Tasks for Task week

Don’t be put off if the weather isn’t exactly busting as we have a lot of work to do in preparation for the new building.
We need to have the area for the building cleared by the end of task week so please turn up even if you don’t fly as I need all the help I can get.
Dave

Sunday 16th August

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Ollie after his first solo

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Another great day at the Mynd, weather was better than forecast, light southerly wind meant high launches and some good soaring conditions which got worse then improved again. Tim Bird converted to the K23 and .then did a 1 hour 20  minute soaring flight in quite tricky conditions, Den flew the trial lessons, Paul Shuttleworth got to Shobdon and back in the Discus, and Ollie Sharman did lots of cable breaks and stalling exercises and then found his family arriving to watch him go solo, and carried out 2 perfect circuits. Well done Ollie and Tim.

Saturday 15th August

A busy weekend day with good weather, lots of training and trial lessons, Tim Bird continued solo flying, Julian and John Parry flew the Duo Turbo JF, Dave Rance flew his JS1,  Mark landed out in 445 after a long flight in difficult conditions, JF had to fire up to motor twice to get back. Chris Harris hogged the single seaters as usual. Sterling work from Howard on the winch and fabulous dinner as usual.

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Whatever happened to … Tim’s Triangle?

In my early cross country days (my Silver distance was to Bidford on 8 August 2005, pretty much exactly ten years ago), Tim’s Triangle was my staple XC diet, so much so, that people used to say why not go somewhere else instead! Well, I guess, one reason would be that there is a prize to be won for the fastest (handicapped) Tim’s Triangle of the year, presented at the end of season dinner. There used to be quite a bit of competition for it, but less so recently. Indeed there were no qualifying flights(1) on the Ladder up until yesterday.

“Tim’s” was created by and named after Tim Corbett, a former member who still lives nearby at Leebotwood. The BGA trigraphs are: MYN-SHW-LMW-MYN and you can fly it in either direction. The distance is 100.9km. You can fly it with 1/2km barrels if you like, but remember you will need to use FAI sectors if you want to use the flight to claim a BGA Cross Country Diploma. It is very landable along the entire route, with the bonus of a gliding club(2) at the southern end!

Tim’s Triangle is just one of six of MGC’s “Club Tasks”(3) on the National Ladder. There are two 100km tasks, two at 200km and two at 300km. Fly them in either direction. They are flown reasonably regularly by a few members, but perhaps not all of you are actually aware of their existence?

Next time you’re struggling to think of somewhere to go, why not try one of the Club Tasks?

Mark

(1) List of current qualifying flights for Tim’s Triangle. Click the MGC Club Ladder link at the right of this page. From the Select Ladder dropdown, pick “Tims”. Select any of the ladders from the dropdown to see the contenders in the other categories.

(2) Landing at Shobdon. When you get close to Shobdon, maintain a listening watch on 123.5mHz. Talk to them if you think you might need them, they are a friendly bunch. Glider circuits are to the North side of the airfield, landing on the grass immediately north of the tarmac runway. Their web site has excellent detailed information. If you are apprehensive, ask an instructor for a trip down there in a two seater. He should help you to land there and aerotow back out – that sounds like a fun and useful day out.

(3) MGC Club Tasks. Go to the National Ladder Site www.bgaladder.co.uk , or click the MGC Club Ladder link at the right side of this page. Click Tools and Links, and then Club Tasks. Scroll down to find the tasks related to the Midland GC.

Wednesday 12 August – Good News, Bad News …

Eleven trial lessons today (a gentleman called Andrew treating his family on the occasion of his seventieth birthday), so Clive and I were seconded to help fly them around. When I poled up at the club, I noticed that the K8 was in (well “on” really) its trailer, so there was clearly some sort of a story to tell…

Wooden Bowl

The Good News …

Guy Hartland had been to Camphill in the “Eight” on Tuesday to claim, for the first time since its inception, the Wooden Bowl. So in essence, you claim it by making an XC flight in a wooden glider from the Mynd to Camphill, in the Derbyshire Peak District, a distance of 117km. Roger Andrews had made the first assault on Saturday, but ended up just three fields short. Guy also heroically took a return launch when the locals said it was unsoarable, managing to find some weak climbs and made it back as far as Leek, to shorten the retrieve for Simon and Vincent. They are all seen here in the bar sometime after midnight celebrating! This meant of course that we were now in possession of BOTH plates, since Dave d’Arcy had successfully collected the Silver Beer Tray on Saturday. (The same trip, but for any glider type).
Tim Bird was sent solo by Dave Crowson at the end of the day and becomes our newest solo pilot, with two well flown circuits, so our congratulations to him.
Alan Schofield had a nice ride in Julian’s Duo by all accounts, going to Vyrnwy, Shrewsbury and Seighford for around 200km. Thanks to Geoff Minshull who came up especially to help with operations on the ground, Dave Brown for launching us (another late one!) and all who helped at the launch point to make sure our visitors left happy – which they did!

And the Bad News …
So when we emerged from lunch I saw at the launch point Ventus 2CT “JVA” – that registration rings a bell, I thought. Yep, Mike Armstrong had turned up from Camphill for the Beer Tray – sorry Darce!
Who among you will make the trip to claim it back …?

Mark

Task Week 2015

Only a few weeks left till MGC Task Week which is an ideal way to practice your cross country skills along with fellow club members or achieve a cross country endorsement leg. The Discus or K23 can both be hired to this end for the week or a particular set of days you can make. If you would like to experience some cross country flying no doubt Dave or Rob will be available to show you the ropes in a two seater also. So why not come alone and join in the club week where there will be plenty of people about to help retrieve or provide advice and is an ideal time for 50km silver distance flights, five hour durations or first field landings.

Please let the Office / Martin know your intentions, and hopefully will see you there.

Darce – who is mourning the missing Plate already!

Interesting options tues wed

You could easily write off tues wed but I think there could be some interesting flying available.

Light NWly tues with patches of high cover coming & going. You’ll have to check the satpic tues am. However sometimes the air below is good enough to produce decent thermals despite the top cover, so long as the top cover is only thin & I’m hoping that is the case tues. As rasp shows, it depends on exact position of top cover & how thick it is whether it is possible to access the best conditions from the Mynd. Best chance is early in the day 200ish k to the Cotswolds & back before the top cover thickens. If you are an adventurous sort then do a big flight in the middle of the country & plan an aero tow retrieve from bidford after your 3-400k task. A bit extravagant maybe, but much cheaper than buying a turbo glider & means you get the most of the best conditions without worrying about thickening high cover.

Wed there will be a decent east wind, which of course means it could be v good into Wales. Rasp says get your glider ready in the am then chill & help on the airfield. If it looks good by 12ish grab a launch before lunch. Otherwise put your glider in the queue for a launch straight after lunch. Best bit of the day will be late on. Rasp is red hot in Wales at 4pm. Be careful final gliding into the Mynd if the east wind is of any strength – final glide high & cross over to the east side to do a normal circuit.

So, not classic days but certainly worth a look & likely the best 2 days of the next few

Andy

Tues lunchtime thermal strength

Tues lunchtime thermal strength

Wed 2pm getting good in Wales

Wed 2pm getting good in Wales


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