Chairman’s Blog Friday 13th September 2019

13 Sep 2019

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Hello everybody,
I didn’t get to post the blog yesterday because I, James, Eddie, John (O’R) and Roger (E) were at Shropshire BizFest, held at Shrewsbury Town FC, where we were demonstrating the art and science of gliding, with the aid of the BGA Simulator, to over 600 people from local businesses.  I was somewhat unconvinced when James suggested the idea to me but the sim was busy all day from 2pm to 8pm and we had a lot of serious conversations with people who are seriously interested in one of three things; adding a flight to their bucket list, giving a flight as a present or actually taking up membership.  I was surprised at how many of the people we spoke to are interested in joining, but maybe they represented the right demographic for us; generally young to middle aged, professional go-getters and with an adequate level of income.  Several expressed to me their surprise at how inexpensive membership of our club is compared to their gym or golf club subscriptions.  We will be following up contact with them next week and hopefully some at least will be visiting the club in the near future.  Let’s make them very welcome.  Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day, these events are important to our profile locally and help to generate much needed revenue.bizfest

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Nigel Lassetter (No 1), Matthew Cook (TLs), Guy Hartland (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday:  Steve Male (No 1), Matthew Cook (No 2), Mark Wakem (TLs), Guy Hartland (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)

Olympian 2020
Thanks to the three people who offered help during the Olympian next year.  Just another 20 to go!

Shrewsbury School Summer Gliding Camp
Now an annual fixture in the Shrewsbury School CCF calendar, the Summer Gliding Camp is of huge benefit to aspiring pilots in the School CCF RAF Section with six days of focused, individual training.  As June and the Summer Term were drawing to a close, a sustained period of high winds and significant rainfall threatened the success of the 2019 Gliding Camp, scheduled to take place from Sunday 28th June to Friday 5th June. However, the sun fortunately broke through just in time and, for the first time in five years, the cadets were able to fly all day and every day of the Camp.

Unfortunately, a combination of factors (including particularly poor weather on Thursdays throughout the year) meant that the Fifth Form were more rusty than usual at the very beginning of the camp. It therefore wasn’t quite possible to get anybody to the standard required for solo flight. However, having had a greater number of flights and minutes in the air during the camp than in past years, all made excellent progress and the School currently has more students than ever approaching that next step.  Morgan Matthews (Ch 3) joined the camp on a few days, having been flying privately at MGC since before joining Shrewsbury School. Having continued his training through the summer holiday, he has just earned his solo flying wings – and our congratulations!  Many thanks to all who helped out on the field to make the camp such a success and especially to Paul Fowler for his untiring work with our juniors.  (Thanks to Shrewsbury School web site from which much of this content was borrowed).GlidingCamp2019_7Jasper, Morgan and Paul Fowler

I am going to be out of the country for the next four weeks so I will not be posting on this blog for a while.  However I feel sure that other officers and committee members will be taking the opportunity to keep you informed while I am away.  The soaring season is nowhere near over as this week will suggest so make the most of it and pack in a few more hours before the winter.  Remember, currency and recency are paramount.

Happy landings
Jon Hall