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Your local gliding club

Unread post by 117 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:18 am

Herewith a list of gliding clubs in and around the country

Magalies Gliding Club (Orient): http://www.mgc.org.za

Akaflieg Potchefstroom: http://www.potchgliding.co.za

Howick Gliding Club: http://www.hgc.org.za

Drakensburg Soaring Club (Underberg): http://www.dsc.org.za

Cape Gliding Club (Worster): http://www.cgc.org.za

Adamsfontien Gliding Club: No website

Bloemfontien Gliding Club (New Tempe): http://www.bgc.org.za

Eastern Province Gliding (Uitenhage): http://www.epgliding.co.za

East Rand Gliding Club (Springs): http://www.ergc.co.za

El Mirador (Drakensburg): Affiliated to Escourt Gliding Club (Escourt Gliding now moved to Ladysmith Airfield – website not available just yet)

Escourt Gliding Club (now moved to Ladysmith): No website

Goldfields Gliding Club (Hennerman): http://www.ggc.co.za

Gariep Gliding Centre (Gariep Dam): http://www.gariepdamaviation.com

Kranskop Gliding Club (Brits): http://www.facebook.com/KranskopGliding

Middleburg Gliding Club (Middleburg): http://www.middleburggliding.co.za

Soaring-Safaris (New Tempe): http://www.soaring-safaris.com

Swellengrebel Gliding (Swellendam): No website

Vaal Reefs Gliding Club (Vaal River): No website

Vryheid Wings Club: No website

Whispering Wings (Parys): http://www.whisperingwings.org.za

Alternatively, visit http://www.sssa.org.za for more info and contact details
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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by OG » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:04 pm

Well done 117, at last some active advertising from our side. Lets keep it up :-)
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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by 117 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:35 am

I hope that the flying community uses this to pop in to their local gliding club. I'd also welcome report backs from the guys to tell us of their experiences (at the local club or flying), regardless if it is good or bad.

With out interaction, it will be difficult to grow our sport. But hopefully we will be able to use the report backs to good use, and grow/share our common passion for flying.
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Unread post by 1xx » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:45 pm

117 wrote:... I'd also welcome report backs from the guys to tell us of their experiences (at the local club or flying), regardless if it is good or bad.

With out interaction, it will be difficult to grow our sport. But hopefully we will be able to use the report backs to good use, and grow/share our common passion for flying.
I've been at it for 3 or so years now. Have a total of 25 flying hours on gliders, versus 26 hours on a paraglider in 3 weekends. Every attempt to advance or participate is met with bureaucratic red tape, ego's, "sentimental reasons" why the aircraft cannot be used and false accusations of damaged aircraft. It is not uncommon for paperwork to go missing out of an aircraft overnight, and aircraft deemed serviceable by senior club members and members of committees even without an existing radio license.

Getting an instructor to do spins, teach cross country etc. is very difficult, because they say they are scared of the manouvre, etc. On the other hand, they force you to do spins at 1200ft agl, even after advising the back seat driver that you do not deem it safe.

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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by 117 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:40 am

1xx,

Hmmm. What you say is not un-common, and sounds suspiciously like the club I fly at?

Firstly, report those said instructors to the CFI (we are a pier review organisation, so it wont hurt)
Secondly, stay away from those instructors.

Red tape is always an issue at clubs, and trying to get past it can be a difficult task. Again, chat to the CFI and discuss your issues. The CFI will then ensure that these things are avoided and your traingin gets back on track.

If you advise an instructor that you are not comfortable doing any manouver at any height, and they still insist you preform it, refer to second point above but also discuss it with the instructor (for his side of the story) and then discuss it with the CFI.

There is no use in keeping this to yourslef at the club. Talk to someone about it so that the troubles can be corrected.

You are welcome to contact me off line to discuss any issues you have in your training should you want to keep it off line.

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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by mikev » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:38 am

117 Wrote:
I hope that the flying community uses this to pop in to their local gliding club. I'd also welcome report backs from the guys to tell us of their experiences (at the local club or flying), regardless if it is good or bad.

With out interaction, it will be difficult to grow our sport. But hopefully we will be able to use the report backs to good use, and grow/share our common passion for flying.
Mate,

I do feel all members should know this:


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55588&start=180

You should read the rest of that thread as well, and be advised, that these facts are not disputed anywhere.

Meeting minutes, which is entirely controlled by the criminals at this club, reflect only minor references and cannot be trusted to convey any semblance to the truth.

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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by 117 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:17 am

mikev wrote:117 Wrote:
I hope that the flying community uses this to pop in to their local gliding club. I'd also welcome report backs from the guys to tell us of their experiences (at the local club or flying), regardless if it is good or bad.

With out interaction, it will be difficult to grow our sport. But hopefully we will be able to use the report backs to good use, and grow/share our common passion for flying.
Mate,

I do feel all members should know this:


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55588&start=180

You should read the rest of that thread as well, and be advised, that these facts are not disputed anywhere.

Meeting minutes, which is entirely controlled by the criminals at this club, reflect only minor references and cannot be trusted to convey any semblance to the truth.

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Mike,

Thanks for the link. We are all aware of the battles you have been facing.

I dont have an answer for you, if you are looking for one on this thread by posting the link.
Whilst this is a "battle" at club level, you also know that there are "other battles" going on at the moment. Some more important, some not as this one. But, be that as it may, I still dont know what you require of this posting here?

Perhaps it is a good thing to post it here, and bring this to the attention of potential visitors and active members of other clubs, but at the end of the day it will be up to the veiwers of the thread to decide whether or not they wish to visit that club, or go to another. It's a free world, so they are welcome to choose for them selves.
Perhaps it's not.
This I dont know?

But is it worth it to drag it back through the mud again, now that you are no longer involved with the club? I can understand your levels of being pissed off, but maybe it's time to move on?
If you still feel that you have to do something about, you and I both know that the only way to sort it out is by lodging a report with the authorities (CAA and RAASA or even the police for that matter) and leave it up to them to do the investigating etc. I cant see a bashing thread here in the Avcom cyber world of bar fights acheiving anything further on this topic other than hurting the greater sport of gliding.

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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by mikev » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:25 pm

Perhaps it is a good thing to post it here, and bring this to the attention of potential visitors and active members of other clubs, but at the end of the day it will be up to the veiwers of the thread to decide whether or not they wish to visit that club, or go to another. It's a free world, so they are welcome to choose for them selves.
Perhaps it's not.
This I dont know?

But is it worth it to drag it back through the mud again, now that you are no longer involved with the club? I can understand your levels of being pissed off, but maybe it's time to move on?
If you still feel that you have to do something about, you and I both know that the only way to sort it out is by lodging a report with the authorities (CAA and RAASA or even the police for that matter) and leave it up to them to do the investigating etc. I cant see a bashing thread here in the Avcom cyber world of bar fights acheiving anything further on this topic other than hurting the greater sport of gliding.
As you quite rightly stated, it is there for the information of all, I had moved on, read the final few postings on that thread.

I had sold the cottage and litterally the last thing this lot did was to steal my equipment. This in my opinion is absolutely necessary to bring to the attention of prospective visitors to VRGC.

I doubt whether thievery by a select few would have any effect on gliding per se. In fact, I seriously doubt whether this would have happened at any other gliding club.

There are several other gliding clubs within spitting distance from VRGC. Prospective glider pilots should be aware that they do have a choice of where they can go, and where angels fear to tread.

Enjoy the gliding, it is a stunning way to fly.

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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by cdfly » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:19 pm

Wish something will happen in Kimberley! no 'fun' flying here anymore,not even microlights!!
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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by BruceG » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:03 am

For info - Peter How has moved to Adamsfontein
Martin Lessle has moved to Douglas
Gariep Dam is now Gariep Dam Aviation. http://www.gariepdamaviation.com
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Re: Your local gliding club

Unread post by 117 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:08 am

Bruce, I've changed the initial post above to reflect the new addy for Gariep. Thanks for the update

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