Sarah Platt

Sep 202018
 

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

This week

A great weekend was had by all, in celebration of Andy Holmes’ 40th birthday. There was lots of great flying and two evenings of wonderful food (thank you to Fay and the team) and superb musical entertainment from the resident Mynd band and from The Rogues. Brilliant to see so many friends old and new, including a collection of the world’s best winch drivers. A welcome return of a proper Mynd party!

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The tail end of hurricane Ali has been visiting us this week, so it’s been a week of mixed weather combined with battening down the hatches.

Autumn projects

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

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Geoff Dailey.

Sunday:  Paul Fowler, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey.

It looks like we are short of a Launch Director on both days so if you’re around and can help out for a bit, I’m sure the team would appreciate it.

Forthcoming events

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

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

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

Read a leaflet

A number of members have been asking lately about the packages for new members that were introduced in the new year. There has not yet been a suitable opportunity for Sarah to do a quick pre-dinner chat to explain them, however in the meantime I would encourage everybody to read the Your Gliding Journey leaflet which can be found in the club as all the information and detail is in there. Details are also on the website under Learn to Fly section.

The aim is to ensure that if someone asks you about learning to glide, you are able to direct them to the most appropriate solution for them, which in a lot of cases is NOT simply a trial lesson. The general rule of thumb is:

  1. A) Wants a one-off / bucket list flight and has no interest in learning = Trial Lesson;
  2. B) Interested in LEARNING to fly = a Your Gliding Journey package (Intro to Gliding 1 or 2 day WEEKEND course, or Flying Start 40 launches package)

If you have questions on this, please do contact Sarah.

Entrance road

As we go into the Autumn season the road may start to take a hammering, so please do remember to drive slowly over it so that we can preserve the surface in as good a condition as possible.

Winter Lectures and Instructor meetings

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

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

marketing@midlandgliding.club on behalf of  

chairman@midlandgliding.club

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Jul 052018
 
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Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future.

This week – The weather hasn’t been stellar for the school summer camp, however today is looking amazing. If you managed to get time off to fly today, remember to put your flight on the BGA ladder.

New road

Our new road is still holding up well despite the heat.  This is a most precious asset so please can you drive over it slowly to preserve it.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Guy Hartland, Dave D’Arcy

Sunday:  Roger Andrews, Matthew Cook, Guy Hartland, Mike Dodwell

 

Forthcoming events

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

Wood Week 2018 starts this Saturday. Do come up and join in the fun and flying.

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Task week – 18th – 27th August Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

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

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

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

 

Reviews please!

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

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jun 212018
 

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

750km day?

Looking foward to seeing all the flight traces from today, which was touted as a 750km day! If you went anywhere, remember to put it on the ladder and check out what everyone has been up to across the country. Tomorrow will be less windy but just as good, so if you can get the day off, do get yourself in the air.

CFI – Introduction to Gliding Courses – This coming weekend we have the second in our series of “Introduction to Gliding” courses. These courses have been sold to people who have expressed a serious intention to join us as members and learn to fly with us.  These days are NOT just an extended, glorified, Trial Lesson; they are an attempt to show these prospective new members how the club operates and give them an appreciation of what it is like to be a member.

The day starts with a number of ground briefings before the pilots are brought out on to the field to fly. Hopefully they will be looked after on the day by a nominated “Ground Coach” and they should have their own instructor & glider, for the day, so should not impact too much on members’ general club flying.

When you see these prospective new members around please do whatever you reasonably can to make them feel welcome and involved both on the airfield and in the clubhouse.

It has taken a lot of effort from the extended club team to get these prospective new members to this point, so we really want to show off all aspects of the club to its full potential.

MGC website

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

Webcams/ Weather Station

In order to get the weather station data showing again, a replacement computer is currently being sought, and the relevant software will be installed.

MGC branded clothing and merchandise

We are indebted to Peter Turner who has worked tirelessly over the past few months to refresh and extend our range of MGC clothing. This has been no small task! Display items have now been delivered. Pick up your hat from the office £5.50, or order it from the online shop for delivery to your home. We have t-shirts, wind-proof jackets, warm gillets etc, and are available to order in your exact size. Please see the display in the entrance corridor, or ask in the office.

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

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

Prospective Members

The monthly Tours for prospective members are going well and upcoming ones are almost booked up. Next time you’re at the club, take a look at the Your Gliding Journey leaflet, which explains our newly developed Membership packages. The packages are aimed at prospective members / people who want to Learn to Fly, rather than those who simply want a one-off Trial Lesson.  When people ask you about gliding or approach you at the club, it would be great if everyone could direct people towards either the Membership packages, the Tours, (or Trial Lessons, if that’s the right option for them). Sarah will be doing a quick pre-dinner talk about this in the next few weeks.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Greenwod, Guy Hartland, Charles Carter, Pete Orchard, Mark Wakem

Sunday:  Neal Clements, Matthew Cook, Guy Hartland, William Brewis.

Forthcoming events

Course – 25th-29th June

There are very limited places left on next week’s course, so if you want some intensive flying, then get yourself booked in asap while there’s still time.

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

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

Task week – 18th – 27th August

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap. Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions.

Task Week is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

In order to encourage more pilots to fly cross country at a level where they are safe and comfortable the event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the squew given to the results by a single fast flight on a long task.

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

Sarah

marketing@midlandgliding.club on behalf of chairman@midlandgliding.club

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Apr 122018
 

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

The Easter Juniors week this week has seen a mixed bag of weather, with ground training happening when flying couldn’t.
Your team this weekend is:Saturday: Guy Hartland, Nigel Lassetter, Charles Page

Sunday:  Denise Hughes, Mark Wakem

 

Committee / General updates:

Access Road: Now that spring is here and the weather is getting better (!?) we need to work on getting the access road back into good condition. It is particularly important to get it properly serviceable in time for the prospective members weekend which is being held 4th-6th May. The half day sessions we held last autumn worked well and were great fun (honestly!) so we will be doing more of the same over the next few weeks. If you are willing and able to spare a little time to help out, please put your name and contact details on the list which is on the notice board in the clubhouse, or contact Tim Mason via the office.

Maps: The new 2018 (Edition 44) CAA/NATS/ICAO 1:500,000 Aeronautical Charts are now available from the office, priced at a very reasonable £15 ea. Just a reminder that it is an ANO requirement to carry an up to date chart if flying out of ‘Local area’ soaring, and at just slightly more than the cost of a single launch, it is a good investment anyway. For those expecting to fly cross-country it is a necessity, for those thinking of flying cross-country in the not too distant future, it is worth getting familiar with airspace with an up to date chart. They will be literally ‘flying off the shelf’, get yours before they are all gone.

GDPR 2018: There are new Data Protection Regulations coming into force in May of this year, and together with the club needing to highlight what personal data we hold on members, how we store and use it, members also need to give their explicit permission for us to do so. The membership application and renewal forms have been updated to include that authority. Could you all please ensure that a membership Renewal form is completed this year, so that we have a record of your  agreement for us to hold that data. Many thanks

Membership Subs: Whilst we’re on the subject of membership renewal, roughly 50% of members have paid their annual membership subscriptions. We ask everyone who has not yet done so to please contact the office on 01588 650206 with the minimum of delay, and with bank card in hand!

MT: The new winch engine should now be here and we are likely to be able to get it fitted next week. We now have a new clutch for the Shogun and will look at fitting it within the next week too.

Aim Higher training 7th-11th May: We have a couple of spaces left for this excellent and popular training week (see below for full details). To grab one of the spaces, please contact the office without delay.

Rockpolishers (Inter-Club League competition): Here are the teams for the events

Round Date Venue Novice Intermediate Pundit
1 21/22 April Nympsfield   Jon Hall
+ Mark Williams
Rob Hanks (capt)
+ Dave Cole
2 5/6 May Long Mynd David Brown Julian Fack
+ P2
Paul Shuttleworth
3 26-28 May Aston Down Geoff Dailey
Mark Williams
Dave d’Arcy (capt)
Mike Witton
Dominic Haughton
4 9/10 Jun Usk Mark Williams Dave d’Arcy (capt)
Walter Baumann
Dave Crowson
(+ P2?)

A weather call will be made on the Thursday evening before each event. If the forecast looks to be unsuitable the event will be cancelled and scheduled for later in the year.

The very wet conditions we are experiencing currently may also bring the viability of the first event into question. Pray for (lots of) sunshine between now and then. We’ll keep you posted.

CFI News – Check/Currency/Recency Flights:

Now the weather is (should be) getting better a number of us, including me, will be thinking of taking to the air for the 1st time in a while. This brings us to the thorny questions of “Currency” and “Recency”.   You may well be within your Annual Check period of validity BUT if you haven’t flown 3 launches and 3 landings as handling pilot in the last 90 days then you’re NOT “Current”.

You also need to ask yourself if you’re “Recent”.  You can easily be within the 3 launches & landings in 90 days requirement but ask yourself: – when was the last time you flew in today’s conditions? or, in today’s launch direction? Could you cope with an unexpected launch failure on your 1st launch? Bear in mind that during a lay off our “skills” generally stay with us but our “judgement” deteriorates quite quickly, so, If there’s any doubt then there’s no doubt.

ASK for a check flight and be sure to tell your instructor WHY you want/need a check flight; maybe get them to demonstrate something you’re rusty with or a new skill? Our instructors are all here to facilitate you flying safely and making progress, so use this valuable resource and get the best out of your flying.

MGC Stage System

Do you know what MGC Stage you are?  Do you know what the check flight period is and what your annual renewal requirements are? Do you know what skills you need to move to the next stage?

If the answer to any of these questions is “NO” then talk it through with an instructor, particularly on wet “tea drinking” days and (particularly with Annual Check Time fast approaching) get a plan together, give yourself something to aim for both in the short term and for the season as a whole…….. Give it some thought, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Then, when you fly with an instructor TELL THEM what you’re trying to achieve – that way they’ can tailor your flying to make progress towards your goal.

In the meantime: – STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN.

Whatsapp group for flying updates – if any members would like access to this please drop a text to Rob Shepherd on 07709352826 asking to be added, including your full name and membership number if you know it. Please see previous blogs for further details.

 

Forthcoming events

All Events – We wanted to make it easy for all members to see everything that’s happening and planned, all on our website. Here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

North Hill visiting the Mynd – 14th April for a week, so come along and say hello. There should be lots of aviation happening.BI (Basic Instructor) Training week – 16th to 20th April

If you’re booked on, that’s brilliant. If you are interested in getting booked on or training to become a basic instructor, please contact Steve Male by emailing him here to check the criteria and find out what’s involved and to get booked onto this or a future training event.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at Nympsfield – 21st/22nd April

Contact Mark Sanders and see above for more information.

Club Week – 23rd-27th April

Come along and fly lots! Get those checks finished if you still need to. Get some training on something that you’re finding tricky. We recommend you book accommodation and any check flights fairly quickly for this one, via the office.

Gliding Course No 1 of 2018 – 30th April to 4th May

This is very early sold out, but it looks like there may be a space on Tues, Thur and Fri. So if you are interested, please contact Martin in the office without delay.

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

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

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at The Mynd – 5th/6th May

Contact Mark Sanders for more information.

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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

This year we are running the full five day course from 7 – 11 May. Aim Higher lead, Kevin Atkinson, will once again be taking the reins, with informative, entertaining and thought provoking briefings in the mornings, lots of opportunities for XC flying, both solo and dual, as soon as it gets soarable, and debriefs once the hangar doors have closed!

As last year, the charge will be a nominal £10 per person per day to cover expenses, with flying at normal club rates. Build on your achievements in 2017; aim to take your flying to new heights in 2018; kick start your season with a group of like-minded pilots and get yourself booked in today by phoning or emailing the office – Aim Higher!

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club,

on behalf of Neal 🙂 chairman@midlandgliding.club

Apr 052018
 

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

Airspace

Sorry to keep badgering about this but it is important – the consultation closes TODAY.   Please can you  review below and help wherever possible, the deadline is today.

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

 

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Geoff Dailey, Glyn MacArthur – It seems we are short of a No 1, so if you are one and are available & willing to supervise the field for a bit, please can you contact Martin asap.

Sunday:  Mike Greenwood, Steve Alexander, John O’Reilly

 

Committee updates:

MT: The new winch engine has had a shipping delay, we are awaiting an accurate arrival date so that we can plan the fitting which should be mid/late April.

Caravan park: Dave Crowson and Guy have discussed the very muddy state of the north end of the caravan park since the new MT shed has changed the way water flows into the caravan park. We have tried to stablise the mud with some stone chippings and will look at a new drainage scheme and possibly a new road surface to resolve the issues.

CFI News – Check/Currency/Recency Flights:

Now the weather is (should be) getting better a number of us, including me, will be thinking of taking to the air for the 1st time in a while. This brings us to the thorny questions of “Currency” and “Recency”.   You may well be within your Annual Check period of validity BUT if you haven’t flown 3 launches and 3 landings as handling pilot in the last 90 days then you’re NOT “Current”.

You also need to ask yourself if you’re “Recent”.  You can easily be within the 3 launches & landings in 90 days requirement but ask yourself: – when was the last time you flew in today’s conditions? or, in today’s launch direction? Could you cope with an unexpected launch failure on your 1st launch?

Bear in mind that during a lay off our “skills” generally stay with us but our “judgement” deteriorates quite quickly, so, If there’s any doubt then there’s no doubt.

ASK for a check flight and be sure to tell your instructor WHY you want/need a check flight; maybe get them to demonstrate something you’re rusty with or a new skill?

Our instructors are all here to facilitate you flying safely and making progress, so use this valuable resource and get the best out of your flying.

Incidentally, I haven’t flown since October, because of my health problem, so I will be taking a series of Check/Refresher flights before I fly solo again. If I can do it -so can you !

MGC Stage System

Do you know what MGC Stage you are?  Do you know what the check flight period is and what your annual renewal requirements are? Do you know what skills you need to move to the next stage?

If the answer to any of these questions is “NO” then talk it through with an instructor, particularly on wet “tea drinking” days and (particularly with Annual Check Time fast approaching) get a plan together, give yourself something to aim for both in the short term and for the season as a whole…….. Give it some thought, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Then, when you fly with an instructor TELL THEM what you’re trying to achieve – that way they’ can tailor your flying to make progress towards your goal.

In the meantime: – STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN.

Whatsapp group for flying updates – if any members would like access to this please drop a text to Rob Shepherd on 07709352826 asking to be added, including your full name and membership number if you know it. Please see previous blogs for further details.

 

Forthcoming events

All Events – We wanted to make it easy for all members to see everything that’s happening and planned, all on our website. Here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

Get checked week is this week – I’m looking out the window at a beautiful day. Notams have precluded any realistic tasks, but there are loads of gliders rigged and raring to get airborne.

Easter Junior Camp – 9th to 13th April

Easter Camp for junior members. All junior members are welcome to join for just one day or all week.  Flying training and briefings will be given, and concentrated flying on opportunities like this is a sure way to make good progress.  If any junior member is interested, please book a place through the office. As with coming along to the Club on any day, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and you will have to arrange transport.  If you want to stay at the Club overnight, please speak with the office about the special arrangements for this. There will be no extra cost and you will just pay for whatever flying you do in the normal way plus food.

North Hill visiting the Mynd – 14th April for a week, so come along and say hello. There should be lots of aviation happening.

BI (Basic Instructor) Training week – 16th to 20th April

If you’re booked on, that’s brilliant. If you are interested in getting booked on or training to become a basic instructor, please contact Steve Male by emailing him here to check the criteria and find out what’s involved and to get booked onto this or a future training event.

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at Nympsfield – 21st/22nd April

Contact Mark Sanders for more information – if places are not already filled, he will no doubt will be looking for pilots, crew and other willing volunteers to take part.

Club Week – 23rd-27th April

Come along and fly lots! Get those checks finished if you still need to. Get some training on something that you’re finding tricky. We recommend you book accommodation and any check flights fairly quickly for this one, via the office.

Gliding Course No 1 of 2018 – 30thApril to 4th May

This is very early sold out, but it looks like there may be a space on Tues, Thur and Fri. So if you are interested, please contact Martin in the office without delay.

Prospective Members Weekend – 4th-6th May

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

Rockpolishers – InterClub League at The Mynd – 5th/6th May

Contact Mark Sanders for more information – if places are not already filled, he will no doubt will be looking for pilots, crew and other willing volunteers to take part.

Aim Higher at the Mynd 7-11 May.

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club,

on behalf of Neal 🙂 chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 022017
 

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

This week:

K23 – We are obtaining the C of A, then we can do the ARC so fingers crossed it should be in action in the next couple of weeks.

Incident Reporting – It is very important that all pilots wishing to fly at the Mynd read the enclosed reminder from the CFI about what constitutes an incident. In fact it’s so important, that we will be sharing this every few weeks as a handy reminder of what to do, should you witness or be involved with an incident (however big or small). Click here to read it.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Walter Baumann, David Brown, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Matthew Cook, David Brown, Charles Page

Forthcoming events

Bonfire night 4th of November

Once again, we are offering the Mynd Bonfire extravaganza with a lovely bonfire, fireworks and mulled wine followed by a fabulous meal.

For this event to succeed we do need members to confirm they will be coming and will be willing to pay £10 a head for the fireworks.  Please can you email or call the office to confirm this.

If you haven’t been before then I can assure you it is a magical night,  the top of the Mynd is a special place to be on a crisp November evening.

Access road

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with the road repair works. If the weather is suitable, we propose to work on the following days:

Wednesday 08 November

Saturday 11 November

Wednesday 15 November

Saturday 18 November

Wednesday 22 November

Saturday 25 November

Wednesday 29 November

Saturday 02 December.

Howard Bradley will lead the team and we intend to work between 10:00hrs and 13:00hrs on each day. If you are coming along to help out, please be at the club by 09:30 ready for a prompt start.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work”, so if you haven’t yet put your name forward but find that you are able to spare a few hours on any of the above dates, please add your name to the list in the clubhouse or let Martin in the office know.

First aid course 15 and 16 November

Once again we are able to offer a first aid course to interested parties (see the poster below).  Let Mark Rogers know directly if you wish to attend.

Christmas dinner  9 December

The list is now full,  please ensure you have paid Fay the deposit to avoid disappointment!

 

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

 

Members’ evening – 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 24 – 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.

 

Shobdon events

I am delighted to be able to publish Shobdon’s winter events as well as our own.  See below:-

The next evening will be on Wednesday 29th November, with two topics:

Choosing a glider and how syndicates work’ – by Rose and Iain.  Advice for members looking to buy their first private glider, covering suitable gliders to choose and effective ways to organise a syndicate.

Venue: Bateman Arms in Shobdon village.

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

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Aug 172017
 

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

This week:

Congratulations! are in order for Geoff Dailey who has achieved some great things in his LS4. He had a wonderful flight around Wales gaining his Silver Distance (50km), Silver Duration (5 hrs), and his 100km Diploma – well done Geoff!  If you too have had a recent achievement then do let us know.

This week has been a full course, with a real mixture of flying weather. We will also be joined tomorrow by the local MP Philip Dunne, who will no doubt be enjoying a trial flight – he has been involved with our project regarding the land-rates.

General updates:

Committee meeting – a full summary of the decisions from this committee will be circulated in next week’s blog, but you may wish to know that we are currently making enquiries (& an offer) into a replacement glider for the Discus as per the plan approved by members at the post-AGM discussion. Watch this space..

 

Incident Reporting – Safety in the air, on the airfield, or anywhere on site is of paramount importance – we personally don’t want to get hurt and we don’t want to hurt anyone else. Consequently, it is important that we develop a culture where we look after each other as much (or more than) we look after ourselves.

Part of looking after each other is to identify hazards and things which go wrong or don’t work the way they should then take action to mitigate the risks these things may present. At the Mynd we do that through the Incident Reporting system (The green book in Martin’s office, or you can download & complete the Incident Report online from our website)

In preparation for this week’s committee and instructor meetings I have been reviewing the Mynd Incident Reports from the book kept in Martin’s office: in July only 2 incidents were recorded. You may well say, “that’s great we are having fewer near misses”, but I do not believe that we only had 2 incidents out of over 700 launches and over 450 hours flown in the month of July.

To be clear, an “incident” occurs when either: 1) something happened which should not have, or, 2) something which should have happened didn’t, or, 3) when a piece of equipment malfunctions.

The purpose of the incident reporting system is NOT to tell tales or assign blame – make your report anonymous if you like.

It IS our mechanism to capture information on “near misses” so that we can take early action to review and improve our systems, improving our overall level of safety.

Please do not mistake me, making things safer does not mean having less fun, but it does mean running fewer unknown or uncontrolled risks.

If we are going to look after each other, which we want to do, don’t we?  then it’s our duty as individuals to constantly assess what we see, or experience, and report those things which appear less than ideal.

So, if you see something you didn’t like, TELL US  then we will know about it and be able to react to it.  If you don’t tell us then we won’t know, in which case things cannot progress.

Please don’t leave it to “someone” to report incidents, if we all do that “no-one” will report anything, until there’s a serious incident or accident leading to our gliders getting broken and/or even worse our friends getting hurt…things which I believe we all want to avoid.

Steve Male CFI MGC

 

Access Road – In last week’s blog we raised the matter of the condition of the access road and the repairs which were carried out earlier this summer. Members will have seen that over the last few weeks, a number of the potholes which were filled in at the beginning of June have re-emerged and that new potholes have started to develop in the sections of road which were completely re-surfaced.

From the outset we made it clear that the resurfacing of particular sections of the road was a trial and that the filling of individual potholes could only be seen as a temporary solution. Some deterioration of the surface was to be expected, but it seems that if we want to prevent the road from returning rapidly to the condition it was in at the beginning of the year, we will need to start an ongoing programme of repair works sooner rather than later. The material for filling potholes is already on site, so if you are willing to give up some of your time on non-flyable days and are able to help with this type of work, we would like to hear from you. Please email Martin in the office to let him know.

In the meantime we should all make a particular effort to avoid causing further damage to the road surface. This means taking extra care when driving into and out from the club or when crossing the road, for example when taking equipment and gliders to and from the launch point. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY AT ALL TIMES.  Not least, we owe it to those who put in huge amounts of effort this spring to make the initial extensive repairs!

Marketing / Communications – We have a Twitter account @Myndies. Currently all the blog entries automatically go to twitter, but there is an opportunity for us to grow the engagement & increase the number of course/trial lesson bookings (& also members) resulting from it. So we are seeking someone who loves Twitter who may be willing to take a more active role in managing our Twitter account. Please contact Sarah. If you’re active on Twitter do give us a follow & if you fancy doing the occasional re-tweet that would be much appreciated.

 

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.

Your team this weekend is:
Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Ed Jones, John O’Reilly.
It’s the first day of Task Week which means there will be lots going on, so make sure you come along. There may also be a couple of pre-solo / general training slots available, please enquire with Martin ASAP via 01588650206 or  http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Ed Jones, Mark Wakem. It’s the second day of Task Week, but it may be possible to arrange for check flights & pre-solo training – see http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/ for more information & how to book).

Forthcoming events

19th-27th August – MGC Task Week  Just a reminder that next week is Task Week so come along and enjoy the fun. Even if you are not flying it is worth a visit. We’ve had 15-20 entries, but there are still places available – if you wish to enter just fill in the form here and send it to the office.
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” into 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 Silver “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: 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 will include the usual benefits of Task Week:

  • Weather Briefings
  • Task Setting
  • Notam Briefings
  • Retrieve crews available
  • Very very landable fields.
  • Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.
  • Social activities (There is an opportunity for an informal party on 27th, probably some guitar playing, but nothing particular planned – so bring yourself & some good cheer).

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

Sat 25th November – Members’ evening

At the AGM the committee promised to come back to all the members with an update on progress & also more details and worked-up plans for the future of the club, taking into account the results of the survey, ad-hoc feedback, the projected finances etc. This is your opportunity to hear the recommendations & to have input into the future direction of MGC, so please put the date in your diary now.   More details & timings will be shared nearer the time.

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Aug 102017
 

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

This week:

Cross Country Course

This week has seen a full house on Simon’s cross country gliding course week. As I type, this morning’s weather is looking good & I’ve just been watching 2 of the gliders in a thermal over my house 🙂

General updates:

Airfield

We now have new signs at the south end to direct walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  The south end runways, Howard’s Way, and the new footpath need to be mowed. Martin is arranging the hire of a suitable tractor and mower and this work will be done as soon as the equipment is available and can be delivered.

Access Road

You may have noticed a small number of potholes which have started to form on the new road surface. This is disappointing as it is only two months since the repair works were carried out and the weather so far has been (relatively) benign. The committee are aware and have this in hand, and are currently considering the options for the long-term solution as per the original plan.

Clubhouse

Repairs to roof and guttering have now been carried out and the club house is watertight. A good summer storm should ensure it is thoroughly tested. The glass washer & bottle chiller in the bar were both unfit for duty, so have been replaced.

A project has begun to look at options for replacing the water tank above the clubhouse main room before the end of October.

Your team this weekend is:Saturday:  Simon Adlard, Charles Carter, David Brown, Liz Adlard. (Last day of the cross-country course, so training slots may be at a premium, suggest you get there early)

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Matthew Cook, Denise Hughes, David Brown, Glyn Macarthur. (We have the cadets joining us once again, however there are currently slots available for check flights & pre-solo training – see http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/ for more information & how to book).

 

Forthcoming events

Course 6

Next week is course number 6 for this year, which I’m delighted to report is fully booked.
Work experienceWe 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

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 will include the usual benefits of Task Week: –

  • Weather Briefings
  • Task Setting
  • Notam Briefings
  • Retrieve crews available
  • Very very landable fields.
  • Will provide an ideal opportunity to have some fun and improve your Cross Country skills.
  • Social activities (There is an opportunity for an informal party on 27th, probably some guitar playing, but nothing particular planned – so bring yourself & some good cheer).

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

Sat 25th November – Members’ evening

At the AGM the committee promised to come back to all the members with an update on progress & also more details and worked-up plans for the future of the club, taking into account the results of the survey, ad-hoc feedback, the projected finances etc. This is your opportunity to hear the recommendations & to have input into the future direction of MGC, so please put the date in your diary now.   More details & timings will be shared nearer the time.

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jun 012017
 

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

This week: Has been a club week, with members doing lots of spinning, checks and other good stuff. We also owe a massive thanks to Helen & others, who have been tidying up around the clubhouse, so that we look our best both for all our current members to enjoy & also for potential members visiting us on 24th June. If you’re at the club & see some mess lying around, do feel free to clean it, paint it, or help it to the nearest skip!! 😉

Access road

All being well, the first section of repairs will be carried out between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th June. This first phase is a trial of the repair methods and will involve resurfacing the particularly badly pot-holed section of road around the two bends to the East of the hangar. Please can all those members who have volunteered to help please confirm (a quick e-mail to the office should suffice) to let Tim Mason know if you are available during those dates? Tim will publish more detailed information during next week.

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 – just collect one from the office & you only pay for their meal if they turn up to the supper!).

This Weekend:

We have the Aim Higher course running so, even if you’re not on it, this is a great opportunity to come along and learn something new. Your team this weekend is: Clive Crocker, Matthew Cook, Simon Adlard, Charles Carter, Pete Orchard, Dave Cole & Laurent Couval.  The weather hasn’t quite decided if it’s going to be pleasant or wonderful so bring your shorts, T shirts, sun cream & a light shower-proof coat.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

If you’re planning on coming, please book in ASAP 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 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 200k task may contain a 150k, a 100k 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!

K23 trailer

Here is the photo we forgot to add last week, of Mark Williams working on the trailer – which is not quite finished yet.

mark

marketing@midlandgliding.club

May 182017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what’s going on & what is coming up in the near future. Neal still is away flying in Jaca, so you have me, Sarah, doing the honours again this week.

LAST WEEK:

Congratulations – To Matthew Cook who, as a result of his success at the recent aerobatic competition, has been invited to Europe by the World Aerobatic Champion to learn from the best. He’s over there now & having a ball!

Committee meeting was held on Friday 12th May – here are a couple of salient points & decisions which came out of it. Neal will no doubt share more as usual on his return next week. If you don’t know who’s on the committee, check the website for their mugshots or see the end of this blog for some.

  1. SAFETY: Following a recent incident report where children associated with a trial lesson were uncontrollable & at risk of endangering themselves and club members, a decision has been made to have an interim policy as follows: If trial lessons bring children with them, please advise them that “we do NOT allow any CHILDREN UNDER AGE 10 at the launch point accompanying trial lessons”. This will remain in place until the safety officer can fully consider what happened & come up with a reasonable plan for the future.
  2. SAFETY: There is a reason why the cone is placed a certain distance from the retrieve winch a) The wing could catch the retrieve cable resulting in the glider rotating and a nasty accident. However, an even worse scenario would play out if a glider were to over-run the retrieve cable during a launch and the tailwheel/skid were to catch on the cable – in this situation, there is NO recovery action you can take which will prevent a severe accident or something even worse.
  3. MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT: Can all those who’ve said they’re available to help at the 24th June Recruitment Day please contact Sue in the office this weekend to confirm the time slots you can cover & in which role (so that we can ensure everyone gets plenty of breaks).

WEEKEND OUTLOOK: 

Weather is looking good, with sunshine & the odd shower on Saturday and a fine southerly day on Sunday. Your team this weekend is:  Simon Adlard, Walter Baumann, Mike Greenwood, Charles Carter, Pere Orchard, John O’Reilly, Mark Wakem. We have a number of places available on the pre-solo and check flight flying slots – those who book in advance take priority for these slots over anyone turning up on the day on the off chance. Book one of these email mgcbooking@gmail.com & Mark will get you booked in. Places not reserved by 5:00pm the day before may be claimed “First come, first served” on the day.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

Subscriptions

Please,  if you haven’t paid your subscription,  contact the office without delay.  Our club needs your subscription in order to survive and thrive. During discussion at the committee it was noted that we are nearing the end of the grace period, after which anyone who hasn’t made arrangements to pay their membership will be contacted for payment details – if these details are still not forthcoming, they will not be offered a launch until a membership payment has been arranged!

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!)

3rd – 5th June – Aim Higher practical course

This course only has 2 spaces left, 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.

Sat 24th June – Summer Membership recruitment day

Can all those who’ve said they’re available to help please contact Sue in the office this weekend to confirm the time slots you can cover & in which role (so that we can ensure everyone gets plenty of breaks).

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  

5th-13th August – Simon’s Cross-Country Week

This popular week involves a mixture of ground briefings, in-air demos, set tasks, dual & solo flying, and post-flight de-briefs. So whether you are looking to hone your expert skills, or want to get your first Silver distance under your belt, this week is for you. Please book your place now with the office.

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.

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!

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

jaca3

Jaca pic by Julian Fack

 

Simon Towers - Treasurer

Simon Towers – Treasurer

 

Simon Adlard - Fleet

Simon Adlard – Fleet

 

John O'Reilly - Secretary

John O’Reilly – Secretary

 

Mike Greenwood - Safety Officer

Mike Greenwood – Safety Officer

May 112017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what’s going on & what is coming up in the near future. Neal is away flying in Jaca, so you have me, Sarah, doing the honours again this week. This may be a bit lengthy, as there are lots of things happening over the summer that I want to let you know about!

Last week:

Access road

There has been a lot of activity on the above since the AGM and Tim Mason, Charles Carter & Howard Bradley are getting ready to do the first phase of work (Dates to follow if you would like to help), and have a plan for the second phase as well.  More details to follow shortly, after the committee meeting tomorrow.

Trip to Jaca

A number of members are on their annual 4-week pilgrimage to Jaca, Spain at the moment, enjoying mixed weather with some excellent flying on the good days, both in the mountains and the lower hills. I’ll upload a photo below, which may inspire you to join the expedition next year…

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!)

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Steve Foster, Matthew Cook, David Brown, Tony Deitrich, Guy Hartland, Paul Fowler, Denise Hughes, Glyn MacArthur. Paul will be flying the ATC Cadets who are joining us on Sunday. We have a number of places available on the pre-solo and early-solo flying slots. To Book one of these email mgcbooking@gmail.com & Mark will get you booked in. Places not reserved by 5:00pm the day before may be claimed “First come, first served” on the day.

Forthcoming events:

Subscriptions

Please,  if you haven’t paid your subscription,  contact the office without delay.  Our club needs your subscription in order to survive and thrive.

3rd – 5th June – Aim Higher practical course

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.

3rd – 9th June – Aerobatic Intro Week [Edit – this has been postponed, so as not to clash with the Aim Higher course]

Sat 24th June – 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 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.

Sun 28th May – Bank holiday fly-in & mini party [Committee agreement to not proceed this year, but to consider holding one next year, so that we have plenty of time to prepare & make it 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

This popular week involves a mixture of ground briefings, in-air demos, set tasks, dual & solo flying, and post-flight de-briefs. So whether you are looking to hone your expert skills, or want to get your first Silver distance under your belt, this week is for you. Please book your place now with the office.

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.

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!

Sarah marketing@midlandgliding.club

jaca1

Apr 282017
 

Matthew Cook gave a fantastic performance last weekend in the Dan Smith Trophy Aerobatics Competition held at Dunstable, which he attended with Steve Lewis. Matthew came 7th overall, 2nd in Sports Class!! He finished 3rd overall in the 1st round (only 4 points behind the World Champion!!!), only slipping his place in the 2nd round.

Massive WELL DONE Matthew!

Apr 272017
 

Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what’s going on & what is coming up in the near future. Neal is away, so you have me, Sarah, doing the honours this week.

Last Week:

….was the first of our course weeks, with a variety of seasonal weather interspersed with quite a few snow flurries and especially cold nights. We’ve also been joined by folks from the Dartmoor Gliding Club. On Wednesday the weather gods aligned & Dominic Haughton flew a 50okm entirely within Wales, which is only the 2nd time this has ever been done. His full “how I did it” will follow in the next couple of days, but in the meantime you can see the photo at the end of this blog & check out the details on the BGA national ladder here  

Last weekend saw us welcoming the UK Mountain Soaring Group for a flying weekend and a celebration during which they appointed Anthony Edwards as their patron. Their roots go back to the 30s when the Cambridge university gliding club used the Mynd as one of their main expedition camps, and the links have continued ever since.

Going Cross Country?

Remember to add any cross country flights or height gains you do onto this national ladder database: a) you can feel pleasure anc kudos for it, and b) it helps us to give a strong argument against any future airspace-grabs that the airlines want to make. If you don’t know how, Mark Sanders is your man.

Talking of cross country – if you’re intending to do so, we have a number of the marvellous ‘Land Out Thank You’ voucher packs in the office, which Nigel Holmes produced for us. The idea is you can give it to your friendly farmer, should you be unfortunate enough to land out. Please also take their address & pass it to Martin. The idea is that we will then invite them to a Farmers Thank You Supper that we put on every year towards the end of the cross-country season around end of Sept (2017 date to be confirmed). We invite all your farmers & it’s an opportunity for you and the club to acknowledge & welcome them and their families to the club – you never know, we may also get new members from it.

ATC Cadets

A big Well done to Paul Fowler whose efforts made this first visit a great success. Paul writes: “… the day went very well.  All four cadets flew with each getting a soaring flight of 30 to 40 mins plus 1 or 2 shorter flights.  I was able to fly the Shrewsbury cadets part way to their squadron HQ! They were all very appreciative and helped out on the airfield.” Here’s to their next visit.

Club Access Road – JCB this weekend

Howard reports: “Charles Carter, Tim Mason ( committee member,  airfield ) and myself had a meeting on 22nd April  to conclude methods and planning. We will hire a JCB this coming weekend for exploration both on road tarmac depths and break up possibilities and trench for drainage possibilities. The plan is to break up the tarmac level then add stone or MOT  scalpings. We are seeking advice regarding the top surface material to use, so that we don’t elevate the road too high that it interferes with the passage of aircraft over it….we need to make a start because we need to complete ASAP due to the condition of the road.” Howard has not asked for help on this, but if you can assist or lend a hand for half an hour this weekend, then I’m sure the team would be grateful – simply get in touch via the office.
Business Rates
Charles Carter is liaising with the BGA rates team who are awaiting a meeting with the relevant rating authority before our appeal goes ahead. We are holding off doing anything until we receive further advice from the BGA.

Discus syndicate – comfort advice?

Julian Fack has kindly offered assistance if anyone is interested in buying it or setting up a syndicate. He writes: “As someone who is 6ft tall I was always extremely comfortable in my Discus, after some minor modifications. I would be happy to advise how to customise it to suit particular pilots. This might just make the difference to members looking for a high performance lovely handling glider.” He can be contacted at j.fack@me.com

Publicity & promotion

See the 24th June longest day below. Also, if you’re on Facebook, it would be great if you could Like the MGC page here and then invite all your friends to Like it too. We’re aiming to reach 1000 followers by the end of the summer, and it’s a great way (in addition to this fab blog, or us emailing folks) to see photos and info about what’s been happeneing and what’s coming up. The idea is that it is a way for the general public to find us, find out more about what we do & picture themselves being a member here.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend (rota link here) is:  Mark Sanders, Mike Witton, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard, Steve Foster, Charles Carter, Laurent Couval. We are short of a No 1 instructor for bank holiday Monday 1st May, so if anyone is available and able to help, please let Martin know without delay. We have lots of spaces left for anyone who wants to book in for particular flight training – please contact Martin too.

Forthcoming events:

Winch Launching has changed!!   A reminder

You all should have an email re the above,  to summarise: 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 2017. So far it appears to be working very well.

Sunday 14th May – Fell Running

The runners for this annual event will be coming past us between about 11am – 12 noon. The running club is telling all runners they have to keep to the permissive path only – ie to the west of the club house (travelling north along the ridge). If they go straight on to the run way they will be disqualified! A few people will be receiving the route over the next few weeks.  Do let Neal know if you have any issues on the day.

3rd-5th June. 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.

24th June – Gliding Taster Day & Summer (Longest Day) 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.

Sarah, Marketing & Promotion, MGC, marketing@midlandgliding.club

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Z19, 500kms, 26th April 2017

Nov 172016
 

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

Last week:

You will have seen a couple of blog posts about what’s been happening flying wise this week. A group also travelled to the BGA Club Management conference last weekend & have come back with lots of great ideas. If you’ve got an idea to develop the club, please do speak to Neal or a committee member.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is Steve Foster, Walter Baumann, Rod Hawley, Guy Hartland, and Steve Alexander. We are short of a Launch Director on both days, so if you can spare an hour or two to help run the field I’m sure the instructors will reward you well.

The weather on Saturday looks good – mainly dry with sunny spells but rather cold with overnight frost. Unsettled on Sunday with a couple of spells of heavy rain to dodge – there will be strong winds likely at times, however this is not a problem for us, since the wind should be pretty much on the ridge! Don’t forget that if you are in training, then ground school is always offered if there is no flying – this way you always get to learn something valuable to progress your gliding.

It’s also Steve Pozerskis’ birthday party this weekend at the club, so there should be plenty going on during the weekend, with lots of friendly faces.

Forthcoming events:

Christmas dinner – Dec 10th

Always a great evening, so if you want to reserve the last couple of spaces, contact the kitchen without delay.  We will be running a fund raising event, the social fund is now at the point where we can invest in something substantial to improve our social facilities.  So far the suggestion are:- re furbish the bar or refurbish the patio furniture.  If you have any other ideas then please let me know via the email below and in the meantime we will work up these proposals.

We will either have an auction or a raffle (or a mixture of both!) at the dinner so please can you let me know if you are willing to donate a prize of some sort.  Anything will be appreciated.

New Year’s Eve

This is usually a chance to get together at the club on New Years Eve to celebrate the incoming year with good friends. Do let the kitchen know if you are coming, as there is usually a mass order for takeaway food on that night.

Winter lectures

We now have 4 booked during February and March. We have Pete Harvey the BGA chair, Hugh Browning the driving force on the safety initiatives, Mike Groves of Skylaunch and the National Trust.  We have also had an offer of another interesting talk from a member.  The dates for your diary are 14th Jan, 11th Feb, 4th & 11th March & they usually start around 6pm/6:30pm. Please do make an effort to attend, it’s a great night and the trick is to fly in the day, have the talk then a really good supper.

Thinking of summer

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.

In addition, we are planning a similar (shorter!) day on 15th April. We are looking for a volunteer to lead this, and you will be ably assisted by Chris Harris who, along with Nigel Lassiter, did a fantastic job of running this last year. Again, drop Neal an email if you can help in any small way!

 

Here’s what happened at the MGC Committee on 11 November 2016

Insurances

Thanks to Steve Rudge liaising with the electrical contractors we will be in a position to renew.  We are reviewing the cost of increasing the liability on the airfield.

MT Shed

Mathew Cooke will be finishing the electrical work on Monday and then issuing the certificate.  The  next step will be the final completion certificate.

Caravan park and campsite

We have 20 spaces and we may have 1 spare space.  The final utility station is still to be installed.

Accommodation block roof

Dave Crowson has been “…ered” about by several contractors but has not given up and we are awaiting 2 more quotes.

Access road to the clubhouse

Howard Bradley is having difficulty in finalising the quotations but he hasn’t given up either.

Staff pension scheme

The scheme is established. The next step is the letters to the staff.

BGA safety review

The next significant improvement is in instructor communications.  We are looking for a group system to allow communication.  Ideas are being sought at the BGA conference.

Landrover replacements

The Vitara is now fully striped up.  The gas conversion is ready to be installed.  See below for information on radios. We are sorting out a fixed radio installation, which shouldnt take long, then this vehicle will be available to use for airfield operations.

Radios

The meeting received a proposal from Peter Orchard regarding replacing the club ground radio equipment.  This proposal was accepted and Peter is now working up the implementation plan.

Finance

Neal and Martin have scheduled a meeting with the accountants for the 21st of November at the club.  We are still actively seeking a treasurer.  Neal and Martin are constructing a cashflow as well.  The last budget that Tony Gould prepared showed a relatively static picture regarding the profit and loss for next year.  The business rate rise of 300% is causing concern and Neal has established a contact with the Valuation Office VOA and has received the detail of the 2017 valuation. The VOA have been asked for the 2010 valuation and the BGA conference should also supply more information on what can be done.

Marketing and membership

Sarah reported on the advertising progress which is superb. We had 9 more full flying members at Sept 2016 than we did at Sept 2015.  The MGC 2017 calendars are ready for sale now – contact the office or see Facebook page for info – they are £10 each & make a great Xmas present.  We have prepared an email list for Christmas advertising, which will be sent out this week.  We are re-joining Shropshire tourism and the new course brochures are available, courtesy of Jon Hall for the artwork.

CFI report

Steve Male reported on the flying in October.  The incident reporting has improved,  please keep this up it is vital to our safety.  The next instructor meeting is on the 3rd of December and Ged Terry will be in attendance.  We have 2 instructors going forward for the full cat test in December and we have 2 potential BI s coming forward.  There are some BGA seminars coming up, see below, if you wish to attend please contact the BGA office

  1. a) Club Safety Officers Seminar – Lasham 21st January 2017, Pocklington 4th February 2017,Husbands Bosworth 11th February 2017
  2. b) Flight Instructor Coach Seminar – Dunstable Sunday 5th February 2017
  3. c) Flight Instructor (S) Seminar – York Gliding Club January 2017.

Fleet

We will be fitting Icom radios in the rear of the two seaters. The ARCs will start upon Roger’s return.

Launching and MT

Marc Williams has produced the maintenance schedule.  Guy will go through it with him to decide on the most effective way forward. If you happen to have any spare old tyres lying around at home, we are getting short, so we’d be happy to take them off your hands.

Grounds

We have had an application from the Midland Automobile Club to traverse our land as in previous years.  We will be specifying the paths that they may use.

We are going to repair the gate at the bottom of the Asterton gully and the signs for the new cycle ways are being created ready for installation

IT

The new email service is up and running. Martin and Neal are hoping to get more input regarding flight logging at the BGA conference on the 12th.

Hospitality

The public liability insurance for the kitchen has been renewed and will be put onto the office computer.

Social fund

The main contender for the fund appears to be a bar refurbishment. Paul Waller will elaborate on the options and the means of achieving them via the social fund. Let us know if you have any other ideas.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Sep 222016
 

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

New Members

Welcome to Anthony Ward and George Purkis who have joined us as new full flying members.   Please remember to show all new members the ropes, especially introduce them to the Launch Director at the weekends and make sure they get on the flying list straight away.

Last week:

The aerobatics the Mynd BGA Standard Aerobatics 2 day course saw 4 pilots take part – Allan Reynolds, Tim Mason, Matthew Cook and Mike Witton, coached by Steve Lewis and Steve Male. Congratulations to all 4 students who successfully achieved the required standard for the issue of the BGA Standard Aerobatics Badge.

Nigel Lassetter coached 2 new members on an intensive 4 day course, both student pilots made good progress in general handling and enjoyed some interesting thermal flying.

Saturday – We were launching to the North landing on 36 Left and Right. A day of pleasant weather with limited thermal activity Rob Hanks flew 152 Kms (Mynd – Newtown – Talgarth  – Mynd). Excellent teamwork by all concerned saw us operating the whole club fleet and we achieved 74 launches in the day with the only difficulty being a real cable break launching the K21 in the p.m. neatly handled by Allan Reynolds.

Sunday was another day of pleasant weather with some early thermals. Not sure how many launches we achieved but fun was had by all.

The Mynd has been a little quieter this week as a number of members have been taking part in the expedition to Llanbedr, where they’ve been enjoying some interesting flying and dreaming about the EB28 glider stationed there! There is talk of future Llanbedr expeditions & we will of course publish details nearer the time, but if you’re interested in hearing more then speak to Martin.

The Shrewsbury School had a sponsored walk over the Mynd today, with excellent weather for it.
Marketing

A big vote of thanks to all the many members who are so willing to volunteer and help our club.  Jared Forte a new member, is progressing with updating the internal photos for our gallery, and Rob Shepherd and Sarah are working on a process to help us gather & learn from feedback from people who visit us, whether for trial lessons, visiting clubs, and of course from existing/new members.

If you’ve not registered your interest in a wonderful MGC-branded garment (perfect for Christmas gifts, or even a treat for yourself to keep nice and toasty on the airfield during the cooler months) then now is the time to do so. Martin will be placing our next order soon, so please contact Martin or Sue in the office by this Monday to catch the order.

The MGC calendar will also be published shortly, so look out for that. We will be printing a smaller run than last year, so you will need to order quickly to avoid disappointment!

Access Road

You will have noticed that some pot holes have been filled in already as a short term measure (many thanks to Steve Alexander for that – if you fancy helping him one weekend I’m sure he will be grateful for any assistance). The long term improvement project is starting with Howard Bradley co-ordinating and David Rance and Fiona Argyll who have also offered help.

Aim Higher

Kevin Atkinson has agreed to run a ground school Aim Higher course in March.  Kevin is a real expert in both cross country flying and also how to teach cross country flying.  This course will be a weekend and we will be offering it to surrounding clubs as well.  The date will be the 18th and 19th of March so I suggest you book now, (get behind me in the queue).  Kevin gave us a winter lecture this year with a very popular talk.

Update from last week: If you have booked onto this ground school course, please don’t forget to book your accommodation too. It could be a busy weekend and we would hate you to be disappointed.

Weekend outlook:

Your team for this weekend is Clive Crocker, Simon Adlard, Denise Hughes, Charles Page and Liz Adlard.  Steve Alexander is providing the winching.  Steve Male and Dave Crowson will be running their 2nd Standard Aerobatics 2 day course, after a very successful 1st session last weekend. Once again it looks as if we might be lucky last weekend and be between fronts.

Don’t forget that the Instructors Meeting is this Saturday Evening (5:30pm).

Next week see our final course week for 2016. If you wish to come along for a day or more, whether to fly club two- or single-seaters, then I would encourage you to book in with Martin asap, so that we can ensure plenty of instructor and glider availability.

Forthcoming events:

Bonfire night

Please reserve the 5th of November in your diary.  This is always a fantastic evening but this year it is going to be spectacular.  Several members spent many hours moving trees from the caravan park to the bonfire! If you are planning on coming, we encourage you to book your meal, and to dig deep into your pockets when you see Denise to help make the fireworks spectacular!

Christmas dinner

Please don’t forget to put December the 10th into your diary for this wonderful evening.  More details will follow but please get the date secured now.

Calendar

Thank you for sending your pictures to the office to be considered for publication in the prestigious club calendar.   Neal will be judging them next week, so you can still send any late entries to marketing@midlandgliding.club.

Winter lectures

These will be starting up soon and we would love some suggestions as to who and what you would like talks on this season.  Last season was absolutely superb.  Denise Hughes is , once again, doing a superb job coordinating this and please give her your ideas or email them directly to Neal Clements chairman@midlandgliding.club.

Running projects

Bar owner

After too many years to mention Peter Turner is stepping down from running the bar.  We all owe Peter a great deal of thanks for doing this.  If you would be willing to take this on please drop Neal an email chairman@midlandgliding.club.  Fundamentally the role involves making sure that the right things are happening and thinking of how the bar can develop.

Marketing & Membership

This year we have attracted 12 new flying members.  We have introduced a calling system for new members.  All new flying members receive a phone call from the Chair and the CFI. In addition we are creating welcome packs for people during their 3-month membership.

The recent front page article in the Stretton Focus was well received & resulted in a number of bookings. If you live locally and know of similar publications we may be able to target, please let Sarah know and she will contact them marketing@midlandgliding.club

Caravan Park
All but one or two of the caravans are now safely moved back into the caravan park & we await the completion of the electric points.

New MT shed.

Waiting final electrics then the transfer project starts.  We are anxious to get this moving before the Winter as the heater depends on the electrical installation.

Sarah Platt, Marketing
Aug 042016
 

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

Last week:

A large contingent of members have been away this week at the Midland Regional competition at Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire, and the pilots have been having some success – see the Hus Bos diaries posts on this blog for more details.

Weekend outlook:

The weekend looks really promising with the weather being a bit warmer than it has been of late.  Your team this weekend is Steve Foster, Charles Carter, Denise Hughes, Glyn MacArthur, and Laurent Couval. There is still some training availability, particularly for Saturday, so do contact the office to book yourself in.

Forthcoming events:

Cross country course

Simon Adlard is running his cross country course on Mon 8th – Fri 12th August . This course is now fully booked but you can ask the office to put you on the reserve list. You could even come along to this one and take part in the ground school work – if interested, jut let the office know. We will be running this course again next year. More details of our special courses will be published in the calendar and on the web site.

Web site events

We are always looking for volunteers to “own” a particular page or set of pages and a number of members have kindly volunteered to own various pages. Maintaining content on a web site is extremely simple but won’t happen without an owner. If you would be willing to adopt a page please let me know. Our web site is one of our key tools for attracting membership and communicating with members. We have now worked out a plan of events for the next 18 months or so, which will be published on the website and in the club / via email etc. If you would like to see it now, just ask in the office.

Building and caravan park

The fitting out nears completion with the electrics being installed now and they should be finished off over this weekend.  Thanks very much to Matthew Cook for supplying and managing this.   Steve Rudge and Dave Crowson have been helping Matthew in the installation which is a substantial piece of work on a building this size. Roger’s workshop door is now fully installed.

In addition to the new projects, there are always many little jobs to do around the club to keep it looking spick and span. If you do find yourself at a loose end while you’re up here, then a quick half hour of volunteering on tidying things up, or fixing something that is broken, will always be hugely appreciated and it benefits everyone. So if you need pointing in the right direction, do ask in the office and they will let you know how your efforts may best be used. We will be clearing the rest of the wood out of the caravan park over the next 2-3 weeks, so if there’s a duff day during task week, please do consider helping the sturdy crew with that. We will then be able to put all the caravans back where they belong.

Task week – Sat 20th to Mon 29th August

*** PLEASE REGISTER YOUR PLACE NOW*** This will help us plan and make arrangements for you all. Task week is a fabulous opportunity to go cross country with guaranteed retrieves,  huge landable fields and tasks set for all abilities.  This year we are making 2-seaters available as well so, whatever your level if you’d like to fly round the task with an instructor or good cross-country pilot, then please contact the office asap. You don’t have to be there for the whole week, if this isn’t possible for you. If you would like to do a task in a two seater would you please let the office know and we can start lining up suitable instructors.

Please can you submit your pictures for the calendar before or during task week. We will judge the best 12 and go to press straight afterwards.

Aerobatics course

The course in September is now full. By all means ask the office to put you on the reserve list. We expect to run another course next year.

Repeating this message from Mike Greenwood about Llanbedr expedition (Sept)

In March this year we had a fantastic week in Llanbedr flying in wave over Snowdonia. London Gliding Club went to Llanbedr last year for 3 weeks and flew every day. This year they are also there for 3 weeks, and have some spare capacity in their last week, 18th to 24th September. I have negotiated with Dunstable to take 494 to Llanbedr on that week, there are 2 other places available. If there is sufficient interest we can take the K21 again on the same basis that we did in March, that this depends on there being sufficient 2 seaters at the Mynd that we do not reduce the operation there. If you would like to go to Llanbedr during that week with the K21 please email me at mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk  so that we can see if we have enough capacity to be able to arrange it. Ypu can come for part or all of the week.You need to do this straight away as we have to book the places and pay a deposit in the next few days, and we have to pay costs in advance this year, which will be £10 per day plus a share of the aircraft costs.

Sarah Platt

Jun 122016
 

 

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Yesterday was a real success! The morning saw a flurry of preparation, including Denise’s terrific clubhouse decoration, and a grand sweeping effort to make the hangar apron look presentable (here’s the motor glider enjoying the sparkly apron – it’s now so clean you could eat your dinner off it!).

The fog lifted around 11am for what we thought would be a short flying window, but which in fact turned out to last for the whole day! The weather was perfect – just nice enough to fly, but just poor enough so that members were happy to help on the ground 🙂

We welcomed a steady stream of previous members and new faces, and everybody had a chance to have 1, 2 or even 3 flights! It was great to see Alex Rowlands, Brian Connaughton, Jon Lewis, Jeanette Griffin, and William Brewis who re-joined the club after a couple of years away. We were also joined by a small but enthusiastic group from Wrekin College, and we look forward to welcoming them again next weekend.

Overall the day was a great success, resulting in 1 member joining, 2 booking onto courses, and 9 or 10 previous members & new faces who will be coming back in the next couple of weeks to take advantage of their newly-minted 3 month memberships, and who will hopefully go on to become full members in due course!

Thanks partly to the weather, we were not overwhelmed with people who ‘just wanted to try it’; instead, the people who came along were really interested in learning to fly, so it seems that the marketing angle worked effectively too.

HUGE THANKS go to Chris Harris, Nigel Lassiter and Denise Hughes, who did a terrific job of organising the day. The committee would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to every single person who helped out on the day, whether instructing (Mike Greenwood, Walter Baumann, Steve Lewis, Denise, and Matthew Cook), running the airfield, winching, greeting our visitors, working in the kitchen or the office, and tidying up at the end.

We are already planning another one next year, but now that we have the infrastructure in place, we may consider running a similar day again this year too (if we can do it without encroaching on members’ flying!)

Here’s a video of a happy customer on their first landing.

Sarah

 

Jun 092016
 

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

Last week:

Last week’s course was a roaring success seeing two former members, Richard Bennett and Brian Connaughton, both re-solo so congratulations to them both.

The evening courses are continuing to work well, with lots of progress being made by everyone.

Weekend outlook:

Looking flyable for the weekend, turning southerly and then westerly. We have slots available on both days.

If you need a check or you want to develop your flying in any way then book a slot with the office. Mike Greenwood and Walter Baumann are instructing on Saturday and Sunday, and they are joined on Saturday by Nigel Lassiter and a further instructor, who will fly our Previous member guests and visitors.

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Forthcoming events:

Joint “Previous Members” and “Flying Taster” Day  – Sat 11 June.  Bring a friend along or just come along to help, this is going to be a very busy day and is aimed at gaining new members and reminding past members of what they are missing.  The advertising for this has been intense and we are expecting a lot of visitors and past members,  please come along to help, it is in the interests of your club.

Don’t forget that we will be running our “Bring a Friend” Reward Scheme for our members until further notice, so if you bring a friend to the club who subsequently joins as a full member, then we will give you your next 10 TEN launches absolutely free. What could be nicer than that!

Steve Male is running an Aerobatics course week beginning the 18th of  June.  We are delighted that this is now fully booked, but if you are interested then contact the office and we can send you details of future dates we will be running later in the year (September).

We are gearing up for hosting the Wenlock Olympian Society Gliding Games which runs from 9th to 16th July. The entry list is really hotting up now, so if you (or anyone you know) have a wooden glider & are interested in taking part, then contact the office sooner rather than later.

We are running a Cross Country course from 6th to 14th August – we’re starting to take bookings for this so let Martin know if you’re interested.

Task Week this year runs from 20th to 29th August, so it’s a good idea to get your entries in now! Two-seater cross training will be available on a limited first come first served basis – so if you are interested in developing your cross-country flying or seeing how it’s done, then get booked in NOW. (The way the two-seater training generally works is that you agree to take it in turns to fly and crew, so you don’t necessarily need to be there all week if that’s not possible for you).

The club calendar is a good way of checking what is coming up, if you haven’t already got a copy then ask in the office.  We are getting ready to produce the next one so can I ask you to submit your pictures for consideration in the new calendar.  Email them to Neal or the office directly.

In addition can I put out a plea for photographs for the web site gallery.  The purpose of the gallery is to show visitors what they can expect when they come to the club,  grounds, hangar, accommodation, bar etc.  Please think to yourself what would I need to see before I arrive and I would be very grateful if you would send the pictures to Neal Clements or Sarah Platt (see website for email address).

 

Building and Caravan Park, and Airfield:

The building is progressing well and the floors are now down. Next job is to hang the doors and windows, and the completion date is expected to be next Wednesday. Then the internal fit out will start.

Guy Hartland and some willing volunteers have started to tackle the caravan park & it’s already looking a bit tidier. It now also has the makings of an entrance road.

Don’t forget to keep avoiding the marked areas of newly-sown grass, so that they have the best chance of taking well.

 

Other info:

The monthly Shobdon LAA Strut meeting TONIGHT – Thursday evening (9th) is about e-go aircraft.  See their web site at http://www.e-goaeroplanes.com/  If you would like to know more do go along at 7:30 pm.  There is a nominal £2 fee to pay for the speakers expenses (£1 for Strut members).  The cafe will be open for food and drink from 6 pm.

The BGA monthly newsletter is available here: http://www.gliding.co.uk/bgainfo/notices/newsletters.htm .

 

Sarah Platt, Marketing

May 202016
 

Request from Dominic Haughton:

I would like to fly Competition Enterprise at Shobdon from 2nd to 10th July this year (http://www.compenterprise.uk/2016.html ). Having been on the reserve entry list for a while, I have just been offered a place and am hoping to find one or more standby retrieve crew volunteers so I can take up the offer.

Crew will not need to be on the airfield, just available to collect my car + trailer from Shobdon (Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9NR) and recover me sometime the same day in the event of a land out.  The car will be insured for the crew.

If you are available for one or more days (Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th July),  on a voluntary or “commercial” basis, I’d be very happy to hear from you! Email me on dominic_haughton@hotmail.com or call 01829 772268/259654 (work/home).

Many thanks, Dominic

May 202016
 

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Some uneven patches on the airfield have been filled with top soil and then sown with grass seed. They are to the left of the drive, about half way between the gate and the turning to the club house and are clearly visible. New grass is slow and difficult to establish on the Mynd. Please, without compromising safety, keep off the patches, don’t even walk on them. (Apart from the financial cost, four members spent nearly a day shovelling, raking, sowing etc. and they will be awfully miffed if their work is trashed).

Thanks in advance for your help on this!