Halloween Night - Saturday 31st October 2015

Free entry.  Bonfire & Fireworks.  Best pumpkin competition.

Members Christmas Dinner & Staff Panto - Sat 19th Dec 2015

Usual fun and games after being royally entertained by your staff.  

2015/16 Lasham Gliding Winter Talks - All talks will commence at 6pm

Saturday 7th November 

Illustrated talk by Paul Haliday on his exploits in Iceland with some stunning photos of the Northern Lights.  Paul gave a very interesting talk a couple of years ago and his photography is simply amazing and it is interesting to hear what he did to get some superb shots.

Saturday 14th November

Rob Venema will travel across from Holland to tell us about 320(Dutch) Squadron during the time it was based at RAF Lasham during WW2.  Rob is the curator of Foundation of the Military Flying Personnel 1939-1950 museum in Holland.

Saturday 21st November

A talk on glider storage and covers by Andrew Blundell who is the MD and founder of Vertigo Covers.  Andy will also tell us a bit how the company was formed.

Saturday 28th November

A seminar on Air Law with tips on how to stay out of jail.  This will be less of a talk and more of a group discussion led by Gordon Sharp who as well as being a Lasham member and an extremely experienced power pilot, was the Head of the Regulation Investigation & Enforcement Branch at the CAA.

Saturday 5th December

16:30pm in the TV Room - Helen Evans will read extracts from her new pamphlet of gliding poetry "Only by Flying"

Please note following starts at 17:30pm:

A talk by Adrian Emck and Dr. Colin Jackson on cockpit comfort and flight safety.  Adrian and Colin have done a lot of research on this subject and it will be interesting to hear what they have discovered.

Saturday 12th December

A talk by Howard Torode and Afandi Darlington on the development of high performance sailplanes.  This is a talk that they gave to the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Howard and Afandi are both members at Lasham and Howard chairs the BGA Technical Committee.  Afandi is a Senior Investigator at the AAIB.

Saturday 9th January 2016

A talk on airships by the former Chief Pilot of Airship Industries, Geoff Beard.  He has had a fascinating career in aviation and it will be interesting to hear some of it.

Saturday 16th January

Use of low cost devices for x-c navigation and an insight into state-of-the-art in hang gliding and paragliding by Neville Almond.  Neville is an accomplished x-c hang glider pilot and has done a lot of work in making X-C Soar software on e-readers.

Saturday 23rd January 

Lasham's traditional Burns Night Supper evening -tickets will be available from the office nearer the time.

Saturday 30th January

A talk by Paul Stickler on historical murders in the 20th Century and before.  This is not intended as an instructional session!  More information on Paul's excellent website www.historicalmurders.com

Saturday 6th February

A talk by Francesco Padovano on the new gliding site that he has set up near Cuenca in Spain which offers access to some interesting and exciting new soaring opportunities.

Saturday 13th February

A talk by the British Glider Aerobatic Team Principal and four times National Aerobatic champion, Paul Conran on getting young people into glider aerobatics.

Saturday 20th February

A talk on flying and Air Power by retired Air Commodore Andrew Lambert.  Andrew used to run the Weapons Instructor School - the "Top Gun" School in US parlance - and then commanded operations in North Iraq in the late '90s when the RAF was enforcing a No Fly Zone.

Saturday 27th February (BGA Conference this weekend)

A talk on improving your personal performance by Dr. Al Nunn.  Al is a prominent member at Lasham and has done a lot of academic research on slowing the ageing process.  Something of increasing importance and relevance to many of us!

Saturday 5th March

Mike (Platypus) Bird will give a talk entitled "Being a Soar Loser."  Mike wrote the Platypus column in Sailplane and Gliding for many years and is also a competition pilot of great repute.  He is an engaging, interesting and amusing speaker and it will be interesting to hear of some of his less successful comp efforts.

Saturday 12th March

A talk by Glyn Bradney on the history of Lasham Airfield.  Glyn gave an excellent talk last year on vintage gliding and has done a lot of research on how our airfield came into being and whats happened since.  One not to miss!

Saturday 19th March

An event will be planned for this day.  More details to follow.

Saturday 26th March - Easter Saturday

To finish of the winter talks season a classical guitar recital by Jane Nash and Steve Grant.  Both are highly accomplished guitarists.  Many members will know Jane.  Steve very kindly played for us last year.  This event is subject to it not being a 500 day.