Entries by Dave Clews

Thermals out to Sea!

The first Wednesday of October may have been the last decent thermic day of the season with thermals even drifting out over the English Channel. One of our pilots, Charles, soared along the South Down National Park and even soared for a mile or two out to sea and, from around 5,000ft,  took some great […]

Angus’s 10,000th tow!!

Today, our most experienced Tuggie, Angus, popped in and asked to do a tow or two whilst the other two Tuggies had a break. Little did we know until afterwards that it was his 10,000th tow! One of the photos below show Angus (middle) with Gez (instructor) and Toby (student) who Angus towed for his […]

Congratulations – Paul gets into the British Team …. again!

We all give our huge congratulations to Paul Fritche for being selected for the British Gliding team to represent GB in the FAI European Gliding Championships July 7-20th this year in Slovakia. News to many newer members but this isn’t the first time Paul has been selected. In 1998, Paul was selected for the club […]

AirACES help to Cadet members…

It was with great pleasure that Dave Clews (right), on behalf of Southdown Gliding Club, gratefully accepted a cheque for £300 from Andy Tate (left) of AirACES specifically to help our cadet members with their flying training.  Our committee will soon be deciding specifically how to use this donation. In 2018, AirACES made a similar […]

Our New Winch …

This past week, we took delivery of our refurbished winch from Skylaunch. After 16 test winch launches to fine-tune the ‘beast’, we declared it a big success. This coming week, it will be repainted in the Skylaunch colours of yellow and blue and after that expect to see it in regular use giving thrilling launches […]

When it’s raining …..

…We do Groundschool! Today, it was a pretty wet Wednesday but the regulars still turned up and waited for the rain to clear. The wait was put to good use with our pilots (students and qualified alike), helped by our instructors, revising a few points on navigation.

Empty Hangars = Gliding Fun!

You could tell today was busy! Our hangar was virtually empty with most gliders out soaring the South Downs from Eastbourne (in the east) to Petersfield and beyond (to the west). Strong thermals (up to 10kts, or around 1,000ft per min) and a breezy northerly wind meant our glider pilots had a full workout.   […]

Safety Lecture at Parham – well attended

This year’s safety lecture from the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCo) was well attended in Southdown’s newly-refurbished clubhouse. Geoff Connolly, regional GASCo safety officer and our own safety officer (Geoff Stilgoe) worked together to put this on.  Around 40 people attended – it could have been more but we lack space until we have the […]