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Find out what makes the HpH Twin Shark a worthy competitor in the April/May issue of S&G, where you can read about the challenges of competing in the Sailplane Grand Prix Finals in Chile. There are also top tips on how up-and-coming pilots can progress to using water ballast. Plus, as we find ourselves facing a tsunami of lower airspace change proposals, find out why the system must change and how you can get involved.

Swedish pilot Mikael Roslund travelled to the Czech Republic to experience HpH’s prototype Twin Shark. Well balanced and harmonious to fly, Mikael found it to be “among the finest two-seaters I’ve flown” and a worthy competitor to the Arcus and the ASG 32.

In January, UK pilot Jon Gatfield flew in his first Sailplane Grand Prix Finals. Held in Vitacura, Chile, Jon reports that it was some of the most challenging but rewarding flying that he has enjoyed. The scenery is incredible in what is, at times, an intimidating environment. Good mountain experience is essential to fly the Andes, which Jon found very different from flying the Alps or Pyrenees.

Want to go faster? If you are considering using water ballast to speed up your tasks for the first time, help is at hand with the latest Ask the Coach feature. In this issue, Tony Cronshaw asks coach Kevin Atkinson how to get started and the best strategies to use, with safety not just performance in mind.

General aviation, including gliding, is facing an unprecedented threat from the growth of controlled airspace. We are facing a tsunami of lower airspace change proposals, posing a significant threat to the viability of gliding and increasing risk for the majority of airspace users operating outside the proposed airspace. We have to do all we can by whatever means to safeguard our interest against the current flood of ACPs. The airspace article in this issue explains why the system must change and how you can help make a difference.

Also in this issue: Winners of the BGA trophies for 2017. Shaun Lapworth investigates whether FLARM is the answer in the third part of a series on electronic conspicuity. Alan Langlands explains the basics of competition scoring. Katharine York reports on a new BGA women gliding project. René Lans reflects on how he walked away from a near fatal crash without a single scratch or bruise. Ebenezer Grimshaw breaks taboos, dispels myths and restores reality for newbies. Mark Dalton wonders why weather forecasting is not as easy as the club ‘experts’ make it seem. David Innes has another cautionary tale about the pitfalls of using portable devices in the cockpit, explaining why you shouldn’t trust your phone’s attitude indicator in flight. Qin Cao reveals how life as a lightweight pilot can be tough. BGA development officer Alison Randle looks at what you can do outside your club to attract more people into gliding. There’s a report and lots of pictures from the 2018 BGA Conference. And there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
The fight for open airspace

Why the system must change and how to get involved

Get up to speed with ballast

Thinking of using water ballast to speed up your task? Tony Cronshaw asks coach Kevin Atkinson how to get started and the best strategies

Vitacura: 8th Sailplane Grand Prix Finals

Jon Gatfield reports from Chile, where he experienced some of the most challenging but rewarding flying that he has enjoyed. Plus, winner Sebastian Kawa reflects on the competition

FLARM: ideal for gliding?

See and be seen, is FLARM the answer? Shaun Lapworth investigates

What’s the point(s)?

If you find yourself baffled by competition scoring, you are not alone. Alan Langlands explains the basics of the system

Click here for an article which explains the scoring system in plain English

How you can help diversify

Katharine York reports on the new BGA women gliding project, with a request for help in three areas to make it a success

Lessons learnt

René Lans reflects on a lucky escape that saw him walk away from a near fatal crash without a single scratch or bruise

Click here for video footage of a typical storm encountered in Potchefstroom during the week of the 2017 South African Nationals

What they didn’t tell you – advisory 5: busting myths… or not

Questions pre-solo pilots want to ask… but never dare to! Ebenezer Grimshaw breaks taboos, dispels myths and restores reality for newbies

Twin Shark

Is the new HpH Twin Shark a worthy competitor to the Arcus and ASG 32? Absolutely, it is among the finest two-seaters I’ve flown, reports Mikael Roslund

The dark art

Mark Dalton looks at weather forecasting and wonders why it is not as easy as the club ‘experts’ can make it seem

Glide with the right attitude

David Innes explains why you shouldn’t trust your phone’s attitude indicator in flight, with another cautionary tale about the pitfalls of using portable devices in aircraft

The perils of a petite pilot

Qin Cao explains how life as a lightweight glider pilot can be tough

A day to share

With the latest toys on show and talks from a range of fascinating speakers, glider pilots enjoyed the annual BGA Conference and AGM

Update your airspace files from a new home

Click here for tips on how to use ASSelect and set up your device

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; BGA trophies; Gliding Gallery; Club Gallery; Club Focus – Kent; club news; obituaries; BGA badges; instructor ratings; incident and accident summaries

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