Chair’s Thursday Blog

21 Dec 2017

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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.

Skylaunch Winch

The Skylaunch winch is losing power and is most probably a broken piston ring.  There are 3 options being considered by the committee:  repair the engine,  install a refurbished engine or replace the engine with a more powerful one.  I will blog the decision in the first blog of the new year.

Christmas wishes

I do hope you have a happy Christmas and let’s hope, as ever for a wonderful soaring year.  It’s a good time to reflect on the fabulous flights our sport allows us to enjoy and hope for more and even  better next year.  The next blog from me will be on the 4th of January.

Walter Baumann has written in with an idea for those stuck for Christmas ideas :- “Instead of (or in addition) to sending each other Christmas cards and presents, people make a donation to an agreed charity.  Given what our sport is, one of the Air Ambulance services might suitable charities.  So, if anyone wants to do this, the contact details of where to make donations are:”


Warwickshire/Northants service:


Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Rob Hanks, Peter Orchard

Sunday:  see opening hours

Forthcoming events

Club opening hours over the holiday

The club will be closed from the 24th to the 26th and then we are asking for volunteer instructors to help out until the 4th. Unfortunately this year we have no catering and we are seeking volunteers for that.  If you can instruct or help with food then please can you call or email the office.

Christmas dinner  and presentation evening

We are rescheduling the above to the 24th of March,  please put it in your diaries and pray for a snow free weekend!  If you have already booked and are unable to make the date above then please can you let the kitchen know as we have a waiting list.

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.

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.

March Expedition 2018.

We have not had enough interest from the Mynd or other clubs to make an expedition to Llanbedr viable, so we have decided that we are not going to Llanbedr next year. We have booked LLeweni Park in Denbigh from 10th March 2018 for a week for up to 12 gliders. 

If you want to go you need to book in your own glider, there is a £40 deposit, £20 of which is offset  against flying fees. It costs £8 per day per person, £9 per night for hangarage. There is a winch.

Unlike Llanbedr it has one narrow runway and you have to be able to land on it and roll to the end to be able to fly there, see this link.

If you want to fly P2  in a club 2 seater please email me at to put your name on the list and I will do my best to arrange it.

You can take a caravan and stay on the airfield for £5 per night. It costs £8 per day per person, £9 a night hangarage (limited) They have a winch. 

If you want to go you can book yourself in at

Spaces are limited to 12 and Cosford are also going, so don’t delay, do it today.

Please email to let me know you are going, and when you have booked in

Mike G