Sailplane & Gliding
June - July 2010
Making a badge or record claim? Entering a comp? Make sure you are up to date with recent rule changes. Read how G Dale became a Club Class champ – twice, and discover why vintage gliders compete favourably with their modern counterparts in competitive aerobatics. It’s all in the June/July issue of S&G, along with essential advice on the ONLY way to spot a likely aerial collision hazard.
British Team member G Dale went to Nitra to practise for the Worlds and came home with two back-to-back Club Class titles, in the Pribina Cup and the Flight Challenge Cup. The flying was, he says, great fun. Exciting without being hard enough to be a lottery or frighteningly dangerous, and different enough to competing in the UK to really extend your experience.
In the last issue we looked at how competitive aerobatics can improve your flying. Here Graham Saw reveals how vintage gliders come into their own with slower or tighter aerobatic manoeuvres. He also has a theory that the sight of a colourful wooden glider arcing gracefully through the sky might just win the hearts of judges and influence their judging!
We have heard reports of some impressive flights recently. If you are thinking of making a badge or record claim, make sure you have read up on recent changes to the Sporting Code. FAI Badges Officer Basil Fairston summarises the changes for Official Observers and experienced pilots, and provides a run through of the procedures for pilots new to badge flying.
There have also been some significant changes to the Competition Rules that competition pilots should be aware of. Neil Goudie and James Ewence summarise the significant changes, which have taken into account feedback received by the BGA Comps Committee from competition pilots.
Whether you are planning a badge or record flight, taking part in a comp, soaring cross-country or just flying locally, make time to read the article from CAA Safety Promotion Officer David Cockburn and discover why the visual scan is still the ONLY way to spot likely aerial collision hazards.
Also in this issue: BGA Chairman Patrick Naegeli comments on the resourcefulness of glider pilots taking advantage of the disruption caused by volcanic ash, and on the BGA’s response to Eurocontrol’s draft rules on the Standardised European Rules of the Air. BGA Development Officer Alison Randle looks at how to make the most of the summer, with advice from the BGA National Coach and the BGA Communications Officer. Platypus talks to Hans-Werner Grosse, chief initiator of the ETA project. Justin Wills recalls his memorable – and expensive – Diamond height flight of 40 years ago. Alan Lapworth looks at how conditions determine the behaviour of near surface winds. The Shuttleworth Collection now owns a vintage glider, which, as Debb Evans reveals, looks set to steal the thunder of the newest and noisiest aeroplanes in the Collection. Mike Fox offers valuable advice on getting away from winch (or aerotow) launches. The CAA’s David Cockburn explains why the visual scan is still the only way to spot a likely aerial collision hazard. Andy Perkins looks at the role Juniors can play in determining a successful future for the sport. Neil Goudie and James Ewence provide a summary of the significant changes to the Competition Rules. Tricia Pearson reports on a successful safety day at The Gliding Centre and last, but not least, there’s the BGA club annual statistics.
Fly safely and have fun.
Editor, Sailplane & Gliding
’Tis the season to be jolly – so enjoy
Alison Randle asks whether we are making the most of summer, with advice from Mike Fox on flying activities and words of wisdom on promoting your club from Keith Auchterlonie
Susan Newby reports back from Friedrichshafen with a look at those aircraft that look and fly like sailplanes, but which are not recognised as such in the UK by regulators
With volcanic ash grounding IFR traffic, Sarah Kelman set out to explore the Stansted and Luton Control Zones in her ASW 28
Why it pays to practise hard
Club Class champ G Dale explains why taking part in the Pribina Cup is an excellent wake-up for comp pilots
Tale of an expensive Diamond
Justin Wills shares a vivid recollection of his Diamond height flight during which the Dart he shared with his father, Philip, was struck by lightning at 23,000ft
Planning a badge or record claim?
FAI Badges Officer Basil Fairston reports on recent changes to the Sporting Code that you need to know for badge and record claims
Wind, gusts and wind gradients
Glider pilots need to be able to meet the challenge of near surface winds. Alan Lapworth looks at how conditions determine the behaviour of this layer
Old kid in town
The shiny, noisy and fast aeroplanes of the Shuttleworth Collection are about to have their thunder stolen by the acquisition of a vintage glider, reveals Debb Evans
Vintage glider aerobatics
Vintage gliders come into their own with the slower or tighter aerobatic manoeuvres. Graham Saw’s Lunak competes favourably with modern gliders and, he says, a colourful wooden glider arcing through the sky gracefully will hopefully win the hearts of judges
It’s not always easy to get away from a winch launch (or aerotow). BGA National Coach Mike Fox offers some valuable advice
See and avoid
CAA Safety Promotion Officer David Cockburn explains why the visual scan is still the only way to spot likely aerial collision hazards
Yo… old man!
Andy Perkins looks at the important role to be played by Juniors
Neil Goudie and James Ewence report on recent changes to the Competition Rules
‘Tug on fire…’
…but it was part of an emergency response exercise held during The Gliding Centre’s safety day. Tricia Pearson reports
Also in this issue:
BGA news; your letters; Platypus interviews Hans-Werner Grosse; Gliding Gallery; BGA annual club statistics; obituaries; club gallery; club focus – Surrey Hills; club news; BGA Badges; incident and accident summaries