Sailplane & Gliding
June - July 2006
If we’re honest, we’d all rather be gliding than merely reading about it, but to keep you going on those inevitable duff days that affect even the best summers, the June-July 2006 S&G is packed with must-read articles. It’s got everything from a look at the latest ships to guidance on how to make the most of the good weather that does come your way – and even an evaluation of one futuristic development in gliding instruction.
For the racing pilot, Jochen Ewald tries out the new ASG 29, the latest 15/18-metre offering from Alexander Schleicher and the aircraft that marks the transition from Gerhard Waibel (the W of ASW) to Michael Greiner (the G in ASG). In the high-performance two-seater market, Phil and Diana King explore the X factor by putting the British Gliding Association’s new Duo Discus X through its paces. And if you’re thinking of buying a new sailplane, John McCullagh updates his invaluable research into what’s available.
If you’re a weekend pilot, we’ve got some evidence-based guidance from Julian Rees and Richard Smith on what you might realistically hope to achieve in the course of the thermal season and, for those with racing ambitions, British Team Coach and 2001 Club Class World Champion Pete Masson offers tips on how to fly faster across country.
To a flying experience of a different kind: simulated but, as Lasham CFI Gordon MacDonald argues, realistic enough to open up the prospect of a whole new approach to gliding training. He reports on what he’s learned so far from using the club’s simulator for various purposes – including ab initio instruction – while Andy Chawe describes what it felt like converting from the sim to the real thing… and his pioneering solo flight.
For S&G readers who also fly towplanes, we have an advance look at the section of the BGA’s new aerotowing guidance notes that covers emergency procedures, illustrated by some excellent photos and diagrams. Well worth studying and absorbing. On the other hand, if you’re used to looking at the tug from the back end of the rope, scanning this article might increase your understanding of the other pilot’s decision-making processes and how you can help your tuggie make aerotowing even safer for everyone.
The list doesn’t end there. We’ve got an account of the results of the BGA inspection on wooden gliders; a description of what The Air League is doing with the British Gliding Association to encourage young pilots; a review of a met course for glider pilots; and an analysis by Hugh Woodsend, of the BGA Airspace Committee and the UK Airprox Board, of what glider pilots can learn from some recent airproxes. Alongside that, with the help of UKAB’s Director, Peter Hunt, we’ve updated our exclusive map of glider airprox locations.Keep a good lookout this summer – and have a lot of fun in the skies.
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
What should you aim for?
In the first of two articles in this issue about cross-country flying, Julian Rees and Richard Smith take a look at what the average weekend-only pilot might realistically expect from their flying
Going further and faster
Pete Masson offers tips on how you can increase your cross-country speed
Learning from experience
Hugh Woodsend looks at some recent airproxes, and identifies what we glider pilots can do to make the skies safer for us all
How to deal with tug emergencies
The BGA’s Chief Tug Pilot, John Marriott, offers a few words of wisdom on safe aerotowing – and what to do if it all goes horribly wrong
From W to G
Jochen Ewald tries out the ASG 29, the new 15/18-metre offering from Alexander Schleicher and the first designed by Michael Greiner
Exploring the X factor
Phil and Diana King report on what the British Gliding Association’s new two-seater, the Duo Discus “x”, is like to fly
Trialling a brand new approach to training
Lasham CFI Gordon MacDonald reveals what he has learned from Lasham’s experiments so far with training ab initios and instructors on a simulator while Andy Chawe describes how he became the UK’s first pilot to go solo after a club-directed training based on simulator use – and just five “real” flights
What can you buy?
John McCullagh updates his listing of what’s available if you’re thinking of acquiring a new glider
The road to gliding Heaven
George Metcalfe describes how his good intentions to learn more about met finally came to fruition
Who are The Air League?
Andy Perkins, a founder member of the The Air League’s Youth in Aviation Committee, describes the League’s work and three new gliding awards
Also in this issue:
British Gliding Association news; your letters; BGA Development News; BGA Executive News; BGA Technical News; Club News; Club Focus (Channel GC); BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries; Obituaries; AAIB Annual Report & Update
Tailfeathers: Plat ponders when the Golden Age of Gliding really was – or whether it’s now