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24 August lets go flying

Booker Gliding - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:16
The weather much improved for flying, but not a particularly great soaring day.

The 2 seat trainers were busy all day with loads of training and trial lesson flights. Light westerly winds and weak thermals were a good combination for local soaring.

Chris eyeing up a potential new vehicle? This Chevrolet truck appeared in the car park, it will suit Chris we think.


Jacqui Warner getting ready to experience her first flight in a glider, Jacqui quickly learnt the basic skills and found herself flying around with some guidance from the instructor.


Well done Alex Mann for his first solo in a glider. Alex has a PPL and has been on a conversion course. For Alex this is part of his broader training to become a professional pilot.

A great day, more tomorrow?

Breaking: Interior Asks to Shrink National Monuments — Here’s What That Means

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:51
***Breaking News***   The Secretary of the Interior says he is asking the president to reduce the boundaries of a handful of recently created monuments, likely to set up a pitched legal battle.    Multiple spokesperson and experts available for interviews and commentary   Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he will recommend that none of the 27 national monuments under review be eliminated. But he told the Associated Press in Billings, Montana, that he will propose boundary readjustments to a “handful” of monuments.   The action will almost immediately trigger a legal challenge and political fight in Congress, where conservationists have been alarmed over the sweeping nature of Trump’s review and feared it would lead to substantial reductions in the size of large monuments in the West that were created to protect tribal artifacts, wildlife, and spectacular vistas.   Zinke already announced earlier in the summer that Bears Ears, the 3.5-million-acre landscape in southern Utah’s red-rock country, should be downsized, though he has not yet offered details as to how the boundaries should be redrawn.

Read the full story HERE.   Available for interviews and commentary:   Laura Parker, Nat Geo writer specializing in climate change Brian Howard, Nat Geo writer specializing in the environment, science and technology Michael Greshko, Nat Geo writer specializing in science and the environment Craig Welch, Nat Geo writer specializing in the environment and natural resources Ford Cochran, specializing in geology and environmental science

21-23 August very mixed weather but busy at the club.

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:15
Monday, not flyable due to low cloud and light drizzle.

John and Jane spent yet another day in the classroom and we covered a range of topics including the weather and principles of flight. A fun day punctuated with tea and chocolate biscuits.

Tusday, low cloud during the morning and flyable pm. Mike (PPL conversion) spent time in the classroom reviewing the principles of aerotow and spinning before having a go in the simulator. Sadly Mike needed to leave before it became flyable.
The afternoon brought better conditions and Alex Mann continued his PPL conversion, while Richard flew with several of our trial lesson visitors. lots of smiles at the end of the day.

Alex Mann (above) to put a face to the name. Alex is doing some extensive aviation  training and building hours for a CPL. He sees gliding as a useful skillset to help his career.

Wednesday. Another cloudy morning clearing in the afternoon. Nick Markert spent some time in the classroom looking at the theoretical aspects of basic instruction and then we managed to get out on to the field to put the principles into practice. Richard entertained several students with his instruction, lots of giggling and fun.

The day ended with the evening group taking over and useing the pleasant evening conditions.  

Windsurf Europe: Top 10 European windsurfing destinations

Windsurfing - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:54

Why spend a small fortune travelling halfway across the globe when you can windsurf Europe? Although the smallest continent Europe is blessed with lots of wind and lots of water – you just need to know where to go…. So we’ve put together the top 10 European windsurfing destinations. Top 10 European...

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A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:00
A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili With an unbelievable chance to explore the Indian Ocean on board this winter, we take a closer look at what makes the latest AMELS superyacht 'Lili' an upcoming champion of the charter market.

On the Water
The first impression of Lili is one of stylish, but sturdy elegance. A timelessness which is rarely encapsulated in modern design. Flowing lines by Tim Heywood offer up long and uninterrupted forms, while the two-tone ‘Castle Tan’ hull and sleek, modern nature of the boat hints at a boat capable of a life at sea in total comfort.

Cruising at 13.5 knots with little noise or vibration, guests can find the ideal spot for relaxation or deploy tenders and toys - such as 7.10m Tender, Waverunners, Seabobs and Diving Gear - for the ultimate adventure both on and under the water.

Delivered this year by her builders at AMELS and exclusive agents for charter Imperial Yachts, Lili is a 55-metre evolution of the AMELS 180; built to take families and friends of up to 12 across the world’s waters, surrounded in style by Laura Sessa’s interior decor. 

On the Deck
Stepping on board Lili is the gateway to unparalleled luxury, styled and equipped for any scenario. With a cinema screen on the sun-deck for quiet evenings in the remote reaches of the world, to gym and 4-metre swim-against stream pool for those looking to keep ahead of the work-out anywhere in the world.

Walking through the decks, a sense of space is built into the boat itself thanks to folding balconies on port and starboard main deck as well as extended lateral platforms over the sea built into the boat itself.

This is one of the most customized AMELS 180s on the water, boasting a larger sun deck and a fully privatized upper deck. The Owner’s apartment (located aft) stretches out to offer an expansive terrace with table for four where a classic salon would traditionally be, achieving the marriage of indoor/outdoor lifestyle in total exclusivity.

On the Market
Available this Summer across the classic cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean until September 30th where Lili will then change heading and will be available across the escapes of the Indian Ocean and Thailand.

Exclusively for charter with Imperial Yachts, Lili is a brand-new introduction to the superyacht lifestyle this year and a true reflection of excellence in charter.

See the gallery below for a first-hand look at life on Lili (photos by Jeff Brown / Breed Media for Imperial) A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili A Closer Look at the Charter Lifestyle of Superyacht Lili

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Captures One of The First Images of the Solar Eclipse from Plane Above the Pacific Ocean

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:00

 

***EXCLUSIVE***

National Geographic Captures One of The First Images of the Solar Eclipse from Plane Above the Pacific Ocean 

National Geographic & Airbnb Partnered to Charter Plane Over the Pacific Ocean & Be Among the First to Witness the Solar Eclipse Before It Crosses the U.S.

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National Geographic has captured one of the first images of the “Great American Eclipse” before it crosses the U.S. by partnering with Airbnb. Early this morning, one winner and guest of Airbnb’s Night At Solar Eclipse contest boarded a private jet and headed for the Oregon coastline to capture one of the first glimpses of the total solar eclipse.

About the Image

This photo is one of the first glimpses of the eclipse captured by National Geographic photographer Babak Tafreshi. As part of a unique opportunity offered by Airbnb and National Geographic, Babak and two Airbnb guests rose before dawn to board a private jet that flew over the Oregon coastline to be among some of the first to witness the eclipse. 

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Air League last day. They say thanks to everyone at Booker

Booker Gliding - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:22
Mixed weather today with strong winds and heavy showers forecast.

The Air League group presented the club with a card, a bunch of bananas and some beer. That was very kind thank you all very much.






To quote the course"The most fantastic experience of our lives, thank you Booker"

To quote our CFI "A fantastic group of students who did really well in some sometimes very testing weather conditions".

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND KATIE COURIC RELEASE FOOTAGE AND PERSONAL ESSAY REFLECTING ON COURIC’S EXPERIENCE AT VIOLENT RALLY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

National Geographic News Feed - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 02:21

The Footage is Part of an Upcoming Six-Hour Documentary Series for National Geographic 

In Addition, National Geographic Publishes Article on “What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil”

(New York, NY – AUG. 18, 2017) – As part of National Geographic’s continued coverage around the events in Charlottesville, Katie Couric releases a personal essay and powerful, raw footage from Saturday’s violent “Unite the Right” rally. The footage is part of an upcoming episode for the documentary series that Couric is working on for National Geographic.

Couric spent 72 hours with counter-protestors leading up to Saturday’s rally and shares her experience in a thought-provoking and emotional essay published on National Geographic’s website HERE.

The events of the past week are especially personal to me because of my strong connection to Charlottesville — I graduated from the University of Virginia and my late sister Emily was the state senator representing the area for many years,” said Couric. “When we went there to shoot our series about the social, demographic and cultural changes in America, we never expected that this beautiful place would become the center of such ugliness. Perhaps Charlottesville will serve as a wakeup call, that hate groups need to be taken seriously and that fair minded people of all backgrounds and beliefs need to speak-up. Hopefully our series will help contribute to that process.”

Direct link to embeddable video HERE. (To embed video, please click on the plus sign under the video description to the right of the video)

Warning: This video contains profanity and disturbing scenes from Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. It also includes footage of James Fields, Jr., who has been charged with second-degree murder in an attack that day

Couric’s footage and essay coincides with National Geographic’s newly released article “What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil,” by award-winning writer and New York Times bestselling author, Yudhijt Bhattacharjee. The article explores the roots of evil, and what science tells us about good and evil, and was released early given last weekend’s events.  It will appear in a future issue of National Geographic magazine. Bhattacharjee is available for interviews.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 128 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts:

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National Geographic Celebrates Historic Solar Eclipse with Live Coverage of the Event Online, Web Portal Featuring Exclusive Visuals and Educational Materials, and More

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:59

National Geographic Is Offering a One-Stop Shop to Give You all You Need to Know About this Historic Phenomenon at natgeo.com/solareclipse; Invaluable Commentary from Science Experts; and Programming, Videos and Photos to Inspire You Along the Way

National Geographic and Airbnb will Host a Digital Live Broadcast from Coast to Coast Featuring National Geographic Science Experts, Stunning Images, and Answers to Your Questions

WASHINGTON (August 18, 2017)— As millions of people across the country are gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in nearly a century, National Geographic is offering a full day of coverage, including live commentary from science experts on the ground and stunning visuals, to help people witness this remarkable event. National Geographic has created a number of original resources to enhance viewers’ experience and convey the extraordinary nature of this event, including a solar eclipse hub, a 101 video explainer, a detailed map of the path of totality across the U.S. and more.

In addition, National Geographic has teamed up with Airbnb to provide live coast to coast coverage of the eclipse starting the night before the event where two National Geographic Explorers will host a live digital broadcast from a Airbnb Geodesic Dome in Terrebonne, Oregon. Internationally recognized scholar and astrophysicist Dr. Jedidah Isler and acclaimed National Geographic photographer and science journalist Babak Tafreshi will discuss the science behind the eclipse and answer viewers’ questions in anticipation of the next day’s historic event.

The live coverage will continue the next day as the total solar eclipse begins its path across the US. Viewers will hear from National Geographic experts stationed along the path of totality, see stunning photos, and be among the first to see the eclipse as it reaches the continental US. Hosting the broadcast will be award-winning science communicator, journalist and podcaster Cara Santa Maria. She will be joined by Former Commander of the International Space Station and National Geographic author of View from Above Terry Virts. Viewers will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during the broadcast by using #NatGeoEclipse.

National Geographic science experts and explorers stationed throughout the country as part of the broadcast and available for interviews include: Andrew Fazekas from Isle of Palm, South Carolina and Victoria Jaggard from Sweetwater, Tennessee.

The live coverage will broadcast over Facebook Live, Twitter via Periscope, and on YouTube beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m.PST on August 20th and 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET on August 21st.

National Geographic and Airbnb are also offering one lucky winner and a guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep under the stars in the outskirts of Bend, Oregon before taking flight the morning of August 21 to be among the first to witness the solar eclipse before it crosses the US. Guests will interact with Dr. Jedidah Islerand and Babak Tafreshi during their stay.  Please visit Airbnb’s Night At Solar Eclipse page to learn more.

Please visit our solar eclipse content at natgeo.com/solar eclipse and tune in to our live coverage of the solar eclipse beginning 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET on August 21st.

To schedule an interview with any of our experts, request the use of visuals or for more information about the sweepstakes or Facebook Live coverage, please contact: Anna Kukelhaus: Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202.258.8020 or Courtney Rowe: Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com, 870.919.2810.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests, while Places lets people discover the hidden gems of a city as recommended by the people that live there. Airbnb is people powered and the easiest way to earn a little extra income from extra space in a home or from sharing passions, interests and cities.

BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:51

Chicken is the world’s most popular meat, but its path to our plates winds through a dark and fascinating history. BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (National Geographic Books; on sale September 12th 2017; Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4262-1766-1; $27.00; eBook ISBN: 978-1-4262-1767-8; $13.99) explores the “backyard bird’s” meteoric rise from local delicacy to global commodity, and how it paved the way for a stunning transformation of farming worldwide.

Award-winning journalist (New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American), critically acclaimed author (SUPERBUG and BEATING BACK THE DEVIL), and TED speaker with more than 1.5 million views for her talk “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more,” Maryn McKenna takes readers on an extraordinary journey from farm to lab to restaurant, and into the kitchens of everyday Americans and families around the globe.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews in the United States and Europe with farmers, lawyers, historians, microbiologists, politicians and chefs — and more than 1,000 pieces of research, many of them lost for decades until she uncovered them — McKenna pieces together the parallel, intertwined stories of the achievement of “growth promoter” antibiotics and the rise of the modern poultry industry. In a tour de force of scientific and cultural history, McKenna finds the connections between flavor and nutrition, genetics and history, labor and the role of women, and pollution and politics. Reaching back to the earliest days of the antibiotic era, she traces the unintended consequences of the post-World War II drive to feed the world inexpensively by producing meat as quickly as possible — and how those good intentions created a worldwide epidemic of drug-resistant infections that have defeated almost every antibiotic we have.

Among McKenna’s findings:

  • Across much of the planet, the majority of meat animals receive antibiotics on most days of their lives, over 63,000 tons per year.
  • Globally, animals receive at least twice as many antibiotics as people do — four times as many in the United States — and most of those agricultural doses go to animals that are not sick.
  • That routine agricultural use of antibiotics dates back to the 1940s, to the earliest days of the antibiotic era — and right from the start, prescient, unheeded scientists warned that disaster would follow.
  • The use of antibiotics has made chicken so cheap it is the most popular meat in America – and the meat most likely to transmit food-borne illnesses and antibiotic resistance, which the United Nations calls “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

McKenna is an intrepid researcher and an expert interpreter of science; she uncovers the true origin of the chicken nugget, the tale of the “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest, and an astounding episode in the 1960s in which manufacturers added antibiotics to meat to extend its shelf life for months. McKenna also loves food. Describing the French street-market chicken that forever changed her experience of poultry, she writes: “Burnished and herbal, salty and slightly burnt, [the aroma] has so much heft that it feels physical, like an arm slid around your shoulders to urge you to move a little faster.”

McKenna writes with equal sympathy about activists for heritage animals who hope never to kill a chicken again and farmers proud of their costly investments growing chicken safely, consistently and more cheaply than ever before. She also identifies the earliest stirrings of an animal welfare movement that may change poultry production forever, and the surprising participation of big food companies that plan to carve out new markets by returning to old ways.

BIG CHICKEN is timely, explaining policy changes that occurred at the United Nations in 2016 and at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just this year; and it is also urgent, warning of the vast farm antibiotic use that looms in the economies of the developing world. Bringing us on an extraordinary journey from the vast poultry farms of the United States to laboratories, kitchens and sidewalk markets around the world, McKenna reveals how economic, political and cultural forces converged to make America’s favorite meat a hidden danger—and how companies, activists, farmers and chefs are carving a path back to better, safer food.

About Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature and others, and is a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a journalism instructor at the University of Georgia.

http://marynmckenna.com/  |  http://bigchickenthebook.com | @marynmck

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Air League 2 more days to go (Thursday 17 August)

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:11
The weather will hopefully be kind to the course. A frontal system just past us the cloudbase expected to rise during the morning and be reasonable pm.

The midday forecast sounding for Buckingham looks like this


More later...

Tuesday16 and Wednesday 17. Balloon runs out of hot air and looks for a top up.

Booker Gliding - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:40
The weather was soarable for a good part of the day, with a frontal system approaching from the west. Flyable all day with a fair number of single seaters preparing for various tasks, and graham Saw out in his yellow peril treating us to a series of air displays as he preps for the comp.

Early in the morning we were treated to a sight of a balloon landing behind the trees at Wycombe Air Park. my best guess is he was trying to get a top up of hot air from the clubhouse--but couldnt quite make it.

can you spot it?

The Air League Course continues to progress. Mwila is shown here preparing for her next flight. Mwila started from zero at the beginning of the course and is now handling the whole flight with occasional prompts from the instructor. Well done.








Tuesday - a nice day out in the country

Booker Gliding - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:51
While the Air League group was getting on with week 2 of their course, various single seaters set off to explore. There were 6kt thermals to be found, but also areas where nothing much was happening, resulting in a bit of engine work, a couple of visitors to Bicester for an aerotow, and a Pawnee retrieve from a field near Swindon. Nice views though.

Heading for Pitsford reservoir

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS SUBSCRIPTION BOX SERVICE LAUNCHES FROM PLEY.COM

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:41


SANTA CLARA, California (August 14, 2017)Leading subscription toy company Pley.com is expanding its popular subscription service by introducing a line of National Geographic Kids mystery subscription boxes. Each month, “junior explorers” will receive a surprise box with a mission to rescue an endangered animal in a new part of the world. The physical box includes activities and accessories to complete the adventure as well as a link to a digital mission that includes interactive games, educational information and videos. Once completed, Pley.com will send each child a certificate of achievement.

Available now, the National Geographic Kids subscription service will bring adventures from the Amazon to the Serengeti to life in an educational, unique and interactive way. Every “junior explorer” will learn while they are having fun!

Curated for hours of entertainment with numerous activities and accessories, the innovative National Geographic Kids Pleybox also boasts a sustainable design that offsets cardboard shipping waste.

Produced in limited quantities, the National Geographic Kids Pleybox is available now starting at $17.99 per box. It is the ideal gift for kids who love exploration, adventure, animals and nature. For more information and to order a subscription, visit pley.com/national-geographic. For more information on National Geographic Kids, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com.

About Pley.com

Pley.com is the leading monthly toy service. With Pley, kids use their creativity and imagination playing with the brands they love, while parents save money, reduce clutter and conserve the environment. Pley offers a unique toy rental service and has been delivering happiness to children (and parents) since 2013. For more information visit: www.pley.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Thursday and Friday flying at last.

Booker Gliding - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:41
Much improved weather and the Air League have 2 busy flying days.

Thursday btought a number of 15m gliders out for an airing. Strong thermals albeit broken at times.

Friday brought a mixture of early good weather with good thermals and an approaching front that brought lower cloud and cooler weather.

Richard at the morning briefing explaining how the weather front will affect the day.

The motor glider getting ready for departure during Thursdays training.

very many thanks to all the tug pilots and helpers, and especially to Henry Ross who selflessly gave up a week to help us keep the course going, even when the weather was dreadful.

lets look forward to another good week next week.
 


Wednesday 9th Air league cadets in the classroom all day

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:00
The weather was pretty awful with low cloud and rain all day.

lectures all day.

Richard gave us a talk on circuit planning and approach control, Henry gave practical tuition in daily Inspection procedures. Then a visit to the control tower to halp understand how that all works and then back into the classroom for a talk on stalling.

Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and go home.

Looking forward to a great day tomorrow---we may even fly!

8.30 start tomorrow.

Tuesday 8 August Air League spend day in the classroom

Booker Gliding - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:19
Low cloud and rain meanyt we were unable to get flying. The day was usefully spent with a series of talks and getting the basics clear in readiness for flying.

Henry Ross gave our course members a training session in the flight simulator. great fun for everyone involved. Thanks Henry.



Tomorrow looks like more briefings, including Daily Inspections, circuits and stalling.

These pictures are from yesterday--Nick and Henry getting the course underway .



monday afternoon cleared sufficiently to get some launches done

Sunday better than expected!

Booker Gliding - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:21
A busy Sunday with better than expected lift all day. Back to the more traditional British summer weather next week....

Congratulations to Lincoln Hirst on his first solo, and half an hour's soaring to boot! Well done!

6 August - a reminder of summer

Booker Gliding - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:01
Isn't this what summer is supposed to look like?


Plenty of members were out yesterday to take advantage of good conditions, a pleasant change from recent days (weeks).........

3 August very windy and very gusty.

Booker Gliding - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:54
Winds at 1000ft QNH forecast at 35 knots with gusts of 10-15 knots.

Just a little too much for the early pilots to practice their flying skills, so it was into the classroom for the 2nd day.

Topics covered were Stalling, Daily Inspections, Airbrakes and Approach control, Circuit Planning and practical navigation in preparation for the bronze C exam. It was great to see so many enthusiastic trainees joining in---good fun.

Jane and John getting to grips with a 1:500000 aeronautical chart.

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