Chair’s Thursday Blog

04 Jan 2018

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

Skylaunch Winch

The Skylaunch winch is losing power and the root cause is most probably a broken piston ring.  There were 3 options  considered by the committee:  repair the engine,  install a refurbished engine or replace the engine with a more powerful one.  The latter option is significantly more expensive than the others but the committee was unanimous in choosing it.  Having a reliable, powerful launch facility is regarded as essential for the future of the club

Web site

All web sites decay in terms of the relevance and currency of their content and ours is no different.   If you spot anything that needs refreshing,  is out of date or incorrect would you be kind enough to email Sarah or myself with the detail.  We intend to refresh the site in January.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Geoff Dailey, William Brewis

Sunday:  Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Liz Adlard

Forthcoming events

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