Sadly Ian Robinson has passed away. Details of his funeral arrangements will be announced shortly
Modified Flying Orders 11/01/2019
Following a change to BGA procedures involving the Pre-Flight checks I have edited the Flying Orders slightly at 8.1.
The current version is now 5.4
This allows for delayed closing of the canopy in either misting or very hot conditions, ensuring that the canopy closed and locked check is done before cable attachment and launch.
The new Flying Orders for 2019 are on the download page. There is also information about the new radio channels following the change to 8.33kHz channel spacing.
Note our new local frequency of 129.980
Sadly the 2018 soaring season at Skelling Farm has drawn to a close. It was a good year overall with spells of stunningly good weather in the first half followed by a greater than usual number of wave days in the last 2 months. Several new members and above all no accidents. As CFI I thank everyone, member and visitor, alike for their flying this year.
We can look forward to 2019 with relish but during our closed season one of our members, Frank Bradley will try to organise some informal trips to other clubs, I welcome this and will personally try to join in if time and othercommitments permit me. Please support Franks initiative.
CFI Edensoaring GC
Junior training week
Next week starting the 20th August we will be holding a Junior training week to advance our junior members along their gliding careers. As well as offerring dedicated training we are also giving them the opportunity to bring a friend along for a flight at a much reduced rate during the week Mon to Fri.
Tony Walker who is the Duty Instructor will be running this week and will also be hoping for good weather to maximise the week. He will also be running some low key class room sessions to ensure the theory part of learning to fly is not missed.
members are welcome to fly long side this activity and can always help Tony with the organisation of the field
Some achievements by members
Earlier this year Andy Jones completed his Silver C with a flight to Gretna and Jon March gained his FI (R) Instructor rating.
Kieth Nattress and Mike Dodd went away to The Gliding Centre and obtained there X/C endorsements. Mike subsequently did the 50 Km and Height gain for Silver C on a flight from Skelling Farm to the seaside at Silloth and on Tuesday he flew for 5 hrs to complete his Silver C.
Fiona Campbell, a 15yr old Junior member was sent Solo afer some intensive training and today also flew on the ridge Solo for the first time. Fiona then did the 1 hour flight required for Bronze.
This is becoming a great season!
Despite the "unsuitable" winds we have had some excellent soaring conditions.
2 x 50Km silver legs flown, a silver height, 2 x X/C endorsements gained, several X/C flown and 2 safe landouts
Not bad so far from a small but enthusiastic club.
And we are only half way through the season yet.......... more to come I hope.
Keep flying, stay safe
John Castle CFI
6000 ft QFE Cloud base 1st July
The members and visitors that were enjoying soaring over the Eden Valley today were treated to an excellent days flying. Over the Pennines high ground it was even higher at more than 6500ft QFE and Martin Sandwith who ventured more than 100 Km North reported 6800ft QFE.
What a marvellous playground we have.
The wind is back!
After over 4 weeks of very nice weather in an Easterly airstream I am pleased to report that we have the return of steady SW'ly winds this week and they will very likely stay with us for the next 2 weeks or more.
Immediately we have had wave climbs to almost 8000ft and Silver X/C legs being completed by our eager pilots.
Currently Ian Ashton (CFI of Bowland Forest) is in charge. I expect he will be joined by some of his own club members throughout the next week. Its always nice to see new faces enjoying our fabulous Skelling Farm airfield in the beautifull Eden Valley and overlooked by Crossfell.
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