The IBM Gliding Club is actively seeking to
re-activate the Lasham Club offer, which would provide discount for groups of
IBMers to attend a flying course and then join Lasham as a flying member.
If you are thinking of gliding with some
mates - this is the time to do it!
IBM Glider 177 will go for it's annual inspection and be
upgraded with the latest safety device (FLARM) in April.
Sadly, the IBM K6 has now been sold - it remains
at Lasham however. We hope with the extra funds generated to upgrade our other
single seater in the future.
Terry Salter took 177 to Aboyne recently
– 12000 ft in the wave – here are some pictures.
07 Aug 2005
This week, Lasham hosts the National Open and
Club Class nationals.IBM Club member, Richard
Whitaker, flying his Ventus B, 443, took advantage of the unusually good
weather (for competitions that is) to fly his first 500 km flight (Lasham,
Grantham, Ilsley, Banbury, Lasham).Here’s his account and a map of the flight:
“Yesterday was definitely the day of the year for me.I had to launch at 10:20 to be sure of
getting off before the comp, which was nearly my undoing as I ended up waffling
around Old Basing at 800ft - so had to dump my water. However conditions
gradually improved and by the time the comp had finished lauching I was passing
Bicester and it was starting to get really good, with good streets and 4000ft
cloudbases, even though some of the clouds were a bit ill-defined.
It was quite a long haul into a 12-18kt headwind but I made it to
Grantham at 14:15 - only 15min behind my target. I then had a superb downwind
dash to Ilsley, just south of Didcot - 160km in an hour and a half! Then it was
the dreaded headwind again, but the streets were working superbly and by this
time the cloudbase was 6000ft ASL. Turned Banbury at , then found a superb thermal over the town
to climb at 5kt average to cloudbase. At 6000ft, with only 100km to go, a
tailwind and a classic sky ahead, I could finally relax! I only
turned twice on the final leg, and the second turn was unnecessary - I just
wanted a bit of height in hand in case Lasham was busy with finishers. Within
50min I was back at the circuit at Lasham!”