|Black Mountains Gliding Club|
We welcome visitors and expeditions
IntroductionTalgarth is an exhilarating place to fly and your group will take many fond memories home with them. The club welcomes visitors, and is keen to be a first class host.
Compared to many clubs, resources are limited (good things come in small packages), we therefore need to co-ordinate your visit with the other demands on the club:-
We would like you to enjoy your visit so, to help us help you, please read these notes, consider the points raised and provide the information requested.
Thank you for your assistance.
Group Skill LevelsHow much instructor support is required for your group? Most pilots find a good briefing and site check adequate for their needs. Some wind conditions (more commonly found in autumn and winter) can demand further training, particularly if pilots are inexperienced.
Local soaring is possible in all wind directions except for east through to south. For the more adventurous, certain ridge runs are only permitted (solo) for cross country pilots, early pilots need to take an instructor.
Visiting instructors may only instruct at Talgarth after clearance from the CFI. Approved instructors are most welcome to conduct their own two seat training, if they wish.
Medical certificatesVisiting pilots who may wish to fly P1 in a club glider must provide a copy of his/her medical certificate to the club before flying.
AircraftHow much will your group rely on the club two seater fleet. Pilots are encouraged to bring their own aircraft. A radio transceiver (130.1) is a highly desirable safety item. Pilots are advised to have evidence of both insurance and Cof A.
Tents/caravansHow much space will you need? We must know in advance how many tents / caravans are coming. Space is at a premium in the busy period and unexpected campers may be redirected to local campsites.
TrainingBy prior arrangement, evening lectures can be given by the resident instructor. This is an ideal opportunity for a group BBQ! Sometimes wet weather lectures can be laid on at short notice. The subjects can include Use of Radio, Altimetry, Hill Soaring, Field Landing, Bronze C subjects, Map Reading, Airspace and so on. Let us know if your group has an interest.
Specialist Training (a chance to do something different )We are able to draw on the specialist skills of some instructors. Limited opportunity exists in the following subject areas - Instrument/cloud flying, aerobatics (though we don't have a suitable two seater at present), field landing (for real), hill soaring. Let us know in good time, so arrangements can be made.
SummaryThe attached questionnaire is aimed at providing us with the information we need to make your visit a memorable experience. Thank you for your co-operation.
Booking checklistWe are happy to answer general questions by telephone or e-mail and the diary section of this website will give you an indication of dates that may be occupied. We will only make a definite booking on a written request, preferably by e-mail but failing that by post. You will get a confirmation and see the basic details in the diary on this website.
Please make sure that your booking request has all the following details:
Updated: 9 October 2005 MF