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Aug 172018
 

Your team this weekend is:
Saturday: Simon Adlard, Liz Adlard, Peter Orchard
Sunday: Chris Alldis, Charles Page, Guy Hartland

Forthcoming events:

Task week – 18th – 27th August

We really need to know numbers of competing gliders now (so we can buy the day prizes etc!). Please can you call the office to pay your £50 entry fee asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points! It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

OktoberFest – 5th to 7th October

Last year we took a glider to OktoberFest in Shrewsbury to spread the gliding word, it was a great success raising our profile. We are planning to do the same this year, so if you are able to help, please contact Sarah.

Aug 092018
 

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

This week

Simon’s cross country course

They’ve had a mixed week, heading off around Shropshire, and Simon has been showing Geoff Dailey the Travellers Rest from the best angle before they managed to climb away back to the Mynd!  Today they are all setting off into Wales with high hopes for a decent distance task.   These courses are a wonderful way of improving your cross country or just getting you to be more confident.  See task week below.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Greenwood, Walter Baumann, Peter Orchard, John O’Reilly

Sunday:  Mike Witton,Walter Baumann, Guy Hartland, Glyn Macarthur

Forthcoming events

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

 We really need to know numbers of competing gliders now (so we can buy the day prizes etc!). Please can you call the office to pay your £25 entry fee asap.

NB: £25 is the early-bird entry for those booking & paying now. The entry fee for entries confirmed or paid after 16th Aug will be £50.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

New members

 You will be aware that we have a range of packages to encourage new members. Sarah is planning to do a 15min pre-dinner chat (date tbc), to inform members about the packages and how they work. In the meantime, if you see Sarah, James Moore, or Steve Male at the club, please do take a moment to ask them about the packages, so that when a member of the public asks you about flying, you can ask them specific questions to find out whether a trial lesson really is best for them, or whether they actually want to Learn to Fly (in which case, the better option for them would be one of the new packages, maybe booking on to an upcoming Saturday Tour, or even full membership).

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Aug 072018
 

Rasp says yes for a discus starting at 11am , and yes for a duo starting at 12

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However far you want to go it looks like yet another day of the year!!!

Dave

Aug 022018
 

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

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mark Sanders, Matthew Cook, Geoff Dailey and Laurent Couval

Sunday:  Guy Hartland, Charles Carter, Geoff Dailey and, fresh from Hus Bos, Dave d’Arcy

Forthcoming events

Simons xc soaring course week (6th to 10 Aug)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! (Limited places) This popular course includes daily weather & cross country briefings, and is run in a Lead and Follow style. Suitable for all levels even those who have not flown cross country before.

If it’s suitable for cross country, Simon will set a task for a lead and follow, designed to stretch you in a comfortable environment.

If it’s not suitable for cross country, then appropriate ground / air trainings will be offered to match the attendee’s skills and experience.

Book your place now via the office!

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

A friendly reminder & request:

Whether you want to do some pre-solo training, your annual check, or something else specific, it always pays to pre-book via the office or online via the email shown here https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

We strongly encourage pre-booking so that:

  1. A) you get what you need on the day
  2. B) we can plan to have sufficient instructors to cater for the day’s demand
  3. C) it avoids those who have taken time time to pre-book getting over-run and missing out to people who turning up on the day expecting a flight
  4. D) it avoids the possibility of you turning up on the day expecting to fly and perhaps leaving in the evening disappointed.
  5. E) you can see availability on the website and plan your visits accordingly – here’s the link https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Happy soaring!

Jul 262018
 

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

This week

Simulator

Dave has already blogged the launch of the simulator.  The amount of effort that has gone into this has been enormous.  Dave, Roger, Geoff Dailey and Rob French have created a fabulous addition to our training offering.

New Members

Welcome to new members John Ball, Arthur Hughes.  If you see them at the club please introduce yourself and give them our usual welcome.

Web Site

We’ve just changed the web site to a secure site, using https rather than http. This makes it more secure, and also should improve our rankings in Google searches about gliding. The change seems to have gone smoothly, but if you notice any issues, such as broken links, please email webmaster@midlandgliding.club

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Nigel Lassetter, Peter Orchard, William Brewis

Sunday:  Mike Greenwood, Guy Hartland, Matthew Cook, Stephen Alexander, Mark Wakem

Forthcoming events

Simons xc soaring course week (6th to 10 Aug)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! (Limited places) This popular course includes daily weather & cross country briefings, and is run in a Lead and Follow style. Suitable for all levels even those who have not flown cross country before.

If it’s suitable for cross country, Simon will set a task for a lead and follow, designed to stretch you in a comfortable environment.

If it’s not suitable for cross country, then appropriate ground / air trainings will be offered to match the attendee’s skills and experience.

Book your place now via the office!

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

A friendly reminder & request:

 Whether you want to do some pre-solo training, your annual check, or something else specific, it always pays to pre-book via the office or online via the email shown here https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

 

We strongly encourage pre-booking so that:

  1. A) you get what you need on the day
  2. B) we can plan to have sufficient instructors to cater for the day’s demand
  3. C) it avoids those who have taken time time to pre-book getting over-run and missing out to people who turning up on the day expecting a flight
  4. D) it avoids the possibility of you turning up on the day expecting to fly and perhaps leaving in the evening disappointed.
  5. E) you can see availability on the website and plan your visits accordingly – here’s the link https://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Happy soaring!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 212018
 

Quite an extraordinary course week, we managed to get all but one solo including three first solos. Then we converted all but two of the solo’s into the discus. Plenty of soaring including a five hour thermal flight and 222 launches loosing Friday afternoon to rain!!! (almost forgotten what that was like).

Then I took the last fight solo, I took an aerotow from Denbigh then thermalled away up to Snowden then set of for the Mynd. When thermalling away from Bala town to cross the Berwyns Helen said it was time for bed so I landed in a field and switched the simulator off.

I was quite impressed with it though the head tracking takes a little getting used to, it makes flying a circuit much easier. So the simulator is working, it just needs a bit of tidying up and I have yet to get the trimmer working.

I will produce a list of instructions for starting it, a process I hope to streamline soon. So many thanks to Geoff  for the instrument panels, Roger for his welding and fabric work and to Rob French for his tech support and computer rebuild  skills.

Dave

Jul 192018
 

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

This week

Wood Week

Kind weather, enthusiasm and superb catering all meant that the wooden guys had a wonderful time with some doing cross country flights on an almost daily basis.  Chris Raine was also incredibly generous in giving flights in the Capstan

New members

We welcome back an “old” friend Roger Reeves.  Roger used to be tug master for us in the days of the Pawnee and has now returned to the purer side of flying.  We also welcome Iain Thomson, Martin Howitt and Jo Turnbull.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Mike Witton, Charles Carter, Stephen Alexander

Sunday:  Simon Adlard, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard

Forthcoming events

Simons xc soaring course week (6th to 10 Aug)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! (Limited places) This popular course includes daily weather & cross country briefings, and is run in a Lead and Follow style. Suitable for all levels even those who have not flown cross country before.

If it’s suitable for cross country, Simon will set a task for a lead and follow, designed to stretch you in a comfortable environment.

If it’s not suitable for cross country, then appropriate ground / air trainings will be offered to match the attendee’s skills and experience.

Book your place now via the office!

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

A friendly reminder & request:

 Whether you want to do some pre-solo training, your annual check, or something else specific, it always pays to pre-book via the office or online via the email shown here http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

 

We strongly encourage pre-booking so that:

  1. A) you get what you need on the day
  2. B) we can plan to have sufficient instructors to cater for the day’s demand
  3. C) it avoids those who have taken time time to pre-book getting over-run and missing out to people who turning up on the day expecting a flight
  4. D) it avoids the possibility of you turning up on the day expecting to fly and perhaps leaving in the evening disappointed.
  5. E) you can see availability on the website and plan your visits accordingly – here’s the link http://www.midlandgliding.club/club-duty-rota/

Happy soaring!

 

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 122018
 

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

This week

Power cuts

The valley and ourselves have experienced many power failures over the last few weeks.  This does have consequences for us, our Internet, our admin systems and the web camera computer can all fail to restart gracefully.  We are working on how to mitigate each of these.

Shrewsbury School Summer Camp

The RAF section of Shrewsbury School’s Combined Cadet Force held their camp at the Club last week with 8 cadets and Paul Fowler instructing,  plus Tom Brennan who had just finished A levels and wanted to do some more solo flying aiming for Stage 3.  The week began with the dreaded east wind, but there was enough of a northerly component on Monday to allow launching. Tuesday was altogether different with an east wind strong enough for bungey launching if it had been from the opposite direction, and so a day out was planned.  First, a climb up to the well-preserved Montgomery Castle where there was a light breeze, and so a briefing was called for on the wind gradient and isobars. Next, on to Lake Vyrnwy to hire bicycles for a ride around the Lake.  There was plenty of flying opportunities in the rest of the week as the east wind was much calmer and good thermals gave long flights.  Many thanks to Mike G and Roger for flying the cadets in the T21.  There was guesswork on some of Roger’s flights about who was doing the landing!  Thanks also to Nigel and Matthew for their help.  The cadets made good progress in their flying training and worked hard on the airfield driving the retrieve winch, fetching cables for themselves and other Club members, keeping the Log and retrieving gliders.  The camp ended on Friday with an excellent achievement when Jack Li flew solo for the first time.  Many thanks also to Fay and Helen on the food and domestic side, and last, but not least, thanks to Rob for being in charge.

Wood week

As you have seen from the blogs they are having a wonderful time.   Many launches and lots of soaring.

New members

We have had a spate of new members recently, some on the 40 flight package.  We welcome John Darby, Iain Thomson, Ewa Lakeman and Martin Howett

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday: Neal Clements, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Glyn Macarthur

Sunday: Mark Sanders, Guy Hartland, Peter Orchard, Charles Page

Forthcoming events

Good news and bad news

The Fairford airshow looks as if it will have a minimal impact on our flying over the weekend.

Farnborough

The CAA decision has been announced, largely in favour of TAG Farnborough.

Please see the link below for the full updates.

 https://members.gliding.co.uk/news-notices/

Task week – 18th – 27th August 

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

TaskWeek poster 2018

Reviews please!

If you’ve visited us or flown with us then it would be really great if you could take a moment to pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review. Here is the linkNB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

Jul 122018
 

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A nice air to air photograph of a visiting Skylark.

 

Well, that was fun, 61 launches much of it colourful vintage gliders taking advantage of 6kt+ average climbs to a 5500ft cloud base, no great distances covered but congratulations Martin Howitt and John McLaughlin who both re-solo’d and Steve Rudge who progressed to Stage 3.

Thanks to Dave Crowson for tirelessly instructing, Charles Carter for looking after the trial lessons, Roger for flying anyone and everyone in the Capstan, Helen for providing some excellent food and last but not least thank you to those working very efficiently on the airfield who didn’t fly to ensure others could.

This evening is steak and quiz night.

 

 

Jul 092018
 

The weekend just gone was a belter – although I couldn’t make it, gosh-darn-it! From the ladder I can see that KA and FVP had good flights, from word of mouth I know that 445 and K6 also made the most of it. Can I ask that you all please post your flights on the ladder, so the wider gliding public can see that the Mynd is a thriving XC club.

Today was good too, with 300’s for KA and 445.

Every day this week has merit, (and as much as you can say at this range, the weekend too), and decent XC flights should be possible on any of the days. Use the Club tasks, or else ask one of the XC pilots where they are going, and either fly that task, or else if seems a bit much (or too little!) for you, set a “Russian Doll” task based on the general task area. Do Check NOTAMS before you go – it’s a busy week, particularly on Friday.

So stay safe, have fun and I look forward to viewing the traces on the club ladder!

Mark

 Posted by at 10:28 pm
Jul 062018
 

First day of wood week and a reasonable xc day. Top it off with a bbq from the kitchen, loads of Helen salads and side dishes plus a pud (strawberries and ice cream) all for £12.

Please phone and confirm as Helen has to pick up the order from the butcher and he closes early to go to a wedding.  Confirm asap, latest 12 am Sat.

Jul 062018
 

Bye-bye blue – The CUMULUS is back!

Yesterday was a cracker! Cloudbase to 7000ft with climbs nudging a reported 10 knots. I flew 275km in 445, Jon Hall and Richard Bennett 375km in KA – both traces on the ladder. Dave Rance (370km), Julian (210km), Dave & Rod, Mark Williams, Mike Dodwell and Steve Ward all went XC, please, please put your flights on the ladder, so the wider gliding community can see what a great XC site the Mynd is!

Looks like a proper good XC weekend in prospect – cumulus, 5000ft bases and light winds too, so the perfect start to Wood Week (but equally good for plastic of course!!)

Best weather once again likely to be to our south and east, so any of the club tasks should be on, if you are stuck for ideas of where to go … http://www.bgaladder.co.uk/ClubTasks.asp

If you have a spare place in your two-seater, or you are interested in flying XC as P2, please let me (or the office) know and I’ll put you in contact with each other.

So get up to the Mynd and have some fun!

Mark

 Posted by at 10:39 am
Jul 052018
 
TaskWeek poster 2018

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

This week – The weather hasn’t been stellar for the school summer camp, however today is looking amazing. If you managed to get time off to fly today, remember to put your flight on the BGA ladder.

New road

Our new road is still holding up well despite the heat.  This is a most precious asset so please can you drive over it slowly to preserve it.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Guy Hartland, Dave D’Arcy

Sunday:  Roger Andrews, Matthew Cook, Guy Hartland, Mike Dodwell

 

Forthcoming events

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

Wood Week 2018 starts this Saturday. Do come up and join in the fun and flying.

TaskWeek poster 2018

Task week – 18th – 27th August Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap.

Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions. It is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

The event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the skewed results from a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at. More info here.

 

Reviews please!

If you’ve visited us or flown with us then it would be really great if you could take a moment to pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review. Here is the link. NB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

chairman@midlandgliding.club

Jul 042018
 

All tasks start and finish at MYN

Task A: BCW-BAD-SOA (300km)

Task B: BCW-SOA (209km)

Task C: GRM-DRO (138km)

Task D: SH3-CLE (70km)

All tasks are variations of the same generally SE theme. Choose one that fits with your experience and expectation, but be prepared to fall-back if the day doesn’t develop as predicted.

Best leave site before noon – it will be much harder work to get away in the afternoon. Your return with a 5000+ft base predicted, will enable you to be on final glide from a long way out – that’s the theory anyway!!

Only significant NOTAM appears to be a Royal flight out of Kemble, but that’s all wrapped up by 11:10 local. However please double check my analysis and check again in the morning.

If you fly Task A, you’ll likely be crossing the Gloucestershire (Staverton) feathers to the east of the airfield. Their radar tells them our position, but not our height, which clearly makes them a little nervous. Good practice to give them a call (128.550) and let them know your position, height and intentions. They are very friendly, and it’s all good for safety and the power world’s perception of us.

See you tomorrow.

Mark

 Posted by at 7:27 pm
Jul 032018
 

The models are very upbeat about this Thursday 5 July, all the way through the weekend and including Monday 9 July. Light winds, high bases, and yes… cumulus!!!

The detail may change, but now is the time to start re-arranging your calendar to make room for some XC flying.

If you are stuck for ideas on where to go, the club tasks (at this stage) all look on. Go to http://www.bgaladder.co.uk/ClubTasks.asp and scroll down to find the MGC Club Tasks. Discuss your task on the day with the No 1.

Lots of cut silage fields at the moment in our part of the world. There won’t be endless opportunities this season, so you should really be aiming to capitalise on at least one of these days.

If you have a spare place in your two-seater, or you are interested in flying XC as P2, please let me know and I’ll put you in contact with each other.

We’ll aim to publish some task suggestions the night before. So check the NOTAMS, make your plans, and maybe see you there?

Mark

 Posted by at 3:30 pm
Jun 302018
 

The weather station and the web cams are now working again (other than the west facing time lapse web cam, but that’s a separate issue). We have replaced the weather station computer, which was the problem, so hopefully everything should run smoothly again. A massive thanks to Alasdair for his efforts in this.

Geoff.

Jun 282018
 

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

New road

Our new road is taking a bit of a pasting with this heat.  This is a most precious asset so please please can you drive over it slowly.

Weather station

Significant progress has been made behind the scenes, a new computer has had the software successfully moved over and we are just waiting for a convenient time to install it. 

MT Vitara

Julian thinks he has finally cracked the Vitara gas puzzle whereby one vehicle works and the other doesn’t.  We are testing the change now and fingers crossed we can have them both back on gas.  Don’t forget, they have small tanks so must be re filled midday to have uninterrupted operation.

Lawnmower

Denise has very kindly donated a ride on lawnmower for the club use.  This has speeded up the cutting of the non sheep areas tremendously.  If you do get a chance to ride this then please turn the fuel off after use.

 

MGC website and more domains

We have made some significant updates to the website to reflect our focus on both members and new members. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do check the menus as they have changed.

MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking just TWO more willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!  This is a really good opportunity for us to show the locals everything that’s great about our club.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Greenwood, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Alan Swan, Laurent Couval

Forthcoming events

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

The infamous Wood Week returns for 2018. Who’s joining us? There are a few spaces left & we’d love to see you   For more info or to book your place, call Martin on 01588650206 or office@midlandgliding.club
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5,000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerleys, with beautiful gliders and excellent company.

Task week – 18th – 27th August

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap. Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions.

Task Week is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

In order to encourage more pilots to fly cross country at a level where they are safe and comfortable the event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the queue given to the results by a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at.

Can you help – Tripadvisor

We are working on increasing our online presence and make it more likely for people to come across us on a Google search. As part of this, we have dusted off our Tripadvisor account to give potential visitors an idea of what we have to offer as a venue. This is where we need your help…..If you’ve visited us or flown with us (since you’re on this email list, this would almost definitely apply!) then it would be really great if you could take a moment to  pop over to Tripadvisor and give the club a quick review.

Here is the link https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g315989-d10832623-Reviews-or10-Midland_Gliding_Club-Church_Stretton_Shropshire_England.html

NB: It is important for the integrity of our entry on the website, that people who have responsibility for running the club (committee members) or for delivering the service (staff members) do NOT do a review, as this is against the rules and Tripadvisor could remove our entry entirely!

 

 chairman@midlandgliding.club

 

 

 

 

Jun 272018
 

If you fancy a barbie out of the kitchen to enjoy this fantastic weather and sunset then contact Helen 01588 650405 before 2pm then helen will get the meat.

Usual Helen spread of side dishes and salads with strawberries and ice cream £8.00

Jun 212018
 

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

750km day?

Looking foward to seeing all the flight traces from today, which was touted as a 750km day! If you went anywhere, remember to put it on the ladder and check out what everyone has been up to across the country. Tomorrow will be less windy but just as good, so if you can get the day off, do get yourself in the air.

CFI – Introduction to Gliding Courses – This coming weekend we have the second in our series of “Introduction to Gliding” courses. These courses have been sold to people who have expressed a serious intention to join us as members and learn to fly with us.  These days are NOT just an extended, glorified, Trial Lesson; they are an attempt to show these prospective new members how the club operates and give them an appreciation of what it is like to be a member.

The day starts with a number of ground briefings before the pilots are brought out on to the field to fly. Hopefully they will be looked after on the day by a nominated “Ground Coach” and they should have their own instructor & glider, for the day, so should not impact too much on members’ general club flying.

When you see these prospective new members around please do whatever you reasonably can to make them feel welcome and involved both on the airfield and in the clubhouse.

It has taken a lot of effort from the extended club team to get these prospective new members to this point, so we really want to show off all aspects of the club to its full potential.

MGC website

We have made some significant updates to the website to reflect our focus on both members and new members. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do check the menus as they have changed.

Webcams/ Weather Station

In order to get the weather station data showing again, a replacement computer is currently being sought, and the relevant software will be installed.

MGC branded clothing and merchandise

We are indebted to Peter Turner who has worked tirelessly over the past few months to refresh and extend our range of MGC clothing. This has been no small task! Display items have now been delivered. Pick up your hat from the office £5.50, or order it from the online shop for delivery to your home. We have t-shirts, wind-proof jackets, warm gillets etc, and are available to order in your exact size. Please see the display in the entrance corridor, or ask in the office.

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MGC Stand at Church Stretton Community Games, Sat 14th July (10am – 4pm)

We are seeking just TWO more willing volunteers to help Sarah on the stand. If you can help for a morning or afternoon slot, or even just setting up or take down, please call her 07754 070357 or email her at marketing@midlandgliding.club  She will be finalising the team on Fri 15th June, but please let her know asap if you can help. It’s a great stand location, right by the food stalls!  This is a really good opportunity for us to show the locals everything that’s great about our club.

Prospective Members

The monthly Tours for prospective members are going well and upcoming ones are almost booked up. Next time you’re at the club, take a look at the Your Gliding Journey leaflet, which explains our newly developed Membership packages. The packages are aimed at prospective members / people who want to Learn to Fly, rather than those who simply want a one-off Trial Lesson.  When people ask you about gliding or approach you at the club, it would be great if everyone could direct people towards either the Membership packages, the Tours, (or Trial Lessons, if that’s the right option for them). Sarah will be doing a quick pre-dinner talk about this in the next few weeks.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:   Mike Greenwod, Guy Hartland, Charles Carter, Pete Orchard, Mark Wakem

Sunday:  Neal Clements, Matthew Cook, Guy Hartland, William Brewis.

Forthcoming events

Course – 25th-29th June

There are very limited places left on next week’s course, so if you want some intensive flying, then get yourself booked in asap while there’s still time.

Wood week – 7th – 14th July

The infamous Wood Week returns for 2018. Who’s joining us? There are a few spaces left & we’d love to see you 🌤🌤 For more info or to book your place, call Martin on 01588650206 or office@midlandgliding.club
Prepare your glider for 5kt winds,  5,000 ft cloudbase or just a week of gentle westerleys, with beautiful gliders and excellent company.

Task week – 18th – 27th August

Book your place NOW – please call or email the office asap. Task Week is designed to encourage ALL pilots to fly Cross Country Tasks. As such, it is an inclusive activity, a bit of friendly competition – not an occasion for the club pundits to whizz round and take all the points!   It is the culmination of the year’s Cross Country Development Programme and introduces an element of competition prior to pilots flying either Rockpolishers or Regional competitions.

Task Week is open to any pilot holding a Bronze “C” with a Cross Country Endorsement.
We will also have 2 seat gliders participating, to give ALL pilots the opportunity to experience cross country flying, even if you are not yet solo, or don’t yet have your Cross Country Endorsement. This is an excellent training opportunity to fly with some top class cross country pilots in top class gliders. Please book your place ASAP by calling or emailing the office.

In order to encourage more pilots to fly cross country at a level where they are safe and comfortable the event is split in to 3 classes so that pilots compete against other pilots of similar skill and experience level. This year we are introducing a new scoring system to try to even things out between the classes and to avoid the squew given to the results by a single fast flight on a long task.

Please book the week off, ensure this is in your diary, and lets look forward to some wonderful weather. It will help you develop our skills no matter what standard you are at.

Sarah

marketing@midlandgliding.club on behalf of chairman@midlandgliding.club

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Jun 182018
 

The weather models are all going crazy this morning for Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun coming. Now that’s still a way off in forecasting terms, but you’d like to think that there’s no smoke without fire, so take this post as notice that perhaps you ought to be considering re-arranging your life a little …

Just sayin’

Mark

 Posted by at 9:52 am