So what’s been happening?

Well for all of you who were at the Regional’s it all seemed to go well and your help was very much appreciated. The Director has asked me to thank you all for your hard work (although he was a little drunk when he told me but presume he meant it!) which meant that it took all of the worry out of the little jobs behind the scenes. Hopefully you had a good time and ready for next year!

Whilst the Regionals were on some of the cadets were down flying the Junior Championships at Lasham. They seemed to get a good comp out of it too with ex-cadet Ryan coming 11th overall (and winning the last day by over half an hour), Bradley in at 14th, Stefan at 19th (coming 3rd on day 2) and Greg 26th overall. A good effort all around. The Juniors next year falls on the same date, with the venue to be announced, and is open to any Junior pilot who has their silver C – something which a few of you should be thinking about next year.

Hopefully i can persuade a couple of cadets to update the blog about these comps … watch this space.

In other news – congratulations to Clym who was sent solo by Robin last week (see below) and Joe who was signed off on his PA1 which means he no longer needs check flights.

Dan also had the opportunity to fly with a few of you last week to see how you are getting on. Please remember that you do have 3 cadet mentors at LGC and we will try to fly with you when we can. If you book a session at a weekend for example, please let us know and if we can we will come over and fly with you.

To finish, a picture of the cadets hard at work(?) on the grid at the Regionals.

Photo courtesy of Blacknosugar

My first solo

The first thing I thought as I climbed into the front cockpit of FBV that evening was ‘this is it, so I had better not stuff it up!’

After Joe helped me out with my control checks, I proceeded with my checklist, steadily thinking things through. At the back of my mind was the image of a broken tailplane following an accidental ground loop, and various other things such like. As I had a final glance at the windsock, all I could think was ‘this is it, this is it’.

The ground roll and aerotow were good. The people on the ground said it looked ‘really good’, or something like that. But in fact I was one or two feet to the left, which did not bother me too much, as the light crosswind meant that nothing would be ‘perfect’. After pulling off at 2000′ and thanking the tug pilot, it all went quiet and calm. I think if the people on the ground had squinted enough, they would have been able to see the massive silly grin that I had ear to ear.

After about a minute or so of floating about, I decided to try a calibrated stall. so I slowly brought the stick back, through 45 knots, 40, 35, at 33 knots I could feel that I was just on the edge of the stall, So I kept pulling the stick back. When it hit the stop I was stalling at a leisurely 32 knots! After a smooth turn to the right I managed to find a small 1 knot thermal that lasted for a couple of minutes.

As I worked my way down through 1000 feet QFE, I was remembering everything that I had ever been told about the circuit, and managed to set myself up quite well, starting a turn onto downwind leg at 800 feet above the fishing ponds. I kept this up, and tried to keep between 40 and 50 knots at the correct distance from the club for my altitude. As I was still at 600 feet where I would usually start a 45 degree leg, I decided to miss it out. This also gave me a longer base leg, that would give me more time to trim for my airspeed and pop open the brakes if I was too high, which I did. I started that nice lazy turn onto a short final for the south west run. Half airbrake seemed right, so that I would round out over my reference point. I flew it at 55-60 knots all the way down to roundout, which Robin described as ‘textbook’, so it must have been good! Image

Thanks to Robin who took many pictures and a couple of videos too!

LGC Regionals

The regionals kick off this coming Saturday so if you can make it next week to help out it would be very much appreciated.

There are 50 gliders which will need launching within the hour along with other ground crewing activities. It is normally a good social environment and hopefully should be some flying to be had in gliders and tugs.

If you are yet to reply to the email asking if you are going to be able to be at the club please can you reply ASAP to Robin, Dan & Justin as it will help with the pre-planning. Justin would like to have a little get together this Friday around lunch timeish if you can make it.

And for those of you that are not going to be a the regionals as you will be flying the Juniors at Lasham – GOOD LUCK!!


My first post (Simon)

Now how do I use this thing?

I took an aero tow with Daniel to 2000ft, then climbed another 2000ft at Leighton Buzzard. Well put two and two together above Leighton Buzzard and you’ve reached the airspace boundary so we went in the direction of Milton Keynes. Unfortunately, huge amounts of sink gave us little option but to turn back. After all, landing out would make things very tedious. So we went back to a safer position near to the club and practiced trimming and also a bit of lookout. On the ground we had more conversations on how to improve my safety, skill and further necessities. I hope I will remember what he has told me!

I hope this has given some idea of what to post about and thank Daniel for giving up the time to instruct me!

Also, if you haven’t done aerobatics before, try it, but (if you’re a new cadet) perhaps ensure you are confident with heights first.