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UK pilots have accomplished some epic winter flights, inspired by the legends of yesteryear. Read about them in the Feb/March issue of S&G, which also has top tips on how to tackle cross-country in blue conditions and good advice on steps to take to minimise the risk of Airprox.

An article from the February 1956 issue of S&G, Hill Bound by Bill Crease, recounts a superbly memorable flight in Snowdonia all along the hill faces to the seaside town of Nefyn. Last November, Deeside’s Chris Gill set out to recreate this flight in an Arcus M. According to Bill Crease: “The outstanding feature of the flight was the scenery. To see it coming up in one endless panorama of lake and peak and pass was like climbing forty mountains in a day.” Sixty years later, Chris adds: “When you get here, I can guarantee your inner hooligan will come out.”

Just a few weeks later, with a glorious first of December forecast, pilots travelled from throughout the UK to get a good spot on the launch queue at Southdown. The day had everything: a 22kt north wind, brilliant sun and crystal clear visibility. There were 37 launches that day. Craig Lowrie completed two runs: Butser to Eastbourne, and Butser to Lewes – that’s an impressive 400km in December. Nigel Mallender completed two double runs in an LS8, Butser to Lewes, each 340km. He achieved these at the speeds of 149km/h and 137km/h.

The enjoyment of romping round a task with the sky lit up with cu can turn sour when the sky ahead turns blue. There’s plenty of evidence that flights can be made in the blue, so what steps should we take when facing a cross-country in these conditions? Tony Cronshaw talks to coach Kevin Atkinson about clues to look for to help us know if the blue is thermic and techniques to make soaring in the blue a logical problem-solving process.

Wherever you fly, it is essential to keep a good lookout to avoid a collision in the air. It’s been another quiet year for glider-involved Airprox, but it is important for us not to become complacent. Chris Fox and Ed Downham represent gliding on the UK Airprox Board and offer some good advice on how we can maintain our good reputation and minimise the risk of future Airprox.

Also in this issue: Tim Freegarde tells us what electronic conspicuity system ADS-B is all about. Ebenezer Grimshaw breaks taboos, dispels myths and restores reality for newbies. Peter J Holloway has written a futuristic short story about club briefings in the year 2090. Jakob Hlavácek takes the winning photograph in Deeside’s annual competition. David Innes provides an update on the impact of the EuroFOX at Aboyne. Alan Lapworth investigates a rare atmospheric bore. Yvonne Elliott highlights how bursaries can help young pilots achieve a career in aviation. Paul Conran introduces the contenders for the 2018 Aerobatic Worlds. Rob Faulkner and Phil Lazenby reflect on some vintage rally moments. John Williams highlights a growing airspace problem. And there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Get the blue, not the blues

Tony Cronshaw asks coach Kevin Atkinson what steps we should take when facing a cross-country in blue conditions

Hill bound 60 years on

Chris Gill explores Snowdonia, inspired by the post-war pioneers from Cambridge University Gliding Club

Click here to read the original Hill Bound article from 1956

ADS-B: the way ahead for GA?

The CAA has adopted ADS-B as its preferred system for general aviation ‘electronic conspicuity’. Tim Freegarde tries to help us understand what it’s all about

A perfect day at Southdown

Weather forecasts saw UK pilots head to Southdown to experience the ridge on a glorious first of December. David Rhys-Jones reports

Maintain our reputation

Chris Fox and Ed Downham report on another quiet year for glider-related Airprox

What they didn't tell you - advisory 4: going to ground (the dark side)

Questions pre-solo pilots want to ask… but never dare to! Ebenezer Grimshaw breaks taboos, dispels myths and restores reality for newbies

An age of virtual unreality

Club briefing circa 2090, somewhere in England, a short story by Peter J Holloway

Top of the shots

A stunning photograph taken over Royal Deeside by Jakob Hlavácek won Deeside GC’s annual photo competition

A year with our EuroFOX

With the EuroFOX performing the lion’s share of towing at Aboyne, David Innes provides an update on its impact

To ride the bore?

In autumn 2016, Alan Lapworth witnessed an atmospheric bore, quite a rare occurrence in the UK. With Simon Osborne, he investigates this type of shock wave, used for soaring

Launchpoint to a career

Launchpoint trustee Yvonne Elliott highlights how bursaries can help young pilots fulfil dreams of a career in aviation

Competing to represent GB

British Aerobatic coach Paul Conran introduces the contenders for the 2018 Worlds

Rally round-up

Rob Faulkner and Phil Lazenby reflect on some vintage moments during the 2017 rallies at Camphill and Sutton Bank

Gliding needs airspace (and airspace needs you)

John Williams, BGA airspace committee, highlights the growing problem

Also in this issue:

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

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