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June minutes uploaded

Posted by Joe S on June 28, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Minutes of June 25th meeting now uploaded to page 4 of Documents

April AGM minutes uploaded

Posted by Joe S on June 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Minutes of April AGM now uploaded to page 4 of Documents

members can watch tow records videos

Posted by Dnash, TC, W on May 10, 2015 at 5:05 AM

there is now a training system for new recods officers. go to tow records and follow the link to a series of vedioes designed to train and remind the poor fellow who takes on this role. this will remain in place until a new system replaces the current one however long that is. this means record keeping can be learned by any member who is interested in appying for this role in the future.

New Southend Airspace

Posted by Joe S on February 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Southend Airport has achieved their goal of substantial controlled airspace to 'protect' the EasyJets going in and out of there. It's amusing to note that the recently-imposed Radio Mandatory Zone seems to have been widely ignored by the light aviation fraternity.

XC hounds heading south should note that controlled airspace now starts at 2,500ft round about Maldon - to reach Paul's house you'll have to be on a glide. Mercifully the Jaywick destination favoured by some is still in the clear, however the CAA say they have ALREADY CONSULTED on a huge swathe that takes in Brightlingsea, Clacton and Walton; all Southend will need to do will be to apply for it.

ANYONE heading down south from Mendlesham should not set off without careful study of the new airspace.

Find the new airspace at Page 5 of 'Documents' on this site.

Find the CAA Decision letter at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/2111/20150128%20Southend%20ACP%20Decision%20Letter%20v6.pdf

New UK Winch Launch Record

Posted by Keith Matthews Chairman CTC W on September 15, 2014 at 4:20 AM

Well done to Steve Blackler for his 95 K point to point cross country, landing out near huntingdon , a fantastic  effort as the day was nearly nill wind. With the magic 100K in touching distance Steve has shown everyone what can be achieved from the winch on the day .. Steve also now tops the all time winch distance league for the uk all in such a short time. Well done the bar is raised yet again.     

Summer Competition Results

Posted by Paul L STC, W on September 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Well it was a gamble as the weather wasnt great for the weekend but with names down and the prospect of gambling on the following weekend and coming up with rain we called it on.  The weekend was as forecast with hardly any wind and 95% cloud cover on saturday so it was all eyes on the spot comp.  With everyone focus on the spot and the spectators being treated to some accurate flying and the usual mishaps when people try too hard to stay longer in the air than there gliders will fly.  Day 1 and Darren S and Pete H were shareing the honour of top spot and Carol S was winning the slide on your belly takeoff and eat the ground on landing comp.  After finishing the day we took up alistairs offer of going to a small music festival which he was playing in in stradbrook.  Missed him playing but had a few beers and a nice night.

Day 2 and as prodited the sky started to open up and soon a lot of pilots were getting longer time in the air working small amounts of lift inc new boy Simon with a nice thermic flight.  Then the window opened and Darren was first to leave but stuggling.  Then Joe S hooked into a nice thermal and was away.  Vlad joined them soon after before the day closed down.  The spot comp was still running on the second day and the 2 early leaders were knocked off the top spot.  Turned out to be a realy good competition with no injuries or broken airframe despite the nill wind landings on Saturday so just goes to show how good we are with all the practice we get.


Spot Landing

1st Paul L 40

2nd Darren s + Pete H 20


1st Joe S 22.36

2nd Vlad 8.85

3rd Darren S 3.23

Awards will be given out next meeting if i have time to get them as im away a bit at the moment.  I usually give them out on the day but with only 5 names down on the list 10 days before i didnt know we would be going ahead.  (see i keep telling you all to get your names down early to support the event these thing dont happen by magic ;) 

Well done All its the old saying the winner is the person who had most fun so i think we definately had a lot of winners.

Paul L

May/June minutes uploaded

Posted by Joe S on June 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Minutes for May and June club meetings now uploaded: see page 3 or 4 of Documents.

June minutes now have new-look 'Actions Arising' section to keep on top of stuff that needs doing. 

Spring Competition

Posted by Paul L STC, W on June 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Well im a bit late posting the results but as i went xc i didnt get the results on the clipboard till next time out and I have also been on holiday.  

We had a good turn out with about 12 pilots and 4 competitions running on each day. As it was thermic and people started disappearing most concentrated on getting away.  We had a spot comp, an XC comp, an out and return comp and a bullseye comp.  There were prizes for the 1st place winning a bottle of spirit and 2nd won a nice box of chocs.  Embarrisingly i scooped a lot of the prizes so it felt like "its my game and my ball" but we all had fun trying to win.


XC                     1st Paul Leary 52.95 (going under airspace) 2nd Mike Lake 44.31 (stopping at airspace) LOL

Bullseye             1st Paul Leary 22m  2nd Dave Rayment 31m

Out and Return  1st Vlad  2nd Paul Leary

Spot Landing      1st Paul Leary 14m  Dave Rayment 30m

To all the above if you have not received your pizes they are in the hangar on the plastic table marked up.  The chocolate winners might be sharing their prize with the mice by now but its the winning that matters most :lol:

As the club seems to be very focused on the XC flying it proved to be too much effort for the reward running the other competitions and feel the summer comp may as well be 1st 2nd and 3rd XC and possibly a spot if the crop has been harvested allowing for the spot to be in the field. 

Looking forward to summer competition.

Retrieve contact list available

Posted by Joe S on January 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

A current list of our club pilots with contact details is available from me as a Word file. It's not going online to maintain security.

If you want one contact me, make sure I know who you are (type of glider, car or dog required) and I'll send you a copy.

That's: well-known flying magzine at bhpa.co.uk

December minutes uploaded

Posted by Joe S on January 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Minutes of the early December meeting are now uploaded. Any errors, amends etc, please let me know.