Re-solos and lots of flying


Last week Stuart Mair re-soloed after a return to gliding following a long absense.

This week Andy Ratcliffe also re-soloed after 22 years away from the sport. Andy is a lapsed instructor and has an collection of badges and more than a few hours in his logbook. He had already purchased a nice Standard Cirrus and I was happy to clear him to fly it. He did a 5 hour and 15 min flight today which was just his second day in it and just for the sheer fun of it as he already has Silver C.

We have had a good run of both thermic and ridge days recently. A visiting group from PNGC have been flying our entire fleet almost nonstop since Friday when they arrived and when the new pilots were then quickly checked out with the necessary checks. Monday 5th August was a particularly good day with 15kts SW'ly straight on the ridge and thermal activity. 17 launches included 1 Trial Lesson, 2 check flights and 3 ridge instructional flights. The visitors and a few members then totalled almost 26 hours of air time.

It was great to see the Club so active on a weekday.

John Castle  CFI

What a week so far!


So far this week we have had the good news that both Andy Jones and Mike Dodd have passed their Assistant Instructor courses. My congratulations at this important step in their gliding careers and for the Club.

Our 1st Solo this year. Mark Millard who joined us after a 1 day course last year was sent solo today.

I am sure he will be joined by others during the season. Gliding's great!

John Castle CFI

Gliders fitted with Turbos


It is now agreed that the previous rules with regard to the use of turbos can be changed.

In future a turbo may be started immediately after the winch launch and used to move away from the vicinity of the airfield avoiding overflying Skirwith, Ousby and Melmerby villages. Immediate circling is not however permitted.

This allows those fortunate enough to have a glider so equiped to motor to that cloud that is just out of gliding range!

FES powered gliders are not restricted in any way.

Microlights and self launching are not permitted.

John Castle

CFI Edensoaring

Radio frequencies


Everyone should be aware that we are now using 129.980 for local tranmisions.

There is also a change to our call sign. We must now use Eden Radio from and to the ground. Calls using Eden Base will not be answered from our ground mobile radio.

Please be further aware that a change to an alternative frequency is required above 3000ft QFE As use of a common channel will assist situation awareness I propose we adopt 130.130 above 3000ft QFE from Skelling Farm.

John Castle



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The season starts


Rigging didn't go quite to plan as the weather became unco-operative on Friday only allowing the IS28 to be rigged. It was even more unpleasant on Saturday as we weathered storm Hannah.

Sunday dawned bright and although chilly it was dry. Two of our K13s were quickly rigged, everything DI'd and test flown. Annual checks were dealt with for some of those present. We were then able to try the IS28 and everyone who flew in her were pleasantly surprised. Definitely a welcome addition to the fleet.

Edensoaring is back in the air!

John Castle




More 2019 news


We are expecting the arrival of the IS28 on Friday the 26th April so we should have all the 2 seaters rigged for the weekend. Those that will require a type conversion should arrange it with me beforehand. There is no rush as we are not flying vouchers until the 12th but I would like all Instructors to be fully familiar with it in good time.

The modified Pilot check levels have also been posted in the downloads section for ease of access.

Will someone arrange for a 15kn SW'ly please cool

John Castle

The 2019 Season


We are very nearly there!

The good news is that all Club gliders are ready to fly.

However we need a rigging Party on site on FRIDAY 26th April.

Please let me know that you will attend, the more the merrier. There will also be other equally important jobs to do so that we can start flying on the 27th

John Castle or text/phone 07496 126935

Ian Robinson


Sadly Ian Robinson has passed away. Details of his funeral arrangements will be announced shortly

John Castle

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