Single Seater Scheme 2017

Our CGC Single Seater Scheme offers members an excellent opportunity to enjoy some of the benefits of syndicate or private glider ownership without the initial capital outlay. Your flying costs are reduced and the booking facility offers you the certainty of having a glider available for your sole use on the days of your choosing.

You can purchase from one to three shares.  Each share gives you the right to make an advance booking for any of the high performance single seat gliders (DM, FVV and FLY).  One share is ideal if you expect to fly only occasionally but want to ensure you have access to a glider.  Three shares entitles you to unlimited solo flying and the ability to hold three advance bookings – ideal if you plan to fly a lot, or want to maximise your chances of having a glider available when you have a few days holiday planned.

The scheme year runs from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018. In order to allow scheme members to use any unused hours towards the end of the season, flying in Juniors and solo flying in two seaters taken on or after 1st September 2017, will be rebated at end of scheme year (31st March 2018)

This year we are offering two methods of payment for shares. The usual, four instalments in April, May, June and July are unchanged from previous years. However, we are also offering a substantial discount for pilots who wish to purchase all of their shares in advance and before the 1st April 2017. The costs of the two payment methods are set out below:

Number of Shares

Payment in full

(To be received by 1/4/17)

Monthly Payment

(1st April, 1st May, 1st June and 1st July 2017)

1

£600

£175 pm

2

£1000

£290pm

3 £1400

£375pm

Full details can be obtained from the office or found on the club website.  Links for Scheme Rules, FAQs, and the Application form can be found under Members / Booking & Duties / Single Seat Gliders.

If you have any questions, please contact Pete Joslin (pete319@me.com).

To sign up, simply complete the application agreement, indicating the number of shares you wish to purchase, and return it to the office.

Flexible cross-country training 2017

This summer we will again be offering flexible cross country training which, it is hoped, will enable us to make more use of days when the weather turns out to be suitable. This training is open to all solo members but will be particularly valuable for those with little or no cross-country experience. It will operate as follows.

Thursdays and Fridays during the summer (from April 1st through to September 30th) will be prioritised for cross-country training. On these days, whenever the weather is suitable, Robert Theil or Andy Beatty, will take aspiring cross-country pilots on cross-country flights. Normal ab initio and general training will also be available on these days, and bookable via the website in the normal way, but fewer slots will be available.

Members interested in this training should now register their interest (and any limits on their availability such as Fridays only) with the office. At the beginning of each week members wishing to book a cross-country training slot for the coming Thursday or Friday should book directly with the office.

On Tuesday or Wednesday when the forecast is looking good for the end of the week the office will confirm the cross-country training with those that have booked. If there are still spare spaces, others on the list will be contacted to offer them a slot.

If the forecast is poor the office will send out a general email to members to say that extra general training slots will be available on the coming Thursday and/or Friday and these can then be booked via the website.

Cross country training will be bookable (via the office) a week in advance but please register your interest with the office now.

Additional cross-country training opportunities

As an addition to the flexible cross country training described above, Andy Beatty is making his Duo Discus 871 available for cross-country training flights on most weeks from Monday through to Wednesday. You will fly with either Andy or Robert but availability will depend on other instructors being able to take over their 2 seater training bookings.

To make use of this, about a week in advance, let the office know that you’d like to book 871 on a particular day. If a volunteer instructor is able to take over their current bookings for that day, and the forecast for the day remains suitable, the office will confirm your booking nearer the proposed date.

These flights in 871 will be charged at standard club 2 seater rates.

Obviously, these additional opportunities for cross-country training will not always turn out to be available so please be prepared to learn that your request cannot be met on occasion.

Spring club expeditions

The expedition to Jaca in April has become something of a tradition and Chris Lewis and several members will once again be flying with the eagles in the Pyrenees. This year’s dates are April 9th to 24th. For more information, contact Chris Lewis on (chrismlewis@btopenworld.com).

Also in planned for April is a weekend trip to Sutton Bank. Sutton Bank is a great ridge site – you can often fly even if the sun has disappeared. Sharon is organising the trip for April 14th to 17th (Easter weekend) and/or April 21st to 23rd. There is room for caravans and tents on-site, and local B&Bs can be found on the club’s website. On-site accommodation is also available but only for the weekend of April 21st to 23rd – some rooms are currently reserved for Cambridge GC members.

Site familiarisation flights and training will be available from local instructors, and their club gliders may be flown by suitably qualified CGC members. Members of the CGC single seater scheme have the possibility of taking an SSS glider subject to agreement with the SSS coordinator Peter Joslin.

The trip is being coordinated by Sharon Brown and she can help with accommodation. If you are interested in going along, or finding out more, please contact Sharon directly via sharon@brown.cx or on 07958 176112.