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

jcastle5000@gmail.com 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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Modified Flying Orders 10/04/2019


Following a change to BGA procedures involving the Pre-Flight checks I have edited the Flying Orders slightly at 8.1.

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.

There are also small changes to Check level privileges to accomadate the IS28

John Castle


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