March 2018 Newsletter

27/03/18

Edensoaring members newsletter March 2018

Once again I hope that you have re-joined Edensoaring for the 2018 season as a Full or Dual Member. If not this may be the last newsletter you receive.  We are hoping to advance the club members overall abilities during this year as previously mentioned in the last newsletters. Here is a little more detail;

2018 Rota

The new Rota is fully confirmed by our visiting instructors. No planned closures will take place in 2018.

8.33 Mhz Radios

Are you aware that the CAA have given an exemption to us to delay the upgrade until 2019?

I include below an extract from a recent BGA newsletter:

IR 1079/2012 states that from 1 January 2019, all ground services will be operating on 8.33 kHz channels. Ground services across the UK will be converting to 8.33 kHz channel spacing at different dates throughout 2018, mostly driven by their annual licence renewal date. If a ground service is still using a 25 kHz frequency then you can still communicate with it using a 25 kHz radio.  Once a ground service has converted, aircraft must utilize an 8.33 kHz capable radio to communicate with it.

In practice, you can only continue to fly with just a 25 kHz radio if throughout your entire flight you only need to communicate on 25 kHz frequencies.  Note, you must check regularly to confirm that your ground services have not converted.  The CAA expects that most ground stations will have converted well before the end of 2018. After 1 January 2019, use of a 25 kHz radio will very restricted, principally to only the emergency frequency of 121.5 MHz.

FLARM, OGN and pilot Aware

We have committed to the upgrade to our OGN which will relay FLARM to Pilot Aware equipped GA. Mark Johnson is doing this work and it is hoped to have the new installation on test and functional after we re-open on April 28th. Obviously until we have FLARM equipped gliders flying we cannot fully test the new kit.

This will increase glider conspicuity in the area.

It further underpins the benefit of fitting FLARM to your glider. I recommend you seriously consider this.

Pilot Check System  As mentioned in an earlier newsletter I have established a new system.

This is based on a proven system in use at many clubs.

If you missed it before the levels are as follows:

Level 1 Post solo but still on daily/conditions checks.

Level 2 Off checks (depending on conditions) but pre-bronze.

Level 3 Pilots post Bronze and X/C endorsement or more

Level 4  All instructors. Flying subject to the flying orders and overall supervision by the DI.

The DI will place a number plate sign on the launch point trailer to show the current level. If conditions change significantly this can be changed throughout the day. It is the pilot’s responsibility to visually confirm the current level is appropriate for them to launch.

If necessary discuss with the DI who may agree to you launching with additional briefings.

Mike Fox Videos on U-Tube

Please Google “Mike Fox Gliding” and view them. Extremely good videos and useful to all of us.

X/C Tasks. I have attached a list of easy tasks that anyone can try; some will not take you out of gliding range on a reasonable day. Those are therefore suitable for pilots who are pre-bronze with X/C endorsement. Not really X/C but they will get you to stretch your legs. As a confidence builder why not ask an Instructor to fly a task with you in a K13. They can also be flown solo in a K13 but check with the DI that the day is suitable. We are fortunate that all our approved DIs are also X/C pilots and can offer sound advice.

The Club Tasks that Martin set some time ago are also on the BGA Ladder. They are 100, 200 and 300km badge flights for the more expert. You should all have ensured that you have access and can upload to the BGA  ladder this year. IT’S VITAL WE DO THIS.

 I hope that all solo pilots will look at the tasks on a local map. If you are still training then please take the opportunity to ask your instructor if he is prepared to fly one of the shorter tasks with you. This of course depends on the pilots waiting and the suitability of the day but can introduce a very motivating experience into the routine of training exercises.

Don’t forget the current Northern map. I strongly recommend that you investigate getting an electronic map and learn to use it; not essential but it is advisable, there are some low cost options available. We must avoid airspace infringements.

If you are looking for your 50km Silver leg there are 2 possibilities, if in wave see tasks 6 & 7 on my list. Always carry a logger!

New Season start

It’s getting closer! Don’t forget that we start our 2018 season on 28th April this year. We will need as many members as possible on site to rig K13s and generally help with the many small tasks that we need to tackle quickly to allow us to get on with flying.

A "New” glider to fly

We have an SB5e V-tailed glider for approved solo pilots to fly. This aircraft is X/C capable with modern instruments including an OUDIE.

Some of you may remember it being flown some years ago at Skelling Farm when it was owned by Ben Dawson. If you want to be on its approved pilots list you will need to have a Bronze and 30 hours solo. It’s like a K6E to fly.

2018 Pilot Checks

Please try to get to the club early in May to take a check flight. The club will not be accepting visitors or trial lessons from 28th April to May 5th. Additionally visitors will not be on site before May12th. This gives us the first 2 weeks when we can concentrate on getting everyone safely back in the air even if you missed going to Denbigh. Further for solo pilots; should you not complete your checks early in the month you will still be able to fly solo subject to the normal currency requirements (see the Flying Orders) up to May 31st 2018.

Winch safety

There have been two incidents at other clubs fairly recently. One involved a K13 which was winch launched on the nose hook. This resulted in the pilots being unable to release the cable at the top of the low launch due to angles and tensions and the K13 began to dive uncontrollably. The winch driver guillotined the cable, which resulted in a safe outcome. Another incident resulted from a possibly incorrectly adjusted hook and an additional problem with the back release. This time it was lucky that the weak link broke.

I will discuss the need to ensure that our winch has regular guillotine safety checks. We also need to ensure that the winch drivers know that this does happen occasionally, and if they are in doubt about the situation that they must Guillotine the cable. In the two examples above, the winch drivers were reluctant to use the Guillotine. The Guillotine may be the only option if we can’t release for some reason at the top of a winch launch.

Denbigh Expedition  April 14th to 21st

Finally: Don’t forget we are taking a K13 to Lleweni Parc in April. Even if you have not already booked its not too late to decide to join us.

Safe Flying

John Castle.

CFI Edensoaring GC

 

Suggested tasks from Skelling Farm

 
 

Task No.

                 

Km

Start

TP 1

TP2

TP3

Finish

 

Notes

 

1

44.9

SKF

ULL

PLM

 

SKF

 

SW'ly  and 3000' at each TP

 
                   

2

55.3

SKF

MUT

BGT

PEN

SKF

 

SW'ly. 3000' at each TP. 1st leg on ridge (avoid Warcop)

 
                   

3

58.3

SKF

CGL

ULL

 

SKF

 

WSW to W'ly. 3500' at ULL. 1st leg on ridge.

 
                   

4

73.6

SKF

HOT

SPS

 

SKF

 

SW'ly 4000' at HOT, 4500' at SPS. Thermal

 
                   

5

102

SKF

CCK

TEB

 

SKF

 

light S'ly 4000' at CCK. 5000' at TEB. Thermal

 
                   

6

106

SKF

TOR

PEN

 

SKF

 

50Km Silver Leg O & R. SW'ly wave will make this easy

 
                   

7

114

SKF

EWW

ULL

 

SKF

 

50Km Silver Leg O & R. SW'ly wave will make this easy

 
                   

8

176

SKF

SLL

SED

 

SKF

 

Uses SW'ly Wave

 
                   

9

304

SKF

LEY

SLL

SED

SKF

 

Uses SW'ly Wave (avoid D442 & Warcop)

 
                   

The tasks below are badge flights from the Ladder as set by Martin Sandwith for the more expert pilots

 
             

Shape

   

10

105

SKF

MUT

TBK

CCK

SKF

FAI 28%

100Km FAI triangle or open task (avoid Warcop)

 
                   

11

101

SKF

GLB

BRH

 

SKF

Non FAI

100Km Open task (avoid Warcop)

 
                   

12

202

SKF

CAO

BTT

KST

SKF

FAI 28%

200Km FAI triangle or open task

 
                   

14

305

SKF

WAB

MIL

KST

SKF

FAI 28%

300Km FAI triangle or open task  (avoid D512A & Warcop)

 


  

 

 

Carlisle Airport

27/03/18

We have published a response to Carlisle proposal, see below. The consultation ends on the 28th March and I hope that common sense prevails. Point 3 is particularly relavant.

Carlisle Airport Consultation Response
General
The British Gliding Association (BGA) represents 80 gliding clubs and some 7000 pilots. The BGA understands the need to change and modernise airspace and to ensure that airspace structures are proportionate and reflect the needs and safety of all users. It is our belief that this can only be done by understanding the needs of all users before airspace design work is undertaken; any other approach risks wasting resources, suboptimal outcomes and unnecessarily adversarial consultation activities.

The location of Carlisle at the narrowest part of Great Britain surrounded by mountain, coastal and military areas requires particular care to ensure that all aviation needs are satisfied.
We note and welcome that in paragraph 2.4 of the consultation document you confirm that you are not proposing any change to classification of airspace. Should you have any intention of changing this situation we request that you contact us well in advance of any formal consultation or preliminary design work. Nonetheless we have examined the current consultation document and would comment as follows.

The Proposal
We are pleased to note the use of 3.5 rather than 3 degree gradients. We are however concerned by the location of the proposed hold for 06 for a number of reasons:-

1 The area to be overflown by the hold pattern will be over the Northern area of the Lake District National Park. The hold pattern, although centered on Caldbeck, will extend to Blencathra at the southern most point due to radius of turn etc. This has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty whose tranquility will clearly be impacted.  With a height of 2848' Blencathra is heavily frequented by walkers and visitors to the area and a hold starting from 5000' amsl has aircraft circling in a particularly inappropriate place.

2. The airspace at that location is often used by soaring gliders using ridge lift, thermal and wave conditions to operate from terrain height to the current limit of FL125 below N601. The collision risk is a concern if the hold is in use.

3. Because we, as soaring pilots, are familiar with the area we point out that in certain wind directions the atmosphere can contain both strong upcurrents and downcurrents. These can approach 1500ft per minute and can extend from terrain level to the upper limit of FL125. The area is also well known for atmospheric convergences which promote strong icing conditions. The combination of high terrain, cloud and icing would create unnecessary danger in a hold used by both CAT and commonly used twin-engine training aircraft.  We suggest that the safety and passenger comfort of commercial or GA holding in this area would be compromised. Moving the hold North to a position over the Solway would solve these problems.

Formal Response
For the reasons above we must record our formal objection to the proposal as written. If however the proposed 06 hold were moved to a better location over the Solway we would have no objection to the proposal as a whole.

John Castle

CFI Edensoaring GC

February 2018 Newsletter

04/03/18

Edensoaring members newsletter February 2018

A reminder that if you are planning to fly under reciprocal membership at another club with which we have that arrangement you should have paid your 2018 membership and BGA fee to Edensoaring beforehand.

Denbigh, Lleweni Parc expedition

So far I have very few confirmed members planning to join this trip. Please ensure that you contact me by March 1st if you plan to join us. Insufficient numbers will mean that we may not be able to take a K13.

Please contact me on 07496 126935 or by email jcastle5000@gmail.com

Carlisle Airport plans

You have all probably heard of the plans to return passenger flying to Carlisle airport. At the moment this has only a small impact on our operation at Skelling Farm. The situation is being monitored by ourselves and the BGA. An appropriate response will be made and circulated in March, well before the deadline of the consultation.

Mutual flying

Last year there was an increased interest in mutual flying in 2 seaters. This is a very satisfying way to fly with a fellow member.

I think it would be useful to explain the rules that are applied to this activity. This is different to Friends and family. (see below)

Mutual flying privileges are available to any Bronze level pilot with 50 hours Solo in the logbook but are only issued by the CFI. If granted your logbook will be endorsed. When flying with a fellow club member P1 sits in the front seat and must carry out the launch, circuit below 700ft and landing. P1 must therefore be agreed before getting in the glider and P1 does the checks. X/C is allowed if P1 has the X/C endorsement.

Please note that this is a locally applied privilege.

Friends and Family flying

F&F privileges are available to any Bronze level pilot with 50 hours Solo in the logbook. The difference is that P1 is sat in the back seat and must therefore be cleared for this by the CFI.

As above a log book endorsement is made. This is good preparation for a BI/IFP rating and will involve detailed discussion about passenger safety considerations which is a priority. Even if an X/C endorsement is held, flying out of gliding range is definitely not permitted.

Please note that this is also a locally applied privilege.

Maps

Please have an up-to-date airmap for 2018. The BGA recommends that we all have electronic maps. This is essential if you are planning to fly X/C this year but very advisable if you are hoping to climb above cloud. Position location is almost impossible from great height and if looking for landmarks through holes in the cloud. We don’t have much airspace nearby but cannot risk infringements. If you go away from the local area it gets more complex.

John Castle

CFI Edensoaring GC

January 2018 Newsletter

06/01/18

Edensoaring members newsletter January 2018

 I hope that you have re-joined Edensoaring for the 2018 season as a Full Member. We are hoping to advance the club members overall abilities this year with some changes as previously mentioned in the last newsletter. Here is a little more detail;

 Contact

If any member wants to get in touch about anything in these newsletters or indeed anything they believe that I may be able to help with please contact me on 07496 126935 or by email jcastle5000@gmail.com

 2018 Rota

It is now fully confirmed by our visiting instructors. No planned closures will take place in 2018.

 Pilot Check System   As mentioned in the last newsletter I have established a new system.

For the avoidance of doubt the levels are as follows:

Level 1 Post solo but still on daily/conditions checks.

Level 2 Off checks (depending on conditions) but pre-bronze.

Level 3 Pilots post Bronze and X/C endorsement or more

Level 4  All instructors. Flying subject to the flying orders and overall supervision by the DI.

The DI will place a number plate sign on the launch point trailer to show the current level. If conditions change significantly this can change throughout the day. It is the pilots responsibility to visually confirm the current level is appropriate for them to launch.

If necessary discuss with the DI who may agree to you launching with additional briefings.

New Season start

Finally don’t forget that we start our 2018 season on 28th April this year. We will need a many members as possible on site to rig K13s and generally help with the many small tasks that we need to tackle quickly to allow us to get on with flying. Put it on your calendar now!

 2018 Annual Pilot Checks

I have changed the way we expect to do this to get these important checks for solo pilots done more effectively in 2018. The club will not be accepting visitors or trial lessons from 28th April to May 5th. Additionally visitors will not be on site before May12th. This gives us the first 2 weeks when we can concentrate on getting everyone safely back in the air even if you missed going to Denbigh. Further for solo pilots; should you not complete your checks early in the month you will still be able to fly solo subject to the normal currency requirements (see the Flying Orders) up to May 31st 2018.

 New single seat glider

Well not exactly new but new to us. The SB5e which has been donated to the club will be  ARC’d and available to suitably advanced solo pilots in the new season. It has modern instruments including an OUDIE and I expect it to be very popular. The trailer is excellent and should encourage X/C flights without retrieve problems.

 Safe Flying

 John Castle

CFI Edensoaring GC

November 2017 Newsletter

24/11/17

Edensoaring members newsletter November 2017

As we travel towards the year end I am thinking of and looking forward to next year. I am motivated to introduce some of the ideas we discussed at the AGM and some that I have developed myself.

New member mentoring.

At the AGM we thought this to be a good idea. It seems that we are not the only club to develop this as I have learnt of several that are currently running this with some success. I would therefore like to hear from any established member who would like to help with this idea. I promise it will not take up to much time but effectively gives a new member a friendly face to meet or a voice to call to ask a question that they might feel a little basic but which can be important to them at the time. Hopefully this will help us to retain new members through the difficult first weeks when they know no one at the club.

X/C tasks

I am looking at this and will be discussing it with Martin Sandwith who is perhaps best placed to help generate the more advanced tasks. Rest assured there will be a whole range of basic tasks to encourage you to build up to the big ones. As BGA Ladder steward Martin has set some club tasks that can be used without declaration. Even pre-bronze pilots will be catered for with tasks that do not exceed safe gliding range on the appropriate days.

Everyone will need a current airmap and preferably a GPS driven electronic map.

BGA Ladder

Please remember to post flights, particularly those which include height gains over 5000ft, on the ladder. Flights from this year should still be posted to illustrate our use of the airspace above Skelling Farm and around the Eden Valley and the Lake District. It’s easy to use but if in doubt talk to Martin Sandwith or me. Currently if we search the Ladder for Edensoaring there is nothing. We may regret this in the future.

Bronze exams.

Any member who wants to undertake this important step should be studying over the winter. I will be available at Skelling Farm for you to sit the exam on or after the 28th April 2018. The further and important X/C endorsement could also be arranged at another club; perhaps a few of you could do it together.

2018 Pilot Checks

I have changed the way we expect to do this to get these important checks for solo pilots done more effectively in 2018. The club will not be accepting visitors or trial lessons from 28th April to May 5th. Additionally visitors will not be on site before May12th. This gives us the first 2 weeks when we can concentrate on getting everyone safely back in the air even if you missed going to Denbigh. Further for solo pilots; should you not complete your checks early in the month you will still be able to fly subject to the normal currency requirements (see the Flying Orders) up to May 31st 2018.

Pilot Check System

To make it easier for visiting DIs to manage your safety I plan to introduce a 1 to 4 level check system in 2018. Depending on your experience you will be given a sticker for your log book that will be signed off by me. Each level will clearly allow you to operate as defined by the rules of the system and other than asking the DI for permission to fly on the day and the decision is made. The operational privileges for each level will be notified later but for example level 1 will be post solo but still on daily/conditions checks. The DI will still have ultimate responsibility to assess the conditions but this should help smooth our operation. I will also extend this to visiting pilots where possible.

Away days

Frank Bradley is trying to arrange some trips to other clubs during the winter layoff. Please support him. I fully endorse this idea; even if you don’t actually stay current it blows away the cobwebs of winter and can be fun as well.

2018 Instructor Rota

I am pleased to say that subject to final confirmations, we have a full Rota in place for the whole season. This shows the marvellous support we get from our visiting instructor team.

I am sure all members want to thank them for their commitment to Edensoaring in the past and now the future.

Have a good Xmas and New Year

John Castle

CFI Edensoaring GC

2017 Season end

23/10/17

We have now closed for the winter. Our last days flying was superb with several wave climbs above 10000ft including a Gold height and a 5 hour flight.

Many members will visit other clubs over the winter and hopefully return to Skelling Farm with renewed enthusiasm.

I wish all members safe and rewarding flying, A Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.

John Castle CFI

A 7hr 15min Epic

26/05/17

On 24/5/17 Patrick Eaton made an early start to a cross country to Kirkby Stephen and then turned to Buttermere.

 

 

Patrick wrote; Things went well but the weather pattern became mixed and after Ullswater I aborted to return to site where I 'parked up' in thermal assisted hill lift at around 3,000 feet altitude. The air was visibly becoming stable and the early stages of lenticular clouds, a good sign of lift to high levels became apparent. Pushing into wind several times didn't find any lift of the smooth wave type being hunted. Not for me or anyone else. Decision, land or continue. With nothing to loose I ventured out and away, got the self sustainer engine out and fired up clear of the Club of course. Minutes later, 5,000 feet high at the front edge of a lenticular in 2 ft/sec lift with no engine. At 6,500 feet I decided to push forward and jumped the bridge between lenticulars, up to 7,500 ft and again pushed on, climbing to 8,600 ft at which point it was 17:45 and time to think of returning. Eden base might be waiting and so I decided to burn off the height to the Buttermere turn point out West near the coast (it felt like it) and return. Only temporarily blocked by a wave bar on my return which I rode up and over before an exhilarating 100knots return to Eden. Total flight lasted 7hr 15min, in the comfort of an armchair with a fantastic view. What a nice day!

 

 

14th May 2017

16/05/17

Sunday the 14th the best day so far in 2017. A small visiting group took advantage of the day to explore the ridge, some as far as Brampton near Carlisle and to Hawes to the south. Several gliders explored the air over the lakes and everyone had a very enjoyable day doing what we all love to do. We had to call down the last intrepid Ventus pilot at 8.00pm as the last K13 flight of the day landed. The ridge was still working nicely but most of us wanted to go to the pub!

Club Chairman Update 2017

26/03/17

Click here to view the BGA Club Chairman's update, March 2017

My First Wave Flight at Edensoaring

18/10/16

October 5th, 2016...it looked like it was going to be an interesting day at 7am when the wave bars were all over the sky as I came out of my caravan to give the dogs their first walk...need to get a move on and get to the airfield.

On arrival I was expecting dozens of people to have turned up, but no. Rob Hanks was Duty Instructor for the fortnight with his wife Fay, Andy Spray, Andy Jones and Frank Bradley and that was it. Wow, this was like “millionaires gliding” -  having all the facilities to ourselves! As Andy S was rigging his own PW5 we DI’d G-CFGR and dragged them both up to the North end of the field. Wind was SSE at 15-20kts. The wave was still there but looked very high...could we get up to it?

First flight. I asked Rob to come with me as I had never flown in wave so a little help and advice would be appreciated. Good launch from Andy J - 1,400ft. We managed to gain a few feet in the patchy, strong lift but finally gave up after 10 minutes. The approach was high, fast and very steep - the final turn behind the fir trees was very rough to land alongside Andy S’s PW5 that was somehow in the middle of the field. We towed back to the launchpoint to find Andy had launched and had a weak link break at 700ft explaining his short flight.

We all decided to hold on for a while then, around 1pm, Andy decided to have another go. He reported a good launch height of 1,500ft and he was away. Rob and I strapped ourselves back in and went off in pursuit.

1,500 ft launch - thanks Andy. Good strong lift up to 2,000 in no time. Push forwards (South). Lift getting better but still rough. Up and up. 3,500 ft and we are still almost over the field when suddenly it all goes quiet and as smooth as you like. Wave. Now I see why people go on about it so much. 4 up with a wall of cloud to our right and bright sunlight and blue sky above us. Fantastic.

We start to head South East with an almost constant 2 to 3 up on the vario. Down to Appleby with a fantastic view of High Cup Nick making sure to keep out of Warcop. We keep pressing on and soon Kirkby Stephen and the Settle-Carlisle railway are clearly visible below. We are now hopping from wave bar to wave bar heading South and up. We pass 5,000ft. We turn and fly SW along a very pronounced bar and in no time are treated to a spectacular view of the M6, River Lune, Tebay and Killington Lake Services and the magnificent Howgill Fells. 7,000ft and climbing.

 

 

Carry on SW. Andy S. reports 8500ft We can now see the coast at Heysham with the distinctive blocks of the nuclear power station. Then, from behind a distant cloud, Blackpool Tower appears. We are hearing radio calls from everywhere, from a downwind call at Rufforth to a traffic call at Lleweni Parc! Andy reports having an RAF Hawk pass at least 2,000ft below him and he is now at 10,000ft.

 

We press on, still climbing. We pass Sedbergh and Kendal and are approaching Kirkby Lonsdale when we hit our peak altitude of 9,100 ft. The view is breathtaking. Wave bars as far as you can see, the coast at Morecambe we can even see Ribblehead and Dent viaducts on the Settle-Carlisle line.

 

This far south we toy with the idea of flying into Bowland Forest GC at Chipping as it is closer than Edensoaring, however finding a willing and large enough retrieve crew may have proven difficult so, even though there are still wave bars to be explored, we decide to start heading back.

The flight back was just as good. Still getting excellent lift all the way and having to use full airbrake all the way down from 6,000ft (which feels really counter-intuitive after you have tried so hard to climb!). We get back just behind Andy and watch him land to get an idea of wind strength - looks quite rough still. Again, full airbrake, 70kts, just beyond the wall as a reference point and we are down safely into the South field.

What a flight.

Andy S reports he may have managed his gold height as he topped out at around 12,500ft.

We had 2 hours 48 minutes, around 110km and just under 10,000 feet above sea level.

Thanks must go to Rob for putting up with me for that long and his help and advice, to Fay and Frank on the launch point and to Andy Jones for being there all day for 4 launches - thank you all.

If you want more (?) you can see a video of this flight at https://youtu.be/oQEU_v2e6Xs

 

 

Mike Dodd.

 

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