Chair’s Thursday Blog

01 Feb 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.

This week.

Euroglide talk

Iit was a very successful talk on Saturday evening.  It worked very well with the 3 speakers who made it very entertaining.  We  would like to thank Julian, Dianna and Phil for their efforts. and to thank the guests  from Shobdon who came to join us and enjoyed the supper.

This year’s Euroglide is totally oversubscribed with 84 entrants (last time there were 35 ) so the next opportunity is 2020.

Diana and Phil and Julian are willing to brief anyone thinking of doing it also if anyone is interested then  something similar but less competitive and privately arranged might not be out of the question in future.   Contact Julian directly or myself if you are interested.


Can I just remind everyone who flies solo using  a driving licence as a medical.  It must be an up to date licence and if you have a photo licence it expires every 10 years.  In addition, at 70 you will have to renew your licence anyway.

Airfield vehicles.

These are not to be taken off the airfield (unless on the back of a trailer).  Even if the field is covered in snow then they must be kept within the boundary.

Easter Junior Camp

The Club will be running an Easter Camp for junior members in the week commencing 9 April.  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.

The Juniors are coming!

Feb 3rd and 4th weekend. We will be hosting the juniors again. It is always a great pleasure to do this so please make them welcome.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Dave Crowson, Guy Hartland, David Brown, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Dave Crowson, Mark Sanders, David Brown, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

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.

Feb 10 Pilot Aware.  Electronic conspicuity. 

This topic is becoming more and more important and Roger Ellis has very kindly volunteered to explain all about it at a Winter lecture on the 10th  This is going to be good,  Roger is a commercial pilot and an expert on all aspects of the topic and the rules and regulations as well as how it works.  He will cover:-

Why GA and gliders might be forced to have transponders.  History and function of different transponders.  How the Pilot Aware (PAW) transponder works (with practical demonstration)


March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.  Please ensure that this is in your diary.  For those of you who haven’t heard Hugh speak before it is essential listening and for those that have heard him before, even more so.  This is the perfect start to our season,  we want to keep safe and Hugh’s analysis and insight will help us do that

March 24

AGM and Christmas dinner – presentation evening.