The 2019 Parcours Combatants expedition to Sisteron, France, was a huge success. 29 personnel and 13 aircraft took part and achieved over 900 hours of flying during the two week detachment!
Week 1 – By SAC(T) Webb The week began on Sunday when we landed at Santiago International Airport, met by Major Gonzalo Vera, the Officer in Charge of the FACh Glider “No Engine Squadron” who welcomed us and and showed us to our accomodation for the exchange, a military hotel in Santiago, just 15 minutes from the airfield. The first day we arrived at the airfield and were all very warmly welcomed by the other members of the Squadron. After some very comprehensive briefs about the Squadron, local procedures, safety and security, we had our sortie brief for the Read More
RAF Cranwell Gliding Club are offering 100 free flights in support of RAF100 throughout the month of July. See the event page for more details and to register.
Day 1 Day one starts we being collected from the military hotel that is downtown Santiago, a journey of about 30mims to the airfield of Vitacura. We given 3 comprehensive briefs on the local operation, security and a met office briefing. The weather brief, give the impression of poor conditions 4 knots with high cirrus locally. We launch on day one with a poor forecast from the DGAC met officer. Jon Arnold I am second to launch and it looks poor, but we prepare to tow to the same location as the first glider. However a mis-communication with the Read More
Congratulations to Flt Lt Al Clarke who has been crowned a European Military Gliding Champion after winning the mixed class competition at Holzdorf AB, Germany. Here’s a short summary of Al’s time at the comp: A few years ago I was at the Military European Gliding Championships in France when the UK team were approached by a German Colonel who invited us to the forthcoming competition in Holzdorf, Germany the next year. We were keen to accept but had no idea where it was until the then RAFGSA Chairman (Phil Sturley) pointed out it used to be on his target Read More
23rd July – 5th August saw a select team from the Chilean Air Force (FACh) return to the UK. The invitation from the Chief of the Air Staff to the Chilean Air Force is an integral part of a long standing reciprocal arrangement between the RAF and FACh, which cements the UK/Chilean relationship at senior levels against the backdrop of wider defence diplomacy objectives. Their visit this year also coincided with the Interservices Regional Gliding Competition at Keevil airfield. This allowed our visitors to experience the challenging UK cross country conditions and endure the unpredictability of the British climate! Read More
The 2017 Interservices Regional Gliding Competition is running from 29 July – 6 August at Keevil Airfield under the organisation of Bannerdown GC. Both service and civilian pilots are welcome to enter. Please fill out the registration form to secure a place.
A fantastic final day to end the exped with wave climbs up to 16,000ft. After totalling the stats we have managed to achieve 345 flying hours and a combined height gain of 965,000ft using the max altitude of each flight. Highlights include AM Phil Sturley (Ret’d), ex RAFGSA president, managing to reach the summit of Mt Blanc in his ASH26e glider and numerous trips for our students into the Briancon valley to view the turrets on Mont Chaberton. Only one day was lost due to bad weather making this one of the most successful expeditions to the French Alps in recent Read More
Nearly a week into the exped and we’ve flown every day so far! The exped CFI has declared the first Saturday as a stand down day to allow the majority to rest and recuperate, giving opportunity to tour the land-out fields that scatter the surrounding valleys. New personnel join us today and tomorrow, whilst some leave to return back to home units. A quick summary of hours and kms flown so far shows we’re having one of the most productive expeds in recent memory. Multiple pilots have been soaring up the Maurienne and round via Grenoble with wave Read More
The tri-service expedition, Parcours Combattants, has arrived in Sisteron, France. The group of 30 individuals will be spending the next 2 weeks mountain soaring across the Southern Alps. More updates to follow…