Radio telephony course – starting Wednesday March 4th. Book now to reserve your place!

Dear All,
Simon and Richard will again be running their RT course leading to a formal CAA RT operators licence. This is becoming more and more important as we are encouraged to talk to more airfields and airports.
The course will run for five consecutive Wednesdays at 19:30 in the club house starting on March 4th and finishing on April 1st. Individual exam appointments will be made for the following week and will be arranged with the candidates at the time (only two can be accommodated per evening).
The cost is £190  payable directly to Simon. There is an additional fee of £77 payable to the CAA for the issue of the licence.
The minimum number of people for the course to run is 3 and the maximum number of places is 8. It will be a case of first come / first served, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
We appreciate that the cost of the course is considerable, and a bursary of £100 towards the cost is available for up to three cadet/CUGC applications. Awards will again be made on a first come / first served basis.
To book your place please email me directly at
Many thanks.
Kind regards,

Winter Lecture programme

The Winter Lectures have now been finalised. Please see the updated program below:

As ever the regular spot is Thursdays at 7.30 pm  in the clubhouse, bar open from 7.

All welcome. Tell your mates.

Colin Smithers

Winter Lectures Co-ordinator

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23rd Jan    David Tew           Tephigrams: What they can tell us

David will be giving us a thorough and detailed look at Tephigrams,  how they are generated, what the lines mean, their basic interpretation and what they can be used to predict about the flying day ahead. Bring a notepad, pencil and some Ibuprofen, as this is packed full and fast moving.

6th Feb      Keith Wilson – professional aviation photographer

Keith will give us a spectacular presentation of his work. He has been before, it is really good stuff and this is his latest and freshest material ….

20th Feb  Finn Sleigh         From Ab Initio to the Junior Worlds

          CGC’s own Finn Sleigh describes his personal journey from first flights via the highs and lows of an intensive training program to a silver podium position in the Junior Worlds last year.

5th Mar      Sharing the airspace around RAF Lakenheath

USAF operational staff from Lakenheath Approach will describe what they get up to and what we need to be aware of. Previous visits have shown that this can be a mutual opportunity. Essential viewing if you fly close to the places they do. And that’s most of us, by the way.

19th Mar  An introduction to Nav aids and conspicuity devices

By request a talk for early solo pilots on modern navigational aids of varying cost and complexity, and of conspicuity devices such as Flarm. Lecturer TBD.

2nd Apr      Now We Are Silver

A panel of middle experienced CGC pilots will take us on their journeys from silver and through uncharted waters beyond the main training syllabus to being an established and self-motivated pilot.

2020 Refresher Courses

Dear All,

Below are the dates for the 2020 round of Annual Refresher Courses.

The courses will have one instructor for every two students with a maximum of four course members and two instructors each day. The course content will be confirmed nearer the time but will include the mandatory Stalls and Spins / Winch Launch Failures plus other fun flying, interspersed with talks and discussions on interesting flying topics – Come ready with some topics of your own!

Annual Refreshers (or the more formal Annual Check)  are mandatory for Solo Pilots.

Please contact Joanne, in the office to book your Annual Refresher course.

Alternately you can arrange an Annual Check via the Two Seater booking system (Both midweek and on weekend days when Refresher Courses are not active), however remember that the Perkoz or Puchacz will be required for the Stalling / Spinning elements of the check.

Also bear in mind that the Refresher Courses will allow time for briefings & discussions on topics that the flying committee believe are key to maintaining and improving flight safety, whilst these may not necessarily be covered when instructors are performing their ‘normal’ weekend duties. Of course, you could always attend the Refresher briefings if the weather is inclement or the Refresher Course fully booked and then carry out the required flying on another day.

As a reminder, Basic Instructors and those members exercising a Passenger Rating should fly their Annual Checks / Refresher with a Fully Rated Instructor.

Dates of the Refresher courses where at least one full cat is available are:


Colin Cownden