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Calling all Solo Pilots

The weather final looks to be coming good.

Denzel ( K8-DNZ is in the hangar ready to go.

Juliette ( Baby Grob- DPJ) is now located at the North East end of the of the airfield. Rigged in covers. Towing aids are in the trailer which is opposite the gilder.

Last year saw several Silver badge flights in these machines.

Lets do more this year.

Fly Safely.

Youth Flying Team.

2018 Summer Flying


There will be Cadet Days on Tuesday 3rd and Tuesday 10th April



Start Tuesday 3rd April- Please sign up to the list in the foyer of Lasham Clubhouse if you want to fly Tuesday evenings.

Saturday evenings will commence Saturday 7th April-

Evenings start officially at 6.00, and go through until dusk, so get progressively longer as the days lengthen. It is better to arrive early and help the day group finish their flying, anytime from 5.00pm, it also makes sure that enough aircraft are left out for us. If the day group finish early, we can start early, soaring is more likely early.
The evening flying list goes mostly by order of arrival, if you just need a check flight please arrive early, Denzel, our K8 or Juliet and our baby Grob should be available, as well as 2-seaters.
The evening session continues until the launchpoint is cleared, winch, tugs, retrieve truck, buggies and gliders are put away, then logbooks are completed in the clubhouse. All evenings are supported entirely by volunteers, so please make sure you do your bit to help. If you need to leave before the end of the evening, please let the duty instructor know.

Dave & Cadet Flying Team

Funds for Gliding

The following is a direct lift from the BGA website (April 2017). Please have a look, and ask if you need help.

Funding Opportunities

Flying needn’t be expensive and as a junior pilot you have lots of opportunities to drive the cost down even further through a range of club scheme, scholarships and bursaries.

We are really fortunate to be supported by some very generous benefactors who every year provide funding and/or training for young pilots. A summary of what is available is listed below – click on the links for more details. We will post details of availability on our News pages and on the Juniors Facebook page so keep an eye open for opportunities that might be able to help you. Note that not all opportunities may be available each year.

Pre-Solo Opportunities

Caroline Trust
Fleet Air Arm Officers Association
The Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets
Honourable Company of Air Pilots
Royal Aeronautical Society
Upward Bound Trust

Post-Solo Opportunities

The Air League
BGA Competition Training
Royal Aero Club Trust
Royal Aeronautical Society

Instructor Opportunities

Honourable Company of Air Pilots/ BGA Instructor Training Bursaries
Royal Aero Club Trust

Cadet Single Seat Gliders


There are two single seaters  available for exclusive use of  Lasham cadets:

NOTE these gliders are not Lasham Club Gliders. They are maintained and insured by Lasham Youth.  After flying they  must be returned to their correct location and parachutes and batteries removed and put away.  They must not be left at the launchpoint unless an individual whose name you know has committed to further flying. The last name on the flying log will be held responsible for any missing equipment.

They each have their own parachutes kept in the large cupboard outside the CFI’s office.

G-DDNZ (Denzil)- a K8, excellent first single seater, suitable for early solo pilots. Great for Silver Heights and Duration, and even Silver Distance in the right conditions. Denzil is kept rigged in the hangar, so is easily available at any time. (ie NOW)- 

G-DDPJ (Juliet) Grob Astir CS77, a standard 15m glider, with retractable undercarriage. The club Grob 102s are very similar.

Easy to fly, for local soaring and cross country, 300km is achievable without too much trouble.  She is rigged on the south side of the airfield, in covers.  Daytime time flying will be 12p/min (max £18.00/day) for U21- less than 1/3 the cost of a Lasham club glider. Don’t forget to take a logger, we have Nano available.

Flying qualification requirements are can be found under “Baby Grob Operating Guidelines.

Despite being subsidised by Lasham –(no hangarage or facilities fees) and Richard Moyse carrying out the annual ARC on a voluntary basis, each glider costs  around £800 a year before they fly (insurance and BGA costs). To justify this cost, please fly the gliders whenever you can.  USE ‘EM OR LOSE ‘EM.


Any queries to Malc or Dave.


Tuesday Evenings April – September

Full evening flying will start Tuesday April 4th and continue every week until mid-September. This is for people who can come most weeks, from ab-initio up to red card and beyond. Please sign up on the sheet in the Lasham clubhouse lobby- we need to plan ahead with aircraft and instructors. Cadet flying will start from 4.30, but arrive anytime after that and continue until late.


Saturday evenings will start Saturday April 1st, we will carry on straight on from the day group, usually starting around 5pm. First come, first served. Come to the Launch Point when you arrive and help to get the day group finished, we get more flying this way.

Easter Holidays

Tuesday 11th and 18th April will be full Cadet Days. We may choose other days in addition depending on weather.

Solo Pilots

 – DNZ is ready to go and in the hangar. -DPJ once rigged will be kept in covers on the south side of the airfield.  See the website for booking and flying requirement

Keep an eye on the website for updates, other news  and operational matters.

Any queries or special requests, contact Dave (07770 523643) or Malc (07989 893987)

Achievments in 2016


Achievements in 2016

The list below is in strictly alphabetic order, as each achievement is worthy in it’s own right, depending on many factors including age, experience, and availability to mention but three. Some achievements are the culmination of 3 or 4 years gliding, some much less.

The pre and post solo ground helpers are not to be forgotten, retrieving gliders, hooking on, hangar packing, and generally pushing and pulling which makes for a true community of gliding.

Sincere apologies if anyone or anything has been omitted, please let Malcolm know if you are aware of missing items.

Jordan Bridge Assistant Cat. Instructor (Lasham Staff Course Instructor), Winch Drive
Declan Callan -McGill Bronze C +XC Endorsement, BGA Basic Aerobatic Badge,   Cable Retrieve Truck Driver, Solo on Motor Falke
Nicky Dobson Currency in K21, Cable Retrieve Truck Driver
Robert Fenner Solo, K8 Conversion complete.
Marcus Griggs Re-Solo, Basic Aerobatic Badge.
Michael Harrison Assistant Cat. Instructor (and  Level 1 in Australia)
Ewan Hogg 1st Solo
Henry Inigo-Jones Bronze C +XC Endorsement, Silver Height and Duration, Cleared for Discus, Retrieve Truck Driver
Felicity Jones Solo Aerotow, BGA Basic Aerobatic Badge, Bronze C , Launch Point Control
Hannah Knight Solo aerotow, 2Hr Soaring Duration.
Suzie Lyell Bronze C +XC Endorsement, Silver Height. 2 off 50K attempts
Olly Metcalfe 2000+XC km, Gold and Diamond XC distances, Land out expert, BI Instructor Rating.
Andrew Moss K8 Conversion Complete.
Callum Manning K21 Currency, Launch Point Control, Cable Retrieve Truck Driver
Ben Perrett K8 Solo
Guy Roth Intermediate Aerobatic badge.
Ben Syndercombe Bronze C +XC Endorsement, Cable Retrieve Truck Driver
And, former cadet,
Barney Zubor 1st Officer with Ryanair.


There are people and organisations out there who want to give you money to help you get qualified. Money is available for pre-soloes, post soloes, under 18, over 18, and for instructor training. A number of members have benefited already, now it could be YOU.

Some effort and organisation is required, start with the address below, this is a page of the BGA website which tells you what is available and from whom. At the moment (Oct 2016) it is still talking about 2016, but now is the time to get organised for 2017.

Start here on the BGA website

DPJ ( Juliette) Authorised Pilots

To be come an Authorised Pilot, please refer to Operating Rules.

As at September 9th 2016, Authorised Pilots are:-

Declan Callan-McGill (Syndicate Partner)

Olly Metcalfe (Syndicate Partner)

Michael Harrison

Jordan Bridge

David Edwards

Ben Syndercombe

Suzie Lyell

Henry Inigo- Jones

Toby Freeland

Ben Hudson

Other Pilots are:

John Barrie-Smith, Geoff Chaplin ( Juliette Donors)

Lasham Youth Instructors

Anne Knight ( Secretary/Webmaster)

Ben Johnson