Friday, 28 January 2011

Standard Class Nationals 2011

The club which originally intended to run this important National Championship in 2011 had to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances. The BGA Competition Committee decided to offer the competition to Bicester, as we are one of the few clubs which could take on the organisation of a Nationals at short notice. After some discussion among the committee, it was decided to help out and run the comp.

So, from 25th June to 3rd July, 2011, the country's finest pilots will be racing for glory across the skies of Oxfordshire (and places further afield as well, of course). Once we have a list of entrants, our hard working web master will put up a sub-section of our web site devoted to the National Championships.

Later in the year we will also be holding our popular Regionals competition. (23/07/2011 - 31/07/2011).

Winter Lectures

Once again Danny Lamb will be presenting a series of lectures over the winter period to prepare new pilots for the coming great soaring season ahead. These lectures will be suitable for Pre-solo Pilots and solo pilots who have not yet achieved their Bronze qualifications. (They will also be helpful to those who reached Bronze level at the end of last year and need a revision session.) The dates are as follows :

  • 8th January - Air Law-Airspace
  • 15th January - Human factors - Radio
  • 22nd January - Navigation
  • 29th January - Principles of Flight - Instrumentation
  • 5th February - Weather - Cross country flying
  • 12th February - How to fail your bronze flying test
  • 19th February - Take an exam if you want to

The lectures will start in the lecture room at about 5:30 when the hangar doors are shut and will be 1 to 1½ hours long.

At this point in time, of course, the first three have taken place. But it is worthwhile attending the remaining lectures, even if you have missed the first three. The one on weather would be of interest to almost everyone, as we do need weather to fly. Sometimes you can have too much weather of course, or even too little. It's variable.