Neal Clements

Sep 282017
 

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

This week.

Shrewsbury school summer camp

Below is an extract from their web site re the camp they held at the Mynd:-

“On the first day of the summer holiday, five cadets from the CCF RAF Section gathered with Mr Wray and instructor Paul Fowler for the annual Gliding Camp.

The camp is a fantastic opportunity to maximise the effectiveness of flying training on account of having five full and consecutive days staying at the Club, with much better weather expected than Thursday afternoons throughout the rest of the year. The weather this year did not disappoint, which meant that each cadet was able to have an average of five hours of flying time, so they all made great progress.

Huge thanks must go to the volunteers at the Club who care for us so thoroughly each year, and to Paul for his continued tutelage.”

You can read the whole article at http://www.shrewsbury.org.uk/page/ccf-news-and-activities

Well done Paul.

Access Road

Please remember to let us know if you will be able help out with the road repairs over the coming months. There is a list on the notice board in the clubhouse so please put your name on it and say whether you can be available during the week, at weekends or both.

Please also remember to drive slowly and carefully to avoid causing any unnecessary damage to the road surface.

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Alasdair Lewis, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey, Charles Page

Sunday:  Steve Male, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Forthcoming events

Classic car tour

On the 7th of October we will once again welcome the classic car rally.  They will arrive, have a cup of tea, relax and then head off again.  They are a stunning sight and we welcome them every year.  Iin return they take our leaflets and distribute them far and wide for us to aid recruitment.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

Air traffic control are coming

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture she has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February (date to be confirmed) – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 212017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future. Apologies for last week, my delegation skills failed me.

This week.

K23 from Germany

As you are all aware Guy and the rest of the team did a successful retrieve from Wolfsburg. Simon has worked  on the panel.  The “old” registration markings have been removed and we’re waiting on new vinyls (Simon has reserved us a reg with the CAA &BGA).  The next step is to get the panel finished so that Simon can compile the “Equipment List” required by the CAA as part of the registration process. Then Roger can ARC it and once all that is done Roger can send all the docs to the CAA. Once the CAA confirm the aircraft is registered we can use it.

Discus

In the meantime we are anxious to get the Discus ready for sale so it will be mothballed.

The Disco is no more

For a long time now we have had various vehicles abandoned at the club,  at last we have made progress and removed some.  In order for us to be welcoming and attractive to potential members and visitors we really do need to give a good first impression and we are continuing to dispose of unwanted stuff left with us.

Parachutes

Chris Harris has commissioned the refurbishing of parachute 9.  We will  re-use the old parachute with a new harness/pack assembly which will completely renew the visual appearance and provide a brand new harness and attachment clips. The invoice will be  £900 including VAT plus £25 postage for a complete new pack assembly embroidered with MGC and chute number and including a new bag. In addition we will have to pay £50  to transfer the old canopy to the new pack ready for use.  So, in total a refurbish costs £1000.   Please remember when you are handling or storing a parachute that each one is worth over a £1000,  they are not cheap bits of kit.

Marketing

New marketing approach – we are developing an approach to marketing the Club starting from first principles and using this to identify our target market, the message and way we approach them, and the products and packages we create and offer to them. As part of this approach, we are concentrating much more on attracting New Members (rather than simply Trial Lessons), and are focusing much more on meeting people face to face, giving them a really good and lengthy introduction to gliding and the club, then having a clear structure of products that we can offer them. You will be hearing much more about this as time goes on, however the first event we will be attending will be a festival in Shrewsbury in early October.

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Cook and Peter Orchard

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Nigel Lassetter, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard and Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

Classic car tour

On the 7th of October we will once again welcome the classic car rally.  They will arrive, have a cup of tea, relax and then head off again.  They are a stunning sight and we welcome them every year.  Iin return they take our leaflets and distribute them far and wide for us to aid recruitment.

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.   As an extremely generous gesture she has offered to reciprocate.  So turn up to the talk and put your name down for a visit to Birmingham ATC.  I have been before, twice, and I can thoroughly recommend it, they really do make you feel welcome and at last you can see what the Balls on the Clee do!  

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – National Trust

February 10 – We are hoping to get Julian Fack to talk and bring one of his amazing trials cars with him.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

Christmas dinner

This will be on the 9th of December.  I do urge you to get your name down early, there were several very disappointed people last year as the numbers have to be limited.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 072017
 

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

This week.

Last Saturday

Mark Sanders brilliantly predicted a great day and 15 people headed off for some fantastic cross country flying.  This really is a tribute to the hard work Mark and the coaches have put in this year.  More to come next season!!

We also had a silver distance and a duration (well done Tim and Vincent)

K23 from Germany

I have been asked to remind everyone of the club fleet strategy as outlined by the CFI at the AGM so the K23 purchase can be seen in context.  In summary :- we will train pilots up to syndication and we will replace the “unpopular” gliders with ones that will be flown more.  The K23 is on its way from Germany and now we will start the process of selling the Discus.  Walter Baumann is already gathering interest from members about forming a syndicate so if you are interested then please contact Walter directly at walter.baumann@virgin.net

Aerobatics

As we come to the end of the season we mustn’t forget how well we have done in aeorobatics this year.  Matthew Cooke won the Dan Smith trophy and Harry Entwhistle came second in a class at the National championship.

Access road

Many thanks to Simon Adlard and others who made the effort to fill many of the potholes which have developed again in the access road.

We know that if we want to keep the road serviceable through the winter and beyond, it will need regular maintenance and repairs. We are planning to schedule regular “road repair days” over the coming months and will be looking for volunteers to help out. Howard Bradley has agreed to provide the leadership so if you are prepared to give up a little of your time to assist in this important work, please let us know.

We must all do whatever we can to avoid causing damage to the surface. This means driving slowly and very carefully. Expect to be challenged if you are seen driving too fast and please remind others how important it is.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Paul Fowler, Allan Reynolds, Simon Adlard

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Phil Foster

The ATC will not be coming this weekend.

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. :-

The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.

November 25 will be the members evening when the committee will present our strategy for the next 5 years and invite your input and approval.

January 13 – to be announced

February 10 – to be announced

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 312017
 

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

This week.

MGC Task Week

At last the curse of task week has been lifted!!  We had 5 competition days and some wonderful cross countries by pilots relatively new to the sport.  Steve Ward and Dave Brown both did magnificently.  The Duo Discuses, Twin Astir (flown by Guy) and the K21 (flown by Nigel) took pilots who do not regularly fly cross country and the organisation by Dave Crowson (weather), John Parry (scorer), Hazel Turner (control) and Steve Male (Director) was superb.   Have a look at for the results on facebook.  This reinforces my  opinion that if you want to improve the performance of your aircraft then change the pilot!

New solo

Congratulations to Holly for going solo.  Interestingly she can fly an aircraft but is not old enough to drive a car.   Holly has put a lot of effort into this and is always an inspiration on the airfield offering help wherever it is needed.

Vitaras are now on gas

Julian has done a huge amount of work on the above and both are now running on gas.

K23 from Germany

We have had the offer on the K23 accepted and a team are on their way to confirm it is in good condition and bring it back.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Steve Male, Walter Baumann, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Laurent Couval.

Sunday:  Neal Clements (standing in for Mark), Matthew Cook, Denise Hughes, Dave d’Arcy

I have hopes for Saturday, it looks like a building ridge of high pressure with light winds. 

Forthcoming events

Winter talks

We always like to have an event each month in the Winter to keep up our interest in flying and general aviation related activities.  Denise is finalising the schedule but it is full already.  The first one will be the 21st of October and the deputy watch manager from Birmingham’s Air traffic will be coming along to fly, talk and have a meal with us.  I cannot over emphasise the importance of us understanding Air traffic’s needs and using every opportunity to communicate ours to them.  Please put this date in your diary.

Members evening.

I promised the above at the AGM  and the date will be the 25th of November.  Please reserve in your diary.  The committee will present their views on the nature and direction of the club over the next few years and invite you to contribute to it at that meeting.  Please also ensure you tell any committee member you can find of your views at any time beforehand. 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 242017
 

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

 

This week.

Fleet restructuring.

We have had an offer accepted for a K23. The intention is to approve it, get it over here from Germany and this will replace the Discus.  We are confident that this ever popular glider will improve our launches and flying activity.

Fire Inspection

The ramifications of this rumbles on and will continue to do so as we implement their findings.  In the immediate future we have to replace wooden cupboards in corridors with metal ones.  Specifically we need a metal cabinet for the laundry and the cleaning materials.  They are quite expensive so if you have any you could spare then please email me or let the office know.

Road

We are reviewing the current damage to the road and Tim and Howard are coming up with suggestions and solutions that we can afford.  These will require volunteer help with maintenance (all stone roads need maintaining) and it is vital that if you spot anyone going fast on the road you draw the problems it causes to their attention.

Barographs

We have found 5 of the old mechanical barographs.  Before we offer these for general sale I would like to invite member interest.  Looking on ebay I suspect these might be very collectable items.  Please email your interest directly.

David Ince

Our club , to mis quote Newton, is founded upon the shoulders of giants.  One of those was David Ince.  Below is the text from the notification from Bob Neill (another giant in my opinion).

“David Ince  died earlier this month aged 94 , He was CFI 1949/52 and taught me(together with Theo Testar and John Hickling) to fly……and of course many others of the post war generation.

His funeral is at St Mary’s church ,EASTON Near Winchester . Post code is SO21 1EH.

I will be there and would be glad to represent the MGC (only if this would be appropriate ) in case no one else from the club is going to be there.”

Task Week

If you would like to join in the end of task week celebrations please call the office or the kitchen and let them know what you would like.

We have had some requests to post the results on the web,  unfortunately we don’t have the facility to do that this year but we will take it forward for next year.  In the meantime here is my heavily biased report on yesterday.

The club class was Mynd South/Rodneys Piller/Bishops Castle/Mynd .  David Brown won it by getting round and Nigel and Holly came second with a field landing in the K21. 

The open class was Mynd/Worcester racecourse/Welshpool/Bishops Castle/Mynd.  Mark Sanders got round with reasonable ease and good speed.  Myself and Richard Bennett crawled round in an incredibly slow speed to come second.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Come and help and fly club gliders that are available

Sunday:  Come and help and fly club gliders that are available

 

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

Aug 212017
 

So far the weather has been a bit unkind.  On Saturday a small task was set but the conditions weren’t great at all and the entrants decided to keep their powder dry.  Yesterday was a triumph of optimism.  All the forecasts were positive and Worcester racecourse,  Leominster for the “open” class was set with Worcester out and return as the club class.  Unfortunately the actual weather hadn’t seen the forecasts and it turned out to be quite tricky.  Steve Ward did his second engine off landing of his flying career by landing the ASW 19 in a superb field.  Mark Sanders won the open class, he was very close to getting back.  Rob Hanks flew the task to show us all how it was done and got back.  Fingers crossed for improving conditions over the rest of the week.

Aug 032017
 

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

This week.

Office

Martin is on holiday this week but is processing emails remotely.  Sue is also helping out so please be patient, replies may take a little longer than usual.

Fire inspection

A great vote of thanks to Mike Greenwood, Liz and Roger and Tim Mason all ably assisted by John O’Reilly who liaised with the Shropshire fire service to give us a positive assessment of our fire precautions.  There were a few things we need to address and these will be done as a matter of urgency and there a few more things we would like to see improved and these will be progressed through the next few months.  On the whole, though it was an extremely positive and useful exercise.

Husbands Bosworth regionals

The Mynd did incredibly well in this.  One day we came first second and third with Julian Fack, Dave d’Arcy and Mike Witton taking the medals.  Our progress in cross country competitions has increased steadily over the years and I would encourage all the up and coming cross country pilots to consider a competition.  Have a go at task week first (see below) and have a taste.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Paul Fowler, Guy Hartland, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Paul Fowler, Nigel Lassetter, Geoff Dailey, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

Simon’s cross country course 

This starts this week,  at last the weather looks like it is going to improve.  The course looks pretty full and hopefully there will be some excellent cross country flying.

Work experience

We are joined by Jack Withinshaw who has a great interest in aviation and is helping out around the club over the next few weeks.  He is also a junior member so please make him feel welcome and take a few moments to explain things.  He is really keen to learn.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

This year we are introducing a new format to encourage less experienced pilots to participate with a real chance of achieving some flying goals.

The new format sees the introduction of “classes” in to Task Week based on pilot’s previous Cross Country experience, as of 1st June 2017.
There are 3 classes: –

Novice : Pilots who have completed the Cross Country Endorsement to their Bronze “C” but have not yet achieved a Sliver “C” distance flight.

Intermediate:      Pilots who have completed a Sliver “C” distance flight but have not yet achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or a 300Kms flight.

Pundits: Pilots who have either achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or 300Kms flight.

NB: –

For those solo pilots without a Cross Country Endorsement, we will endeavour to provide 2 seat Cross Country experiences, so register your name with Martin, who will maintain a list of interested pilots.

Format:

The format for the week will be that each (soarable) day we will set separate tasks, tailored to each individual class, in the same task area.

This will enable pilots to not only gain valuable Cross Country experience but also compete against pilots of similar experience.

Each class (provided sufficient entries are received) will be scored separately to find an overall winner at the end of the week.

General Comments:

This new format and class structure should provide some interesting Cross Country flying and taken with the usual benefits of Task Week: –

Weather Briefings

Task Setting

Notam Briefings

Retrieve crews available

Social activities

Very very landable fields.

Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.

The entry fee is 25 pounds and will be charged to you flying account upon receipt of a completed entry form.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jul 202017
 

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

This week.

Vitara gas

Julian has succeeded in converting the blue Vitara to gas.  This wasn’t as easy as we thought and Julian has done an amazing job in making it work so providing us with the knowledge of how to convert others.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Guy Hartland, Nigel Lassetter, Charles Carter, Peter Orchard, Charles Page

Sunday:  Roger Andrews, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Mark Wakem.

Forthcoming events

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

This year we are introducing a new format to encourage less experienced pilots to participate with a real chance of achieving some flying goals.

The new format sees the introduction of “classes” in to Task Week based on pilot’s previous Cross Country experience, as of 1st June 2017.
There are 3 classes: –

Novice : Pilots who have completed the Cross Country Endorsement to their Bronze “C” but have not yet achieved a Sliver “C” distance flight.

Intermediate:      Pilots who have completed a Sliver “C” distance flight but have not yet achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or a 300Kms flight.

Pundits: Pilots who have either achieved either a 100Kms Diploma or 300Kms flight.

NB: –

For those solo pilots without a Cross Country Endorsement, we will endeavour to provide 2 seat Cross Country experiences, so register your name with Martin, who will maintain a list of interested pilots.

Format:

The format for the week will be that each (soarable) day we will set separate tasks, tailored to each individual class, in the same task area.

This will enable pilots to not only gain valuable Cross Country experience but also compete against pilots of similar experience.

Each class (provided sufficient entries are received) will be scored separately to find an overall winner at the end of the week.

General Comments:

This new format and class structure should provide some interesting Cross Country flying and taken with the usual benefits of Task Week: –

  • Weather Briefings
  • Task Setting
  • Notam Briefings
  • Retrieve crews available
  • Social activities
  • Very very landable fields.
  • Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.

The entry fee is 25 pounds and will be charged to you flying account upon receipt of a completed entry form.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights from the committee meeting on the 14th of July

This was a “deep dive” meeting concentrating on our financial position now that we are 3 quarters of the way through the year.   The full details will be explained at the members evening I promised at the AGM.  At the moment I am assuming that this will be held on the evening of the 7th of October so please put that in your diary now.  It is your chance to make a significant input to the future of your club.

Other areas discussed:-

Fire inspection due on the 27th.  This requires us to inspect our practices and installation with a critical eye.

Aerobatics.  The K21 is not fully compliant with the requirements for instructing aerobatics and we will address this.

South end signs,  we have commissioned Steve Middleton to install these.

Airfield rolling:-  the decision has been taken to roll specific launching areas. By initially tackling only these areas of the airfield, we will hopefully be able to gauge the effect on the grass surface over time. Further consideration can then be given to rolling other parts of the field if required. TM and SA to discuss appropriate time for doing work and how it should be done i.e. suitable roller and towing vehicle.

More roof leaks:  the main dining room leaks in torrential rain,  Rob is investigating with the roofer.

Course days are below budget so Sara has increased the Facebook marketing.

Jul 132017
 

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

This week.

Shrewsbury School Summer Camp

The School held their gliding camp last week for some of the RAF cadets in the CCF.  Paul Fowler was running the course with help from Dave and Clive, and Helen was providing wholesome nosh up to the usual high standard. There was flying on all five days with most days offering good soaring opportunities in the westerly wind with thermals.   Ben was sent solo and then converted to the K23. Tom, already solo, gained his two Bronze legs and converted to the K8.  The others made good progress and will soon be off on their own.  An excellent and enjoyable week finishing with a BBQ on a warm evening.

MGC Wood Week

A great week led by Roger with wonderful cross countries achieved. 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, David Brown.  Its looking as if I will be lonely on Saturday and there are 3 course members, 3 trial lessons and a check flight to do so if you could give me a hand I would be very grateful.

Sunday: Clive Crocker, Paul Fowler, David Brown and John O’Reilly

Forthcoming events

20th July – Glide Britain

We will be  hosting a filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. 

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

Please make sure you put this into your diaries.  I will be expanding on the detail over the next few weeks so make sure you save the dates.  This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves.  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper

See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jul 062017
 

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

This week.

Silver

Congratulations to David Brown who flew one of the “modern” silvers and did a very respectable 100K as well.

Junior camp

This week we have been running the junior camp organised by Paul Fowler.  They have had fabulous weather and made great progress.

Taster  day

The benefits of the Open day are coming through now,  we have achieved 2 course bookings, 4 returnees (so far) and we received nearly £2000 in revenue.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Paul Fowler, Guy Hartland, Geoff Dailey, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events

8th – 15th July – MGC Wood Week

Roger is leading this year’s Wood Week, which is an opportunity for all gliders particularly those of the wooden variety to get together, admire their beautiful aircraft, and to take part in various “Enterprise” type tasks, either cross-country, height gain, or other fun things like spot landing competitions. It’s always a colourful event, so I do encourage you to come along.

21st July – Glide Britain

There is a possibility that we may host filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. We may also need a couple of volunteers / characters(!) to speak with them on the day – more details to follow.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

If you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you can share it with them.   This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves.  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!  Please add to your diary, more details to follow.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jun 292017
 

This week.

Longest day

“This club is brilliant, I am so impressed with today”.  This was the quote from an ex airline pilot who had been on one of our courses and had stopped to help out with our open day and dawn to dusk.   We started the day with a delay because of the weather but as soon as it cleared then Orch was able to take off at 05:30 and in the evening he had the last flight and landed at 21:36.   From 08:00 we welcomed the public and flew, in difficult conditions, over 80 people. 

The organisation of the day was tremendous, at one point there were 60 members present in the club or on the field quietly and efficiently processing the candidates and their family and friends.  Even when the weather deteriorated and we had to pause there was no dissatisfaction from the public, they were so well looked after.

The day attracted much interest,  some course bookings and many people wanting to return and use their temporary membership.  In addition the members themselves enjoyed themselves and took a great pride in representing their club.  There were so many that it would be impossible to name them all but we must thank the 3 organisers,  Mac, Sarah and John Randall for superb planning, marketing and organisation on the day and the kitchen for making the end of the day so enjoyable as well.

Open Day 4IMG_4696

 

 

Winch failures

We have suffered too many winch equipment failures since the start of the season and this is distressing to all of us.  We obviously need some help and we are seeking it as quickly as we can.

MT     

On the positive side,  Julian Fack has created  a superb vehicle recovery fleet and we are seeking to consolidate it so we do not suffer when one of them fails.  Julian has nearly finished the gas tank conversion in the blue Vitara, then we can be confident of the work required for the others.

Log sheets

Paul Fowler has taken on board the excellent feedback and has created a new folder for logkeeping.  Please can you use this and let Paul know what you think.  This is an experiment and we are anxious to have your feeback.  The system is designed to work in all weather conditions so please let us know the conditions you used it in.  Let the office know how you get on and they will pass the feedback to Paul.

Club house

TV/Quiet Room. As a consequence of the need to smarten up the TV/quiet room for the Open Day last Saturday, it was given a good clear by a number of willing helpers, and a large number of old VHS cassettes, computer displays, keyboards, wiring, broken furniture and cupboards have been removed. They are currently in a temporary ‘holding’ place in the old MT shed, awaiting a decision on where they should next go. They include approx 180 VHS cassettes, of various vintages, ranging from classics such as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, through to a range of aircraft related videos. As we really cannot afford the space to store these cassettes in the quiet/briefing room, and we do not actually have a working VHS player (and no, we don’t want want either), the proposal is that the should finally go to either a charity shop, or to finally meet their maker in the sky. The DVDs have been retained/returned to the room as they take up minimal space. The old CRT TV, together with all of its associated antiquated electronics has been temporarily replaced with a flat screen TV and DVD player, on loan from one of the members, until decisions have been made about exactly what format this room should migrate to. The current proposal is an amalgamation of a quiet/briefing/planning/TV room which will also house the simulator, and the details will be posted on the board within the room for consultation. Please do have a look at the changes made and have a think about the opportunities for substantially ‘refreshing’ this club asset, and either leave suggestions or email secretary@midlandgliding.club.”

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Simon Adlard, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard.

Sunday:  Mark Sanders, Mike Witton,Charles Carter, Stephen Alexander, Laurant Couval

Forthcoming events

8th – 15th July – MGC Wood Week

Roger is leading this year’s Wood Week, which is an opportunity for all gliders particularly those of the wooden variety to get together, admire their beautiful aircraft, and to take part in various “Enterprise” type tasks, either cross-country, height gain, or other fun things like spot landing competitions. It’s always a colourful event, so would encourage you to come along. Equally, if you know of anyone from other clubs who may like to join us, then please let me know & I can email you the poster or further details which you can pass on marketing@midlandgliding.club.

21st July – Glide Britain

There is a possibility that we may host filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. We may also need a couple of volunteers / characters(!) to speak with them on the day – more details to follow.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

If you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you can share it with them.   This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves (wait for it).  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

Jun 232017
 

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

 

This week

Welshpool

A really BIG thank you to Dave, Nigel, Steven, Roger and Mark and Joan for all their efforts at the  Welshpool airshow. It was a huge success because of their enthusiasm and efforts on the day.  We were able to make 16 calls as a result to people who expressed interest.

 

ATC Visit

 

We welcomed another group of ATC cadets last Saturday with squadrons from Dudley and Stourbridge.  It was a hot day and some members kindly found spare sun hats to give the cadets some protection from the scorching sun. A light westerly wind and weak thermals off the ridge ensured that the visitors all had soaring flights under the inversion. Matthew Cook and Paul Fowler were kept busy all day flying the cadets in the K21 and K13.  As with the previous groups, the cadets keenly assisted with airfield operations and contributed to an excellent day for both them and members.  They all thanked the members for the opportunity to fly and left promising to return. Thanks to Clive Crocker as Number 1, John O’Reilly as Launch Director and other members who all ensured the cadets were given ground training and looked after when not flying.

 

Land Rover replacements

We have sold Romeo 1 and got more than we expected for it,  Marc is now preparing Romeo 2 for sale.

Log sheets

Thanks to everyone who responded about the log sheets, there were some really good ideas and Paul Fowler is coordinating the responses and will propose any changes which will make our logging more robust.  You may have noticed that we now have the launch point cones separated by “standard length of rope”.  This was first proposed 25 years ago and has now come to fruition!!

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Mark Wakem and every other instructor who would be willing to volunteer. We will have 4 2 seaters and we have 90 people to fly as well as members so please come along and help us. 

On Sunday it will be Alasdair Lewis, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard and Dave Cole.

Forthcoming events:
Sat 24th June – Recruitment drive and the longest day

Many of you have volunteered to help, thanks very much indeed for that.  The interest has been overwhelming,  the marketing has meant the phone hasn’t stopped ringing and we have 90 (as at Wednesday) coming to fly.  It will be busy, it will be fun and above all it will give us the chance to recruit.  It’s not too late to volunteer,   if you don’t want to commit to half a day or more then ask the office to put you down for an hour slot, anything at all will be welcome.
8th – 15th July – MGC Wood Week
Roger is leading this year’s Wood Week, which is an opportunity for all gliders particularly those of the wooden variety to get together, admire their beautiful aircraft, and to take part in various “Enterprise” type tasks, either cross-country, height gain, or other fun things like spot landing competitions. It’s always a colourful event, so would encourage you to come along. Equally, if you know of anyone from other clubs who may like to join us, then please let me know & I can email you the poster or further details which you can pass on marketing@midlandgliding.club.

21st July – Glide Britain
There is a possibility that we may host filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. We may also need a couple of volunteers / characters(!) to speak with them on the day – more details to follow.

 

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

If you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you can share it with them.   This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves (wait for it).  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Highlights of the committee meeting held on the 9th of July.

Rain Gauge. We have agreed a lease with the environmental agency

Accommodation block roof.  Completed.

Access Road – first experimental laying due 10th of July

Fleet amendments – we haven’t found anything suitable on the market yet

Auto enrolment pension scheme – we are technically compliant, just need to inform the pensions regulator

Land Rover replacements: Gas conversion is pressing as the Vitaras consume a lot of petrol.  This will be expedited

ATC: The visits are taking place now on a regular basis. 

Simulator: All of the components are ready, the k13 fuselage needs some small repair work and then the simulator will be ready for installation in the TV room

Strategy: The July meeting will concentrate on the finances in depth, the September meeting will be attended by staff and associated business stakeholders and the resulting way forward will be offered to members for discussion in October.

K21 aerobatics: The K21 needs some work on it for it to be used as a fully aerobatic aircraft. This work will be costed.

Caravan park: Concern has been raised about the maintenance of the park now the re-furbishment is complete. A set of options will be made to the occupiers

Data protection: The new Data protection act is to be examined to see what changes if any we have to incorporate into our systems.

Retrieve winch positions: We will initiate a project to have “standard” positions.

Jun 082017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.  There might not be an issue next week,  I am working on it.

New Members

Welcome to Ben Harris and Andrew Rands who have joined us,  please ensure you make yourself known to them and help them move forward and take advantage of everything our wonderful sport has to offer.

This week

New packages

We have developed a range of products which members may be interested in. These are package-type products, which mean that you would be able to pay a fixed amount, which then entitles you to all the training you need to reach a certain level of training plus you also get discounted launches/flights, a dedicated instructor allocated to you to help you, and anything else you may need so that you achieve your goals.

So far we have developed packages for:

  • Solo to Bronze – everything you need to become a fully licenced glider pilot,
  • Learn to Fly – everything you need to enable you to go solo,
  • Convert to Gliding – everything that a power pilot/hang-glider pilot/etc would need to achieve solo in a glider.

These are all priced very favourably too, so if you are interested then do contact the office or Sarah at marketing@midlandgliding.club to find out more. We will be publishing more information over the next few weeks, so watch this space.”

Another web cam

Thanks to Geoff Minshull for organizing below:-

We’ve added another web cam and weather station to http://www.midlandgliding.club/weather-information/.  This is a Long Mynd Soaring Club station, located at Sarn, and might be of interest for showing the sky a few miles from the Mynd. It points WSW.

Wind strengths etc. will be pretty accurate in in WNW – NE, and S – SW. It massively under-reads in an East or SE direction.

 

Aim higher

You will have seen the post from Mark earlier in the week.  We have been so privileged to be able to run 2 of these courses this year and we would like to thank Kevin Atkinson who is absolutely tireless and enthusiastic about cross country gliding.   For those of you who attended and for those of you who would have liked to then book task week (see below) in your diary now.  We are going to make it even more “early cross country” friendly than before.

Access road

Road Re-surfacing Works Friday 9th– Sunday 11th June 2017

Repair works to the access road are due to start on Friday (9th June).  This first phase is a trial of the repair methods and will involve resurfacing  the particularly badly potholed section of road around the two bends to the East of the hangar. A mechanical excavator, dumper and vibrating roller will be on site on Friday and throughout the coming weekend.

Access to the club will be maintained but will involve a diversion around the work area. It may be necessary for members to drive on the grass for a short distance. Please drive slowly and carefully to avoid damage to the grass, especially if it is wet.

Every effort will be made to avoid disruption to flying or to other club operations.

IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY. Unless you are directly involved with the work, PLEASE keep away from the machinery and materials and remain outside the work area at all time.

It is important that you treat the newly laid surface with care, particularly in the first few weeks. Please drive carefully and slowly.

Your patience and co-operation would be appreciated.

Your team this weekend is:

Neal Clements, Nigel Lassetter, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Dave d’Arcy, Chris Alldiss, Mark Sanders, Tony Dietrich.

Field Operation

Our current log sheet holder is not fit for purpose, the Mynd can be quite hostile to uncovered paper (its even worse with electronic devices).  If anyone knows of a stormproof system (not involving a vehicle) then could you drop me an email below please.  We are legally obliged to log our flights and in some conditions this is extremely difficult with our existing clipboard.

Forthcoming events:
Sat 24th June – Recruitment drive and the longest day

We must get new members for the club to thrive, and this day is a vital part of that strategy.  Neal Clements will be number 1 for the day, we will have a briefing the night before at about 18:30  if you are around and also at 08:30 in the morning.  Please can I ask you to volunteer,  Mac has done a fabulous job in getting volunteers but we need more, especially at the welcome point.  You only have to do an hour, no more,  please email or call the office and we will add you to the rota. Also, if you know of anyone who may wish to come along, do encourage them to come & preferably to book their flight slot in advance with the office.
Here’s how we’re approaching it: “If you’ve always wanted to learn to fly, please join us for a Gliding Taster Day on the Longest Day of the Year. We will be flying from 5am until sunset around 10pm! Bookable flight slots £25 Experience flying over beautiful Shropshire & Wales at dawn or dusk. Discover what gliding is all about:-
Gliding talks & presentations
Guided tours of the airfield, clubhouse and facilities
Meet all the members, staff & volunteers (we’re very friendly & don’t bite!)
Find out if gliding is for you
Special deals & offers available on the day for those wishing to become members
REGISTRATION & PRE-BOOKING ADVISABLE, although you can also turn up on the day & we will aim to fly everyone!
To book a flight slot for you and your family or friends, please contact Martin on 01588650206 or
office@midlandgliding.club
In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members. Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two. It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect). Flying starts at 5am and continues until 10pm. Please drop Neal an email at chairman@midlandgliding.club if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.
8th – 15th July – MGC Wood Week
Roger is leading this year’s Wood Week, which is an opportunity for all gliders particularly those of the wooden variety to get together, admire their beautiful aircraft, and to take part in various “Enterprise” type tasks, either cross-country, height gain, or other fun things like spot landing competitions. It’s always a colourful event, so would encourage you to come along. Equally, if you know of anyone from other clubs who may like to join us, then please let me know & I can email you the poster or further details which you can pass on marketing@midlandgliding.club.

21st July – Glide Britain
There is a possibility that we may host filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. We may also need a couple of volunteers / characters(!) to speak with them on the day – more details to follow.

Juniors camp

The Club will be running a summer camp for junior members from 7th to 11th August, and all junior members are invited to join for just one day or all week.  Please call the office to book a place.

 

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

If you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you can share it with them.   This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves (wait for it).  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally friendly folk, all at the same time!

Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals and Two-Seater Training. Entries are now open for the 2017 Nationals and Two-Seater Training. These will be held at Nympsfield from 19-27 August. Anyone can apply as long as their 26th birthday falls after 2017. As usual, two-seater competition training will run alongside the competition. You can enter the competition even if you do not have your Silver badge yet, but you cannot be given a place until you have completed it. If you are not sure whether you will get your silver before the competition, you can apply for both the competition and the two-seater training. The two-seater training course is intended to prepare young pilots to fly a rated competition solo in a subsequent year. Places are limited. Although any worthy applicant will be considered, the majority of successful applicants have Bronze & XC Endorsement completed and some solo soaring time. Applications for both the competition and the training should be made by 22nd May at https://legacy.gliding.co.uk/juniorsentry. Applications from previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome. Questions about the competition and the entry process should be addressed to ukjuniorgliding@gmail.com and two-seater training queries should be addressed to Ed Foxon (edfoxon@hotmail.com) or Andy Holmes (andyh418@yahoo.co.uk).

Wally Kahn fund

You should have received an email regarding this.  In summary the fund is offering a cross country training course at Lasham with the aim of you completing your Silver.  This is an outstanding offer and will be heavily subscribed.   Suitable candidates will be people who have already demonstrated an involvement and keenness in their own gliding clubs and will need to explain to the

Trustees how a Silver “C” qualification would help them in their own personal development as well as helping them with their careers in gliding.

Applications should initially be by letter or by e-mail to manager@lasham.org.uk

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

May 252017
 

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

Trip to Jaca

I thought I would describe the benefits of the expedition. We had four Mynd gliders there – three Duos FZ, JF and KA and Clive’s JS1.  The gliders have been averaging 15 to 20 hours a week with a mixture of tasks between 100 and 300k per day. One day we flew the length of the Pyrenees and back which is about 460k. Pilots who have been sharing have been getting about 10 hours a week whilst those not sharing have been getting twice that. The conditions have been such that relatively simple, high tasks can be achieved or, for the more adventurous and knowledgeable, the high mountains have been available most days offering stunning mountain flying. The big advantage to this expedition is having the opportunity to dramatically increase your hours, fly in stunning conditions and learning new skills if you wish.   We plan to do a winter evening on the club expeditions (Millfield, Llanbedr, Jaca, competitions) so members can understand the benefits, costs etc.

Club house garden furniture

Dave d’Arcy and volunteers have started renovating the “patio furniture”.  We owe a great thank you to Dave and his team for doing this.  Watching the Mynd sunset from outdoors on the patio is absolutely stunning.

Access road

Howard, Charles and Tim are beavering away on the reconstruction.  You will be seeing material delivered ready for the next phase.

K23 trailer

Rob Hanks has done a fantastic job with volunteers including Marc Williams, see photo.  It is almost ready to go, one last effort is all that is required.  Please call the office or the club if you could spare an hour to help.  If you are an aspiring cross country pilot or want your silver distance then you will need a good K23 trailer!

Going Cross-country?
Land-out packs are now available in the office. Please pick one up before you head off. If you are lucky enough to land in a field however far away, we encourage you to give the pack to your friendly farmer. It contains an invitation card they can send us, so that we can invite them to the Farmers’ Thank You supper, which will be held on 23rd Sept
(No need to buy a pack when you get it from the office – you only pay for their meal if they turn up to the supper!)

Your team this weekend is: Mike Witton, Alasdair Lewis, Stephen Alexander.  Bring your shorts and T shirts and sun cream.

Forthcoming events:
3rd – 5th June – Aim Higher practical course
If you haven’t booked on this yet then please contact the office.  Its pretty full but if you want to use your own aircraft then there should be space.  Also Mark has arranged for some Duo s to be available so there will be seats in those.

3rd – 9th June – Aerobatic Intro Week
Steve Male is running this popular week and if you’ve not already booked on for one or more days, and would like to take part to learn some aerobatic skills and move towards an aerobatic qualification, please do email the office without delay & we will make sure the message is passed on to Steve.

Sat 24th June – Recruitment drive

We must get new members for the club to thrive and this day is a vital part of that strategy.  Neal Clements will be number 1 for the day, we will have a briefing the night before if you are around and at 08:30 in the morning.  Please can I ask you to volunteer,  Mac has done a fabulous job in getting volunteers but we need more, especially at the welcome point.  You only have to do an hour, no more,  please email the office and we will add you to the rota.


Mac is organising this “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June. The promotion for this is well under way now. If you can help by putting a poster(s) up in your locality, please grab one from Martin. We emailed it out as a pdf to all members recently & would be grateful if you could circulate it to your friends who may be interested in booking a flight slot (for just £25). There will be tours, talks, catering, video displays, so it should give people a really good ‘Taster’ to see if membership could be for them. You can also encourage them to find out more details on our facebook page here.
Here’s how we’re approaching it: “If you’ve always wanted to learn to fly, please join us for a Gliding Taster Day on the Longest Day of the Year. We will be flying from 5am until sunset around 10pm! Bookable flight slots £25 Experience flying over beautiful Shropshire & Wales at dawn or dusk. Discover what gliding is all about:-
Gliding talks & presentations
Guided tours of the airfield, clubhouse and facilities
Meet all the members, staff & volunteers (we’re very friendly & don’t bite!)
Find out if gliding is for you
Special deals & offers available on the day for those wishing to become members
REGISTRATION & PRE-BOOKING ADVISABLE, although you can also turn up on the day & we will aim to fly everyone!
To book a flight slot for you and your family or friends, please contact Martin on 01588650206 or
office@midlandgliding.club
In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members. Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two. It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect). Flying starts at 5am and continues until 10pm. Please drop Neal an email at chairman@midlandgliding.club if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.
8th – 15th July – MGC Wood Week
Roger is leading this year’s Wood Week, which is an opportunity for all gliders particularly those of the wooden variety to get together, admire their beautiful aircraft, and to take part in various “Enterprise” type tasks, either cross-country, height gain, or other fun things like spot landing competitions. It’s always a colourful event, so would encourage you to come along. Equally, if you know of anyone from other clubs who may like to join us, then please let me know & I can email you the poster or further details which you can pass on marketing@midlandgliding.club.

21st July – Glide Britain
There is a possibility that we may host filming team for Glide Britain, who are creating a suite of UK-wide marketing materials & resources, which we hope to tap into to broaden our scope & reach for marketing & promotion. A small part of this includes creation of a short film showcasing different elements of gliding found at various clubs throughout the UK. Please do say hi & make them feel welcome. We may also need a couple of volunteers / characters(!) to speak with them on the day – more details to follow.

5th-13th August – Simon’s Cross-Country Week
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the above.

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week (party on 27th)

If you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you can share it with them.   This year we are going for a different format with tasks being set inside themselves (wait for it).  For example a 200 k task may contain a 150 , a 100 and a 50k task.  This way any aspiring badges eg Silver can be accommodated in the same conditions as the bigger tasks.  More details to follow but book the week now, the fields are terrific, the organisation is even better and you will make significant progress with guaranteed retrieves and a lot of fun.

23rd Sept – Farmers’ Thank You Supper
See above for info. A great opportunity to thank your farmer, showcase the club & build our reputation as generally
friendly folk, all at the same time!

Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals and Two-Seater Training. Entries are now open for the 2017 Nationals and Two-Seater Training. These will be held at Nympsfield from 19-27 August. Anyone can apply as long as their 26th birthday falls after 2017. As usual, two-seater competition training will run alongside the competition. You can enter the competition even if you do not have your Silver badge yet, but you cannot be given a place until you have completed it. If you are not sure whether you will get your silver before the competition, you can apply for both the competition and the two-seater training. The two-seater training course is intended to prepare young pilots to fly a rated competition solo in a subsequent year. Places are limited. Although any worthy applicant will be considered, the majority of successful applicants have Bronze & XC Endorsement completed and some solo soaring time. Applications for both the competition and the training should be made by 22nd May at https://legacy.gliding.co.uk/juniorsentry. Applications from previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome. Questions about the competition and the entry process should be addressed to ukjuniorgliding@gmail.com and two-seater training queries should be addressed to Ed Foxon (edfoxon@hotmail.com) or Andy Holmes (andyh418@yahoo.co.uk).

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Committee meeting 12 May highlights

I wasn’t present so the following are extracts from the minutes that I believe will be of interest:-

ATC.  The first trips have been very successful, thanks to Paul Fowler for this.

FLARM and radio grant.  Dave Wedlock has submitted the application

Accommodation block roof.  Work due to start (I believe this is complete now, thanks to Simon Towers for organising this).

Provisioning:  there is a problem with overbooking, CFI to address with the office.  Steve Foster has been helping re design the flying list.

 

May 042017
 

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

Last week:

Access road

There has been a lot of activity on the above since the AGM and Tim Mason, Charles Carter, Howard Bradley with the help of John Warren (an ex member who has very kindly offered his expertise) are getting ready to do the first phase of work.  More details to follow.

Retrieve winch

Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the woods.  We have now discovered a problem with one of the retrieve winch guillotines and Skylaunch are giving a lot of help and effort in helping us to resolve this as quickly as possible. 

MT kit

We have a Shogun!  Julian Fack is now being helped by Rob Hanks and Marc Williams to rapidly get us into the position where we have appropriate,  reliable,  cost effective ground vehicles.  The effort that is going into this is immense and we are extremely grateful to Julian for this.

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Steve Male, Mark Sanders, Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy, Dave Cole

Forthcoming events:

Subscriptions

Please,  if you haven’t paid your subscription,  contact the office.  Our club needs your subscription in order to survive and thrive. 

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

This course is filling up fast, and I urge you to get your bronze so you can take advantage.  I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.  

Summer celebration

Mac is organising this “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June. The promotion for this is well under way now. If you can help by putting a poster(s) up in your locality, please grab one from Martin. We will also be emailing it out as a pdf this week & would be grateful if you could circulate it to your friends who may be interested in booking a flight slot (for just £25). There will be tours, talks, catering, video displays, so it should give people a really good ‘Taster’ to see if membership could be for them. You can also encourage them to find out more details on our facebook page here.

Here’s how we’re approaching it: “If you’ve always wanted to learn to fly, please join us for a Gliding Taster Day on the Longest Day of the Year. We will be flying from 5am until sunset around 10pm!
Bookable flight slots £25
Experience flying over beautiful Shropshire & Wales at dawn or dusk
Discover what gliding is all about
Gliding talks & presentations
Guided tours of the airfield, clubhouse and facilities
Meet all the members, staff & volunteers (we’re very friendly & don’t bite!)
Find out if gliding is for you
Special deals & offers available on the day for those wishing to become members
REGISTRATION & PRE-BOOKING ADVISABLE, although you can also turn up on the day & we will aim to fly everyone!
To book a flight slot for you and your family or friends, please contact Martin on 01588650206 or office@midlandgliding.club”

In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).  Flying starts at 5am and continues until 10pm. Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

MGC Wood Week & MGC Task Week

These are coming up in the next 2-3 months & you will start to see more about these in the next blog. Again, if you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you cna share it with them.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Apr 202017
 

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

Last week:

Juniors’ Week

The Club’s own junior members (not the BGA lot!) gathered all last week for some concentrated training.  Holly, Jared and Barnaby all put in some hard work. Mixed weather meant that they flew in changing conditions and all continued to progress through the Club’s syllabus.  Briefings were given when weather prevented flying.  It was very noticeable how better they all were by the end of the week, and it just shows how a period of regular training helps to improve skills.  Well done to all three!

Retrieve winch

This still isn’t back from Skylaunch and Guy Hartland is chasing vigorously, if we have to do Land Rover retrieves then this loses a significant amount of money.

Cross Country refresher week

This has been a fabulous week with a full set of briefings on Monday followed by 5 cross country flights in Duos on Tuesday and 4 in the motor glider.  Yesterday in poor conditions we achieved several General Flying tests for Bronze and 3 more Duo cross country flights using a small task as recommended by Kevin Atkinson on his Aim Higher initiative.  This small task proved extremely effective in being able to teach all of the skills required for a cross country.  Still 2 days left to go!!   The club would like to express its thanks to all of those DUO owners who gave up their time to fly budding pilots around and to Steve Male and Simon Adlard and Rob Hanks for such excellent organisation.

In the attached photo we have a group of course members with a combined IQ of over 100 working out how to turn a PDA on.

pda photo

We have a new Vitara!

Julian Fack is running our Land Rover replacement project and has obtained another Vitara for us.  We will be publishing more on the overall plan when the new vehicle arrives.

Membership survey

Thanks to everyone who took part (72 of you) please see below the item on the “Priority Grid” to see what we are doing with the feedback.

ATC

Paul Fowler, Steve Male and the Chair have been in long term negotiations with the ATC and the first group will be flying with us this Saturday.  As always please make them welcome.

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Clive Crocker, Nigel Lassetter, Stephen Alexander, Mark Wakem, Chris Alldis

Forthcoming events:

 

Winch Launching has changed!!   A reminder

You all should have an email re the above,  in  essence:-

Essentially the process of the winch launch has not changed but the procedure we use to facilitate the process has changed.

    1) The new procedure highlights the responsibilities of the Retrieve Winch Operator – this not a change as such but reinforces the responsibilities defined in Laws & Rules.

    2) The “Wing Tip Holder” now ONLY holds the wing – they do not signal

    3) The person who attaches the cable to the glider becomes the “Wing Tip Signaller”.

    4) The “Wing Tip Signaller” now ONLY signals “Take Up Slack”

    5) The “Retrieve Winch Operator” decides when all the slack is out of the cable by observing the glider beginning to move forward – and ONLY THEN changes to the “All Out” signal.

This new procedure became effective on  Monday 17th April i.e. Easter Bank Holiday Monday

So far it appears to be working very well.

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

This course is filling up fast, and I urge you to get your bronze so you can take advantage.  I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.  

Fleet: we are selling the Discus!!

As soon as we can get a replacement aircraft we will immediately move the Discus into the workshop to get it ready for sale then put it into its trailer.  This is part of the strategy outlined by the CFI at the AGM.   We expect, at current prices, to put it up for sale at £16 000 or above and will allow a fortnight for members to form syndicates or make an offer before putting it on the open market.

Summer celebration

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Highlights of the committee meeting held on the 14th of April 2017

The new committee welcomed Rob Shepherd (buildings) and Tim Mason (grounds).

We have an annual grant for the Environmentally Sensitive Area status and this is late in arriving.  Charles Carter is chasing this for us.  He is also chasing the Business rates, we have heard nothing back from the BGA rates team.

We are producing 3 packages aimed at recruitment and retention.  Jon Hall and Sarah are creating the artwork for the vouchers.

The accommodation block roof will be repaired, we have chosen the contractor and will place the order.

The access road will commence with the drainage project.  Howard will co ordinate,  volunteers to help are desperately needed.

The membership survey will help create the “priority project” grid that John O’Reilly will create, this will enable projects to be initiated that match the criteria “Recruit and Retain”.

Auto enrolment.  The scheme has started.

Electric sheep fence.  Howard will be doing more work on this weekend 22nd of April

Flarm and radio grant.  Dave  Wedlock will be submitting the application after Easter.

Simulator.  Geoff Dailey will help Dave Crowson complete this.

CFI report:  One minor incident in March – wheels up landing.  For those of you who were not at Kevin Atkinson’s Aim Higher course, ask the Chair what WULF should really stand for.

Hospitality.  The club web site now hosts the Terms and Conditions (thanks to Paul Fowler) for the booking of accommodation from visitors.  We now send a template email asking for a £50 deposit and we don’t refund cancellations made less than 30 days in advance.

Apr 132017
 

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

Last week:

Good news and bad news.

Congratulations to  Steve Rudge on going solo.  Steve has persevered and is now reaping the benefits with superb flights setting a good example to all of us. 

Retrieve winch

Believe it or not (probably the latter) your committee does try to plan ahead and we are desperate to maintain a good launch facility.  To that end we sent one of the retrieve winches to Skylaunch for a major service in the winter. Below is an extract from Guy Hartland’s update to the committee on the problem.  Guy puts a lot of effort in along with our fabulous winch team.

“Skylaunch had promised the retrieve winch back the first week in April (last week) obviously that did not happen and the weekend operation was considerably hampered when the Knox retrieve winch would not run (now sorted) I spoke to Skylaunch on Monday morning. I am informed that the engine rebuild is completed and it was ready for reassembly. Mike Groves was away in Germany until today and I am expecting an update in the morning as to what tge issue was and when we can expect to have the winch back on site. ”

 Visit by Appleby ATC Squadron

In case you are not aware,  Paul Fowler has, over the past few years, considerably expanded our cadet and junior offering.  Below is the report from the weekend. I was instructing as well and it was a delight to have such enthusiastic youngsters helping out on the field.

 

“Six cadets from ATC 2192 Squadron based in Appleby in Cumbria, along with two staff, paid the Club a visit over the last weekend, driving down early on Saturday morning to arrive in time to help unpack the hangar.  The Squadron have been visiting the Club over the last few years, and it was a second visit for two of the cadets and one of quite a number for Flt Sgt Dave Shaw.  Rob, the new Commanding Officer, was making his first visit.  Both days were sunny and soarable in parts.  All the cadets and staff enjoyed flights on both days. The newbies were introduced to the basic effects of the controls and the others made good progress in their flying training to complement their training under the RAF syllabus.  Basic training was in the K13.  Matthew Cooke also kindly offered flights in the T21, which was much appreciated by each cadet. The grinning face when the T21 landed was a sight to behold, and the cadets looked as if they enjoyed the flying as well!   The cadets were of great help on the ground, fetching cabless,  keeping the Log,  driving the vehicles and helping launch the gliders.  Some members should take note!  Further visits are planned.

 

Help Shrewsbury school.

 Shrewsbury School have asked if we can arrange for a glider to be displayed on their Speech Day, Saturday 1 July . A top-of-the-range two-seater will look good and will generate some good publicity amongst the affluent parents!  If any private owners are willing to help, please contact Paul Fowler.  The day wont be like the Speech Days members of a certain generation may remember.  There are hospitality marquees and lots of other displays.

 

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Walter Baumann, David Brown, John O’Reilly, Alasdair Lewis, Guy Hartland, Tony Dietrich

Forthcoming events:

The UK Mountain Soaring Group

The UK Mountain Soaring Group (formerly Eden Soaring Society) will be visiting the Mynd on the weekend of 22 and 23 April.  The website is http://www.ukmsg.co.uk/.   The history section of the website tells where the Mynd fits into their story, involving the Cambridge (CUGC as it then was) camps that used to happen at the Mynd.  

 

Winch Launching is changing!!

You all should have an email re the above,  in  essence:-

Essentially the process of the winch launch has not changed but the procedure we use to facilitate the process has changed.

    1) The new procedure highlights the responsibilities of the Retrieve Winch Operator – this not a change as such but reinforces the responsibilities defined in Laws & Rules.

    2) The “Wing Tip Holder” now ONLY holds the wing – they do not signal

    3) The person who attaches the cable to the glider becomes the “Wing Tip Signaller”.

    4) The “Wing Tip Signaller” now ONLY signals “Take Up Slack”

    5) The “Retrieve Winch Operator” decides when all the slack is out of the cable by observing the glider beginning to move forward – and ONLY THEN changes to the “All Out” signal.

This new procedure will be introduced on Monday 17th April i.e. Easter Bank Holiday Monday

 

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

AGM

The AGM was extremely well attended and after the formalities we discussed the highlights of the survey, the future of the fleet, the accommodation block and the road.  On the latter Howard Bradley has the go ahead to start the drainage work,  please can you let the office know if you would be willing to help out for an hour or 2 and we will publish the date well in advance.

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

Summer celebration

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Apr 062017
 

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

Last week:

Sunday flights

Rob Hanks did 244k Darcy did 144k and John Kingsley did his Silver with an out and return.  Its all hotting up and a good start to the season.   Thanks to Mark for the heads up on the weather.

New members

We welcome Nigel Evans.  If you see Nigel please ensure that you involve him in all of our operation and offer him the warm welcome he deserves.

Llanbedr Expedition

Midland GC visited Llanbedr again this year 18th to 24th March along with members of Staffordshire GC and Wrekin GC. Due to an unavoidable change of plans by the airfield we had to change our dates to a week later, which was annoying at the time but extremely fortuitous in the end, as the week we were original booked to go it rained every day except one, which was flat calm. The facilities at the airfield were much improved from last year with palatial toilets,  briefing room, kitchen and chill out room in the hangar.  We caught the end of the bad weather as the first two days were washed out. Monday to Thursday saw improving conditions with quite low cloud and Westerly winds which made the ridges work, but most flights were fairly short allowing people to have a good practice at aerotowing. Last year we said we would never get such amazing conditions again, but on Friday the wind turned to the East, wave set up and we were all treated to to many hours of wave flying up to 11,000 feet in crystal clear air with snow on the mountains and no clouds. We enjoyed the  views of the whole of Cardigan bay, Ireland was clearly visible, and we could fly all over Snowdonia with several people flying over Snowdon. Saturday conditions were similar but very difficult to get into the wave, the new shiny version of 494 managed 8,000 feet and a trip over Snowdon again.   Once again LLanbedr proved to be a fantastic place to fly from.

Look at the video here:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdj1pIOEm-o

 

Member survey

We have had 72 responses and some fabulous feedback, see the AGM below for details of how we will feed back and make use of the results.

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Neal Clements, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy, Steve Male, Glyn Macarthur.

Forthcoming events:

Simulator

Dave Crowson’s bad leg has not prevented him from putting in a huge amount of effort into improving the club’s offerings and in particular he has moved the simulator on a significant stage .  All that is needed now is some DIY help so he can fit the technical bits, bobs and various gubbins required to make the K13 fuselage appear to fly.  If you can handle a saw, screwdriver or hammer please contact Dave directly to help finish this off.  A simulator is an extremely useful aid to our training from early to quite advanced.

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

AGM

The meeting this Saturday is an important one,  the AGM itself will be reasonably short and tight but the strategy session afterwards will help set the tone of the club for a long time in the future.  In addition can I ask you to consider coming on the committee.  The current committee is working extremely well and this is exactly the time to add to its quality.  The role isn’t onerous but it is important and rewarding.

You all should have received a full set of papers for the discussion after the AGM.  Our thinking is to quickly go through the highlights of the survey (some very interesting feedback in there) then discuss the fleet and the infrastructure.  Howard Bradley will be on hand to explain the research and proposals for the access road and I have invited the staff along to help answer any questions you may have.  We are really looking forward to seeing you at what, I believe, will be a very formative meeting for the future of our club. 

If you havent received the email containing the papers (some were in a zip file) then please email the office for a copy

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.f

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

Summer celebration

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Mar 232017
 

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

Last week:

Web cams

We now have an Easterly facing camera , thanks to Richard Bennet. This gives us a comprehensive coverage of the surrounding field and sky.

New members

Welcome to Dr Ray Lewis who joined and immediately attended the Aim Higher course showing how important the cross country aspect of our sport is to all.

Aim higher course

We were privileged to run the above last weekend.  An incredibly motivating,  educational and thought provoking two days.  Everyone who attended (see photo) was completely bowled over by the quality of the information and the superb presentation style.  The club owes a huge debt of thanks to Kevin Atkinson and we really will try to continue the push to encourage cross country.

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Llanbedr Expedition

The weather hasn’t been too kind but if you look at the postings on facebook even a ridge day appears to offer phenomenal soaring!  Easterlies forecast for the rest of the week so hopefully they will get superb wave as well.

Member survey

Please can I remind you about this and encourage you to complete it, we are already seeing some extremely useful feedback and this will help to make your club even better.  (Plus free winch launches if you win the draw!!!).  The link below will take you to it.

http://bit.ly/MembersSurveyFB

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is Alasdair Lewis, Mark Sanders, Nigel Lassetter, Mike Witton, Peter Orchard, Charles Page, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events:

Summer is here

The club goes full time on the 20th of March.  The office is open (except Wednesdays)  and ready to accept your bookings.  We have the fleet ready, the MT is ready all we need now is weather and pilots!

Juniors over Easter

The Club will be running a course for junior members over the Easter holidays from 10 to 13 April with a dedicated instructor and glider.  Junior members may attend for just one day or more. Any members interested should book a place through the office

AGM

This coming meeting is an important one,  the AGM itself will be reasonably short and tight but the strategy session afterwards will help set the tone of the club for a long time in the future.  In addition can I ask you to consider coming on the committee.  The current committee is working extremely well and this is exactly the time to add to its quality.  The role isn’t onerous but it is important and rewarding.

8 April 17:00.  Please put this into your diary.  We intend a slightly different format this year with the AGM, followed by presentations on the options for going forward.  We have had a couple of good years but we face stormy times ahead.  We must strengthen our position now while we can and your input and feedback are essential.  At the February committee meeting we agreed our 3 main goals and will be publishing them before the meeting so once the formal part of the meeting is over you can contribute to the discussion regarding the priorities of the club over the next few years.

MGC Cross Country Refresher Week – for ALL aspiring or active cross country pilots!

This week runs from 17th – 21st April 2017

This is a great week for aspiring and early (and experienced) cross-country pilots with a structured training opportunity to refresh their cross country skills prior to the main period of the cross country flying season. Expect to hone your abilities in the following areas:

  • All aspects of ground school you will need
  • Motorglider training for field landing / navigation practice
  • Aerotow training & revalidation will be available if required
  • Advanced handling techniques
  • Cross-country tasks will be set, planned, flown and debriefed (in your own glider, or as P2 in a club glider/Duo Discus.
  • Dedicated days/slots, instructors, and aircraft available

If you are interested in, or intrigued by the thought of, flying what seem like unimaginable distances in an aircraft that has no apparent means of propulsion, then this is for you! You can find out more by clicking here for the poster or here for full details of how the week will work.f

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.   We are already getting applications and I think this will be a popular one.

Summer celebration

Mac is organising the “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June.  In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).   Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

chairman@midlandgliding.club