This notice is sent out on behalf of the HGC committee and is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Highland Gliding Club (HGC) committee are well aware of the potential impact on individuals, businesses and the community at large from COVID-19. HGC take the health and well being of all club members extremely seriously and in consideration of this and the BGA guidance they have made the following decisions in order to reduce the risks to you, your family, colleagues and the wider community.

Following an emergency committee meeting on Saturday (21st March) the decision has been made to suspend ALL flying activities and to close the airfield until further notice.  This includes all gliding and power single and dual flights.

Should a member feel the need to visit the airfield they must keep social distancing in mind, along with the UK and Scottish governments' fundamental advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary journeys.

  1. All organised group meetings at the club will be suspended until further notice, AGM etc. Anyone coming out to the site and clubhouse should fully comply with NHS guidelines and government advice concerning reducing the risks of passing on or picking up the virus. All members are requested to be considerate of the needs and concerns of others and to act in a prudent and safe manner.

  2. All TM and passenger flights are suspended immediately until further notice.

  3. The duty rota for instructors, tug pilots and trainee booking is suspended until further notice. We cannot obligate members to fly as instructors in dual seater gliders. Nor do we want to put undue pressure on students, instructors or tug pilots who may feel that they need to come and fly.

  4. All members will need to make personal decisions about coming to the club or entering buildings and areas at the club site. Members will need to consider their own steps in order to reduce their personal and public risks in either contracting or passing the virus on.

  5. Activities within the club house and hangars should be minimised where possible. Members are asked to respect social distancing measures and try to stay 2 meters away from each other on site, this should be strongly encouraged.

None of this should be a surprise to members and it’s very much in line with the BGA advice. The club will survive through this crisis and we will pick up again where we left off just as soon as the situation improves. For the moment we need the mutual support and understanding of our club members. We will continue to monitor the ever changing situation and adapt this guidance as required. If anyone has any concerns or queries please get in touch with me or any of the HGC committee members.

Regards to all and stay safe.

Busiest day of the year so far! A full car park and most of our fleet out and soaring the ridge through the day.
Highlight was definitely the first appearance of John's brand new LAK 17, appropriately with Whisky Papa on the tail!
John really enjoyed his first flight in it, a lot more than the rigging crew enjoyed putting it together 😉 I'm sure it'll get easier the more we practise.
Good training flights for Rich and Jake and decent, if bumpy, ridge soaring for Andy, Ellen, Colin, Adrian and Bruce.
And we just managed to get the mud washed away, the hangar cram packed and WP back in its box by sunset.

It's new year, so let's turn out the whole hangar! The ridge was working this morning and R1 and 354 got the sniff of wave in the glen, but had to scuttle back to avoid a huge rain shower.
Once that passed through, the wind dropped a bit and the ridge stopped working, but picked up again towards the end of the afternoon when Ellen took a visitor up into gentle wave for an hour or so.
Phil and Adrian took the K21 for its first flight after repair, to find there's a problem with the TE and vario systems. Probably due to the trip to Yorkshire and back on its open trailer. Fingers crossed for a quick fix tomorrow!
Thanks to Robert for the tows.

Highland Gliding Club
Easterton Airfield
United Kingdom
Tel - +44 (0) 1343 860272

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