Bannerdown News - From January 2013

Interclub League 2013 – be part of it!

Calling All Budding XC Pilots for a bit of competitive fun!

What is Interclub league you may ask? Well, I will do my best to explain……

5 clubs are part of the local league this year. Upavon, The Park, Mendip, Dorset and us.  Each club hosts a weekend, so there’s five weekends and ten flying days.

Each flying day we aim to send three pilots. A Novice, an Intermediate and a Pundit.

Novice – Anyone who has never flown a comp and up to 300km

Intermediate – Anyone who has a 300k under their belt or a competition

Pundit – Anyone with a 500k.

Its my belief that people can “step up a level” to fill places, but cannot step down. Steve Tape for example can not be an Intermediate as he is a jammy git and got his 500k.

Its a brilliant chance to have a few flying days away from your home airfield.

To cover GSA rules, we will ensure a GSA instructor is present at as many event as possible.  Anyone with a Bronze & XC Endoresment (And current field landing check from Keevil)  may enter in their own right.

There may even be a few instructors that will want to utilise our new Duo to enable lesser experienced pilots to come enjoy the thrill of cross country flying.

Each pilot can only fly four of the total ten days. This is to eliviate pressures on clubs and their fleet.

So, who is up for showing the South West that we are the best soaring club?

Andy Smith has kindly volunteered to run this having done all the ground work. Please contact Andy Smith if you want to pencil your name to the list and express what you would like to fly. I would be happy to allow club gliders to enter on selected days, but naturally want to keep a balance to ensure we dont take the whole fleet away.

Lets get names on the list and we can look into it with more detail later.

Another new string to BGC’s bow.

Date posted: January 20, 2013 by admin

Success starts early this year!

Congratulations to Luke Knight who flew his first solo today at the age of 15.

Luke Knight after his first solo

Luke started flying with Bannerdown after Abbeyfield School visited in the Summer and is Bannerdown’s youngest first solo.

Date posted: January 1, 2013 by admin