing and replacing the pictures and notice boards, in the main club house.  Also Jon Hall, Baron Taylor have offered to go during the week to almost finish off,  So a big thank you to them as well.

 Cheers.

 Denise.”

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Allan Reynolds, Guy Hartland, Jon Hall

Sunday:  Denise Hughes, Guy Hartland, Mark Wakem

Water supply

While on the subject of volunteering please can I put out a call out for 3 volunteers to finish digging the trench to secure the water supply (a very important resource for the club). Please liaise with the secretary (secretary@midlandgliding.club) to offer your services as the office is not open until the 7th of December.

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.  Once again we will he having a fun fundraising activity for the social fund so please could you give your donations to the office before the event.  This year will be slightly different Peter and Hazel have plans!!    Any contribution will be gratefully received.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 292018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Members evening 24th of November

We had an extremely well attended meeting and , a first for us, we had members joining us from across the web.  We explained the strategic direction of the club and the immediate actions we are taking to ensure that we continue to deliver the type of club that you have all come to love.

Discus replacement

We have now sold the Discus so the CFI was able to outline our plans to replace it with a much more “friendly” single seater.  The negotiations are at quite an advanced level now so watch this space.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Charles Page

Decorating

A big thank you to Denise for her sterling work in painting the clubhouse a fresh white and lovely K8 green. Please could we have 2 volunteers to help finish the work with her. Please contact her via me or Sarah (marketing@midlandgliding.club)

Water supply

While on the subject of volunteering please can I put out a call out for 3 volunteers to finish digging the trench to secure the water supply (a very important resource for the club). Please liaise with the secretary (secretary@midlandgliding.club) to offer your services as the office is not open until the 7th of December.

K13 refurbishment

The photos below show what a fantastic job is being done on our K13s.  We are anxious to get all of the gliders through the Arc process before the dreaded B….. deadline.

ccw

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec. We have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave the Mynd around 11:30am.Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out.

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.  Once again we will he having a fun fundraising activity for the social fund so please could you give your donations to the office before the event.  Any contribution will be gratefully received.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 222018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Winter Lecture Mike Groves

Those who attended the talk by Mike Groves on Saturday, despite the poor weather had a massive treat.  He talked about the Bond film with pictures showing how it was set up, how they positioned the winch i.e. with cranes, the amount of practice runs with video and then how it looked on the film. Everyone said that they thoroughly enjoyed it Mike continued over the dinner giving more information as people asked.

Discus Sale

I am delighted to say that we have sold the Discus to Walter Baumann.  Walter has been a very keen Discus pilot, he has taken it to competitions.  The CFI has his eye on a more suitable single seater aircraft for us and undoubtedly will share more on Saturday

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Allan Reynolds, Simon Adlard, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Simon Adlard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec. We have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave the Mynd around 11:30am.Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out.

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

Members evening 24th of November

You should have received a separate email inviting you to a members evening on the 24th of November. This is a substantial update and if you haven’t  then please contact me directly on the email address below. I realise that the notice was relatively short and I apologise for this but do try to attend if you can.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 152018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and the highlights of last weeks committee meeting.  

This week

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Matthew Cook, Peter Orchard, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Steve Male, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is

at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec we have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave Mynd around 11:30am.

Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

Members evening

You should have received a separate email inviting you to a members evening on the 24th of November. This is a substantial update and if you haven’t received an email  then please contact me directly on the email address below

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Last committee meeting

Most of this was spent on the strategy so the meeting was quite tight, the highlights are:-

The Discus sale is now attracting more interest.

The BGA  business rates representative visited the club on the 9th and told us about the process and advised us on how to best proceed.  This really is a superb commitment on behalf of the BGA and we are extremely grateful. 

Motor Glider – good progress has been made on the registration, the production of pricing and operational procedures.  Some instructors are getting the TMG rating added to their qualification.

Bye Laws – especially relating to dogs in the clubhouse.  The secretary will take to the members meeting or publish as a reminder if there isn’t time.

Trailers.  The CFI has taken the trailer maintenance under the fleet umbrella and there will be a schedule starting with the open trailer over the winter.  Thanks to Dave Crowson and Dave Cole for getting the heater donated by Steve Alexander working in the old MT shed

Nov 082018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Another Junior falls in love with LUV

Congratulations to Holly Rennell who has converted to the K23, her smile was larger than the wingspan!

Matthew Cooke

Yet another celebration, Matthew has achieved his assistant instructor rating and is just waiting on his acceptance checks to complete his rating.

Frequency changes

Please read the CAA publication below, it applies to all of us.

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP%201606%20833kHz%20voice%20channel%20spacing%20in%20the%20UK%20(v3).pdf

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Walter Baumann, Guy Hartland, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard.

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec we have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave Mynd around 11:30am

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 012018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

This week

Good news and bad news

I am delighted to say that Steve Male will be back in harness as CFI from the 1st of November but of course it saddens us that Simon has to step back.  Seriously though, I am sure I reflect the feelings of all of you when I thank Simon for stepping into the breach and doing such a superb job for us.  We are very fortunate in having such depth of instructing ability.

Winter season

Just to remind you that as from the 4th of November the club is on winter opening times, which means flying is always available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If there is an exceptional forecast then we will try to arrange launching and direction via the WhatsApp group.

The office will be open Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Chris Alldiss, Allan Reynolds, Geoff Dailey, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Clive Crocker, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Oct 252018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and the highlights of the last committee meeting.

This week

Please accept my apologies for last weeks absence of blog,  my delegation skills aren’t as good as I thought they were.

Wave day

Yesterday, as posted on WhatsApp and blogged earlier today, was a wonderful wave day,  North Hill and Mynd members had a fabulous day once again showing the benefits of our site and if you are not on the WhatsApp I suggest you join – MGC Flying.

Winter Lecture

We were privileged to have a well attended talk from Jon Hall, Richard Bennett and Mike Greenwood on our expeditions.  I hope it has inspired you to try to join in one next year.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Mathew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Denise Hughes, Liz Adlard, Stephen Alexander

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch

Please note that this has been moved from November the 10th.  18:00 start

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights of the committee meeting 11th of October

The insurance brokers have advised that insurance for bonfires is tricky and the committee agreed that unless there was clear ownership of the event enabling coordination with the secretary then the event should not go ahead

A policy regarding social events was accepted and this will be put on the web sites

A petition has been received from some members and non members asking for the current policy on dogs to be amended. The secretary will issue a clarification statement to members by email and we will discuss the amendments with members before making a decision

Interest in the sale of the Discus has increased and the CFI will be negotiating with the interested parties

The club trailers will be taken on under the Fleet umbrella, the open trailer needs some refurbishment and the other trailers will have a standard service applied to them. This work will be scheduled over the Winter in the old MT shed. The heater for this is installed except for the electrical installation

The Chair will have to resign in December.

The Motor glider is now registered and the instructor cohort training is well under way. The prices for the use of the motor glider have now been approved.

The Simulator is attracting a lot of interest and we will incorporate it into our literature

The tours for potential members will start at again in November. We have had our first new member from Winterfest

CCW has been stripped back and has found to be in excellent condition. We will soon have first class K13s in the fleet. 

K13 rudder

Guy is liaising with Skylaunch to get the maintenance done before the start of the 7 day operation 2019

The Water Header Tank has arrived ready for installation. The existing tank needs replacing as a matter of urgency.

 

 

Oct 112018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Oktoberfest

Martin, Jon Lewis, Sarah Platt, Chris Harris, Steve Male, myself, Chris Ellis, Holly Harris, Mike Amor-Wilkes, John O’Reilly all helped out at this event and I know I express the thanks of all the members to each of them for giving their time and effort to help promote our club.

Whilst the weather didn’t help this year, we did bring home a list of interested people whom we will now contact and invite to visit the club so they can begin to see how great it is. We will keep in touch with them over the winter in preparation for some of them to hopefully become members over the course of the next few months.

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Shrewsbury summer camp

The Shrewsbury school summer camp was a huge success and below is an extract from their feedback:-

“The annual Gliding Camp, held at the Midlands Gliding Club on the Long Mynd and open to all members of the RAF Section of the CCF, was a resounding success.  The central activity was, of course, gliding. While training progressed well for all the pupils in the ‘modern’ K13 and K21 gliders, we were all fortunate enough to have a joyride in an almost antique, open-cockpit T21. As the sun set on another year of gliding for Shrewsbury School CCF cadets (and quite literally over our evening game of croquet), I was already looking forward to next year! This is a truly stunning location for a summer camp and we are all extremely grateful to the Midlands Gliding Club, and in particular to our regular instructor Paul Fowler, for their continued support for our pupils in their gliding tuition and for everything they do both on and off the ground.”

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Charles Carter, Guy Hartland, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Instructor meeting

The next instructor meeting is on Saturday at 17:30.  Do please try to attend, it is most important that all of us instructors and potential instructors keep abreast of the latest developments and feedback.

Winter Lectures

October the 20th at 18:00 in the quiet room will be the first in the series and will be a talk on Expeditions.  Have you ever wondered what we do on club expeditions, how can I get on one, what would it be like?  This will be the talk for you hosted by some of our expedition leaders.  Beware, once you know you may well become hooked!

November 10. Mike Groves Skylaunch

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Oct 042018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Horses

At last some good news.  The National Trust have gathered the ponies together and 19 have been removed from the hill.  11 of these were colts so riders and ourselves should have less hassle in the future.

Legal stuff.  The B word.

Just in case you thought life was getting easier read the article linked to below.  Anybody who would like to buy me a pint and explain it is very welcome to try!!

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Chris Alldiss, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:   Clive Crocker, Guy Hartland, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis.

Forthcoming events

2019 MGC calendar – call for photos

We are planning to produce a MGC calendar for 2019, so if you have any good quality photos that you would like us to include, please email them to Sarah at marketing@midlandgliding.club by 4th Oct latest, along with your confirmation that you are happy for them to be used for that purpose. We will choose the best 12 or 13 and publish it during late November.”

Oktoberfest

Please wish us luck for this years event.  It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.  I am so impressed with the willingness of our volunteers who are coming along to help sell the club to a wider audience.  Gaining new members is the key to our future and events like this are a significant part of that strategy.

Winter Lectures

October the 20th will be the first in the series and will be a talk on Expeditions.  Have you ever wondered what we do on club expeditions, how can I get on one, what would it be like?  This will be the talk for you hosted by some of our expedition leaders.  Beware, once you know you may well become hooked!

The other lectures are now on the web calendar bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Sep 272018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Congratulations to Holly Rennel who went solo yesterday on one of our best wave days which also allowed Dave Rance to fly high into Wales..

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Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, William Brewis, Stephen Alexander, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Nigel Lassetter, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

2019 MGC calendar – call for photos

We are planning to produce a MGC calendar for 2019, so if you have any good quality photos that you would like us to include, please email them to Sarah at marketing@midlandgliding.club by 4th Oct latest, along with your confirmation that you are happy for them to be used for that purpose. We will choose the best 12 or 13 and publish it during late November.”

Oktoberfest Stand – One more person needed please – 5th, 6th or 7th October

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Winter Lectures

October the 20th will be the first in the series and will be a talk on Expeditions.  Have you ever wondered what we do on club expeditions, how can I get on one, what would it be like?  This will be the talk for you hosted by some of our expedition leaders.  Beware, once you know you may well become hooked!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Sep 132018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Congratulations to Guy Hartland who has become a full cat instructor.

Our instructor cohort is vital to our future and our CFI is working hard to progress people through.  If you are approached please try to respond positively.  One of the major benefits is that it keeps you current so you can take advantage of any day you choose to fly.

Autumn projects

One of our major projects this Winter will be the refurbishing of the club trailers in our super heated MT workshop,  if you can help then please do let Dave know and we will schedule some dates.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Alan Swan, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Jon Hall

Forthcoming events

Your Club needs you – can you help on October 5-7?

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Andy Holmes Birthday

Please don’t forget we will be celebrating Andy’s birthday with him this weekend.  For those of you who don’t know Andy he was introduced to gliding at the Mynd from a very early age and has been a keen supporter of the club as he has climbed the BGA ladder and is now the winching advisor to the BGA as well as being a superb cross country pilot.  I remember bringing some Venture Scouts up to the club and I told them to do whatever Andy said because he was the most experienced and capable member in the club even though he was the same age.

Winter Lectures and Instructor meetings

October the 13th has been trumped by an instructor meeting (it is a flying club after all).  So we are trying to move it to the 20th.  We will publish a fuller list next week.

Just a reminder that instructor meetings take place on the second Saturday of even numbered months so will all instructors please put these into their diaries.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Sep 062018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Motor Glider

As you know we are going to integrate G-KGAO into our fleet and I want to keep you updated with the progress and the plan. The reasons for us having a motor glider were set out in the e-mail I sent last week but if you need further clarification, please speak to the CFI or any other committee member,  they will be happy to explain the driving force behind this move.   We are confident that a motor glider will be a useful addition to our fleet; they are very flexible aircraft and can be used to provide effective training from first flights all the way through to cross country qualification. Motor gliders are operated successfully and are popular at a number of other clubs we have spoken to and there is every reason to believe that the same will apply at our club. While we are transferring the aircraft ownership the CFI has been and will continue to assemble the cohort of instructors and amend the booking system to take bookings.  The various offerings to be delivered by the motor glider will then be available. To ensure it is a success we will need to make some changes to the way we approach pilot training and quite a bit of work will be required behind the scenes to put this in place. This is already under way and the benefits and offers will increase over time.  We are anxious that it is inculcated into our training culture as soon as we can, this is a very flexible tool enabling training right from first flight through to cross country training and we want to give members the benefits of this as soon as we can.

Autumn projects

Water supply

This is now underway with a spare tank installed ready to take over while the main tank is replaced.

Old MT shed

We are anxious to turn this into a working facility so before the winter starts we are installing the heater.  We have the heater ready thanks to Dave Cole, we just need to put it into its final resting place.  Please can I ask anyone who is capable to come along this Saturday morning and help give a lift to put the heater in place.  As soon as we have the shed habitable we intend to kick off the refurbishment of the open trailer and then we will make the facility available to members to do their trailer maintenance in comfort.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Your Club needs you – can you help us recruit

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Andy Holmes Birthday

Andy will be celebrating his 40th on the 15th of September and he has already issued an email to that effect.  Just a reminder, we can only accommodate so many so if you would like to eat then please let Fay know in the kitchen as soon as you can the list is filling up fast.

Winter Lectures

Please put October the 13th into your diary, at the moment it looks as if it will be on “Expeditions”, more information later.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Aug 302018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Task week

Unusually we had bad weather this task week,  however in spite of this we managed some amazing tasks and a well-deserved winner Mark Williams.   I thought it might be nice to have the thoughts of Hazel Turner of control who was the voice of reason and the most experienced member of the team:-

“I’m not the world’s best person at coping with change. Task week without JP – unthinkable. Perhaps it was time for a change in control too – a clean sweep. I was persuaded otherwise and tried to embrace the change. However, I missed you JP and your familiar way of doing things. But despite the different format and the less than ideal weather task week took place, people flew and do you know what, they enjoyed themselves.  As the newer members were full of enthusiasm to fly when the more experienced ones were lethargic, FVP won!!! Well done Mark.

Some of the new system baffled me but anyway we had a good time flying most days – but its not all about flying, the social life and the music is worth coming for.

Steve, Simon and Mark did a very good job of running it, although it must have been difficult as they hadn’t done it before and the weather didn’t help.

Please, please come and join us next year. Put it in your diary NOW, it’s always the week in August that ends with the bank holiday. Believe me, the voice of experience, the more gliders that enter the more fun is had, the atmosphere in the bar after a good cross country day is buzzing. It really doesn’t matter what level you are at, there are always seats in two seaters with experienced pilots

Come and join us.

You won’t regret it.”

Hazel

Lost Property (literally)

A tent has been captured in the campsite area and moved to the old MT shed ready to be skipped.  It is not in very good condition as someone has cooked in there and melted the material in places.  If its yours then please could you collect it and dispose of it,  waste disposal is expensive for the club just ask the treasurer and watch the explosion.  We will only keep it for another month.

Autumn projects

Water supply

In addition to the fabulous flying and instruction at the Mynd, we also benefit from good facilities, and famous catering and hospitality. That does rely on such mundane services such as water, and most members will know that the Mynd has its own spring and off-grid water supply system. That system is in constant need of repair and maintenance, and in the background to the flying a number of jobs are being carried out to ensure its continued reliability. Steve Rudge has already done a brilliant job on the electrics in the West Ridge Water Pump House and Denise has been burying the main water supply line. The next major job, planned by Roger and Dave, is to replace the large water header tank, in the hangar and above the clubhouse East wall. It is a BIG job and because it requires the hangar to be completely empty it is best to do it in dry weather (i.e. summer / early autumn) so that the gliders can be emptied out onto the field.

Roger/Dave have not confirmed an exact date to do the work but please be aware that during the tank replacement, which will probably take 1-2 days, the potable water supply will be limited, although the water supply to the toilets will be maintained. Volunteers to help with the preparation, clearance, heavy lifting and other miscellaneous jobs will be welcome, and there is even a job for someone with just writing skills.

Please contact me if you are able to help, and we will communicate when the date is confirmed.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Nigel Lassetter, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Forthcoming events

Modellers

There will be a large “fly in” this weekend so please ensure when you are gently cruising up and down the ridge that you give them plenty of space.

Your Club needs you – can you help?

As part of the club’s continuing recruitment drive we will be taking a stand again at the Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury. It runs from 5th-7th October and we will be taking a glider. It was great fun last year and we gained a substantial number of new members, enquiries and trial lessons.

This is a call for volunteers to help out on that weekend! If you can help at all, (even for a few hours), please can you let Sarah know asap on marketing@midlandgliding.club or 07754070357. Many thanks!

Andy Holmes Birthday

Andy will be celebrating his 40th on the 15th of September and he has already issued an email to that effect.  Just a reminder, we can only accommodate so many so if you would like to eat then please let Fay know in the kitchen as soon as you can the list is filling up fast.

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Aug 232018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

New  Members

Jonathon Smith has joined us as a junior and  young Louis Browne aged 15 yrs has been at the Club for the last few weeks. He was on a course and then liked it so much stayed on. He has made good progress, going solo and converting to the K8 and K23. Please make yourselves known to the juniors and ensure they are encouraged and leave the club wanting to return.

Electrics and our water supply

In addition to the fabulous flying and instruction at the Mynd, we also benefit from good facilities, and famous catering and hospitality. That does rely on such mundane services such as water, and most members will know that the Mynd has its own spring and off-grid water supply system. That system is in constant need of repair and maintenance, and in the background to the flying a number of jobs are being carried out to ensure its continued reliability. Steve Rudge has already done a brilliant job on the electrics in the West Ridge Water Pump House and Denise has been burying the main water supply line. The next major job, planned by Roger and Dave, is to replace the large water header tank, in the hangar and above the clubhouse East wall. It is a BIG job and because it requires the hangar to be completely empty it is best to do it in dry weather (i.e. summer / early autumn) so that the gliders can be emptied out onto the field.

Roger/Dave have not confirmed an exact date to do the work but please be aware that during the tank replacement, which will probably take 1-2 days, the potable water supply will be limited, although the water supply to the toilets will be maintained. Volunteers to help with the preparation, clearance, heavy lifting and other miscellaneous jobs will be welcome, and there is even a job for someone with just writing skills.

Please contact me if you are able to help, and we will communicate when the date is confirmed.

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

So far the weather has been disappointing.  Steve Male, Hazel Turner, Mark Sanders, Nigel Lassetter, Simon Adlard and Fay and Helen in the kitchen have still managed to create a fabulous week.  The final meal will be on Sunday so please do come along and celebrate.  Holly Harris had her first cross country in a Duo and despite her handicap (the P1) managed to come 3rd in the task.  Despite it not being particularly taskable Roger Andrews has got everyone out of bed early each flyable day so members have still been able to fly.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Neal Clements, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Stephen Alexander, Charles Page

Even though it is still task week then please don’t hesitate to come along as even if it isn’t taskable, if its flyable we will be out there flying.

Forthcoming events

We have now prepared the Winter lecture series and the calendar for next year so as soon as they are available I will publish them.

Andy Holmes Birthday

Andy will be celebrating his 40th on the 15th of September and he has already issued an email to that effect.  Just a reminder, we can only accommodate so many so if you would like to eat then please let Fay know in the kitchen as soon as you can.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Aug 092018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Simon’s cross country course

They’ve had a mixed week, heading off around Shropshire, and Simon has been showing Geoff Dailey the Travellers Rest from the best angle before they managed to climb away back to the Mynd!  Today they are all setting off into Wales with high hopes for a decent distance task.   These courses are a wonderful way of improving your cross country or just getting you to be more confident.  See task week below.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Walter Baumann, Peter Orchard, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Mike Witton,Walter Baumann, Guy Hartland, Glyn Macarthur

Forthcoming events

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

 We really need to know numbers of competing gliders now (so we can buy the day prizes etc!). Please can you call the office to pay your £25 entry fee asap.

NB: £25 is the early-bird entry for those booking & paying now. The entry fee for entries confirmed or paid after 16th Aug will be £50.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

New members

 You will be aware that we have a range of packages to encourage new members. Sarah is planning to do a 15min pre-dinner chat (date tbc), to inform members about the packages and how they work. In the meantime, if you see Sarah, James Moore, or Steve Male at the club, please do take a moment to ask them about the packages, so that when a member of the public asks you about flying, you can ask them specific questions to find out whether a trial lesson really is best for them, or whether they actually want to Learn to Fly (in which case, the better option for them would be one of the new packages, maybe booking on to an upcoming Saturday Tour, or even full membership).

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 262018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Simulator

Dave has already blogged the launch of the simulator.  The amount of effort that has gone into this has been enormous.  Dave, Roger, Geoff Dailey and Rob French have created a fabulous addition to our training offering.

New Members

Welcome to new members John Ball, Arthur Hughes.  If you see them at the club please introduce yourself and give them our usual welcome.

Web Site

We’ve just changed the web site to a secure site, using https rather than http. This makes it more secure, and also should improve our rankings in Google searches about gliding. The change seems to have gone smoothly, but if you notice any issues, such as broken links, please email webmaster@midlandgliding.club

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Nigel Lassetter, Peter Orchard, William Brewis

Sunday:  Mike Greenwood, Guy Hartland, Matthew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

Simons xc soaring course week (6th to 10 Aug)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! (Limited places) This popular course includes daily weather & cross country briefings, and is run in a Lead and Follow style. Suitable for all levels even those who have not flown cross country before.

If it’s suitable for cross country, Simon will set a task for a lead and follow, designed to stretch you in a comfortable environment.

If it’s not suitable for cross country, then appropriate ground / air trainings will be offered to match the attendee’s skills and experience.

Book your place now via the office!

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

A friendly reminder & request:

 Whether you want to do some pre-solo training, your annual check, or something else specific, it always pays to pre-book via the office or online via the email shown here https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

 

We strongly encourage pre-booking so that:

  1. A) you get what you need on the day
  2. B) we can plan to have sufficient instructors to cater for the day’s demand
  3. C) it avoids those who have taken time time to pre-book getting over-run and missing out to people who turning up on the day expecting a flight
  4. D) it avoids the possibility of you turning up on the day expecting to fly and perhaps leaving in the evening disappointed.
  5. E) you can see availability on the website and plan your visits accordingly – here’s the link https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Happy soaring!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 192018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Wood Week

Kind weather, enthusiasm and superb catering all meant that the wooden guys had a wonderful time with some doing cross country flights on an almost daily basis.  Chris Raine was also incredibly generous in giving flights in the Capstan

New members

We welcome back an “old” friend Roger Reeves.  Roger used to be tug master for us in the days of the Pawnee and has now returned to the purer side of flying.  We also welcome Iain Thomson, Martin Howitt and Jo Turnbull.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Stephen Alexander

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard

Forthcoming events

Simons xc soaring course week (6th to 10 Aug)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! (Limited places) This popular course includes daily weather & cross country briefings, and is run in a Lead and Follow style. Suitable for all levels even those who have not flown cross country before.

If it’s suitable for cross country, Simon will set a task for a lead and follow, designed to stretch you in a comfortable environment.

If it’s not suitable for cross country, then appropriate ground / air trainings will be offered to match the attendee’s skills and experience.

Book your place now via the office!

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

A friendly reminder & request:

 Whether you want to do some pre-solo training, your annual check, or something else specific, it always pays to pre-book via the office or online via the email shown here http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

 

We strongly encourage pre-booking so that:

  1. A) you get what you need on the day
  2. B) we can plan to have sufficient instructors to cater for the day’s demand
  3. C) it avoids those who have taken time time to pre-book getting over-run and missing out to people who turning up on the day expecting a flight
  4. D) it avoids the possibility of you turning up on the day expecting to fly and perhaps leaving in the evening disappointed.
  5. E) you can see availability on the website and plan your visits accordingly – here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Happy soaring!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 122018
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week

Power cuts

The valley and ourselves have experienced many power failures over the last few weeks.  This does have consequences for us, our Internet, our admin systems and the web camera computer can all fail to restart gracefully.  We are working on how to mitigate each of these.

Shrewsbury School Summer Camp

The RAF section of Shrewsbury School’s Combined Cadet Force held their camp at the Club last week with 8 cadets and Paul Fowler instructing,  plus Tom Brennan who had just finished A levels and wanted to do some more solo flying aiming for Stage 3.  The week began with the dreaded east wind, but there was enough of a northerly component on Monday to allow launching. Tuesday was altogether different with an east wind strong enough for bungey launching if it had been from the opposite direction, and so a day out was planned.  First, a climb up to the well-preserved Montgomery Castle where there was a light breeze, and so a briefing was called for on the wind gradient and isobars. Next, on to Lake Vyrnwy to hire bicycles for a ride around the Lake.  There was plenty of flying opportunities in the rest of the week as the east wind was much calmer and good thermals gave long flights.  Many thanks to Mike G and Roger for flying the cadets in the T21.  There was guesswork on some of Roger’s flights about who was doing the landing!  Thanks also to Nigel and Matthew for their help.  The cadets made good progress in their flying training and worked hard on the airfield driving the retrieve winch, fetching cables for themselves and other Club members, keeping the Log and retrieving gliders.  The camp ended on Friday with an excellent achievement when Jack Li flew solo for the first time.  Many thanks also to Fay and Helen on the food and domestic side, and last, but not least, thanks to Rob for being in charge.

Wood week

As you have seen from the blogs they are having a wonderful time.   Many launches and lots of soaring.

New members

We have had a spate of new members recently, some on the 40 flight package.  We welcome John Darby, Iain Thomson, Ewa Lakeman and Martin Howett

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday: Mark Sanders, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Charles Page

Forthcoming events

Good news and bad news

The Fairford airshow looks as if it will have a minimal impact on our flying over the weekend.

Farnborough

The CAA decision has been announced, largely in favour of TAG Farnborough.

Please see the link below for the full updates.

 https://members.gliding.co.uk/news-notices/

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

TaskWeek poster 2018

Reviews please!

If you’ve visited us or flown with us then it would be really great if you could take a moment to pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review. Here is the linkNB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

chairman@midlandgliding.club