Sailplane & Gliding
February - March 2010
Discover how to enhance your cross-country skills and how to spot clouds that hold the promise of guaranteed lift, and then read what happens when it all comes together in John Williams’ account of his world record claim. This, along with an overview of the international vintage gliding scene from Chris Wills, makes the Feb/March issue of S&G essential reading.
Last year John Williams returned from Argentina with just one hour in his log book. This January he returned with claims for a world record, a 1,500km FAI diploma and 10 UK National records. John shares his immediate reflections on this lifetime experience and reveals why Argentina should be on every glider pilot’s bucket list.
When professional meteorologist and TV weatherman Simon Keeling fulfilled an ambition to go solo in a glider, he discovered that not all clouds are as portrayed in meteorological texts. Simon has been investigating ways of spotting clouds with the potential promise of guaranteed lift.
In cross-country gliding, decision-making is critical. Iain Baker looks at how by achieving the right combination of physical, mental and emotional conditions you can generate enhanced performance levels, in his thought-provoking article Zen and the art of cross-country gliding.
This year’s Vintage Glider Club International Rally is taking place at Tibbenham. There is a lot of interest and activity in what is the world’s largest gliding club. Founder and VGC President Chris Wills gives an overview of the current international vintage gliding scene.
Also in this issue: BGA Chairman Patrick Naegeli reflects on a year that has provided a strong base from which we can continue to move our sport on, with a continued focus on safety in addition to a new set of development initiatives for UK gliding. BGA Development Officer Alison Randle looks at ways of protecting the financial health of your club, and reports on the Try Fly Days held by 20 clubs taking part in a government-funded initiative. Jochen Ewald reports on the 2009 Idaflieg meeting. Steve Longland focuses on the compass in the fourth part of his series on how aircraft instruments work. Wally Kahn looks at cross-Channel flights and reminisces about his own experiences and Philip Wills’ memorable flight in 1957. Pete Stratten road tests a new towcar on an 1,800 mile out-and-return and shares some basic towing tips. Al Machinchy tells how flying model aircraft for a living helped his speedy progression as a novice to gliding. National Coach Mike Fox has advice for both the experienced and novice pilot with an article on getting the approach right. Christopher Claxton shares his excitement of rediscovering gliding with his new toy, a Discus Turbo. Dr Colin Jackson reveals that research shows a new material, Confor, is suitable for use in energy-absorbing cushions.
Fly safely and have fun.
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
Protect the financial health of your club
Club treasurers found plenty to talk about at the recent Treasurers’ Forum. Alison Randle looks at the highlights
Funds for Try Fly Days
Gliding gets government funding to be part of a learning festival and is officially recognised as an informal learning activity
As Akaflieg students continue in their quest to improve future gliders, Jochen Ewald reports from Idaflieg
Up in the clouds
Professional meteorologist, author, TV weatherman and gliding convert Dr Simon Keeling reports on a phenomenon that may help all pilots, with the potential promise of guaranteed lift
Instruments – the compass
In the fourth part of a series on how aircraft instruments work and what they are really measuring, Steve Longland takes a look at the compass
Crossing the Channel
News of John Gilbert’s second channel crossing had Wally Kahn reaching for the record books and reminiscing about his own experiences and Philips Wills’ memorable flight in 1957
1,800 mile out-and-return
Towing a two-seat glider back from Southern France was a perfect opportunity for Pete Stratten to road test a new towcar and to share basic towing tips
Chris Wills gives an overview of the current international vintage gliding scene
A model student
Years of flying model aircraft for a living paved the way for Al Machinchy’s speedy progression as a novice coming in to gliding
Reflections on paradise
John Williams returned from Argentina with claims for a world record, a 1,500km FAI diploma and no less than 10 UK National records – not to mention an irresistible desire to return for more
BGA National Coach Mike Fox talks us in for a safe landing with an article that’s of benefit to the experienced pilot as well as the novice
Zen and the art of cross-country gliding
Iain Baker looks at how to improve cross-country gliding skills by achieving the right combination of physical, mental and emotional conditions
Christopher Claxton rediscovers the delights of gliding with his new toy, a Discus Turbo
Safety cushions – fly longer, be safer
Energy-absorbing cushions can reduce the load on your spine in a crash or accidental wheel-up landing. Dr Colin Jackson reveals that research shows a new material, Confor, is a comfortable option
Also in this issue:
BGA news; your letters; Tailfeathers; Gliding Gallery; obituaries; club gallery; club focus – Vale of White Horse; club news; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries