Sailplane & Gliding
April - May 2008
If you think the downwind dash is dated, think again. Phil King’s account of a trip from Carlisle to Plymouth is a classic of the genre – why not try something similar yourself this summer?
Phil’s initial plan was to land at Snitterfield near Stratford on Avon but, when he realised the day was much better than expected, he revised his goal to Land’s End – and got as far as Plymouth. Now that’s what I call flexible in-flight planning. Something else that struck me when I looked at the map of Phil’s flight is how he had to thread his way through airspace to achieve it. And airspace is this spring’s hot topic: to be precise, how airspace can best be shared among different types of aviation. The CAA’s view is that increasing the carriage of Mode S transponders is the way forward – it’s currently consulting on new proposals to that effect. The April S&G has an exclusive interview with the CAA’s Mode S Team as well as an initial BGA reaction to the consultation. Updates will be posted on the BGA’s Mode S pages and you can have the chance to question the CAA directly during meetings at Lasham and Pocklington in early April. Please take the trouble to read the CAA’s plans and the BGA’s expert opinion so that you can make up your own mind and respond to the consultation before May 31.
Still on the subject of airspace, this issue contains Carr Withall’s annual airspace update – check your knowledge against it to make sure you’re familiar with all that it contains. Another reference guide we print every year is the map of BGA clubs; why not keep it in your car and pop into a different site while on your travels in 2008?
The BGA Weekend this March, bringing together the usual AGM and Conference events with the Chairmen’s Conference for club officials, was not only the best-attended of the nine I’ve reported but also in my view, the best yet. The April S&G contains an account of the AGM, reports on the different strands of activity, and some photos to capture the flavour of the event. Our thanks go to everyone who put in the effort to produce all this material to a very tight deadline.
Also in this issue, we have an Australian pilot’s conversion to mountain flying in New Zealand, an account of a glider cartwheeling on a winch launch ground run, and the story of five Diamond heights at one UK club on one day – along with a beautifully evocative personal account from one of the pilots involved. Don’t miss it…
Enjoy your flying and your S&G and remember: when you, too, have a special flight, we’d love to hear about it.
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Great turnout for the AGM
The 2008 BGA Governance Conference, Sporting Conference and AGM generated large crowds of people and lost of activity. Pete Stratten reports
Gathering of the clubs
BGA Development Officer Alison Randle reports on the Governance Conference, which brought together club officials from across the UK
The BGA view of Mode S
BGA Chief Executive Pete Stratten offers the BGA perspective on the latest CAA proposals on Mode S – and urges you to stand up and be counted
What the CAA Mode S Team thinks
Helen Evans reflects on her interview with the CAA’s Andy Knill and John Banks about the Authority’s Mode S proposals, currently out for consultation
Carlisle to Plymouth
Try a downwind dash and then enjoy watching the countryside roll by, suggests Phil King in this account of a 600km flown from Cumbria to Devon
How to find a gliding club in the UK
If you want to try a new site, this list and the map overleaf can help. Numbers refer to locations on the map. Contact details are updated at www.gliding.co.uk, where affiliated university clubs are also listed
Converting from flatlands
Australian soaring pilot Jenny Thomson travelled across the Tasman Sea to do a mountain soaring course in New Zealand
A fistful of Diamonds
John Richardson describes a memorable day for one club’s pilots while Brian Brown tells the story of his first Diamond height
What you should know
Carr Withall, chairman of the BGA Airspace Committee, provides a brief assessment of 2007 and the annual reminder of airspace knowledge that all pilots should have
Cartwheeling on a conversion flight
This anonymous contributor found out the hard way what happens when a glider’s wing drops on a winch launch ground run...
Also in this issue:
BGA news; your letters; BGA Executive News; BGA Development News; BGA trophies for 2007; Gliding Gallery – BGA Weekend; club focus (Derby & Lancs); club news; obituaries; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries; AAIB update
Tailfeathers: Plat sorts through a few old photos and ponders the merits of tornados…