Winter Lectures

Venue: Cambridge GC Clubhouse, Gransden Lodge A/F

Time: 7.30p.m. Bar open at 7 p.m.

5th Mar (TUESDAY) Pundit Forum: The journey from Silver to 750k at CGC

After the relatively structured journey to Silver-C many pilots find the route of self  development to large cross country tasks less well signposted. A panel of CGC members describe their personal journeys to achieving the FAI 750k diploma at Gransden. The session will open to questions from the floor. Come and be inspired.

21st¬†Mar ¬†‚Äč(THURSDAY)¬†Chris Sullivan ¬†The Early History of Gransden Lodge Airfield¬†

Long time CGC member and author of¬†‚ÄúTrials and Tribulation: The Story of R.A.F.¬†Gransden Lodge‚ÄĚgives an illustrated talk on this fascinating topic. Book signing after the lecture.

30th¬†Mar¬†(SATURDAY)‚Äč Film night¬†‚Äď ‚ÄėAirborne‚Äô

Film director¬†and pilot¬†Joey Beard will give a behind-the-scenes talk about the making of her¬†flying drama¬†‚ÄėAirborne‚Äô, which CGC helped to sponsor. Other¬†flying¬†related films will be screened afterwards.

11th¬†Apr¬†¬†(THURSDAY)¬†Mike Benson¬†‚ÄčCAA safety Evening

As the soaring season approaches and the less current of us come out of hibernation, a timely reminder of all things safety. These evenings are highly  informative, thought provoking, up to date and frankly, essential viewing.

Getting a second tug out on a good cross country day

As you know we are a little short of tug pilots at the moment, due to a couple of our tug pilots having to give up tugging, and current issues with the CAA/EASA making it impossible for us to bring new tug pilots on board at the moment. Because of this we only are currently rostering one tug pilot for during the week, and one (morning and afternoons) at weekends, with the occasional standby pilot. The rosters can be seen at https://members.camgliding.uk/ops/ShowRoster.aspx?role=T (weekends) and https://members.camgliding.uk/ops/ShowWeekdayTugRoster.aspx (weekdays).

We recognise that this can cause particular frustration to keen cross country pilots on good days, especially when one tug pilot is on duty all day, which means we can’t bring the afternoon tug pilot out early and thereby create additional launch capacity.

Our professional staff do try to keep a lookout for good cross-country days, and to bring on an extra tug pilot (or start the afternoon tug pilot earlier) on those days to help keep launch queues down to a minimum and to make use of our two tugs. However, they are not infallible, and we recently had the case of members having to wait a long time in the queue on a good day, which limited their ambitions for the day, when with a little bit of planning ahead we could have got a second tug plane out to reduce the wait.

So to help the club help you out, if you are planning to do a big cross country the next day or day after, please ring the office on 01767 677077 and they will do their best to get a second tug pilot out on the big days we all look forward to.
Whilst we can’t guarantee finding a second tug pilot every time one is requested, calling the office beforehand will certainly make it more likely that we are able to do so.

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards

Pete