Now that Christmas is done and dusted, we are looking forward to the new soaring season in the GHC.
Our winter talks programme has continued with Richard Moyse's presentation on the TG3 test flying programme, explaining tasks the GHC had to undertake to meet the BGA requirements for it to gain its airworthiness certificate, which is still ongoing but hopefully will be finally signed off very soon.
Following Richard, we have the following talks that are at the GHC Workshop at 16:00.
18th February - Project Sigma - Howard Torode.
A revolutionary British project to build a World Championship winning glider in the 1970's in which Howard was involved.
17th March - The restoration of our S21 Spalinger - Gary Pullen and Glues and wooden gliders -Robin Birch.
Gary will talk about this complex project for the GHC which will hopefully see it flying next year. Robin will be talking about a critical element in the restoration of wooden gliders - glues!
Recording Talks. Members have asked if we could record our talks. We have been keen to offer this as many aren't able to to attend but have struggled finding somebody to undertake the filming. We are delighted one of our members Daniel Tyrkiel has kindly agreed to video the talks the first being Richard's.
We are in the process of finalising details and this and future talks will be made available via the members area of our website. We will email you when Richards talk is available.
A flying week is being planned in May. The dates will be the 18th until the 24th, the week before the Lasham Nationals take place. Watch this space and your email inbox for more details nearer the time.
This is a great time to have a bit of a clean-up in the hangars. Although it's difficult to get all the gliders out onto the meadow at this time of year it is still possible to give them a clean and spruce up in situ.
The static display gliders do get very dusty and need to be washed fairly frequently. Please do to come over and wash one or two on a non-flying day, we do have everything you'll need in the hangars to give them a clean and your volunteer work will be greatly appreciated.
There has been a bit of a reshuffle in the two hangars, some gliders that were on the floor are now hanging in the ceiling and vice versa.
Gordon MacDonalds Slingsby T42 Eagle has been removed from the hangar and is currently being re-covered and painted, I am assured it will still be very green and we hope to see it flying in the Spring.
Our Sunday 2pm visits continue every weekend and particularly when the weather is good they are still popular and busy. We have been pleasantly surprised by the number of visitors over this winter despite the poor weather that we have suffered.
We already have two pre-arranged group visits in the diary and I’m certain as we get towards Spring, we will be taking bookings for many more.
We really need more trained up guides to help us with all the visitors that we get. We have a straight forward training package for anyone who would like to help, an in-depth prior knowledge of Vintage gliders and gliding is not necessary at all.
All that is needed is a willingness to observe a couple of tours or so with an experienced guide and a printout of the glider’s histories in hand, (or the website open on your phone) as an aide memoir and you are good to go. It really doesn't take long to build confidence and the tours are very rewarding to undertake.
Please do consider joining our list of GHC guides, the more guides we have the less work for all!
What's going on in the workshop
With the 2024 season on the horizon, work has been continuing to get this season's flying gliders ready for our members to come to Lasham to fly them.
In 2024 we are planning to have airworthy and flying the Bocian, The TG3a, The Bergfalke, the Foka 4, the MU13, a Zugvogel and possibly the prototype Prefect.
The MU13 is still in the workshop and has a fully restored canopy now thanks to Ed Smallbone and will be dragged into the modern world with new electrics!
Geoff Clarke continues to make steady progress on the restoration of our first 'glass' glider the Bolkow Phoebus. He recently rigged it in our workshop.
We hope that it might be flying again by the
middle of 2024.
Steve Pullen and his small team continue with the restoration of the EoN Eton Primary glider, the plan is to full flying status. Work on this glider has been rocketing ahead this winter and it is coming on very nicely now.
Pop in and have a look, the workshop is open Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, everyone is welcome but be warned Gary may well find something for you to do!