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Neal Clements

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

 

Jun 282018
 

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

New road

Our new road is taking a bit of a pasting with this heat.  This is a most precious asset so please please can you drive over it slowly.

Weather station

Significant progress has been made behind the scenes, a new computer has had the software successfully moved over and we are just waiting for a convenient time to install it. 

MT Vitara

Julian thinks he has finally cracked the Vitara gas puzzle whereby one vehicle works and the other doesn’t.  We are testing the change now and fingers crossed we can have them both back on gas.  Don’t forget, they have small tanks so must be re filled midday to have uninterrupted operation.

Lawnmower

Denise has very kindly donated a ride on lawnmower for the club use.  This has speeded up the cutting of the non sheep areas tremendously.  If you do get a chance to ride this then please turn the fuel off after use.

 

MGC website and more domains

We have made some significant updates to the website to reflect our focus on both members and new members. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do check the menus as they have changed.

MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking just TWO more willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!  This is a really good opportunity for us to show the locals everything that’s great about our club.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Greenwood, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Alan Swan, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

The infamous Wood Week returns for 2018. Who’s joining us? There are a few spaces left & we’d love to see you   For more info or to book your place, call Martin on 01588650206 or office@midlandgliding.club
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5,000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerleys, with beautiful gliders and excellent company.

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.

Task Week 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.

In order to encourage more pilots to fly cross country at a level where they are safe and comfortable 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 queue given to the results by 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.

Can you help – Tripadvisor

We are working on increasing our online presence and make it more likely for people to come across us on a Google search. As part of this, we have dusted off our Tripadvisor account to give potential visitors an idea of what we have to offer as a venue. This is where we need your help…..If you’ve visited us or flown with us (since you’re on this email list, this would almost definitely apply!) 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 link https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g315989-d10832623-Reviews-or10-Midland_Gliding_Club-Church_Stretton_Shropshire_England.html

NB: 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

 

 

 

 

Jun 142018
 

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

CFI

There seems to be some confusion over the CFI’s role at the moment, therefore I thought I would clarify the position:-

The club can only have 1 CFI and for the moment I cannot fly due to medical considerations.  Therefore, Simon Adlard has kindly “volunteered” his services as CFI until I can return to flying/instructing status.

As such all CFI matters must be referred to Simon.  My role, for the moment, is merely to provide Simon with an administrative “back up” service. I hope this has clarified who our CFI is and what my current role within the club is.

Happy Landings

Steve Male

Access Road

Once again Tim Mason and Roger have found an “opportunity” to improve the road via a contractor. This has been done by the same contractor who did the work for us last Winter.  The statement of work included:- clean out all potholes, fill potholes using the road stone, compact the stone using a ride-on vibrating roller, seal all filled potholes using hot bitumen, provide a top surface to the road using machine laid bitumen with a topping of granite chippings, compact/roll the surface.  All of which was done within our grounds budget. 

Road photo

Webcams

You may have noticed that the webcams are back, albeit without the weather station data.  The system that merges the data is broken and it is not an easy repair so we have reverted to the raw camera data.  We are still seeking ways to reinstate the merging software.

MGC branded clothing and merchandise

We are indebted to Peter Turner who has worked tirelessly over the past few months to refresh and extend our range of MGC clothing. This has been no small task! Items are being delivered as we speak. Already in stock are the new gliding hats (see pic) – grab yours from the office at just £5.50 each. Other items include a range of t-shirts, wind-proof jackets, warm gillets etc. We will be holding some items in stock, and we will have samples of other items which are available to order to your exact size. Please see the display in the entrance corridor, or ask in the office for more details.

hat picture

MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking a small and hardy band of willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!   We are in talks with the school about collaborating with them in a number of ways, so this would be a really good opportunity for us to show them our best side.

Tours for prospective members

The latest day of Tours for prospective members resulted in one new member on our Intro to Gliding package, and another couple of people extremely interested in our Flying Start package. If you’re not familiar with our newly developed Membership packages then do take a look at the Your Gliding Journey leaflet the next time you’re at the club. The packages are aimed at prospective members / people who want to Learn to Fly, rather than those who simply want a one-off Trial Lesson.  When people ask you about gliding or approach you at the club, it would be great if everyone could direct people towards either the Membership packages, the Tours, (or Trial Lessons, if that’s the right option for them). Sarah will be doing a quick pre-dinner talk about this in the next few weeks.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Witton, Stephen Alexander

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Charles Page.

Forthcoming events

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  So please call or email the office with your interest.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.  Steve is organising it such that it will develop our skills no matter what standard we are.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Committee meeting highlights

Business rates: this is still continuing, the BGA are helping us through the process and the Treasurer is involved as well so we are hopeful of a very positive outcome. The new rules only allow one appeal so getting that appeal absolutely watertight is our priority.

Debtors:  The treasurer and the office are really getting a grip on this issue.  We are amending our finance system so that debt collection will be much quicker and easier than currently.

The tours are working well,  the conversion rate is extremely impressive and this “targeted” marketing is definitely a great way forward. 

The Simulator is progressing well.  The external IT consultant is visiting on the Saturday to resolve issues with the software and interface to the controls.  We will either have a fix or a list of stuff to get to complete the project.

MT: Julian has done a lot of work on the Vitaras, there is a difference between them in the way the engine management systems cope with the gas replacement.  Julian is going to source an emulator for the one that doesn’t like the gas.  The Shogun clutch parts are available and Guy and Geoff Dailey are working on the replacement.  The Land Rover disposal plan is starting up again.

Buildings: we still have require someone to represent buildings.  The highest priority is the water tank replacement.

Grounds: see above re access road.  The repairs to the East perimeter fence are now complete.

Health and safety: the corridor improvement works are continuing and there will be another push next Thursday to move forward.

The new engine in the Skylaunch winch is now signed off.  We are investing in some “superior” oil to maximise the life of the engines.

 

Jun 072018
 

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

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Neal Clements, Charles Carter, Peter Orchard, Jon Hall

Sunday:  Mark Sanders, Peter Orchard, Mike Dodwell

Forthcoming events

Access Road

We will be carrying out repairs to the main access road over the weekend of 16th/17th June i.e. filling potholes and restoring the road surface.

Machinery to move the stone and compact it will only be on site on Saturday and Sunday so it’s important that we make as much progress as possible during these two days.

A small team of volunteers will be required to get the job done so if you are prepared to give up a little of your time – even just an hour or two – on either day, your help will be greatly appreciated.  Please can you email Tim Mason grounds@midlandgliding.club or the office if you can help.

Midsummer recruitment event.

We are putting this on hold this year, thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out, we really do appreciate the willingness of people to volunteer.

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  Simon Adlard has very kindly agreed to run the week. So please call or email the office with your interest.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you. 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 312018
 

Hi everyone, this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future. My apologies for the shortness but I am on the Jaca expedition at the moment.

Jaca expedition
Like the uk we have suffered with heavy rain for a couple of days. Unlike the UK we can enjoy our time off in one of the most beautiful regions of Spain. Normal service will be resumed today.
Your team this weekend is:
Saturday: Simon Adlard, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey, Liz Adlard
Sunday: Chris Alldis, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy
Forthcoming events
Midsummer recruitment event 30 June
Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

Wood week July 7 -14
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds, 5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys. Simon Adlard has very kindly agreed to run the week. So please call or email the office with your interest.
Task week August 18 – 27
Please ensure this is also in your diary, we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year. The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 242018
 

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

Jaca expedition
The weather has been poor by Jaca standards, flying every day for over 6 hours, wave flights at FL195 and yesterday a nice trip out of the valley towards the East of the Pyrenees, today another 5 hour flight in convergence. The locals insist the weather is rubbish!
Your team this weeekend is
Saturday: Guy Hartland, Matthew Cooke, David Brown and William Brewis
Sunday: Mike Witton, Alan Swan, Geoff Dailey, Glyn MacArthur
Forthcoming events
Midsummer recruitment event 30 June
Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

Wood week July 7 -14
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds, 5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys. Steve Male is helping run the week so let the office know now that you want to take part.
Task week August 18 – 27
Please ensure this is also in your diary, we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year. The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 172018
 

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

Appleby ATC

The Club was delighted to welcome a contingent of eight cadets and four staff members from Appleby Grammar School ATC squadron over the last weekend. Two good days of sunshine with a nice westerly wind ensured that they all enjoyed soaring flights with an introduction to the basic effects of the controls. All were eager to help on the airfield with a bit of prompting at times from Rob, their CO; one member was overheard saying that he would make a great Launch Director!

The squadron have hardly any flying opportunities with the RAF and so, with cadets keen to learn to fly, they now been visiting the Club regularly over the last few years and are planning a summer camp this year and an autumn visit. The Committee is keen to encourage the visits.

Aim higher

A fantastic week was had by the attendees. The quote of the week was “50k to diamond in 5 days” which applied to Mark Williams Who had his sliver distance at the beginning of the week and had his diamond goal by the end. Steve Ward and Tim Brunskill achieved their diamond goals as well. We really are privileged to be able offer this course.  Kevin Atkinson is not only enthusiastic and knowledgable but is also an extremely good demonstrator. We are also really grateful for JF and KA helping out, introducing new pilots to cross country.

Membership renewals

Please can I remind and encourage those of you who have not yet renewed to do so.  It really is vital that we maintain or increase our membership and every late or forgotten renewal makes managing the club and maintaining our fabulous facilities more difficult.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site with its new, more powerful engine and is now able to give us the powerful launches promised.

 

 Web cam overheating

The experts have now reached the conclusion that it probably isn’t worth any more attempts at salvaging the existing computer so we will attempt to move the software over to a more modern configuration.   Fingers crossed,  this is isn’t usually very easy in my experience.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Chris Alldis, David Brown and Charles Page

Sunday:  Roger Andrews, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey and Mark Wakem.

Forthcoming events

Midsummer recruitment event 30 June

Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

 

Wood week July 7 -14

Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5 000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerlys.  Steve Male is helping run the week so let the office know now that you want to take part.

Task week August 18 – 27

Please ensure this is also in your diary,  we have better weather last year and I am confident this trend will continue into this year.  The CFI will be announcing more details of the structure but I can guarantee that if you are early cross country then this is the week for you.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights of last weeks committee

The meeting welcomed James Moore, this was his first meeting as treasurer.  He has commissioned a financial review from our accountants with a view to us being able to reduce our outstanding debtors and confirm our calculations on reserves necessary for business continuity.

The fleet strategy continues to be a priority with the provision of a glass single seater, the move to a  2 seater fleet of the size and nature we require and how we provide access to a motor glider given the latest restrictions from the CAA.  These are the  3 items under consideration and of course, tie in with our minimum reserve referred to above.

One of the Vitaras is struggling to work on gas. The root cause has been identified and Julian is working on a solution. The Shogun clutch has the parts ready to fit.

May 112018
 

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

Rockpolishers

We ran a very successful rock polishers weekend, see other posts for details but in summary, we made a very good showing and it showed our potential members how active the club can be and what wonderful machines we fly.

Prospective members weekend

Hard work by James Moore, Sarah Platt, Martin, Nick and Gill LeGras at The Ludlow festival and more work over the prospective members weekend with Steve Male, Matthew Cooke, Charles Carter and John O’Reilly as well has resulted in a very successful weekend and sales of our new Flying Start packages. We believe that this focused targeting of our type of potential member is going to be the most effective way of improving our recruitment.  We involved the Shropshire Star and you can read the excellent articles on line.

Trial Lesson Packs

Allan Reynolds has done a fantastic job in producing a set of packs in envelopes which get handed to course members and Trial lessons when they arrive.  The pack tells them everything they can do after their flight(s) so they have something to think about and process to reinforce their experience.  If you are signing someone in then please ensure you give them one of the packs,  they are clearly labelled in the office.

Membership renewals

Please can I remind and encourage those of you who have not yet renewed to do so.  It really is vital that we maintain or increase our membership and every late or forgotten renewal makes managing the club and maintaining our fabulous facilities more difficult.

Road

We now have stone on site for pothole filling and so we’ll be arranging road repair sessions very soon. Please put your name on the list in the clubhouse or contact the office if you can spare some time to help.   In the meantime please do not drive on the grass alongside the road unless absolutely necessary. Despite the potholes, the road is still useable if you drive slowly and as the grass is still very wet, driving on it will cause further damage to the airfield.  We have had a very wet winter, next time you fly have a look at the wet patch adjacent to the road at the north east corner.   This is getting larger and driving off the road will carve up the field to the extent we cannot repair it.

Simulator

The simulator body is now installed.  Dave Crowson, Roger, John O’Reilly, Orch and others have all contributed to getting us this far.  The next step is to install the computer and the controls,  wire it up to the screen and press the big button.  This will be a huge benefit for training when we cannot fly.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site with its new, more powerful engine and is still having its gearbox adjusted for the best performance.

Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we have had to remove it while we attempt a repair.  A replacement is the last resort as it runs a particular software configuration.  The fix is proving to be quite difficult, there are 3 experts working on it as I write!

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Stephen Alexander, Glyn MacArthur

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Nigel Lassetter, Stephen Alexander, John O’Reilly

Forthcoming events

Midsummer recruitment event 30 June

Last year we ran an open day and combined it with a “longest day”. This year we are going for a more targeted event. The marketing team will be publishing the method and the purpose shortly but in the meantime can I please ask instructors, launch directors and winch drivers who would be willing to help me on that day to get in touch with me directly. Our aim is to be able to fly people all of the day so we will need instructing and winch cover. We won’t be doing a dawn or dusk flight so you don’t have to worry about having to get up too early!

 

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

May 032018
 

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

Apologies

Sorry this is a short blog, I am writing it 4 days into a week of instructing, over 60 flights and over 10 hours of flying on a reasonable week.  I encourage all of our instructors to book themselves to help out on a course week, it is the most enjoyable refresher you can have.

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site….shiny new engine installed.

 Tomorrow is scheduled for the set up of the gearbox and transmission then we will be operational

 Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we have had to remove it while we attempt a repair.  A replacement is the last resort as it runs a particular software configuration.

Calendar

We are now able to show the events that are planned during the year.  This is a less detailed view than the rota but extends further.  We are working on extending it to a 2 year horizon so you can plan your holidays around gliding.  We are also seeking ways to increase its detail but in the meantime please have a look and, if you like you can link it to your own electronic calendar.

See http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Cook, Simon Adlard, Liz Adlard  

Sunday: Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Simon Adlard, Mike Dodwell

Forthcoming events

Fell Runners

Their annual race takes place this weekend,  we are co ordinating with them and it should not impact on our operation.  This weekend will be very busy, come along and see how the competition is organised and have a flight whilst they are busy soaring away on task.

Rock Polishers

We are hosting the above this weekend

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

We still have spaces on the aim higher course,  please call the office if you would like to attend.

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

Marketing

We have lots of leaflets at the club, if you see a visitor of any description please can you encourage them to take the “your gliding journey” one, or several if they are staying at a B and B.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Apr 262018
 

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

Winch

The Skylaunch main winch is back on site….shiny new engine installed.

 We just need a day when a long launch direction (preferably South) is possible to get the gearbox set up properly for the new engine.

 Web cam overheating

The computer that processes the data from the weather station and serves the pictures up to the web is overheating so we are having to reset it and turn it off overnight.  We are looking at ways to address the problem, in the meantime bear with us as we have to restart each day.

Calendar

We are now able to show the events that are planned during the year.  This is a less detailed view than the rota but extends further.  We are working on extending it to a 2 year horizon so you can plan your holidays around gliding.  We are also seeking ways to increase its detail but in the meantime please have a look and, if you like you can link it to your own electronic calendar.

See http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Apr 192018
 

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

Winch

The new engine has arrived and Skylaunch have collected the winch to install it.  We hope to have it back very quickly so we will have tow very powerful winches.

Road

We are getting ready to do another pot hole filling session, Tim is ordering the stone and we will then ask for volunteers to help for half a day or even an hour.  In the meantime please don’t be tempted to drive off the track,  just take it slowly.  The airfield is delicate at the moment it has had one of the wettest winters and is soaked.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Dave Cole

Forthcoming events

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

We are inviting local folks who are interested in joining our wonderful club, to join us for a mini tour of the club so they can see everything the club has to offer. We are not guaranteeing them a flight, but if there’s availability then we may choose to offer that. If you’re around that weekend, and can lend a hand for half an hour, it would be much appreciated.  Please can you let Sarah or James know that you are going to be there so they can guarantee guides for the prospects. 

treasurer@midlandgliding.club or marketing@midlandgliding.club

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 292018
 

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

Airspace

Sorry to keep badgering about this but it is important.   Please can you  review below and help wherever possible, the deadline is looming

https://members.gliding.co.uk/representation-and-consultations/oxford-and-raf-brize-norton-acps/  

 

AGM and Presentation (Christmas) dinner.

The AGM was held on Saturday and was well attended.  I am delighted to announce that James Moore is the new treasurer and we thanked Simon Towers for his hard work.  The Christmas dinner was its usual superb standard, the catering was terrific and Denise managed to cover the ground with liberal amounts of snow and put up Christmas decorations in the club house.  This year we amended the presentations by awarding the trophies and, new this year, CFI and Chair commendations.

The AGM had a question and answer session afterwards.  The key concerns from the BGA are Airspace and participation.  See airspace below,  James Moore gave a very cogent overview of our marketing strategy and one of the key elements is attendance at events like Octoberfest and Ludlow festival.  Please, if you would like to promote the sport and your club, then contact marketing@midlandgliding.club to offer your help for an hour

Awards

The Siam trophy went to Dominic for his fantastic flight in Wales, the Bob Neill went to Holly Harris for best  ab initio, Hardwick to Mark Sanders for his circumnavigation of Birmingham, Maxam to Julian Fack for his work on the Vitaras.

The CFI commendations were:-

Matthew Cook  for his performance at the Dan Smith Memorial Trophy Aerobatics Competition

Harry Entwhistle – for his performance at the National Gliding Aerobatics Competition

 Mark Sanders – for organising and energising the Cross Country Development Group.

CFI achievements: 1st Solo: – Holly Harris, Nick Le Gras.  Bronze C with Cross Country Endorsement: – 

Tim Brunskill, Steve Ward, Geoff Dailey, Mark Williams.  Silver C: – Geoff Dailey, Rob Shepperd.

The Chair’s commendation went to Howard Bradley for his work on the road and the apron.

Your team this weekend is:

Friday: Mark Sanders, Peter Orchard

Saturday: Walter Baumann, Peter Orchard

Sunday:  Mike Witton, David Brown

Monday: Chris Alldis, Allan Reynolds, Stephen Alexander

Forthcoming events

Get checked week

This starts on Sunday, call the office to see if there are spaces.  Don’t forget April is when all the records are set.

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 222018
 

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

This week.

The club is now accessible from all directions.  Hopefully we can now get on with the proper job of Spring flying!

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.  The AGM starts at 17:00

Lleweni Parc Expedition 2018

For the last 2 years we have been to Llanbedr in March and had fantastic flying conditions over Snowdonia. This year Snowdonia Aerospace wanted £4,200 in advance for the use of the airfield for a week for 12 gliders. We thought that this was rather too expensive, so arranged to go to Lleweni Parc  instead, partly because we kept seeing videos of Chris Gill flying at 23,000 feet or flying over Snowdon and Cader Idris.

 Lleweni Parc is a gliding site just outside Denbigh at the bottom of the Clwydian range of hills. It is not a gliding club as such, they cater for expeditions from other clubs. There is a club house, members kitchen, bunk room and you can camp or take your caravan. They have a Skylaunch winch, a Eurofox tug, a DG 1001M self launching 2 seater, and an LS7 single seater. 

Unlike Llanbedr there are no security gates, no FOD bins, you don’t have to go for a long discussion with the management every morning, and you only pay for the days you fly, and the costs are very reasonable. Chris Gill, the CFI/ winch driver/ secretary/ cleaner/ general dogsbody is very helpful and relaxed about everything which made the whole experience very pleasant.

Llanbedr has 2.2 km 50 metre wide runways, Lleweni Parc  has a single 850 metre tarmac runway. The slight difficulty is you can’t land on the grass, the runway slopes up if you are landing to the West, you have to taxi to the end of the runway in case there is anyone behind you, the winch is parked at the end of the runway. Did I mention that the runway is 2 metres wide.  This proved slightly more difficult to land on, with even quite experienced pilots struggling to keep the glider on the runway, especially in a crosswind.

Unfortunately the Tug was unserviceable after the first day so we winched for the rest of the week. This meant that those with turbos could light the engine and travel to the lift, while the rest of us without mechanical assistance struggled to get away. At least we got plenty of practice trying to land on that runway. The Arcus was the only glider to manage an epic flight over Snowdonia after using the engine to get going.

The ridge behind the airfield is 30km long. You have to take a dive at it from the top of a winch launch and hope it works when you get there, and that you have enough height to get back if it doesn’t. In practice this was a lot easier than it sounds, and the ridge is fantastic.

Dave Crowson and myself went there before the expedition to fly with Chris Gill in the DG self launcher, which was a really great experience. Several members flew with Chris in the DG while we were there and had excellent flights, it is well worth making the effort to do this and we all thought it was excellent value for money.

Lleweni Parc is a great place to fly from, it is challenging and you have to be good at accurate landing and good energy management to fly there, but the potential for wave, thermal and ridge flying in Snowdonia is enormous, so I’m already planning the next trip.

Mike G

Glide Britain

You may remember that we decided to help with the funding for this last year and the results are now being published.  There was a huge amount of footage and the club’s contribution is available below.  At the BGA conference they also showed a consolidated version which included several sections from the Mynd and was a superb advert for gliding.  As soon as that is available I will publish the link for it.  In the meantime look at our contribution below

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAsyazUSKdSl3yHjvzH5nag/videos

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Nigel Lassetter, Guy Hartland, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

Last year’s Aim Higher courses precipitated our busiest XC season at the Mynd with a best ever 79 flights totalling 14500km recorded on the club ladder, SIX Silver Distances during the season, and Dominic flying the first ever 500km FAI triangle in Wales (an achievement recognised by the BGA with an award at last week’s BGA annual conference).

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May.

Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates.

Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office.

As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this.

There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

chairman@midlandgliding.club