Bronze Badge

Lowered Age for Bronze Badge

The BGA has confirmed that in order to apply for a Bronze badge you now only need to be 14, rather than the 16 it was previosuly, which will give some of you have a recently gone, and those that are closed to going, solo something to aim for.

In order to qualify for bronze you need to:

  • Have 50 solo flights or 20 solo flights and 10 hours total flying time
  • Complete a series of ‘flight tests’ with a Full Cat (ideally Robin or Dan)
  • Complete a ground multiple choice exam
  • Complete two of either 1 hour solo from an A/T or 30 mins from a winch launch.

More information can be found in Laws and Rules:

Click to access LR2012Part2GliderPilotCertification.pdf

In order to qualify for the XC endorsement you still need to be 16 but gives you plenty of time to get ready!


Unscheduled visit to Turweston

Clem’s Cross Country endorsement flight resulted in a diversion to Turweston as huge showers closed Dunstable. All part of the test! Anyway, after a pleasant lunch, Clem completed the endorsement by flying back to Dunstable with practice landings in a number of fields on the way back.



So Tuesday was Bronze test done and Saturday X/C Endorsement done. Well done Clem. The ASW19 gets closer.


ASW19 – HCV is officially ours

The purchase of the glider was completed yesterday. Dan and I will try and fly the glider this week as a prelude to the new cadet syndicate getting their hands on it. Hopefully this Saturday onwards which conveniently is the start of most of your half term holidays.

All the relevant manuals are available for download from the Cadet website. I would suggest all potential syndicate members read the flight manual, the Tasman vario manual and the radio manual as a minimum before you will be able to fly it. There will also be some training in rigging/de-rigging and preparing the glider for flight during the half term week. Times TBA

Winter Series and Achievements!

Last chance to try and get a place among the 2 seaters at the Winter Series. If you are flying your own glider then still drop an application in. The applications will soon close so make sure you do it ASAP. The link is on the previous post … or if you are not on Facebook then drop Dan an e-mail who can forward the application form on to you.

In other news, congratulations to Clym who recently got his Bronze & XC endorsement, and also to Sam V who has converted to the K23!


Firstly, congratulations to Joe who got his bronze last weekend … just the XC endorsement to do then you can start flying around different parts of the country.

Speaking of the XC endorsement, part of the training for this requires a rather more expensive flight in the motor glider. However, it is now the time of year where various organisations start to offer bursaries and scholarships to young and aspiring pilots.  These come in many forms and the majority of which are on a link on the cadet website under the ‘Sponsorship’ tab. Now these can be used for anything from pre-solo training, the XC endorsement to advanced aerobatic flying … take a look to see what they have to offer.

If you want to know first hand then speak to some of the older juniors who have benefited from someone else paying for some of their training … Dan C, Ryan and Stefan have all had some financial help  at some stage or another.

The BGA sent out an email the other day about one bursary in particular …

2013 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries

Details of the 2013 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries have been announced. Flying bursaries of up to £1000 are available to post-solo pilots, aged between 16 and 21 to progress their interest in either air sports or aviation.

Last year, 28 bursaries were awarded of which 10 were received by glider pilots.

Applications need to be received by the BGA no later than 28 February 2013. More details are on the RAeC Trust web site at

In order to receive these emails from the BGA & also LGC then you will need to sign up to the mailing list .. links on the ‘links’ tab funnily enough on the website.

The First Post!

Right, so the blog is now up and running, and if it goes well will hopefully take over as the front page on the website. In order for it to work it needs you to update it showing what you have got up to at LGC or other clubs, and achievements you have made or just general gliding stuff. Hopefully you should all have received and email invite to join as an ‘author’ which means you can add comments, photos, videos etc. If you haven’t email Dan C and he’ll invite you in.

So now it’s up to you….

In other news congratulations to Rhoan to achieved his silver distance the other day with a flight to HusBos … and nearly to Dan I who was about 5 mins short of his 5 hours! For those of you working towards bronze and silver it’s a good time to get your duration flights done … remember it’s 2x flights of 1 hour on an A/T (or 30mins off the winch), 1x 1 hour flight and 1x 2 hour flight for XC endorsement and 5 hours for silver.

In the meantime some of the UK Juniors have created ‘Junior Gliding TV’ which has various flying videos which is worth a check out on youtube. So far there are 3 videos…….