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Is there a right time and place to fly? Find out in the Feb/March issue of S&G, which includes tips on simple thermal centring techniques you can rely on when the chips are down. You can also read about the flight to the Outer Hebrides that made British gliding history, and more of Sebastian Kawa’s gliding adventures in Russia.

When IS the cross-country season and are there any patterns, by region or over the years, that might indicate when we should or shouldn’t skive off work or hold competitions? The BGA Comps and Awards Committee has been analysing UK cross-country flights between 2009 and 2016 to see what, if any, patterns arise.

So, you’ve decided that today is the day for that epic cross-country. Make sure you have read the top tips Tony Cronshaw has extracted from leading coaches on thermal centring in the first of a two-part Ask the Coach article. Mike Fox and Sebastian Kawa outline simple thermal centring techniques that you can rely on when the chips are down.

In late September 2016, German pilots Christof Maul and Thomas Seiler took off from Aboyne for the epic cross-country that was to make British gliding history. Launching by aerotow at 07:15, they flew to the Outer Hebrides and back to Aboyne, landing at 17:38 and having flown 713.4km at a speed of 70.9km/h. Although this is not the longest flight done from Aboyne, it is believed to be the first time a glider has flown to the Outer Hebrides.

Sebastian Kawa returned to Russia in September 2016 to realise his ambition of flying in wave in the Caucasus Mountains. A second venture into uncharted territory provided challenging, unforgettable flights (and landouts), plus a whole gallery of stunning photographs of wild peaks. Sebastian is already considering a third visit.

Also in this issue: David Innes reports on a wave week to remember, which started with five Diamond heights. John Bridge reflects on a bone-shaking flight that saw him almost reach Mont Blanc. Andy Davis and Mike Young report from the Sailplane Grand Prix Finals in South Africa. Andrea Abt flies with the champions in Namibia. Debb Hackett reports from Harris Hill in part four of Willy’s Schweizer saga. Chris Fox and Ed Downham provide an Airprox update. Dave Latimer looks at attracting and keeping people at clubs. Pete Stratten provides an update on EASA developments. Bruce Stephenson gives a round-up on vintage events in 2016. Kevin Atkinson explains what Aim Higher activity is planned for 2017, in the UK and Alps. Plus, there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Solutions to thermal centring – part one: the core basics

Tony Cronshaw talks to leading coaches about simple thermal centring techniques you can rely on when the chips are down

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A wave week to remember

David Innes reports on an amazing week at Aboyne, which started with five Diamond heights

Well that was interesting!

John Bridge reflects on a memorable, bone-shaking flight that saw him almost reach Mont Blanc

A format for exciting races

Andy Davis and Mike Young report from the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix 7th Series Final in Potchefstroom, South Africa

Skye is not the limit

Christof Maul and Thomas Seiler report on a wave flight from Aboyne that made British gliding history

Fast track: learn from the best in Namibia

Andrea Abt flies with the champions – out of her comfort zone, but enjoying the chance to hone her skills in an area with superb conditions

Where gliding legends start

Debb Hackett reports from Harris Hill, the ‘soaring capital’ of the US, in part four of Willy’s Schweizer saga

Wave exploits

Sebastian Kawa returns to Russia to realise his ambition of wave flights in the Caucasus Mountains

Is there a right time and place?

The BGA Comps and Awards Committee has been analysing UK cross-country flights to see what, if any, patterns arise. Liz Sparrow reports

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No room for complacency

Chris Fox and Ed Downham report on a quiet year for glider-involved Airprox, but urge continued good airmanship

Lighter touch

BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten provides an update following previous articles describing EASA developments around pilot licensing, medical, training and operations

Vintage 2016

Bruce Stephenson provides a round-up of the UK’s 2016 vintage rally activity

New year, new challenges

Make 2017 the year to go further and faster with a busy programme of Aim Higher activity. Kevin Atkinson explains what is planned in the UK and Alps

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; Club Gallery; Club Focus – Essex & Suffolk; development news; club news; BGA badges; obituaries; accident and incident summaries

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