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Jan 192020
 

dckr

Further to Jon’s post, I’ve volunteered to coordinate club entries for the Wenlock Olympian Games 13-17 July.

To learn more about the event, click here

So if you’re interested in taking part, flying the K8 or K13 (whether as P1 or P2), either for the full week or maybe just part of it, let me know, either directly or via the office.

Let’s fill the sky with ply! (… and a quantity of steel tubing)

Mark S

 Posted by at 4:16 pm
Jan 192020
 

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Entries are coming in fast now, including some from Mynd members who are proud owners of vintage aircraft.  But don’t forget the club has two K13s and a K8 that are eligible to enter so why not use one of them to have a go.  There is also a T21 though we haven’t yet received an entry for it.  The event is run as a normal competition but inevitably with smaller tasks, even though in lower performance machines they will still be a challenge.  There will be lots of people around so field retrieves should be a doddle.  If you need some cross country or competition experience find a Mynd instructor or competent cross country pilot and book a club machine together and give it a go.  Great way to dip a toe.  For more detailed information go to olympiangliding.com.  And of course a chance to win an Olympian medal for gliding, the only ones available anywhere in the world!

Jon Hall
Competition Director

Jan 162020
 

Hello all
I received the following today from the BGA and I think it worth repeating here:

‘As you will be aware, all qualified glider pilots flying EASA sailplanes including powered sailplanes (which include TMGs) will be required by law to hold an EASA pilots licence and medical certificate from 8 April 2021. We currently expect this to remain the case regardless of the terms under which the UK leaves the EU. We are planning accordingly.
While the new sailplane licensing rules are reasonably straightforward, the LAPL or class 2 medical certificate requirement is a key issue. Whilst many pilots may choose to hold a medical certificate, the BGA and the CAA recognise that the requirement is proven to be disproportionate for air sport and therefore promote and support the use of medical self-declaration where possible.
Supported by other potentially impacted air sport organisations, the BGA has written to the Department for Transport laying out why the UK CAA self-declaration medical standard to driving licence standards and associated exemption from EASA medical requirements should be extended to the thousands of pilots of all recreational EASA aircraft including sailplanes operating in the UK through 2021 and beyond. There is dialogue underway and currently no certainty regarding the outcome.
Meanwhile, to support further justification of continued medical self-declaration, our STRONG recommendation is that all glider pilots including those with a class 2 or LAPL medical consider and if they are able to, sign up to the CAA’s pilot medical online self declaration process. This is a straightforward process and is free. Although the declaration doesn’t specify aircraft category (eg glider, aeroplane, etc) and it can be confusing which box to tick, the key point is to make the declaration if able to. If in doubt tick NPPL. This doesn’t impact on the current BGA medical requirements which until 2021 should remain as they are. By making the one-off declaration, pilots may potentially future-proof themselves against change.
The CAA self-dclaration medical portal is here
We would be grateful if you would pass this information to all your club pilots and encourage participation.’

Wenlock Olympian Games Gliding
As of today we have six entries for the Olympian competition, most of them from abroad but it is noticable that there are no entries on the list from our own club.  I can’t believe that no one from the Mynd is interested so I am asking that if you are considering an entry you do it now via the online entry form.  Having lots of entries encourages more.  Click here to go to the website and follow the link from there.  No payment is required at the time of entry.  You wil receive a digital invoice sometime after where you can pay online via Sage Pay, our secure online payment portal.  It would be a great shame to have to cancel the event for lack of entries as it is entirely unique in the gliding calendar worldwide and brings a lot of attention and revenue to the club, which we all know we need.  Even if you are not sure you can cancel before the middle of May and get a full refund.  If we have to cancel again this year it is highly unlikely that this event will ever happen again.

Airspace Classification Review
Back to the BGA.  Following on from the APPG-GA instigated Kirkhope Inquiry into Lower Airspace, which highlighted many of the challenges associated with unecessarily restricted airspace, the Govt has directed the CAA to regularly review airspace classifications including consultation with airspace users, and where appropriate amend the classification using (new) procedures developed by the CAA.
The CAA has launched an airspace classification review consultation that closes on 3 Mar 2020.
The BGA believes this is an opportunity. The airspace committee has met to discuss the potential BGA response. Its representatives have also attended a CAA stakeholder engagement meeting that described the consultation and the likely steps following the consultation. They have highlighted to CAA the very limited scope of data supplied in the consultation and the potential impact that will have on the consultation. It was clear from the stakeholder meeting that CAA will only be looking in any detail at those volumes of controlled airspace that are the focus of multiple responses.
The BGA believes that it will need to seek club pilots support in responding to this consultation. As such, around mid-February, it anticipates sharing some information that pilots will be encouraged to use to form their own responses in time for the 3rd March.
The consultation can be viewed here 

Winter Lecture Series
Don’t forget the next lecture is this Saturday 18th January by Afandi Darlington.  Afandi is a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen and experienced glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.  We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  The talk will start at 1800 and there will be the usual request for contributions to the Social Fund to cover costs.  The next one is on the 8th February by Richard Head – ‘My Life in the RAF’ and trhe final one of the series this year on 7th March from Simoan Adlard and Mike Fox on the latest news from the BGA, especially winching.

The Juniors are coming
I’m delighted to see the response to the Juniors Winter Series weekend at the Mynd (30th January to 2nd February) has been remarkable with more registered entries than have ever supported one of their Winter Series weekends at any site in the UK ever.  This is a testament to the burgeoning interest in Junior Gliding and especially their interest in our club.  These are the people who will go away and tell their friends and club members what a great time they had with us and that will encourage more visitors and maybe even more members.  In the correspondence I have had with the organisers they have mentioned several times how much the Juniors like our club, the people and how welcoming we are.  I hope this year will be no different.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Neal Clements (No 1), Mark Jerman (No 2), Charles Carter (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday:  Steve Male (No 1), Mark Jerman (No 2), Charles Carter (TLs), Peter Orchard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)

The next few days
I am unashamed at repeating DC’s recent blog post here about flying over the next few days.
Friday – Probably the best, 20knt WSW (or just north of west depending on which site you look at). The warmest day with a reasonable amount of sun
Saturday – 15knt NW.  A little less warm but a nice day a good amount of sun and some cummulus
Sunday – 5-10knt NNE backing NW and reducing in strength. The coldest with much less sun in the afternoon with possible orographic and canopy misting to finish the day
So, yet again three flyable days, if there are any instructors willing to help on Friday I am sure there will be people to fly.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Jan 152020
 

I will try again.

Those who may of compared last weeks forecast to the weather that actually occurred may have spotted a slight discrepancy!! After looking at the various forecasts at 9.00pm Wednesday night Thursday, rather than being a bit of a damp squib with a window of opportunity early afternoon turned out to be flyable all day with a good westerly.

So here goes:

Thursday       Very poor wet, cloudy, very high Southerly winds

***Friday             Probably the best, 20knt WSW (or Just North of west depending on which site you look at) The warmest day          with a reasonable amount of sun

**Saturday        15knt NW  A little less warm but a nice day a good amount of sun and some cummulus

*Sunday            5-10kntNNE backing NW and reducing in strength. The coldest with much less sun in the afternoon with               possible orographic and canopy misting to finish the day

So, yet again three flyable days, if there are any instructors willing to help on Friday I am sure there will be a few people to fly.

Dave

Jan 092020
 

Hi everyone
Just a quick one today as much club stuff to do and not enough time!  As Dave C pointed out Friday should have a good amount of sunshine and a light westerly 10knts or so backing  southwesterly but Saturday doesn’t look great.  However there are always things need doing around the club so if you want to get out of the house for a while ….
Sunday, a bit of a mixed picture but blipspot likes it. Plenty of sun with 20 knts between W & WSW.  So the ridge should give you some fun.

Winter Lecture Series Saturday 18th January 2020
Don’t forget the next lecture is on Saturday 18th January by Afandi Darlington.  Afandi is a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen and experienced glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.  We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  As Sunday is likely to be flyable why not stay over.  The talk will start at 1800 and there will be the usual request for contributions to the Social Fund to cover costs.  The next one is on the 8th February by Richard Head – ‘My Life in the RAF’ and trhe final one of the series this year on 7th March from Simoan Adlard and Mike Fox on the latest news from the BGA, especially winching.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Guy Hartlands (No 1), Matthew Cook (No 2), Mark Wakeham (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch)
Sunday:  Matthew Cook (No 2), Mark Wakeham (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch)

Junior Gliding Winter Series
The Juniors are with us again over the weekend from 30th January to 2nd February.  Its always good fun when they come to the club and whatever the weather I can guarantee if there is any chance of flying there will be lots of it.  We always need help on the ground when we have visitors so if you can spare a bit of time to drive a retrieve winch or help marshal the launch queue please do.

Instructor Meeting
The next instructor meeting is on Saturday 15th February at 1730 at the club.

Llanbedr Expedition
The glider list for the Llanbedr expedition is now full but there will be some opportunity to fly with our and other instructors and coaches in a range of gliders from K21, Twin Astir and Duo Discus.  If you fancy a day or two get in touch with Nigel Lassitter.Anyone who has been followign Chris Gill’s exploits from Denbigh on FaceBook will know that the wave in Snowdonia is excellent and apparently there all the time.  Don’t miss it.

CAA Airspace Classification Review
On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give them a new requirement to review the classification of airspace.  The CAA is now beginning the first airspace classification review and they would like your help. Click here to see its consultation for more information and respond online before 3 March 2020.  However the BGA are considering this very carefully as it will inevitable affect the soaring community so it recomends not responding until it publishes to us its recomendations.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Jan 082020
 

The best days are Friday and Sunday. Saturday looks atrocious, very windy and wet Thursday has a short window midday/early afternoon.

Friday should have a good amount of sunshine and a light westerly 10knts or so backing  southwesterly

Sunday, a bit of a mixed picture but blipspot likes it. Plenty of sun with 20 knts between W & WSW.

So another two flyable days out of four, things are looking up (actually last week was three flyable days out of four, just.)

Jan 032020
 

Decent day as promised – ridge working from zero to 700 ft, plus weak thermal and a bit of wave in the morning, which seemed to disappear in a sulk after a very brief shower around noon. I had my first go in the Junior – seems nice enough despite the total(!) lack of any total energy compensation on the vario – either I couldn’t locate the magic switch that enables it, or else it just plain doesn’t work … answers on a postcard …

No pre-solo students, but Rob kept himself busy with a trial lesson plus a few checks, with follow-up rides in the Junior or K23. Holly tried the K21 out from the back seat and acquitted herself well.

Altogether a fine start to the year, and here’s to another one tomorrow. My top tip – plenty of warm and wind-proof clothing – remember there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate attire!

Happy New Year!

Mark

 Posted by at 9:47 pm
Jan 022020
 

Hello everyone and wishing you all a very happy and successful year ahead.
We suffered significantly last year at the hands of the weather so I’m hoping this year will prove to be significantly better, enabling us to fly on more days and maximise the use of the fleet.  Full utilisation of our resources, physical and human, is the key to the club being viable.  The committee spent a lot of last year putting strategies in place to make sure that the fleet not only meets the needs of the club but is serviceable all of the time.  The same applies to the launch equipment and vehicles which had suffered from lack of investment and attention over quite some time, but is now subject to a maintenace programme that should sort it out.  My thanks to Andy Holmes, Guy Hartland and Julian Fack for driving this.
The members forum at the end of November last year was adamant that we should end bookable training slots at the weekend and your committee is busy considering how to implement such changes.  We will be publishing clear guidelines on how things will work before the AGM this year.
Over the winter months much work goes on behind the scenes to keep the club at the forefront of gliding in the UK.  This winter we have made changes to the accommodation block which we expect to increase utilisation and revenue, and made general improvements to the presentation of the rooms.  Many people have been involved so thanks are due to everyone who has had an input.  Other significant work will take place over the next three months to improve the briefing room, the simulator room, the internet access and our IT and computer systems including dedicated computer equipment for the instructors, new computers in the briefing room and office and a major upgrade to Aerolog that will bring many new online benefits to members wishing to access their data as well as improving our marketing capability.
At the same time, thanks to Dawn and Guy Hartland, we have undertaken a thorough and deep clean of the clubhouse to make sure it is in the best shape it can be for the start of the new year.  I hope that we will all remember how much hard work has gone into doing this and help to keep the club clean, tidy, presentable and hygenic in the future.
It is easy to sit at home during the winter and imagine doing some flying instead of getting out there and committing aviation.  This weekend looks like a good start to your gliding year with Friday and Saturday looking like excellent ridge days with a chance of some decent wave.  See you all there!

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Chris Aldiss (No 1), Mark Jerman (No 2), Charles Carter (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)
Sunday:  William Brewis (No 1), Mark Jerman (No 2), Charles Carter (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch)

Winter Lecture Series Saturday 18th January 2020
The next lecture is on Saturday 18th January by Afandi Darlington.  Afandi is a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen and experienced glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.  As Neal pointed out over Christmas Afandi designed the first winglets for the LS4 which were fitted as a prototype to a glider in which I had a part share.  They worked very well.  We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  The talk will start at 1800 and there will be the usual request for contributions.

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman
MGC

 

Jan 022020
 

Friday and Saturday both look flyable, Rasp likes Friday, on the ridge all day. GSD sounding thinks there will be considerably more North in the wind but both agree on 15-20knts.

Saturday, both sites like this, bang on the ridge from GFS and a few degrees further round to the south from Rasp (the ridge will work well with either forecast) both have 15-20knts though Rasp has this dropping off as the afternoon progresses  GSD also has a good wave profile, Rasp can’t quite bring itself to promise much though the pattern is there.

So my money is on a GFS Saturday.

Sunday looks classic for orographic, lots of it.

Dave

Dec 302019
 

Well as predicted another very nice day at the Mynd, with gentle wave at the end of the wire for most not going to great heights but keeping people in the air none the less. A little training was undertaken also and i think all had a good day out. Thanks to Simon & Liz for winching and everyone else for helping out and making it a great day.

Darce.

Dec 302019
 

I am off to sunnier climes so before I head off I thought I would just blog a reminder about the above. 

Please can you ensure you have this date in your diary, 18 January 

Afandi is a real “Pilot’s pilot” as well as being a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.

Jon Hall points out that Afandi designed the winglets on one of his gliders. 

We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about Aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  What a fantastic day!  The talk will start at 6 and there will be the usual request for contributions.

Neal

 

Dec 292019
 

A brisk southerly (hopefully not too brisk!) with plenty of sun. Simon is on duty so come on up and buy some launches. This is the last day as new year’s eve is a brisk easterly!!

Helen is doing curry night on Monday and steak night on Wednesday. There won’t be any food from the kitchen new years eve as those involved have usually organised a takeaway. I am not sure if anything is happening so if anyone is planning anything please let people know.

See you tomorrow.

Dec 222019
 

Long Mynd Soaring Club

It’s a funny old game – today we had a 15kt westerly, 1200ft base with plenty of gaps, five instructors and no students – all eating mince pies or wrapping Christmas swag, I guess.

So for the first time in my experience, we turned it into a soaring club, left the two-seaters in the hangar and just flew the single seaters. Orch launched us, Clive and Mark J took turns in the Junior, I tazzed about in the K23, Nige flew the Falke – alright, it’s a two seater, but he flew it alone! Ridge and a bit of wave. Nice day out – first time I’d flown in a while.

Happy Christmas to you all!

Mark

 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Dec 212019
 

Please can you ensure you have this date in your diary, 18 January 

Afandi is a real “Pilot’s pilot” as well as being a senior inspector at the AAIB.  He holds a PPL(A) and is a keen glider pilot.  He holds a first class degree in Aeronautical Engineering and will be covering why the AAIB investigate accidents and serious incidents, the legal framework they operate within and some examples from GA and the commercial world.

Jon Hall points out that Afandi designed the winglets on one of his gliders. 

We are immensely privileged in having such a distinguished speaker and I urge you to come along, support your club, learn more about Aviation and have a flight and meal as well.  What a fantastic day!  The talk will start at 6 and there will be the usual request for contributions for expenses.

Dec 132019
 

The threat of snow has reduced over the last two days so we will go ahead with the dinner as planned. So that is that guessing game over and decision made. In case you have forgotten what you ordered fear not Clive has carefully written out cards with your name and order, the colour of the card indicates your main choice so please leave this visible when we are serving the main course.

See you Saturday.

Dave&Helen

Dec 132019
 

Hello
Just a quick blog this week because I’ve been busy all day and most of the evening with club business so I need to get to bed soon.  Main thing to say is that there was some doubt about the weather for Saturday and forecasts of heavy snow on the Welsh hills made us think that we may need to postpone the Christmas Dinner.  However, this afternoon the forecast had changed significantly this afternoon suggesting that if there is any snow it will be patchy, won’t last long and will be quickly followed by heavy rain that will wash it away.  So the decision is that David Crowson will have another look at the predictions first thing in the morning and blog again to confirm that we plan to proceed.  Watch this space.
Assuming we go ahead, which is highly likely, please take note of the following.  When you arrive and pay the balance owed to the kitchen you will be given a coloured ticket – red for beef, yellow for turkey and green for vegetarian, according to what you ordered.  When you find a place to sit please place the ticket on the table in front of you so that the servers can identify who has ordered what.  This will speed up the service and make sure everyone gets a hot meal.  Have a great time.

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Denise Hughes (TLs), Guy Hartland (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Sunday:  Nigel LAssetter (No 1),  Guy Hartland (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)

This will be the last blog from me before the new year.  I’m travelling to Ireland next Thursday, then its Christmas closely followed by New Year and frankly I’m looking forward to having a few weeks off.
Have a great Christmas
Jon Hall
Chairman

 

Dec 062019
 

Hi everyone
Last weekend we had a members forum at the club on Saturday evening with more than 40 people attending, where the officers presented a review of the state of the club, its finances, membership and operations status.  The forum finished with a question and answer session where members had the opportunity to question the committee about things that have happened, are happening and might happen in the near future.  John O’Reilly supported both the Treasurer and the CFI with an analysis of membership and flying activity which makes interesting reading.  For those who were unable to attend the main points were;

  • Total number of launches were down (- 7.5%) in 2018-19, mainly due to the poor weather in April, June and September
  • However the total number of club fleet glider launches was near enough where it has been for the past 4 years.
  • So the total number of launches is down, BECAUSE there were fewer members’ private glider and visitor glider launches
  • Despite the loss of the Twin Astir (end March 2019), the number of club 2-seater launches shows essentially no change, despite the weather (probably due to the increased number of courses)
  • The K13s and the K21 have taken up the slack. Over the past 7 years, the number of launches that the Twin Astir has taken had reduced from 800+ to 300’ish.
  • The club single seater launches were a bit down (@810). The Junior had 155 launches. The K23 remains the most popular single seater.
  • In particular, the K8 took only 90 launches this year.
  • Over the past 7 years, the number of club single seater launches have reduced from 1,250’ish down to somewhere around 800

The committee is working hard as always to increase membership numbers and get the fleet and launch system reliable and efficient.  There is much activity around the winches and airfield vehicles with the intention that by the beginning of the soaring season next year, before our big events of the VGC National Rally and the Olympian, all our kit will be fully serviced and fully functional.  Many thanks are due to Andy Holmes and Julian Fack for driving this.  The CFI is clear that the fleet is currently adequate for our needs but we are aware that the K21 may reach the end of its life in 5 or so years and are actively exploring ways of replacing it if it doesn’t get re-lifed.  We are preparing a strategic plan for the next five years that will address the many challenges that this club will face as buildings get older, the road continues to wear and the infrastructure needs maintenance.  It will be completed in time for the next AGM.  Membership, in common with most other gliding clubs in the UK, remains a constant challenge and the committee is reviewing the membership packages on offer to effect an improvement.  Trial lesson sales and courses remain a vital part of our revenue stream and much effort is going into improving sales of both.  With that in mind we are taking a stand at the Wenlock Fayre on Saturday, after the sales it generated last year and are taking a glider to display.  We desperately need help from people willing to give a few hours to talk to people. Please come along if you can.

Christmas Dinner
Don’t forget the Club Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony takes place on December 14th.  Let Helen know if you plan to attend and order and pay for your dinner ticket

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday: Neal Clements (No 1), Mark Jerman (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Laurent Couval (LD)
Sunday:  Matthew Cook (No 2, ark Wakem (TLs), Simon Adlard (winch), Jon Hall (LD)

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

Nov 282019
 

Hello everyone
I’m quoting here from Dave Crowson’s blog yesterday where he said ‘NEWS FLASH; There will be an unusual celestial event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Wall to wall sunshine, a phenomenon unknown on the Mynd for a number of weeks‘.  So Friday looks like a light northerly, Saturday north easterly and Sunday a very acceptable 10 to 15kt northerly.  After such a long time with very little aviating going on this weekend is a must for going to the club.  Especially as there is the annual Members’ Forum on Saturday evening starting at 1700 (change from what may have been advertised) with the usual excellent dinner afterwards.  (If you want to eat please let Helen or Dave know what you’d like from the menu). The purpose of this forum is to review developments over the last 12 months and what is planned to happen over the next, and an opportunity for the officers and committee to listen to questions and comments from the floor to guide them in the development of strategy for the future.  If you want the committee to reflect the wishes of the membership then you need to attend.  Don’t forget also that there will be a short meeting before hand, starting at 1500 of those interested in helping at either of the two big events at the club next year, namely the VGC Rally and the Olympian Competition.  See you all there.
Your Duty Teams This Weekend:
Saturday:  Chris Alldis (No 1), Dave D’Arcy (TLs), Pete Orchard (winch), Charles Page (LD)
Sunday:  William Brewis (No 1), Walter Baumann (TLs), Pete Orchard (winch), Dave Cole (LD)
Soaring – Chess in the Air
A really interesting article appeared via Facebook this week, shared by the BGA, entitled ‘Does Soaring Have To Be So Dangerous?’.  Originating from America it makes really interesting reading.  I recommend all to have a look by following this link.
Christmas Dinner
The club Christmas Dinner will be held on 14th December.  Please let Helen or Dave know if you intend to be there.  Remember this is when the trophies and awards are presented for achievements this year, and you may be one of them.  Peter Turner, asked me to share the following with you:
Dear members
This year the ‘Social Fund will NOT be holding a Christmas raffle or Bingo to raise funds. Instead there is a wonderful opportunity, at this festive time of year, to help more youth into the air and to enjoy our sport.
The B.G.A. ‘Launchpoint Caroline awards’ have made an appeal for funding to  help to provide financial assistance in getting more Juniors flying and enjoying our wonderful sport. We all know that we must promote the future of gliding and this is a great way to help, to date it has assisted more than 400 youngsters into gliding including several of our own. So we would ask you all to be even more generous than normal this year,  so please dig even deeper into the pocket than usual. A collection will be made during the course of the Xmas meal.
As this is the season of giving,  there will be a ‘FESTIVE’ prize from the social fund to the members. At each place setting will be one numbered ticket and at the end of the meal the Chairman will draw the prize.  Merry Christmas from the Social Fund!
(editor’s note – we are hosting the Juniors Winter Series Round Two on 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2020)
Winter Lecture Series
Chris Gill got us off to a great start last Saturday with an excellent illustrated talk on Soaring in Snowdonia.  It prompted much discussion during his talk and over dinner afterwards about the possibilities of using south east wave and the coastal convergence to make some epic flights in Wales from our own site.  More than 40 people attended.  The next one is on Saturday January 18th 2020 from Afandi Darlington from the Air Accident Investigation Branch.  We all know about the AAIB but here is a chance to find out exactly what they do and how they do it.  Afandi has a long background in gliding (he designed the first winglets for the LS4 which were prototyped on a glider I owned and which worked very well).  I’m sure it will be worth making the  trip to hear him speak.
Photo Caption Competition
Who would have believed it? Two members with exactly the same injury and exactly the same operation on the same day.  I’m sure you will have a suitable caption for this photo.  Let me have them and I’ll publish the best next week.
d130d3cd-7319-429a-a8b1-04450d1834a0Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman

 

Nov 272019
 

I am late posting this as I didn’t have any confidence in the timing of all these fronts. I am only slightly more confident now but if I don’t post today it will be “that was the week we had!”.

Thursday: Starts very well, 15knt westerly but deteriorates as an occluded front arrives lunchtime then it  gets miserable as it rains, the wind veers and slackens

NEWS FLASH; There will be an unusual celestial event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Wall to wall sunshine,a phenomenon unknown on the Mynd for a number of weeks.

Friday:      Sunshine with a light Northerly

Saturday: Sunshine with a strong North Easterly (possibly too strong but don’t discount it)

Sunday:    Sunshine with a 10/15knt Northerly

Don’t forget there will be a members evening on Saturday where you get a chance to voice out loud  all your moans and wish-list for the present and aspirations and hopes for the future. This is a much better forum than the canteen table!

There is also a menu out already for Saturday night so let Helen know if you will want feeding.

Nov 212019
 

Hi everyone
There have been a whole series of outstanding flights posted this week by Chris Gill flying out of Denbigh and into the Snowdonia wave.  It seems to work in almost any direction.  Yesterday Chris was with Neil Croxford in southerly wave then flew again with Adrian Flower and covered about 400kms all together.  Not bad at the end of November. Capture1
Then he achieved a declared 300k today.Chrisgill
Chris is coming to talk to us as the first of our Winter Lecture series this Saturday starting at 1800 hours.  I have heard Chris talk about Denbigh before and believe me he is not to be missed, so make a point of being there.  If you want to eat afterwards, and why wouldn’t you, contact Helen or Dave on 01588 650405 asap.  They need to know numbers so they can have enough food for everyone.  The menu looks amazing including Mustard Salmon, Braised Beef, Burford Lamb and a vege option for mains.

Llanbedr Expedition 2020
Talking of wave flying in Snowdonia we are organising an expedition to Llanbedr from 21st to 29th of March 2020. Flying Snowdonia National Park is always a fantastic opportunity offering a wide range of flying experiences; high altitude flights in wave, flights around Snowdon and the surrounding peaks and coastal flying.  Currently there is a limited opportunity with only five glider spaces left or available. If you are interested in taking your glider to the Snowdonia Park, single seater or two seater, please email Nigel Lassetter  to confirm your booking. There is a cost of £300.00 per glider for the expedition period.  Launching will be by aerotow behind the Cosford Falke.
For those members interested in flying the Snowdonia peaks in one of the available two-seaters spaces as P2 pilots, please contact Nigel so that we can start a list of interested pilots. There may also be an opportunity to fly in the Cosford K21 under instruction or for a check flight.  Usually if you fly as P2 with a privately owned two seater you are asked to share the cost of the flight.

Jaca Expedition 2020
Clive Crocker is organising a return trip to Santa Cilia for next year.  It looks like it will span three weeks sometime from the middle of May to the middle of June.  Contact Clive for more details.

Help required for Wenlock Christmas Fayre
A reminder that the club will have a presence at the Wenlock Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December. This is an excellent event at which to raise the club profile and sell First Flight Experience flights.  Are you available to support this event with your presence?  As it is a long day, just a few hours from several people makes a big difference.  It is also an opportunity to stock up on Christmas presents.  Please contact James Moore.

Accommodation refurbishment
Those of you who have been at the club recently will have seen a considerable amount of work going on to improve the quality of the accommodation block, including changes to the bunk room.  This is happening because we have considerably increased the demand for our private rooms and they represent a very useful contribution to the club’s income over the year.  But the quality of the rooms has not been as good as we would like.  These improvements will bring them up to a much higher standard.  Many people have been involved and I want to thank everyone for their time and considerable effort.  Future plans over this winter include improvements to the briefing room and bar.

Wenlock Olympian Gliding Competition 2020
I’m pleased to report that we already have six entries for the Olympian next year.  As ever we will need a lot of people to help run the competition properly, safely and efficiently as well as making sure ev;eryone has fun.  I shall be directing the competition and John Randall is the primary event organiser.  There will be a short meeting on the afternoon of November 30th, prior to the members’ meeting, starting at 1500 hours, for you to register an interest and let us know how you think you can help.  We also need some help for the VGC Rally taking place shortly before so if you can help with that please come to the meeting.

Club images
Thanks to everyone who has responded to James’ request for quality images of the club and what goes on in it.  We have had some really high quality images but as I am currently reviewing all of the club publications and media at present I am appealing for more.  I could use images of things other than gliders such as the accommodation, inside the hangar, the bar, the briefings, the simulator in use, and of course the catering.  Please let me have anything you have or better still take a camera with you and take some new pics.  Thanks in advance.room

Your duty teams this weekend are:
Saturday:  Neal Clements (No 1), Matthew Cook (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Glyn Macarthur (LD)
Sunday:  Simon Adflard (No 1), Mark Jerman (TLs), Geoff Dailey (winch), Liz Adlard (LD)

Happy landings
Jon Hall
Chairman
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