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February – March 2011

Want to know how to use the winter months to learn a new skill, or ever wondered which glider finish to choose? You can find the answers in the February-March issue of S&G, published on 25 January, where you can also read about a world record triangle and a 2000km diploma flight.

Winter flying doesn’t have to be dull. Why not keep yourself current by trying a new skill? At Booker GC, members have been learning about formation flying and dual towing. It is hard to hold formation – and it’s certainly not something to be tried without expert guidance – but it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. Our cover pic shows a dual tow during one of the flights in which the challenge was to maintain the formation from the dual tow to landing.

When, as Hus Bos technical officer, Basil Fairston found himself with samples of the three most popular glider finishes and a length of Libelle wingtip from a glider that had come to a sticky end, it was time to carry out an experiment he had wanted to do for a long time. Basil sprayed a sample of each finish on to the wingtip, wired it onto the roof of the club’s Portakabin and then left itexposed to the elements for seven years before examining the results.

With snow covering much of the country, the prospect of flying in Argentina was appealing. However, the expected day after day great Andean wave systems just didn’t materialise and you had to be ready to take the few options that came. With the weather looking good for Christmas Day, Bruce Cooper and John Williams took advantage of flying conditions with a resulting world record triangle and 2,000km diploma flight.

Chris Nicholas’ LAK 17A will be the first in the UK to be fitted with a Front Electric Sustainer (FES). In the first of a two-part feature, Chris explains the thinking behind his decision. Having taken the glider to Slovenia last November, Chris is now eagerly awaiting its return and looking forward to a rejuvenation of his flying.

Also in this issue: BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten reports on actions being taken to improve airspace safety and looks at the part we, as individuals, can play in this. BGA Chairman Patrick Naegeli congratulates Keith Mansell on a well-deserved MBE and comments on the challenges facing us in 2011. Alison Randle and Mike Fox explore ways to combat high membership turnover. Peter Smith reports how Devon & Somerset GC helped film gliders and pterosaurs flying together – with David Attenborough in the glider. Steve Longland concludes his excellent series on aircraft instruments with a look at total energy compensation. A field landing accident prompts Andy Balkwill to ask when you last had a field landing refresher. We’ve a report from the late Jochen Ewald on Idaflieg 2010. Diana King and Keith Auchterlonie discover what difference heated clothing can make. Martin Simons tells a story of the one occasion in 60 years of flying where he has been truly frightened. Paul Ruskin explores how to get today’sNOTAMs onto a PDA. How Walking on Air got Leslie Barr and Maria Duncan hooked on gliding. VGC secretary Bruce Stephenson introduces a regular look at the world of vintage gliding. Jockey/pilot Jane Cooper reveals how Welland GC raised the profile of gliding at the Burghley Horse Trials. Mike Jefferyes reports on the 2010 Inter-club League finals. And, of course, we’ve more truly stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun.

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
What can we do to combat churn?

High membership turnover has remained an issue over the years. Alison Randle and Mike Fox explore ways to combat this and suggest that a cultural shift is required

Finishing touches

What happens if you spray samples of the three most popular glider finishes on to a length of wingtip and then expose it to the elements for seven years? Basil Fairston finds out

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Devon & Somerset Gliding Club was delighted to play a role in creating film industry history, with David Attenborough in a glider flying alongside a pterosaur! Club chairman Peter Smith reports

Instruments: total energy

In the last of an eight-part series on how aircraft instruments work, Steve Longland follows up his recent investigation of variometers with a look at why total energy compensation is a genuine ‘can’t do without’

 

Fitting the FES

Chris Nicholas explains why he is looking forward to a rejuvenation of his flying with the decision to fit a Front Electric Sustainer (FES) to his LAK 17A

 

Not so happy landings...

Andy Balkwill’s field landing accident prompts him to ask “When was the last time you had a field landing refresher in a motorglider?”

 

Idaflieg 2010

With Akaflieg students continuing in their quest to improve future gliders, we publish a report from the late Jochen Ewald on the Idaflieg 2010 summer meeting

A cracker of a Christmas Day

Bruce Cooper and John Williams were delighted with Santa’s gifts – a world record triangle and 2,000km diploma flight

Winter warmer

Being cold on a long flight is not good for decision-making. Diana King discovers what difference heated clothing makes, while BGA Communications Officer and qualified alpine ski instructor Keith Auchterlonie tries out the clothing on the ski slopes

Reflecting on a stormy ride

Martin Simons shares his memory of 8 August, 1967 – the one occasion in 60 years of flying where he has been truly frightened

In formation

Looking for something different to do over winter? Formation flying and dual towing are just two examples of ways that you can try your hand at new skills to keep yourself interested, as well as current, for the upcoming season. Mike Collett explains how…

 

Formation flying

It’s hard, but fun, to hold formation. It is also something not to be tried without expert guidance. Graham Saw explains Booker GC’s approach

Taking notice

Paul Ruskin explores how to get today’s NOTAMs onto a PDA

‘Wow’ factor

The adrenalin rush experienced while flying with Walking on Air has got Leslie Barr and Maria Duncan hooked on gliding

Jump to it with gliding theme

Jockey/pilot Jane Cooper reveals how Welland GC raised the profile of the club, and gliding, at the Burghley Horse Trials

League champions

Mike Jefferyes reports on the 2010 Inter-club League finals

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; obituaries; club gallery; club focus – Highland; club news; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries

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