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Jan 172019
 

Hi everyone, this is your regular Thursday Chair’s Blog to let you know what is going on this weekend and in the near future.
Interesting trying to make sense of the weather this coming weekend when RASP tells me it will be a strongish westerly on Saturday going northerly and strengthening on Sunday.  The BBC on the other hand say Saturday will be a light easterly going northerly on Sunday but staying fairly light.  So they do agree on one thing.  However they both forecast it being very cold and there was snow and ice on the hill today so maybe best to check the WhatsApp feed in the morning to see if the roads are passable.  You can always walk up from Asterton and its usually possible in all condirions.  It generally takes 20 minutes if you are reasonable fit.  If in doubt call the office or club phones.

Getting things done around the club
We all know there are lots of little jobs around the club that need doing all the time, from running repairs to cutting the grass, from painting the clubhouse to keeping the place clean and tidy.  As Chair I would love to be able to pay professionals to do these jobs for us but unless you all want the subs to go up we have to do them for ourselves.  So please have a look at the list on the wall when you are at the club and not flying for any reason and give a bit of your time to support the very many other people who volunteer time and effort to be instructors, winch drivers and committee or working group members.

Winter Lecture Series
Unfortunately Andy Perkins, Chair of the BGA, cannot make it on the 9th of February as planned.  We are trying to get him back in October instead and may be able to get a replacement from the BGA for the February date.  Watch this space for further news or the events pages on the club website at www.midlandgliding.club/events/

Summer Course Dates
The course dates for 2019 are filling up quickly Remember that members receive a 50% discount on the course fee, so if you want to book in some days with our professional instructors to progress your flying, contact Martin this weekend and book some dates. You can see full details by downloading the courses leaflet (and can even pre-book your chosen dates) here: www.midlandgliding.club/courses-2/

CFI’s Get Checked Week
takes place from 13th to 22nd April.  Details on the website at www.midlandgliding.club/cfis-get-checked-week/

Cross Country Development Week
takes place from 7th to 12th May.  See www.midlandgliding.club/cross-country-development-week/ for details.

Flarm Obstacle Database for the UK and Ireland Released
Following many requests from the UK GA community, FLARM has today released the first ever additional obstacle database, compatible with all FLARM collision avoidance systems. The obstacle database was previously only available to pilots in the Alps region. From today, pilots in the British Isles with a FLARM collision avoidance system can benefit from the same safety benefits as their alpine peers.
The new database has been built in-house and compiled from several different sources to maximize the available coverage. It contains over 10,000 obstacle elements, including masts, power lines and wind turbines.
FLARM has seen a rapid increase in its UK user base in 2018, today being predominantly installed in powered airplanes and helicopters. Over 35,000 aircraft have a FLARM system installed, of which over 7,000 in the UK.
The new obstacle database for UK and Ireland is available for purchase at flarm.com/ukie. The price is € 35, but FLARM is giving away a € 10 discount during the introduction. Users have until March 31 to get the obstacle database for only € 25, by using the coupon code PULLUP2019 during the checkout.

Weekend Teams
The teams this weekend are:
Saturday Simon Adlard (No 1 and Motorglder), Stephen Alexander (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)
Sunday  Chris Alldis (No 1), Charles Carter (TLs), Stephen Alexander (winch) Glyn Macarthur (LD)

Jan 102019
 

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

Social Fund
We now have a substantial amount in the social fund.  This was set up to allow us to buy those things that the committee doesn’t need to deliberate over because it isn’t in the strategic or operational plan.  So, for instance, it paid for the TV in the simulator room.  If you can think of a project that you would like considered by the social fund then send your ideas to the Secretary at secretary@midlandgliding.club who will pass them on.

Your team this weekend is:
Saturday:  Neal Clements (No1) Alan Reynolds (TLs) Pete Orchard (winch) and me (LD)
Sunday:  Mike Witton (No1) Guy Hartland (TLs) Pete Orchard (winch) and Dave D’Arcy (LD)

Dates for Your 2019 Diary
Bronze Progress Courses
we will be running a series of “Bronze Progression Courses” over the following weekends:
1st – 2nd March
6th – 7th April
18th – 19th May
These mini courses will focus on progressing members through the Bronze C qualification.
On those weekends where flying is possible we will brief the exercises then go out on to the flying field and fly them.
On those weekends where flying is not possible we will run ground schools covering the requirements of the Bronze C exam subjects and also use the simulator to look at some of the flying exercises.

The intention is to run these mini courses in addition to the club’s normal flying activities so they will not  impact on other members opportunities to fly.  Even if you’ve already got your Bronze C you might like to sit in on the briefings as an early season refresher.

If these mini courses prove to be popular and useful in progressing members through the Bronze C then there is scope to add further dates later in the year, if the demand exists.

Other opportunities for pre-bronze pilots to progress will, of course, be afforded by “CFI’s Get Checked Week” (13th – 22nd April) and “Cross Country Development Week” (7th – 12th May).

Other dates to note:
Wood Week – (13th – 21st July)
A week where we have a “Rally” style event, it’s all just good fun flying wooden gliders.  The week is run “Free Format” style with each days flying activities being dependent on the weather conditions. Traditionally we have seen many Bungee launches and local cross country tasks being flown.

Whilst we call this week “Wood Week” don’t think you’re excluded if you don’t have a wooden glider.  If it’s flyable come along and fly anyway!

Simon’s Soaring Week (3rd-10th August)
This week is run by Simon to facilitate pilots improving their soaring skills.  The week is run “Free Format” style with each day’s flying activities tailored to the requirements of the individual pilots and the weather conditions.  Simon usually starts each day with a comprehensive weather briefing followed by a plan of the day’s flying activities.  If you already have a Bronze C and Cross Country Endorsement then you may well be set Cross Country tasks.  Otherwise local soaring tasks or speed building tasks can be set and flown.

This week is the ideal opportunity for Cross Country beginners to gain valuable knowledge and experience before venturing further afield.

Task Week – (17th – 25th August with Monday 26th August in reserve)
The main objective of Task Week is to encourage and enable pilots to improve their Cross Country flying and introduce an element of competition to prepare pilots to move on to other, more formal, competitions if they so wish.

For 2019 the format will follow that which we have developed over the past couple of years:

Entrants will be divided into classes by the pilots previous Cross Country experience and achievements. They will then compete against each other within their classes, on tasks devised specifically for each class. The overall result being decided by a pilot’s performance within their individual class. This approach puts everyone on an equal footing,  you just need to consistently be well up the order in your class.

If you have not done much Cross Country Flying this is an ideal opportunity to stretch yourself – full briefings are given, Weather, Notams, Tasks, to make the whole experience as straight-forward and rewarding as possible.  Who knows maybe you’ll get a chance to fly with one of our experienced cross country pilots in a 2 seater.  Several of the turbo Duos are often available.

Not to be missed for any pilot wishing to improve their Cross Country skills.

Call Martin now and book your place!
Get you name down for whichever of these activities best suits your plan for the year. And you should be setting goals for the next 12 months.  If you don’t know where you are heading you won’t know when you get there!

Winter Lectures
Our next lecture will be the National Trust on Saturday.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

Llanbedr
Negotiations are underway to return to Llanbedr for an expedition during to week 23rd to 30th March. This is an opportunity to discover the thrills of flying in Snowdonia and hopefully experience some high altitude wave. If you are interested in bringing a glider along, or flying in a club 2 seater please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk to express an interest. He will get back to interested parties once we have an idea how many people want to go and how much Llanbedr will charge us.  In the past they have been very expensive but indications are they are being much more realistic this year.

Radios
The change to 8.33kHz channnel spacing is now in force so please make sure you update your glider radio memories and use the following frequencies whilst flying or on the ground.
129.905 Gliding UK Mobile within UK FIR (cross country flying)
129.980 Gliding Control frequencies including our own air to ground site circuit calls
130.105 Gliding UK Mobile within UK FIR (cross country flying)
130.130 Gliding UK Mobile within UK FIR (cross country flying)
130.405 Gliding Cloud Flying (refer to BGA guidance)

Fleet
The purchase of the Junior as a replacement for the K23 is now completed and we expect it to arrive on site very soon.  We have a valuable asset in the old trailer for the K23 EVV, when we have the Junior on site we will evaluate how to capitalise on this.

Highlights of the last committee meeting
Budget set and approval given to purchase new 8.33kHz radios for the fleet as required
Committee aware that the winch strops we are using are too short to meet BGA standards and are too thin.  They will be replaced.  We thank Ed for bringing this to our attention.
Testing of the car powered bungee launch still ongoing requiring final tests on the ground anchor system.
Agreed to install PilotAware in the motorglider to test its suitability.

Jon Hall
Acting Chairman
MGC

 

 

Jan 082019
 

The National Trust is a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything it does.  It looks after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.  For the Trust, conservation has always gone hand-in-hand with public access.  It is our closest neighbour and we share a lot of vested interests and objectives.  We are pleased to welcome Patrick again this coming Saturday evening to enlighten us further about how the Trust safeguards the hill that we all depend upon for our special flying site.  Come up and fly on Saturday, listen to Patrick and enjoy a great meal in the clubhouse after.  Saturday looks like it could be a good ridge day with a stiffish northwesterly, ideal for our ridge.  Don’t waste a chance to stay in check or do some further training ready for the new soaring season which is not that far away now.  Make a weekend of it, stay over and fly again on Sunday as the wind stays just north of west!

Jan 062019
 

A much better day than forecast – as was yesterday. Long south launch in 5WNW. Matt Cook completed his acceptance checks with Steve and is now a fully fledged Assistant Instructor – congratulations Matt! Two returning trial lessons, Richard and Mike, both from the power world made excellent progress, as did Riccardo, completing his spinning and making a start on launch failures.

Seemed to be a circuit day until Holly and Chris proved us wrong, both completing half hour flights in the K23.

Shobdon’s Twin Astir made the trip for its ARC with Roger next week via an aerotow, which was different – and exploited the opportunity to take a few winch launches as well.

Thanks to Geoff for launching us (and Guy for standing in over lunch), Den for the trial lessons, Coley who was launch director, and everyone else who mucked in to help make the day slick and enjoyable.

Mark

 Posted by at 8:25 pm
Jan 032019
 

Hi everyone and a Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that 2019 will be at least as good a soaring year as the last one and that you achieve all the goals you are no doubt already setting for yourselves for the next 12 months.

In case you aren’t yet aware I have taken over as Acting Chair from the 1st of January as Neal Clements has unfortunately had to stand down.  I want to thank Neal for the sound management of the club since becoming Chair, leaving it in a better state than he found it.  I hope I will be able to follow his example.

We fly all year round!
There isn’t a lot to report on the running of the club at this time of the year but I do want to remind you that we are open for flying on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and any other good flying days by arrangement) right through until the end of March when we return to seven day operations.  Don’t get out of check when there are plenty of good training and practice, if not soaring days over the winter months.  The days are getting longer again and it will soon be March.  For the last few years some of my best flights have been at the begining of the season so make sure you are ready to go when the weather improves.

I do also want to encourage every member to give a few days over the winter to help get the club in good shape for the next season.  There is always some cleaning needed, Den and others have made a start on redecorating the club house but there is still more to be done, the access roads need maintenance and attention and the old MT shed still needs clearing out to make it available for members to use as a workshop.  If we all give just a few hours to keep the club in good shape your committee will be very grateful and our visitors will be very impressed.  You will find a list of jobs that need doing on the notice board.  Have a look next time you are there and do at least one of them.

There’s a welcome on the hillside
We need to present the club in the best possible light if we are to compete succesfully with the other clubs in our region and continue to attract visitors, expeditions, course members and trial lessons, all of whom help to pay for the facilities we all cherish.  And we especially have to think hard about how we greet, treat and welcome them to our business, because that is what we are, in part, and they are our customers.  Think about how you want to be treated as a customer when you visit a new business, offer them a similar welcome and courtesy.  Think about what you say, which to us may seem like banter, but to them may be misconstrued as rudeness.  We all now have a duty of care to safeguard young people so be careful about the language you use to them and to each other.  Think about this as a few resolutions for the new year!

Winter Lecture Series
The next lecture in the winter series is on Saturday 12 January from the National Trust, starting at 1800.  Those who have attended talks from the NT in the past will know how intersting and informative they are about the very land that we fly over.
On Saturday 9 February we are priviledged to welcome Andy Perkins, Chairman of the British Gliding Association.

Courses
The first course of the year will be the week starting Tuesday 9 April.  If you or anyone you know would like to book onto this or any other course there are discounts available if you book and pay a deposit before the end of next month.  Consult the club web site at midlandgliding.club/courses-2 for details or call the office Friday to Monday.

Jon Hall
Acting Chair

Dec 202018
 

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

This week

Christmas dinner and awards

We were very close  to cancelling this event  but using our superior weather forecasting abilities we correctly decided that the raging, freezing tempest would subside and so it did.  We had a wonderful evening, the kitchen did a fantastic job to serve us such a wonderful meal.  Peter Turner and Rob Shepherd amended the entertainment and the fund raising slightly and the results are below.

Social fund

We now have a substantial amount in the social fund.  This was set up to allow us to buy those things that the committee would spend months deliberating over because it isn’t in the strategic or operational plan.  So, for instance, we have bought the wonderful TV in the simulator room.  If you can think of a project that you would like considered by the social fund then please can you send your ideas to the Secretary who will pass them on. 

secretary@midlandgliding.club

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Chris Alldis, Alan Swan, Peter Orchard, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Nigel Lassetter, Matthew Coolk, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Dates for Your 2019 Diary: –

Bronze Progress Courses

One of the outcomes from the recent members survey was a requirement from several respondents to facilitate progress from the post solo stage through to Bronze C.

In order to help these pilots progress through this, often frustrating, stage we will be running a series of “Bronze Progression Courses” over the following weekends: – 1st – 2nd March, 6th – 7th April and 18th – 19th May.

These mini courses will focus on progressing members through the Bronze C qualification. 

On those weekends where flying is possible we will brief the exercises then go out on to the flying field and fly them. On those weekends where flying is not possible we will run ground schools covering the requirements of the Bronze C exam subjects and also use the simulator to look at some the flying exercises.

The intention is to run these mini courses in addition to the club’s normal flying activities so they should not  impact too greatly on other members opportunities to fly.

Even if you’ve already got your Bronze C you might like to sit in on the briefings as an early season refresher?

If these mini courses prove to be popular and useful in overcoming the Bronze C hurdle then there is scope to add further dates later in the year, if the demand exists.

Other opportunities for pre-bronze pilots to progress will, of course, be afforded by “CFI’s Get Checked Week” (13th – 22nd April) and “Cross Country Development Week” (7th – 12th May).

Other dates to note are: –

Wood Week – (13th – 21st July) 

A week where we have a “Rally” style event, it’s all just good fun flying wooden gliders.

The week is run “Free Format” style with each days flying activities being dependent on the weather conditions. 

Traditionally we have seen many Bungee launches and local cross country tasks being flown.

NB: – Whilst we call this week “Wood Week” don’t think you’re excluded if you don’t have a wooden glider.  If it’s flyable come along and fly anyway, we do his for fun!

Simon’s Soaring Week (3rd-10th August)

This week is run by Simon to facilitate pilots improving their soaring skills.

The week is run “Free Format” style with each day’s flying activities tailored to the requirements of the individual pilots and the weather conditions.

Simon usually starts each day with a comprehensive weather briefing followed by a plan of the day’s flying activities.

If you already have a Bronze C and Cross Country Endorsement then you may well be set Cross Country tasks.

Otherwise local soaring tasks or speed building tasks can be set and flown.

This week is the ideal opportunity for Cross Country beginners to gain valuable knowledge and experience before venturing further afield.

Task Week – (17th – 25th August with Monday 26th August in reserve) 

The main objective of Task Week is to encourage and enable pilots to improve their Cross Country flying and introduce an element of competition to prepare pilots to move on to other, more formal, competitions if they wish to.

For 2019 the format will follow that which we have developed over the past couple of years: –

Entrants will be divided into classes by a pilots previous Cross Country experience and achievements. 

They will then compete against each other within those classes, on tasks devised specifically for each class. 

The overall result being decided by a pilot’s performance within their individual class. 

This approach puts everyone on an equal footing, so you don’t have to be a “red hot” cross country pilot flying a “rocketship” glider to win; you just need to consistently be well up the order in your class.

If you have not done much Cross Country Flying this is an ideal opportunity to stretch yourself – full briefings are given, Weather, Notams, Tasks, to make the whole experience as straight-forward and rewarding as possible; who knows maybe you’ll get a chance to fly with one of our experienced cross country pilots in a 2 seater.

Not to be missed for any pilot wishing to improve their Cross Country skills.

Call Martin now!

Get you name down for whichever of these activities best suits your plan for the year. 

DON’T MISS OUT !

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Steve Male (CFI)

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Llanbedr

Negotiations are underway to return to LLanbedr for an expedition during to week 23rd to 30th March. This is an opportunity to fly over Snowdonia from an enormous airfield. If you are interested in bringing a glider along, or flying in a club 2 seater please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk to express an interest. I will get back to interested parties once we have an idea how many people want to go and how much Llanbedr will charge us.

Last blog from the current chair

I instituted the weekly blog as an attempt to ensure that all of you were kept up to date as much as possible.  This will be my last one for you as I am standing down as chair.  Jon Hall intends to keep them running as we believe that the blog achieves its objective.   I do wish you a happy Christmas and wonderful soaring new year.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights from the last committee meeting

Fleet: We authorised the Discus replacement team to enter into negotiations for a Junior

K23 trailer sale: we have a valuable asset in the old trailer for EVV, when we have the Junior we will evaluate how to capitalise on this.

Club ARCs: Roger has been instructed to get the ARCs for the club aircraft done as quickly as possible, we are anxious to have these fully completed before the 29th of March.

Radios:  the 8.33 change means we now have to switch the club aircraft over.  Simon will be ordering the robust radios to be fitted.

 

 

 

 

Dec 132018
 

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

This week

Moor Park Christmas Fayre

Thanks to all who braved the pouring rain to volunteer at the above event last week.  Despite the biblical rain it was  good actually, and we learnt a lot. We couldn’t use the glider due to the pouring rain so my thanks to those hardy volunteers who kindly took that home. Meanwhile, on our table we had some good conversations with folks there. We gathered a list of people who are really interested & want us to call them about membership products, talked to youngsters who were excited that they could go solo at 14, and other people took details with the intention of buying their trial lesson presents online.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Denise Hughes, Geoff Dailey, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey, Liz Adlard

Forthcoming events

Christmas meal and awards dinner

I look forward to seeing you all at this event on Saturday.

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Llanbedr

Negotiations are underway to return to LLanbedr for an expedition during to week 23rd to 30th March. This is an opportunity to fly over Snowdonia from an enormous airfield. If you are interested in bringing a glider along, or flying in a club 2 seater please email mail@mikegreenwood.co.uk to express an interest. I will get back to interested parties once we have an idea how many people want to go and how much Llanbedr will charge us.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Dec 062018
 

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

This week

Chairman

I am really pleased to be able to tell you that Jon Hall will take over as acting chair on the 1st of January and I am also delighted to welcome William Brewis on to the committee as acting vice chair.  Formal appointments will be made at the AGM.

Decorating

Thanks from Denise below:-

“Several people came forward to help decorate the club house last weekend.  It was Rob Hanks that started it by getting the paint for the door into the hangar.  Mark from Cornwall painted the door by Martin’s office after someone else had rubbed it down.  So I would like to thank Rob Hanks, Walter Bauman, Jon Hall, Dave D’Arcy for helping with the painting and Dave Crowson for helping with removing and replacing the pictures and notice boards, in the main club house.  Also Jon Hall, Baron Taylor have offered to go during the week to almost finish off,  So a big thank you to them as well.

 Cheers.

 Denise.”

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Allan Reynolds, Guy Hartland, Jon Hall

Sunday:  Denise Hughes, Guy Hartland, Mark Wakem

Water supply

While on the subject of volunteering please can I put out a call out for 3 volunteers to finish digging the trench to secure the water supply (a very important resource for the club). Please liaise with the secretary (secretary@midlandgliding.club) to offer your services as the office is not open until the 7th of December.

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.  Once again we will he having a fun fundraising activity for the social fund so please could you give your donations to the office before the event.  This year will be slightly different Peter and Hazel have plans!!    Any contribution will be gratefully received.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 292018
 

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

This week

Members evening 24th of November

We had an extremely well attended meeting and , a first for us, we had members joining us from across the web.  We explained the strategic direction of the club and the immediate actions we are taking to ensure that we continue to deliver the type of club that you have all come to love.

Discus replacement

We have now sold the Discus so the CFI was able to outline our plans to replace it with a much more “friendly” single seater.  The negotiations are at quite an advanced level now so watch this space.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Walter Baumann, Stephen Alexander, Charles Page

Decorating

A big thank you to Denise for her sterling work in painting the clubhouse a fresh white and lovely K8 green. Please could we have 2 volunteers to help finish the work with her. Please contact her via me or Sarah (marketing@midlandgliding.club)

Water supply

While on the subject of volunteering please can I put out a call out for 3 volunteers to finish digging the trench to secure the water supply (a very important resource for the club). Please liaise with the secretary (secretary@midlandgliding.club) to offer your services as the office is not open until the 7th of December.

K13 refurbishment

The photos below show what a fantastic job is being done on our K13s.  We are anxious to get all of the gliders through the Arc process before the dreaded B….. deadline.

ccw

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec. We have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave the Mynd around 11:30am.Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out.

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Winter Lectures

Our next lecture will be the National Trust on the 12th of January.  For an ancient hill things do move quickly and the trust always give us an inspirational and informative talk on what is one of our most precious resources: our location

The February lecture is still under construction, we wont know the exact date until after Christmas.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.  Once again we will he having a fun fundraising activity for the social fund so please could you give your donations to the office before the event.  Any contribution will be gratefully received.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 232018
 

Following on from an email sent to members last week, today is the last chance for you to have your say in what you want from our Cross Country Development program in 2019.

If you have already responded, we thank you, but if you haven’t and you have an interest in Cross Country gliding, we hope you will take the time to fill in this short (2 questions) questionnaire, so we can best tailor our 2019 program to suit you. It should take no more than 3 minutes, and will really help us deliver what you want in this area of flying

Please use this link … https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9TVPLVV

You can use the comments box at the end to add anything else you’d like to see. If you have any other lengthier comments, or wish to discuss your own particular cross country circumstances, please do contact us at XCDevelopment@midlandgliding.club

Answers will be collated this evening (Fri 23rd Nov) so please don’t delay.

Cheers, Mark

 Posted by at 10:09 am
Nov 222018
 

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

This week

Winter Lecture Mike Groves

Those who attended the talk by Mike Groves on Saturday, despite the poor weather had a massive treat.  He talked about the Bond film with pictures showing how it was set up, how they positioned the winch i.e. with cranes, the amount of practice runs with video and then how it looked on the film. Everyone said that they thoroughly enjoyed it Mike continued over the dinner giving more information as people asked.

Discus Sale

I am delighted to say that we have sold the Discus to Walter Baumann.  Walter has been a very keen Discus pilot, he has taken it to competitions.  The CFI has his eye on a more suitable single seater aircraft for us and undoubtedly will share more on Saturday

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Clive Crocker, Allan Reynolds, Simon Adlard, Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Simon Adlard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec. We have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave the Mynd around 11:30am.Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out.

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

Members evening 24th of November

You should have received a separate email inviting you to a members evening on the 24th of November. This is a substantial update and if you haven’t  then please contact me directly on the email address below. I realise that the notice was relatively short and I apologise for this but do try to attend if you can.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 152018
 

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

This week

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Matthew Cook, Peter Orchard, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Steve Male, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is

at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec we have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave Mynd around 11:30am.

Please can you contact Sarah directly by email if you are willing to help us out

Marketing @midlandgliding.club

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

Members evening

You should have received a separate email inviting you to a members evening on the 24th of November. This is a substantial update and if you haven’t received an email  then please contact me directly on the email address below

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Last committee meeting

Most of this was spent on the strategy so the meeting was quite tight, the highlights are:-

The Discus sale is now attracting more interest.

The BGA  business rates representative visited the club on the 9th and told us about the process and advised us on how to best proceed.  This really is a superb commitment on behalf of the BGA and we are extremely grateful. 

Motor Glider – good progress has been made on the registration, the production of pricing and operational procedures.  Some instructors are getting the TMG rating added to their qualification.

Bye Laws – especially relating to dogs in the clubhouse.  The secretary will take to the members meeting or publish as a reminder if there isn’t time.

Trailers.  The CFI has taken the trailer maintenance under the fleet umbrella and there will be a schedule starting with the open trailer over the winter.  Thanks to Dave Crowson and Dave Cole for getting the heater donated by Steve Alexander working in the old MT shed

Nov 082018
 

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

This week

Another Junior falls in love with LUV

Congratulations to Holly Rennell who has converted to the K23, her smile was larger than the wingspan!

Matthew Cooke

Yet another celebration, Matthew has achieved his assistant instructor rating and is just waiting on his acceptance checks to complete his rating.

Frequency changes

Please read the CAA publication below, it applies to all of us.

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP%201606%20833kHz%20voice%20channel%20spacing%20in%20the%20UK%20(v3).pdf

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Neal Clements, Walter Baumann, Guy Hartland, Dave d’Arcy

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard.

Forthcoming events

Next marketing event 5th December

These events are great ways for us to introduce our neighbours and gain new members.  The next one is at Moor Park Christmas Fayre near Ludlow which is 2-5pm on wed 5th Dec we have a small table inside for leaflets and chat and selling gift vouchers etc, plus glider outside to draw interest. We will leave Mynd around 11:30am

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.  You should have had an email from Fay asking you to choose and book.  There is a limit on the numbers so I encourage you to book quickly before all the turkey goes.

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Nov 012018
 

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

This week

Good news and bad news

I am delighted to say that Steve Male will be back in harness as CFI from the 1st of November but of course it saddens us that Simon has to step back.  Seriously though, I am sure I reflect the feelings of all of you when I thank Simon for stepping into the breach and doing such a superb job for us.  We are very fortunate in having such depth of instructing ability.

Winter season

Just to remind you that as from the 4th of November the club is on winter opening times, which means flying is always available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If there is an exceptional forecast then we will try to arrange launching and direction via the WhatsApp group.

The office will be open Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Chris Alldiss, Allan Reynolds, Geoff Dailey, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Clive Crocker, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch 18:00 start.

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Oct 262018
 

In a word, brilliant. Westerly all week, plenty of sunshine and wave (see Tuesdays blog). Have a look for yourself with this link    https://youtu.be/X3n2T6NCLPs

Congratulations to Ray Lewis, who when not fixing software problems with the simulator head tracking found time to finish off his bronze.

Oct 252018
 

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

This week

Please accept my apologies for last weeks absence of blog,  my delegation skills aren’t as good as I thought they were.

Wave day

Yesterday, as posted on WhatsApp and blogged earlier today, was a wonderful wave day,  North Hill and Mynd members had a fabulous day once again showing the benefits of our site and if you are not on the WhatsApp I suggest you join – MGC Flying.

Winter Lecture

We were privileged to have a well attended talk from Jon Hall, Richard Bennett and Mike Greenwood on our expeditions.  I hope it has inspired you to try to join in one next year.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Mathew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Denise Hughes, Liz Adlard, Stephen Alexander

Forthcoming events

Winter Lectures

November 17. Mike Groves Skylaunch

Please note that this has been moved from November the 10th.  18:00 start

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar I suggest you bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Highlights of the committee meeting 11th of October

The insurance brokers have advised that insurance for bonfires is tricky and the committee agreed that unless there was clear ownership of the event enabling coordination with the secretary then the event should not go ahead

A policy regarding social events was accepted and this will be put on the web sites

A petition has been received from some members and non members asking for the current policy on dogs to be amended. The secretary will issue a clarification statement to members by email and we will discuss the amendments with members before making a decision

Interest in the sale of the Discus has increased and the CFI will be negotiating with the interested parties

The club trailers will be taken on under the Fleet umbrella, the open trailer needs some refurbishment and the other trailers will have a standard service applied to them. This work will be scheduled over the Winter in the old MT shed. The heater for this is installed except for the electrical installation

The Chair will have to resign in December.

The Motor glider is now registered and the instructor cohort training is well under way. The prices for the use of the motor glider have now been approved.

The Simulator is attracting a lot of interest and we will incorporate it into our literature

The tours for potential members will start at again in November. We have had our first new member from Winterfest

CCW has been stripped back and has found to be in excellent condition. We will soon have first class K13s in the fleet. 

K13 rudder

Guy is liaising with Skylaunch to get the maintenance done before the start of the 7 day operation 2019

The Water Header Tank has arrived ready for installation. The existing tank needs replacing as a matter of urgency.

 

 

Oct 252018
 
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Tuesday was a cracking day for wave. RASP had forecast good wave prospects showing the wave system at low altitude early in the day. Coupled with a strong WNW it looked like it would be reachable from the ridge.

DC launched first in JGJ, and quickly disappeared up into the wave followed by North Hill’s DG505 and a handful of private gliders.

It turned out to be a splendid wave day with most gliders getting to 6000 QFE and Rob and Pete got to 11320 ft at Vyrnwy.

I met up with Tim B in FVP over Welshpool for a few minutes before whizzing back and braking down under the cloud at BCS.

It was a confusing outing for the nav computer; ~50 knot head winds gave me negative groundspeed plenty of times.

Above cloud in 493

#dontsell493

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Wave bars past Stiperstones

Wave bars past Stiperstones

 

Going backwards at 8 knots

Going backwards at 8 knots

 

Victor Papa looking good over Welshpool

Victor Papa over Welshpool

 

The RASP Wave Forecast for TuesdayThe RASP Wave Forecast for Tuesday

 Posted by at 1:29 pm
Oct 112018
 

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

This week

Oktoberfest

Martin, Jon Lewis, Sarah Platt, Chris Harris, Steve Male, myself, Chris Ellis, Holly Harris, Mike Amor-Wilkes, John O’Reilly all helped out at this event and I know I express the thanks of all the members to each of them for giving their time and effort to help promote our club.

Whilst the weather didn’t help this year, we did bring home a list of interested people whom we will now contact and invite to visit the club so they can begin to see how great it is. We will keep in touch with them over the winter in preparation for some of them to hopefully become members over the course of the next few months.

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Shrewsbury summer camp

The Shrewsbury school summer camp was a huge success and below is an extract from their feedback:-

“The annual Gliding Camp, held at the Midlands Gliding Club on the Long Mynd and open to all members of the RAF Section of the CCF, was a resounding success.  The central activity was, of course, gliding. While training progressed well for all the pupils in the ‘modern’ K13 and K21 gliders, we were all fortunate enough to have a joyride in an almost antique, open-cockpit T21. As the sun set on another year of gliding for Shrewsbury School CCF cadets (and quite literally over our evening game of croquet), I was already looking forward to next year! This is a truly stunning location for a summer camp and we are all extremely grateful to the Midlands Gliding Club, and in particular to our regular instructor Paul Fowler, for their continued support for our pupils in their gliding tuition and for everything they do both on and off the ground.”

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Dave Cole

Sunday:  Charles Carter, Guy Hartland, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Instructor meeting

The next instructor meeting is on Saturday at 17:30.  Do please try to attend, it is most important that all of us instructors and potential instructors keep abreast of the latest developments and feedback.

Winter Lectures

October the 20th at 18:00 in the quiet room will be the first in the series and will be a talk on Expeditions.  Have you ever wondered what we do on club expeditions, how can I get on one, what would it be like?  This will be the talk for you hosted by some of our expedition leaders.  Beware, once you know you may well become hooked!

November 10. Mike Groves Skylaunch

For those of you who attended last years lecture you will be delighted to know that part 2 is being delivered this year.  For those of you who did not attend you really missed a fantastic talk.  Mike gives us a superb understanding of the life of winching all over the world including the movie world.  Don’t miss it.

The other lectures are now on the web calendar bookmark the link below

https://www.midlandgliding.club/all-events/

we are trying to make this the master calendar for out future events in order to give a longer term view of what we are planning.

Christmas meal and awards evening

Please put the 15th of December in your diary.

chairman@midlandgliding.club