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June – July 2017

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April saw some epic cross-country flying in the UK, including three laps of a 500km and the first Standard Class glider to complete more than 1,000 declared kilometres. Read about these flights from Portmoak in the June/July issue of S&G, which also features more top tips on thermal centring. You can discover what it is like to fly Stemme’s S12, plus there is an eight-page report on the highlights of AERO 2017, including the HpH TwinShark.

Why three laps of a 500km? With improving conditions and plenty of daylight, it would be rude not to, said John Williams (who has previously completed two laps of a 750km). On the same day in April, and also from Portmoak, Santiago Cervantes went round a 500km twice in his Discus – the first Standard Class glider to complete more than 1,000 declared kilometres in the UK.

In the third part of an Ask the Coach series on solutions to thermal centring, Tony Cronshaw talks to coaches Bernard Eckey and Kevin Atkinson about the open-out-in-the-surge method. The rule is perplexingly opposite to the dig-into-the-surge method, so how can two apparently opposite methods succeed in centring and which one should we use?

Having displayed the Stemme S10 at the 2015 AeroExpo, Guy Westgate jumped at the chance to fly Stemme’s S12 and to find out “how you make the world’s best side-by-side two-seat glider even better”. Stemme’s S12 and S10 flew in formation at Lasham at the end of last year, resulting in some stunning photography.

Europe’s largest aviation fair, AERO, took place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April. This year was a ‘gliding year’ and one of the gliding stars of the show was the TwinShark from HpH. Available as self-launcher or sustainer, the 20m TwinShark competes with Schempp-Hirth’s Arcus and Schleicher’s ASG 32. The show is enormous and there was certainly plenty to attract the interest of UK glider pilots visiting Friedrichshafen this year.

Also in this issue: Murray Stimson reports on the ‘Future of the Open Class’ debate, with a panel of some of the world’s leading authorities on glider design. David Innes comments on the impact of Deeside GC’s EuroFOX after the first six months. Mark Lawrence-Jones reflects on a Diamond flight that kept on giving. Lucy Wootton reports on the Junior Winter Series, with an account from Henry Inigo-Jones on his Silver distance. Richard Blackmore recalls his role in the TV gliding documentary, Riding the Summer Sun. Bernard Eckey researches the phenomenon of hydraulic jump. BGA development officer Alison Randle looks at the unintended consequences from skewed attitudes to risk at clubs. Lizzie Pike finds out why two new BIs became instructors and the impact it has had on their own skills and careers. Colin Weyman has a cunning plan to obtain a longer lease at Eyres Field. Jez Hood reviews the second volume of G Dale’s The Soaring Engine. Pete Stratten provides an update on EASA regulatory developments. There are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages. And last, but not least, there’s the BGA club annual statistics.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
AERO 2017

S&G reports on the highlights of Europe’s biggest aviation fair, held in Friedrichshafen in April, with UK glider pilots visiting the show sharing their experiences

Why open out in the surge?

Tony Cronshaw talks to leading coaches Bernard Eckey and Kevin Atkinson about using open-out-in-the-surge method to centre thermals

Creating a stir over Scotland

One day in April saw some amazing flights, which included Santiago Cervantes going round a 500km twice, while John Williams went round three times

What is future of Open Class?

Some of the world’s leading authorities on glider design gathered in Benalla, Australia, for the 33rd OSTIV Congress and 2017 WGC, reports Murray Stimson

Living with our EuroFOX

David Innes reflects on the impact of a EuroFOX at Deeside Gliding Club after the first six months

A flight that kept on giving

Mark Lawrence-Jones reflects on a Diamond flight that, among other accolades, won him the BGA’s Rex Pilcher trophy

Winter Series

Lucy Wootton reports on the 2016/7 Winter Series, with an account from Henry Inigo-Jones on his Silver distance

Twin voyager S12

Guy Westgate was delighted to take up an offer to fly Stemme’s two-seater S12

An inspiration in the making

Richard Blackmore recalls his role in a TV documentary that attracted many to gliding

Phenomenon of hydraulic jump

Bernard Eckey researches a fascinating weather occurrence

Benefitting as an instructor

Instructor? Me? The BGA’s Lizzie Pike asks two new BIs why they became instructors and the impact on their own skills and careers

Cunning plan

Colin Weyman argues in favour of a balloon at Eyres Field

The Soaring Engine Vol 2

Jez Hood reviews the second instalment in G Dale’s series of books

EASA update

BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten provides a round-up of recent developments concerning pilot licensing, training and operations

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; Club Gallery; Club Focus – East Sussex; development news; club news; BGA badges; instructor ratings; BGA club annual statistics; incident and accident summaries

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