Meeting Minutes - Richard Sawyer: Two Miles up Without an Engine - Sep. 14th. 2017
John Proctor standing in for President Ed Herold called the meeting to order at 9:55am John welcomed our speaker Richard Sawyer, members, and 4 guests Dan Brearton, Les Bibby, Dana Allen, and Paul Mckeracher. There were 39 members in attendance. John announced our newest member John Sneyd who was not in attendance today. John reported some key board items
Membership (Del) our current paid up membership is 74 which includes 7 Associate Members
75 is a comfortable breakeven for the club although our target is 100 so John encouraged members to bring a friend to future meetings.
Speakers Committee (Julian) reported that we now have a full slate of speakers for 2017 and have already started booking speakers for 2018 – see website for details
John invited members to volunteer to submit their name as potential speakers at future meetings – contact Julian Sale or any of the Speakers Committee members
Julian reported on the board discussion about ending time of the meeting. Some members have other commitments immediately after our meeting and have requested it end promptly at 11am while others felt that if the subject was particularly interesting we should allow the meeting to go a few minutes past 11am. The board agreed that President at his discretion could allow meetings to go over 5 or 10 minutes while understanding that a few members may have to leave quietly at 11 am. There was applause at this report so it appears that membership where generally pleased with this decision. Julian introduced the speaker Richard Sawyer – most of his interesting bio info is on the RCMC website Richard started his talk with a bit of history – gliding started in the UK in the late 1800’s. He went on to talk about how it works today. To reassure those RCMC members signed up for gliding he demonstrated the tow rope connector showing how it was “pretty” foolproof. Training flights are generally at 2000 feet, RCMC will be at about 3000 feet, although they can go as high as 5000 feet. In North America, tow planes are by far the most common way of launching gliders. In Europe, they use electronic winches which are cheaper but cannot launch as high. Height is not a problem if you can launch near a ride and get uplift. Richard then talked a bit about thermals – how to find them Last year a York Gliding Club member set a distance record of gliding down to Kingston and back. Thermals can be found via ridge lift, mountain wave soaring, cloud formations (most common). Wave soaring height record for gliding is 52,000 feet (for perspective, the height limit of AirBus A380 jets is 43,000 feet) What happens when you run out of sky/themals – you are always looking out for a place to land. Richard assured members that gliding is a very safe and enjoyable sport. After his talk, there were several questions – mostly from those signed up to go gliding. Julian thanked Richard for his very interesting and enthusiastic talk. There was general agreement by members afterwards that this was a good talk. Other Business
Ray Biffis indicated that all 12 spots for gliding were already filled.
Ray reminded members of upcoming night at the races. We have up to 40 spots and 35 are already taken.
There was a straw poll for interest in future activities
Dinner Cruise at Niagara – only a few hands
Railway Museum – more hands but not too many
Summer Picnic – virtually no hands
Grand River Cruise – lots of hands
Coffee Club – usual time and places
Ritchie Zelk reminded members to check out the website – all activity info, photos etc are there
Next meeting Thurs. September 28th. - Peter Hannam - "Horses to Robots"
John Proctor adjourned the meeting at approximately 11am.