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April – May 2013

Flying 41,000km in two months is an incredible feat, but one achieved by Robin May in Namibia at a time when much of the UK was experiencing a waterlogged winter. Read about his trip, which he describes as true indulgence, in the April-May issue of S&G, which also has top tips on how you can achieve goals that motivate and pull you out of your comfort zone. Other essential reading in this issue includes advice on how you can prevent wing drop accidents.

Retirement has given Robin May the opportunity to follow his gliding dreams. He took ASH 25 EB28 ‘13’ to Namibia for the winter to indulge in some of the best soaring conditions in the world (352 flights over 1,000km were logged this season). Robin shared the experience with his syndicate members and other gliding friends, logging 51 flights, 330 hours and a distance totalling more than the circumference of the Earth at the equator.

Want to turn your own gliding dreams into reality? Find out how you can set – and achieve – goals that will motivate and pull you out of your comfort zone with top tips from Bernard Eckey, author of Advanced Soaring Made Easy. He advises us to focus on a flying skill that could benefit from enhancement, learn from the experts and, above all else, to believe in our ability to succeed.

In the concluding part of Jason Hatton’s feature on the mighty K-6, pilots of varying expertise reveal how the cross-country performance of this classic glider has helped them achieve their goals. A look at the BGA Ladder gives an interesting insight into the number of UK cross-country flights in a K-6, with comparable distances being achieved with those by other Club Class gliders.

The BGA has recently produced a safe winch launch DVD, developed as part of the ongoing BGA safe winch launch initiative. Since the campaign’s launch in 2006, we have seen a significant reduction in winch launch accidents. However, one type of accident has stubbornly shown no improvement: an inability to keep the wing tips clear of the ground at the start of the launch, resulting in a groundloop, a cartwheel or a combination of both. We were tragically reminded of this as recently as last September, so please take the time to read the Stop the drop feature in this issue. In it, BGA Winching Adviser Andy Holmes outlines the role we all have to play in reducing the number of wing drop accidents.

Also in this issue: Pete Stratten offers advice as the process of conversion to the EASA Flight Crew Licensing system begins. Ian Atherton looks at co-operation guidance for operating two-crew in gliders and asks is there safety in numbers? Andrew Mugleston reflects on 40 years of Enterprising competition flights. Mike Bird talks to Hans-Werner Grosse who, at 90, still enjoys flying cross-country in ETA. Graham Garnett reveals how fierce storms and epic retrieves at the Unflapped Worlds in Argentina marked his first comp as manager of Gliding Team GB. Ian Macarthur shares his own memories as a competitor at Argentina. There’s coverage of the 2013 BGA Conference and AGM, including 2012 BGA Trophy winners. Wally Kahn reviews Goodhart: the story of an exceptional man. Development Officer Alison Randle looks at the key indicators for club health. There’s more advice on what to look for if you would like to own a vintage glider. Decide if you would have recognised and avoided hazards during the seemingly innocuous November flight by our anonymous contributor. Plus there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
If you fly EASA gliders, read on

As the process of conversion to the EASA Flight Crew Licensing system begins, BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten offers some advice

How to plan a realistic goal

Bernard Eckey offers advice on setting (and achieving) goals that motivate and pull you out of your comfort zone

Stop the drop

We all have a part to play in reducing the number of wing drop accidents, explains BGA Winching Adviser Andy Holmes

Go the distance

Jason Hatton concludes his two-part feature on the mighty K-6 with a look at this glider’s cross-country capabilities

Doubling up on the safety factor?

Ian Atherton looks at co-operation guidance for operating two-crew in gliders and asks is there safety in numbers?

Fly for the sheer love of flying

Andrew Mugleston reflects on 40 years of Enterprising competition flights

Be adventurous

Mike Bird talks to Hans-Werner Grosse who, at 90, stills enjoys flying cross-country in ETA whenever he and wife Karin can

Stormy start

Fierce storms and epic retrieves at the Argentina Worlds marked Graham Garnett’s first comp as manager of Gliding Team GB

Competing in the Worlds

The results may have been disappointing, but competing in Argentina was a huge adventure, as Ian Macarthur explains

Namibia in 13

EB28 ‘13’ syndicate member Robin May shares the highlights of a two-month trip to Namibia at the end of 2012, during which he logged 51 flights, 330 hours and an incredible 41,000km

BGA Conference and AGM

A record 400 glider pilots enjoyed the annual BGA Conference and AGM, held at the Nottingham Belfry on Saturday 2 March

Goodhart: the story of an exceptional man

Wally Kahn reviews the book detailing the life story and achievements of this gliding great

Key indicators of club health

Development Officer Alison Randle highlights the small changes in daily club activity that can result in dramatic annual effects and looks at what can be done to nip potential problems in the bud

Queen of the skies or SHK?

Part two of a feature offering advice on choosing an older glider

 

I learned about flying from that…

20/20 hindsight is a great thing, but would you have recognised and avoided the hazards during this seemingly innocuous November flight by our anonymous contributor?

 

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; 2012 BGA Trophy winners; Gliding Gallery; obituaries; club gallery; club focus – Bath, Wilts & North Dorset; club news; BGA badges; incident and accident summaries; AAIB bulletin

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