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August – September 2015

Learn how to locate and exploit thermals more effectively and read about a club exped venturing where no pure gliders had flown before in the Aug/Sept issue of S&G. It also includes the story of one pilot’s search for the perfect flapped glider and what it is like to display the Stemme S10.

By understanding the physics within a thermal, it is possible to locate and exploit thermals more effectively. Tony Cronshaw talks to club coach Kevin Atkinson, who takes a break from his now legendary ground school sessions to provide some top tips for improving your thermalling performance.

Returning from a winter motorglider trip to explore the potential for powerless flight, Mike Fox was keen to put together a team of clubmates to share a pioneering experience. Photos of snow-capped peaks and lenticulars was all it took and a date was set for a Staffordshire GC exped to fly from Llanbedr on the West Welsh coast. After an adventurous and memorable weekend, the club is now on the look out for similarly interesting places to fly from.

With an interested in competing, Jim Pengelly has become frustrated with not being able to keep up with flapped gliders, in order to learn from the pilots of these hot ships rather than just compete with them. After several years exploring the market, Jim has now placed an order for a JS1-C. He describes the JS1-C’s handling as “joyous, because it felt so good and put a huge smile on my face.”

Guy Westgate also had a smile on his face as he took to the skies above Sywell to display the Stemme S10 during AeroExpo. Guy considers the S10 to be the Bugatti Veyron of gliders and during flight says he had to pinch himself, wondering could it really be this good? Sywell AeroExpo is a challenging venue for a display and the S10, fully compliant with CS22, is not certified for aerobatics. But that didn’t stop Guy from impressing the crowds with its 23m span.

Also in this issue: G Dale explains why he is a big fan of ClearNav II and the CNv variometer. Flying gliders at high altitude is not for the faint-hearted, says Mark Dalton. Carl Peters finds PilotLog to be the perfect future proof flying record for his needs. Bernard Eckey investigates the effect of humidity on thermals. John McWilliam explains why hemigrates to Australia with his glider each winter. Phil King reviews Jean-Marie Clément’s new book, Dancing with the wind. Andrew Cluskey reports on the ‘one task fits all’competition held at Saltby. Matt Cook reports on a Juniors two-seater training weekend, sponsored by the Philip Wills Memorial Fund. Siena Whiteside reveals how a Women Glide UK lonely hearts advert is turning her flying dreams into reality. Franks Jeynes describes how Bidford aims higher after a practical course. Chris Robinson tries out theMILVUS trousers designed for glider pilots. BGA Development Officer Alison Randle explains why it’s time for clubs to find out how they are doing. Bruce Stephenson reports on the fun and flying had by many at two vintage rallies. David Innes reflects on a flight when nothing quite goes to plan and recent practice pays off. Sarah Kelman, of the BGA’s airspace committee, explains what we need to do to keep Class G open to all. Plus there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
The structure of thermals

Tony Cronshaw asks coach Kevin Atkinson how to locate and exploit thermals more effectively by understanding the physics within the thermal

Trail blazing in Snowdonia

Mike Fox leads a Staffordshire club exped in what is thought to be the first in pure gliders to fly from Llanbedr on the West Welsh coast

Why I chose JS1-C

After several years exploring the market, Jim Pengelly explains how he found the flapped glider of his dreams

Look out for a clear winner

G Dale explains why complex instrumentation is often a handicap when you should be looking out, and why he is a big fan of ClearNav II and the CNv variometer

Into thin air

Flying gliders at high altitude is not for the faint-hearted says Mark Dalton, reflecting on a wave flight above the Cairngorms

A future proof flying record?

Carl Peters looks for a web-based solution providing statistical and summing functions, as well as a basic logbook, and finds PilotLog is perfect for his needs

Have glider - will travel

John McWilliam explains why he is one of a group of pilots who migrate to Benalla, Australia, each winter to fly their own gliders, which are shipped out in a container in late-September

Dancing with the wind

Phil King reviews Jean-Marie Clément’s new book

Flexibility has united appeal

Andrew Cluskey reports on the ‘one task fits all’ competition held at

Spectacular: displaying the S10

Guy Westgate, BGA examiner for aerobatics and airshow pilot, displays the Stemme S10 at AeroExpo, Sywell

Future champs

Matt Cook reports on a Juniors two-seater training weekend held at Lasham, sponsored by the Philip Wills Memorial Fund

Cirrus loan to boost skills

How a Women Glide UK lonely hearts advert looks set to turn Booker Siena Whiteside’s flying dreams into reality

Way to go

Frank Jeynes describes how Bidford aims higher after a practical course

Rolls-Royce of trousers

Chris Robinson tries out the MILVUS trousers designed for glider pilots

Events filling sky with ply

Bruce Stephenson reports on the fun and flying had by many at two vintage rallies

Days when it all goes wrong

David Innes reflects on a flight where nothing quite goes to plan and recent practice pays off

 

When it is good to talk

Sarah Kelman, of the BGA’s airspace committee, explains what we need to do to keep Class G open to all, and that includes talking to controllers

Also in this issue:

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

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