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Swedish Gliding 2001. 71 clubs 5700 members (3000 active pilots) 400 gliders and 70 TMG 35 500 flying hours, 59 000 launches and 400 000 km XC 280 instructors, 70 assistant instructors and 150 technicians. Swedish Soaring Federation SSF.

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Swedish gliding 2001

Swedish Gliding 2001

  • 71 clubs

  • 5700 members (3000 active pilots)

  • 400 gliders and 70 TMG

  • 35 500 flying hours, 59 000 launches and 400 000 km XC

  • 280 instructors, 70 assistant instructors and 150 technicians


Swedish soaring federation ssf

Swedish Soaring Federation SSF

  • Flight safety, training and maintenance has been delegated by the CAA to SSF

  • Central flying school at Ålleberg

  • Staff:

    • Gliding Inspector

    • Assistant

    • Chief Flying Instructor

    • Chief Technical Officer

    • Administrator Ålleberg

    • two sales/administration staff


Flying hours active member

Flying hours/active member


Conclusions so far

Conclusions so far

  • Total flying time is decreasing

  • Flying time per individual pilot is constant

  • XC flying is increasing, i e the flying quality has increased

  • We fail to get new members, or better, we fail to renew the membership

  • We are getting older!


The view from the top

The view from ”the top”:

  • We have realized the problem

  • We want to do something about it!

    But

  • The flying/training/recruiting is done in/by the clubs


The view from the bottom

The view from ”the bottom”:

  • Middle age, socially established, time enough for gliding

  • Fewer pilots  better access to gliders, no launching queue etc

  • Promoting gliding  working instead of gliding

  • So, why bother, life is good!


One good argument

Who will run your wing tip in 10 years?

One good argument


My view is

My view is

  • Gliding is done in the clubs, so we have to persuade the clubs to approach the problem

  • We do not have a recruiting problem, we have a leadership problem (there are too few!)

  • The Federation can only support the clubs, not do the work for them


Swedish gliding 2001

  • The clubs must send more pilots to our instructor courses

  • It is better to do a lot of small activities than try to launch a major programme


Keeping members

Keeping members

  • Modernized Rikssegelflygtävlingen RST (National Gliding Competition)

    • RST = DMSt or Aerokurier OLC

    • Started in 1945, is the backbone of Swedish XC gliding

    • Altitude gain, distance, speed, club teams

    • Since 2001 only Online

    • Since 2001 Swedish Championship in Altitude, Distance, Speed and ”Combination”

    • About 400 pilots participated in 2001


Swedish gliding 2001

  • No bonus for FAI triangles

  • All tasks are given the same factor

  • Declared Tasks: Up to 5 TPs, 20% bonus

  • Pilot Optimised Tasks, choose your TPs freely

  • Garmins OK as logger

  • Report within 24 hours


Swedish gliding 2001

  • National XC week. The club whose members flies most km/member during the week wins a Volkslogger

  • A new comp class: Sport Class

    Only speed AAT and place scoring.

    Motto: Competition flying is fun!

  • Promote the silver, gold and diamond badges


Swedish gliding 2001

  • SVENOR – a series of courses organized by the Norwegian and Swedish Gliding Federations

  • Open to all Scandinavian pilots

  • Courses

    • One mountain flying (Norway)

    • Two Aerobatic (Norway and Sweden)

    • Two XC (Norway and Sweden)

    • One cloud flying (Sweden)


Swedish gliding 2001

SVENOR mountain course at Vågå in 2001


Recruiting new members

Recruiting new members

  • Annual Nordic Gliding Day

    • ”Open house” in all Nordic Gliding Clubs (May 25th 2002)

Common poster


Swedish gliding 2001

  • The IGC Video (with Swedish speaker) is sold to the clubs at a very low price

  • The theoretical syllabus has been revised and reduced with 50%. All theory lessons are to be given during the flying training

  • Implementing a new National License (no medicals and administrated by the Federation)


Swedish gliding 2001

  • Mini courses (”adventure courses”)

    • Two days, 6 flights, one year membership including subscription to our magazine

    • In 1999: full page advertisments in 4 of the largest daily newspapers in Sweden


Swedish gliding 2001

“The clouds are looking for playfellows”


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