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October – November 2016

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From gliding over uncharted territory in Russia, to achieving unthinkable flights in the UK, you can read about it in the Oct/Nov issue of S&G. You can also find out what it’s like to fly the ASG 32El and how to turn your eReader into a low-cost navigational aid.

A gliding trip in the Himalayas gave Sebastian Kawa a burning ambition to explore areas where nobody has flown by glider. One of these uncharted areas is the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. The inaccessibility of these mountains and the weather traps has effectively deterred pilots in the past. Returning to Russia after flying in the Sailplane Grand Prix at Usman, Sebastian became the first foreign glider pilot to obtain licence validation for glider flight in Russia. With permission granted to fly in the mountains, weather conditions proved challenging and certainly not for inexperienced pilots. Sebastian said: “It felt like we were jerking the mountain devil by the tail.” He now hopes to return to Caucasus to attempt a wave flight.

You don’t have to travel quite so far to experience flying beyond your usual expectations. Enterprise competitors are regularly encouraged to maximise the flying that the weather can give on any day– and not just to stay up, but invariably to go much further than expected given the weather. At the end of this year’s competition at Shobdon, Enterprise veteran Nick Gaunt said: “Nympsfield made severe warnings about flying in Wales where are no field to land in, so did the Mynd, so did my own club at Sutton Bank when John Fieldon asked us to cross the Pennines. The unthinkable becomes the norm.” Enterprise newcomer Zoe Mallam (16), who took part in her wooden glider, says she will be recommending the competition as an inspiring week for anyone and everyone. Competitors finish the competition with a sense of accomplishment, pride and plans for more enterprising flight.

Neville Almond found that his cross-country flying was made simpler following the discovery that he could run XCSoar on his Kobo eReader. Poor sunlight readability can be a weakness with the screens of navigational instruments, whereas sunlight eReader screens actually become clearer in direct sunlight. In his comprehensive article, Neville explains how to take a Kobo eReader, update it with XCSoar software, make a modification to include a GPS chip and barometric sensor, and end up with an inexpensive, sophisticated and yet easy to use navigational aid.

Starting with a clean sheet of paper allowed the Schleicher development team to implement additional special features. Bernard Eckey was delighted to have the opportunity to fly the ASG 32 El, with the integration of a new electric drive unit into a proven airframe. With its comfort, agility and control harmony, and what he says is the cleanest fuselage of any two-seater currently on the market, Bernard describes the ASG 32 El as another masterpiece from designer Michael Greiner.

Also in this issue: British team captain Lemmy Tanner reports from the Worlds in Lithuania, where the British team won two Bronze medals. Tony Cronshaw talks to Kevin Atkinson about plans to Aim Higher in 2017. Freddie Turner introduces a report from the Juniors’ development trip to Issoudun. David Innes reflects on a rough ride to regain rating. Two clubs describe how they have benefited from Aim Higher courses. Katharine York reports on Lincolnshire Gliding Club’s High Flying Girls days. Andrew Jarvis reports from the 44th International VGC Rally at Räyskälä, Finland. BGA Development Officer Alison Randle explains why clubs that provide what people want and avoid negative experiences will have happy and active people in them. Debb Hackett reports from Virginia on part three of Willy’s Schweizer saga. Plus, there are many more of your stunning images in the Gallery pages.

Fly safely and have fun

Susan Newby
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
2016 Worlds: Lithuania

British team captain Lemmy Tanner reports from Lithuania, where the British team won two Bronze medals

Plans to Aim Higher in 2017

Tony Cronshaw asks leading coach Kevin Atkinson about plans in 2017 for the BGA’s club-level coaching initiative ‘Aim Higher’

Low-cost nav aid solution

UK cross-country flying became much simpler for Neville Almond when he was able to run XCSoar on a Kobo eReader, creating an easy-to-use navigational aid

Unthinkable becomes norm

With an ethos of maximising the day, Diana King introduces a report from the competition that encourages pilots to fly where they’ve never flown before

Developing UK juniors

Freddie Turner introduces a report from the Juniors’ development trip to Issoudun, France

Rough ride to regain rating

David Innes reflects on a belated return to gliding (or how, yet again, everything seems to go wrong)

It’s a class act

Clubs continue to benefit from the BGA’s Aim Higher course

A masterpiece

Bernard Eckey jumps at the opportunity to fly the electric turbo version of Schleicher’s 20m ASG 32

Pioneering: gliding in the Caucasus Mountains

Sebastian Kawa ventures into uncharted territory as he returns to Russia to fly over areas where no one has dared to before

Opening eyes to flight

Katharine York reports on Lincolnshire GC’s High Flying Girls days in July

Finland host to 44th Rally

Andrew Jarvis reports from the 44th International VGC Rally at Räyskälä, Finland

Soaring the Shenandoah

Debb Hackett reports from Virginia on part three of Willy’s Schweizer saga

Also in this issue:

BGA news; your letters; Gliding Gallery; Club Gallery; Club Focus – Dorset; development news; club news; BGA badges; obituaries; accident and incident summaries; AAIB bulletin

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