Bannerdown News - From February 2015

2015 AGM & Awards

Bannerdown held it’s annual club AGM last weekend at the Steeple Ashton village hall. As last year’s event, a two course dinner was served by staff from the village pub, The Longs Arms.

After the food, it was time for the formalities of the AGM, the raffle draw and the annual awards presentations.


This years awards were:

Bannerdown Bowl, awarded for overall merit – Simon Foster
Bannerdown Cup, awarded for most progress – Sam Arnold
John Burn Trophy, awarded to the club’s unsung hero – Bob Bromwich
Keevil Trophy, awarded this year for the best flight – Neil Geraghty
Colerne Cup, competition success – Andy Smith
Derek Findlay Trophy, longest flight – Callum Harkness
Keith MacPhee Bursary – Charlotte Acton
CFI Trophy – Oscar Constable
Hog of the Year – Jon Arnold
Best Instructor (as voted for by students) – Bob Brain

It was also noted that Andy Miller had been awarded the Bill Scull Safety Award by the BGA.

We were then given an insight into what it’s like to compete in an international gliding competition by brothers Steve and Howard Jones. The pair took the gold medal in the newly inaugurated 20m multi-seat class, having dominated the event from start to finish. They covered everything from the pro’s and cons of borrowing an aircraft to the separating of workload in the cockpit, to dealing with winning most of the competition days.

As well as thanking our speakers Steve and Howard, we must also thank Jo for organising another successful AGM event.

Congratulations to all – well deserved!

Date posted: February 27, 2015 by admin

… because sometimes you need a neighbour to help you!

Whilst we always try and land back at our home airfield, Keevil, there will always be occasions where we stray too far and just can’t find the lift to get us back. It’s not a problem, a glider can easily land in a farmers field. It’s something glider pilots train for before venturing away from their home airfield, and at Bannerdown we are checked annually using the club motor glider.

Tractor and Glider Trailer

Gliders are designed to be de-rigged and loaded into a trailer easily. However that nice landing field is not always close to the road, and sometimes a little help is required to get the trailer in and out.

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