Sailplane & Gliding
April - May 2005
Gillian Bryce-Smith, who edited Sailplane & Gliding from 1973 to 1998, is admired throughout the gliding world. Her friendly and professional approach is what S&G still strives to emulate and, as the magazine’s current editor, I find her help and advice invaluable. So I’m absolutely delighted that her immense contribution to the soaring community has been recognised by the International Gliding Commission (IGC) of the Féderation Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) in the FAI’s centenary year. At its March meeting, the IGC awarded Gillian (pictured) the prestigious Pirat Gehriger Diploma for her eminent services to our sport. The citation from the British Gliding Association states: “Throughout years of tireless service, Gillian’s quiet and unassuming professionalism has encouraged and developed pilots who have had an important story to share but who perhaps lacked the skills to tell it. The result was twofold: classic articles on the theory, practice and management of gliding, and an appreciative and well-informed worldwide readership. In Gillian’s hands, Sailplane & Gliding became an international benchmark for gliding association journals, providing the highest standards of essential sporting, technical and safety advice to many thousands of soaring pilots in the English-speaking world – and beyond.” Gillian, congratulations and thank you from all of us at S&G.
It’s daunting trying to follow in Gillian’s footsteps, but we think you’ll enjoy the April-May issue all the same. We were thrilled to receive three great stories from the RAFGSA’s Andes expedition, emailed to us before they even left the airport on their way home! Nick Smith sets the scene with an account of this unique soaring environment and his outstanding photography, Nick Morris explains from an early solo perspective why it really is all about attitude, and Rick Jones rounds off the treat with a look back at the first soaring flight across these formidable mountains – in a Blanik by a Silver Badge pilot…
Talking of Silver, if you’ve a Cross-Country Endorsement burning a hole in your logbook, Debb Evans has pulled together some useful tips to help you prepare for flying fun as you head away from the club on those attempts at your Silver distance or 100km Diploma. For the private owner, Brian Brown explains why Borders GC’s new hangar is far more than a storage shed. Meanwhile, Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot Willy Hackett, in the first of a new series of interviews, describes why he still likes flying gliders.
Learning from a Canadian example, we’ve a special feature on gliding for people with disabilities: Wayne MacDonald shares his experiences as a pupil and Paul Moggach gives the instructor’s perspective, while Charles Petersen explains how the scheme has not only worked, but attracted sponsorship and media coverage, too.
Finally, back in Britain, we have an exclusive interview with the head of the UK Airprox Board, Peter Hunt, who explains how the system works. We’ve also mapped five years’ worth of recent airproxes to help give you the big picture.
With a bumper postbag of letters (check out those acorns!), our annual airspace update plus all your regular favourites, we hope this issue has something to amuse everyone – along with the summer soaring that, in the UK, is just around the corner. Are you fully prepared?
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
The BGA year...
S&G reports from the British Gliding Association’s annual conference, AGM and dinner, which took place in early March
Sharing the skies
For the second article in S&G’s series looking at airproxes, Helen Evans talks to Peter Hunt (left), the new director of the UK Airprox Board
Hold on to your dreams
After an accident that left him paraplegic, Wayne MacDonald is learning to glide. He, founder Charles Petersen and instructor Paul Moggach describe the work of Canada’s Freedom’s Wings
Pushing the boundaries
Gliding is all about exploring your own personal limits, as Nick Smith, Nick Morris and Rick Jones discovered on a recent RAFGSA expedition to the Chilean Andes
When it isn’t worth rigging
Brian Brown, vice-chairman of Borders GC, explains why their smart new hangar is far more than just another storage shed
100 years of airsports
Brian Spreckley updates us on plans to celebrate the FAI’s centenary, including an on-line mega-glide for glider pilots in July – this means you!
Carr Withall provides the annual update from the BGA’s airspace committee on recommended procedures for cross-country flights in sailplanes
Flying with confidence
Helen Evans shares her story in the hope it might help you realise your gliding dreams
From Typhoon to T-31
On weekdays he can go from stationary on the runway to more than twice Diamond height in a minute and a half. But at weekends Eurofighter test pilot Willy Hackett slows down considerably. Here Debb Evans asks about his day job and why he still glides
Salutary Soaring: First of the season
Our anonymous contributor couldn’t resist the prospect of a quick circuit on a chilly but sunny winter’s afternoon...
Also in this issue:
British Gliding Association news; your letters; BGA Communications News; BGA Technical News; BGA Development News; BGA AGM and Conference; Gliding Gallery; club news; club focus (Trent Valley GC); obituaries; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries
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