Sailplane & Gliding
December - January 2004
For those UK readers who like to feast their eyes on something cheerful over the winter, we've got just the job in the December-January S&G: pictures galore . Jochen Ewald's photos from the Idaflieg meeting showcase the latest German developments, from the new AK-8's elegant curved leading edge to the anti-spin system attached to the tail of the SB-14. The white planes picture co. went to Germany and got some great shots of the DG-1000, and to the Junior Nationals to record some of the new hopefuls on the scene. And Gliding Gallery contains your own pictures – from Spanish sun to English snow, from the Alps to the Isle of Wight .
Amazing images feature strongly, too, in the second instalment of Guy Westgate and Paul Barker's travels through Europe in their motorgliders. Their goal this issue: to slip past the storms to take a TP photo of the steam rising from Mt Etna's crater…
Meanwhile, Richard Smith explores how you can review your field landings and improve your technique by using the latest technology; Tony Segal updates us on discussions at the recent OSTIV Congress; and Ed Gardener takes a look at emergency parachuting. If you're into competitions, we round up the season with regionals and nationals results, and report on the remaining rated nationals.
Finally, if your club is contemplating a new two-seater, you'll be interested to hear that Yorkshire GC has bought itself a DG-1000. Graham Evison explains why and how they got it, while Pete Masson puts one through its paces and gives his verdict.Happy reading, happy Christmas and happy soaring!
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Developments in Germany
Jochen Ewald reports on new ideas and findings from the most recent Idaflieg meeting, and records the sad loss of Hans Zacher
Accident Investigation in the BGA
The BGA’s Senior Accident Investigator, John Hoskins, explains the relationship between the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the BGA’s own team – and describes the responsibilities of club officers in this area
A good club glider?
Yorkshire GC’s Graham Evison describes how and why they bought the first DG-1000 to be delivered in the UK, while Pete Masson describes what the new two-seater is like to fly
Are you ready to jump?
In the first of a two-part series, Ed Gardener of Mendip GC takes a look at the one piece of kit you hope never to use
Look back at that field
Richard Smith, who achieves fame in this issue’s Club News for taking his P2 on a 580km check flight, suggests how to use technology to help brush up your outlanding skills
Polar curves in Poland
Tony Segal reports from the OSTIV Congress, held at the same time as the 2003 Worlds
Rain, steam and speed
Guy Westgate and Paul Barker are in a race against time and storms on their way to take the ultimate TP photo – steam issuing from the crater of Mount Etna
Two comps, one day – and 40,000km
Wendy Durham reports on an Open and Club Class Nationals that enjoyed some of the best weather anyone can remember, while Simon Barker and Ian Craigie detail what they learned from their Ted Lysakowski Trust award of flying P2 in the Opens
Some of the talent on show at the Juniors, courtesy of the white planes picture co.
Varied and interesting
Robert Harris reports on the 15-Metre Nationals at Booker
The full suite
Flatlander Dave Latimer, who works in The Netherlands, tells us how he learned to use the full suite of lift – thermal, ridge and wave – in Aboyne’s Mountain Soaring Championships
Trevor Stuart gives a regular’s view of Dunstable’s regionals
Also in this issue:
British Gliding Association and general news; From the BGA Chairman; your letters; BGA Development News; Results of BGA-rated competitions; Top 300 entries in the provisional BGA ratings list; club news; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries
Tailfeathers: Plat ponders parachutes and reflects on the return to Kitty