Please wait...

April – May 2015

From the highs of a blue day enabling a long-awaited 500km – at record speed – to the lows of experiencing a very final glide, you can share the emotions in the April/May issue of S&G. There are also more top tips on soaring ridges and mountains and the glider pilot’s perspective on flying the Silent 2 Electro.

It was a task that John Williams had been waiting an eternity to try, and conditions on 9 February allowed him to finally complete a pre-prepared triangle. Not only that, but John completed the task he describes as neither easy nor boring at a speed that should secure him a UK record.

Afandi Darlington had been enjoying his first visit to Italian mountain site Rieti, flying his ASG 29E in the 18m Class of the 2013 Coppa Internazionale del Mediterraneo gliding competition. On the final day of the comp, a thunderstorm put paid to his hopes of consolidating second place and instead he found himself facing a crash.Afandi considers himself extremely lucky to have walked away without even a scratch and shares his story in the hope that others can learn from an experience he does not recommend.

If you are eager to enhance your ridge and mountain soaring skills, don’t miss the second part in our Ask the Coach feature, Learn to soar ridges and mountains. Tony Cronshaw has more top tips from leading coach Bernard Eckey and French mountain instructor Rémy Desbenoit.

Glider pilot Allan Arthurs was delighted to become UK distributor for Alisport’s Silent 2 Electro. He invited a number of fellow glider pilots to experience flying this SSDR microlight sailplane and share their views on what might be ‘tomorrow’s world’. Those of you attending the recent BGA conference will have seen the Silent 2 Electro taking pride of place in the hotel foyer.

Also in this issue: Shaun Lapworth takes us through the steps required following a mandatory FLARM update. Catharine and Paul Jessop debate what Homer might think of the pre-flight checklist. In another tale from Down Under, ex-London GC member Mark Dalton reflects on his experience of the ground effect. Frank Jeynes brings home his new toy, an Arcus T. BGA Medical Adviser Dr Peter Saundby looks at modified BGA medical requirements, which mean less bureaucracy and cost for glider pilots. Adrian Emck explores the potential toencourage women (and men) to become, and stay, glider pilots. Saz Reed reports on the juniors’ flour bombingmission at Denbigh. We’ve a report on the BGA conference and AGM. Pete Stratten highlights the benefits of athree-year extension to fix EASA training and licensing requirement. Bruce Stephenson looks at the case forOlympic approval for gliding. Martin Langford explains how safety management is working at Talgarth, without it being more difficult or any less fun to fly. Plus there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
FLARM update

With a mandatory update required by 31 March, Shaun Lapworth takes us through the necessary steps to continue to receive FLARM warnings

Learn to soar ridges and mountains- Part 2

Tony Cronshaw talks to leading coach Bernard Eckey and French mountain instructor Rémy Desbenoit, with more top tips for flatlands pilots up-skilling to ridge and mountain soaring

 

An eternal triangle

Well I’ve been waiting for an eternity to try it, says John Williams of the flight that should secure him a UK speed record

Rieti - a sting in the tail.

Afandi Darlington remembers the final day in what had been an enjoyable Italian comp, before a thunderstorm led to his accident

Those Greeks bearing lists

Catharine and Paul Jessop reflect how Homer would applaud the pre-flight checklist that focuses our mind and prepares us for each new gliding adventure

What goes up.

Mark Dalton reflects on some questions in life open to debate and on his own experience of the ground effect in gliding

The birth of an Arcus

Frank Jeynes travels to Germany, battling traffic and a tunnel fire, to finally bring home his new toy, an Arcus T ‘G-RKUS’

Past revisited

Developments in the UK have led to the BGA modifying its medical requirements, resulting in less bureaucracy and cost for glider pilots. BGA Medical Adviser Dr Peter Saundby explains

Encouraging participation

Adrian Emck looks at how women are under-represented in gliding compared with other sports, and potential encouragement to become and stay glider pilots

Tomorrow's world?

UK distributor Allan Arthurs invites fellow UK glider pilots to experience the Silent 2 Electro and give their views on ‘soaring the future, today’

Bombs away at Denbigh

When ridge running is not an option, juniors focus skills on flour bombing. Saz Reed reports

BGA Conference

Four hundred glider pilots enjoyed the annual BGA Conference and AGM, held at the Nottingham Belfry on Saturday 7 March

EASA extension

BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten highlights the benefits of a three-year period to fix training and licensing requirements

Second chance for gliding?

Bruce Stephenson looks at the case for Olympic approval

Managing the challenges

Martin Langford explains how safety management is working at Talgarth, without it being more difficult or any less fun to fly

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; Club Gallery; Club Focus – Cambridge; club news; obituaries; BGA badges; incident and accident summaries

 

Subscribe by direct debit now to save 50% on your subscription

Subscribe Now