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April – May 2014

Do you know how to fly safely with water? (I am not talking about the flooded airfields many of us have experienced of late!) Find out how in the April-May issue of S&G, which highlights the TAG Farnborough airspace plans that could change the face of gliding forever. There is also news of a new type of racing task, designed torevive the racing spirit, and top coaches explain how club coaching can help pilots acquire soaring and cross-country skills more quickly (and retain members).

If last issue’s water ballast article has inspired you to rush for the taps, make sure you are aware of some important safety considerations. Everything happens faster with a heavy glider. Paul Fritche looks at the implications for launching, thermalling and landing. He says: “Respect, but don’t be put off by, the safety considerations. There is nothing like romping along on a great day in a heavy glider.”

Two leading coaches explain how pilots looking to acquire soaring and cross-country skills will find they pick them up more quickly if they take advantage of club coaching. It helps to overcome the mental barriers faced by the budding cross-country pilot and an added bonus is that, in offering coaching to help pilots make the transition from solo to cross-country, clubs can benefit in seeking to attract and retain members.

Numbers of those taking part in UK competitions are dwindling. Tim Scott and Jim White describe a new type of racing task, which will, hopefully, attract fresh blood into the sport at entry level to feed into the higher levels of competition in the future. It is a task type that is not limited to competitions. At Booker, it has been used for club flying and has resulted in more pilots being willing to go cross-country, as the task is tailored to the performance of their glider.

TAG Farnborough is asking the CAA for vast new areas of controlled airspace that could change the face of general aviation in the south of England and, with it, gliding. Patrick Naegeli and Peter Harvey look at the impact on safety and operational viability, advising that this is one occasion where it might be unwise of us to rely solely on a single BGA response of politely logical argument.

Also in this issue: Ben Watkins looks at hot airspace topics. Tim Scorer offers top legal tips on staying clear ofpilots’ liability. Jason Hatton explains how three weeks of sunshine and coaching improved his cross-country skills in his K-6E. Newly-solo pilot Malcolm Taylor wonders why he left it until he was 65 before catching the gliding bug. Juniors reveal their most favourite gliding moments. Liz Sparrow explains how clubs are being challenged toencourage more women to take up gliding. David Clarke prepares to experience the crazy world of Euro-gliding. There’s coverage of the 2014 BGA Conference and AGM, including 2013 BGA Trophy winners. Pete Stratten explains how to choose between an SPL and LAPL(S). Development Officer Alison Randle asks if clubs are making the most of local sports hubs. Peter Underwood looks at the first steps to restoring a vintage glider. Last, but not least, there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Airspace: know your limits

Ben Watkins, a keen glider pilot, who also works for the CAA, looks at some of the hot airspace topics we should be aware of

Farnborough airspace alert

BGA Chairman Peter Harvey and RAeC Chairman Patrick Naegeli look at the implications of TAG Farnborough plans for airspace change – plans that could change the face of gliding forever

 

Sow the seeds of success

Tony Cronshaw asks two leading coaches about how club coaching can help early solo pilots acquire soaring and cross-country skills more quickly and, in turn, benefit clubs seeking to attract and retain members

Water hazards

If last issue’s water ballast article has you rushing for the water taps, be aware of a few important safety considerations. Paul Fritche explains

A bit of a liability?

Aviation solicitor Tim Scorer looks at how to stay clear of pilots’ liability

Expert advice boosts skills

Jason Hatton explains how three weeks of sunshine and coaching at the Mynd improved his cross-country skills in his K-6E

Solo - at last!

Staffordshire GC’s newly-solo pilot Malcolm Taylor wonders why he left it until he was 65 before catching the gliding bug

 

Reviving the racing spirit

Why isn’t competition gliding attractive to many pilots? Tim Scott and Jim White describe a new type of racing task that has been designed to change your mind

Junior choice

As the soaring season approaches, we asked some of the current Junior gang about their most favourite gliding moments

Get girls gliding

Women glider pilots are still very much in the minority. Clubs are being challenged to help change statistics, as Liz Sparrow explains

Crazy world?

David Clarke packs aeronautical charts and phrase books as he prepares to experience ‘the crazy world of Euro-gliding’

 

A vintage year

Vintage revival was the theme of the annual BGA Conference and AGM, held at the Nottingham Belfry on Saturday 1 March

 

SPL or LAPL(S)?

Confused over which licence you need and how to apply? BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten explains how to choose

Conserving energy

BGA Development Officer Alison Randle asks whether clubs are making the most of local sports hubs

Restored to a former glory?

Peter Underwood explains the first steps to bringing an old, neglected wreck back to life, to fly again another day

 

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; obituaries; club gallery; club focus – Rattlesden; club news; BGA badges; incident and accident summaries; BGA accident report

 

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