Unflapped Worlds Team - Poland 2018
Howard Jones first flew in a glider as a three year old, when he and his brother Steve squeezed into a two seat Capstan with their Father in France.
Born into the UK's foremost gliding dynasty, it is not surprising that Howard graduated into the league of top UK competition pilots. Gliding is a family affair for the 44 year-old graphic designer, their late father Ralph Jones was eight times National Gliding Champion and a member of the British team on a regular basis. Howard's older brothers Phil and Steve Jones have both secured World Championship wins in the past.
As well as being a Graphic designer, Artist & Aircraft Engineer, Howard works on various projects
Howard, of Bristol, fly's from Lasham Gliding Society and will be competing with his Brother in a Schempp-Hirth Arcus. The pair will be defending their World Title won two years ago in Finland. Howard has also been the British Standard Class Champion and is representing Great Britain for the eighth time.
'I went Solo as a teenager but I really wasn’t that interested, it seemed everyone who told me what to do was gliding. I decided surfing seemed like a much better occupation – and that’s pretty much what I did for fun for ten years,' he said. 'After crewing for my brother Steve at the Gliding World Championships in New Zealand in 1995 I realised I couldn’t bear to watch people compete – I was itching to do it myself. I vowed I would start gliding again at the next opportunity, at 25 I entered the British Junior nationals for the first (and last) time'.
Howard and his brother will be supported by their crew Max Kirschner in Lithuania. Max has crewed at many international competitions and will prove invaluable as ever.
Dave will be flying with Howard in his first world championships.
Derren will be flying with Tim in the 15M class in his first world championships
I started gliding in 1978.
Solo on my 16th birthday in 1979.
Flew in the first UK Junior Nationals and got selected as a result for the Junior Championship in Cambrai, France in 1989.
Since then I have flown in at least one UK Nationals nearly every year, winning the 15m class in 2006 at Aston Down in my ASW27.
Competed for the British Team on a total of 9 times in World and European Championships with Best result : 3rd in the Standard Class European Championship in 1998 in Leszno Poland.
During those events I have flown in the Standard, 15m and Open Classes.
I currently own a pure glider ASG29 15/18m
Job : British Airways Pilot on Boeing 767
Outside of gliding I have a range of hobbies and sports I actively take part in. Those include horse riding, martial arts (aikido) and astronomy.
G Dale learned to fly at age 20 with the Dorset gliding club, going professional ten years later. He's worked with Lasham, Bristol and Gloucester, the British Gliding Association, Booker gliding club, Lake Keepit and out of Minden until finally discovering the mountains of New Zealand and starting to coach for Glide Omarama. Currently following the endless summer, working in New Zealand, at Lasham, and occasionally in Australia, he's also flying, racing and coaching as often as possible in other places. Having previously flown three internationals, this year he’s flying his much loved Striefenader - modified Libelle 201 with the GB club class team.
Tim will be flying with G in his first senior world championships.
A former military man; Werner is TC for the Unflapped World Championships and his recent Gliding CV includes a 3 year spell as manager of Lasham Gliding Society and Media Manager for the British Team at the European Championships held at Lasham in 2017. He has been to World and European events in the past as an observer and is very much looking forward to playing a part in what he hopes is a successful Team GB.
Flapped Worlds Team - Czech Republic 2018
Russell will be flying with Mike in the 18M class.
Mike started Gliding in 1980 at the age of 15 and flew his first National championships at 19. He has won numerous national championships and was the first ever British junior national champion in 1988. He flew his first International competition in 1995, Europeans, Finland. He has flown in 6 World Championships and has collected medals in half of them, having won a silver and two bronze medals. He has also won a Silver medal in the European championships.
At Lasham he hopes to finally collect that elusive gold medal, but would be quite happy coming 2nd to his team mate.
Mike lives in the French Alps and enjoys cycling, ski touring, cross country skiing and hiking.
Pete will be flying with Andy in the Open class.
Andy is a highly experienced and successful competition glider pilot with two individual World Championship titles to his name. He retired from international competition in 2006 but returned to the international scene in 2012 with a win in the South African Sailplane Grand Prix and then took the Silver medal in the Open Class at the 2014 World Gliding Championships in Poland.
Andy’s wife Pami crews for him at all his major gliding competitions.
Andy retired as an airline pilot in June 2014 and now runs a small business. Pami and Andy live in Uley, Gloucestershire. When not gliding they like outdoor activities; skiing, running, gardening and walking in the hills around their home.
Steve’s first WGC was Omarama in 1995. He won the first ever 18m Class World Championships, which were held at Lillo, Spain 2001. At Leszno 2003, he took the Silver medal in 18m. He took the Silver medal in Open Class at Szeged, Hungary in 2010. At Räyskälä 2014, he finished in Gold position in 20m Two Seat Class, flying an Arcus with Howard Jones. He also flew at the WGCs in Sweden 2006 and Germany 2008. Steve has finished in the top eight positions in all of his WGCs. Of course, he has also flown many European Championships and British Nationals.
Garry will once again be flying with Steve in the 20M class building on their successful 2017 season where they flew to a fantastic silver medal position in the European Championships.
Graham comes from a gliding family and started gliding himself in 1994 at Lasham in Hampshire. A late starter, much to his regret!
He has owned a share in a Nimbus 3dt for 15 years and enjoys the club flying himself but has been active in helping organise, persuading people to fly in and help run National and Regional competitions at Lasham for many years. He was involved in the organisation and running of the hugely successful EGC at Lasham in 2017.
Graham has had the privilege of being the British Gliding Team Manager for 5 ½ years and will be Team Captain for the 35th WGC at Hosin, Czech Republic
British Junior Team
Finn thinks about gliding alot.
Mike started gliding as a 14 year old cadet working at his local club Booker and now has over 500 hours, much spent racing around Southern and mid England. He has spent 250 hours flying the ASW20 in which he won his first regional competition and enjoys chasing the tails of higher performance gliders when he can.
Mike has recently graduated from Nottingham University and between weekends is a structural engineer at AECOM in St Albans. During the winter months, he also competes in the national leagues for kayaking and enjoys the thrill of whitewater paddling.
The next World Championships will be Mike’s first and he is looking forward to the exciting opportunities and challenges of flying in Australia. He will be flying an LS8 in the standard class.
Having experienced his first glider flight aged 12, Tom learnt to fly at the Surrey Hills Gliding Club, South London and soloed just after his 16th birthday. For him, nothing beats the challenge and adrenalin rush of cross country racing.
Tom, 22, is currently in his final year of university, studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. Having already completed his silver, Tom’s flying really took off when he joined the Imperial College Gliding Club, based at Lasham. He became Captain of the club for two years, flew his first competition in 2012 and has since flown the Juniors and Club Class National competitions, winning a few days along the way.
When not flying cross-country, Tom is also an Assistant rated instructor and can usually be found teaching other university students to fly. Aside from gliding, he is a big fan of anything automotive and enjoys competing in the British University Karting Championships and restoring a classic Mini.
His most memorable experience has to be winning a day at his first Nationals competition, closely followed by enduring 5 hours and 140 kms in a club K8 for his first cross country. Tom is going to be flying in the Club Class at the World Championships and can’t wait to get racing in Australia.
Jake has his ex-RAF pilot Granddad to blame for his love for flight. His passion to fly eventually led to his Granddad buying him a Trial Lesson at the age of 13 and ever since then, he’s never looked back. Jake went solo as soon as he could, on his 16th birthday, at Kent Gliding Club.
When Jake started his Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Bristol, he joined the Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club and this is where he caught the bug for competition flying. He soon bought his first glider, a 1966 Ka6CR and learnt to fly it as far and fast as he could. His most memorable flight being an attempt at 500km, where he landed after nearly 9 hours flying time having completed 477km! This is Jake’s first year as part of the British Team and when not competing or practising in his DG101, he can often be found instructing in or working on gliders.
Shaun has been gliding for 15 years, has all three diamonds and is a keen club and Nationals pilot. With a background in IT and now the owner of a successful technical gliding business, he will be a great resource and asset for the team.
British Women's Team
Ayala started gliding in 2001 hoping that flying in a glider will help her overcome her fear of flying…. After that first safe landing she joined Reading University Soaring Society at Shalbourne gliding club and went solo in 2002 and Silver a year later.
Her passion is cross country and competition gliding and she flew her first Regionals at Dunstable in 2004 and her first international competition in 2009 where she came 4th in the Women World championship, narrowly missing top spot on the last day.
Ayala won a silver medal in the 2011 WWGC in Sweden and again in France in 2013, narrowly missing out on gold after leading at the start of the final day. Her best result to date was winning the UK Standard Class Nationals in 2015.
This year she will be flying in both the Women World Championship and the European championship.
She is an Instructor at Lasham gliding club and when the weather is bad she flies powered aircraft from Brimpton.
Ayala’s other sporting passion is football and she has played for Charlton and Southampton in the Women Premier League and earned 12 International caps playing for Israel.
Liz started gliding in 1990 and now has around 2000h. She flies from Lasham Gliding Society near Basingstoke and instructs at Shalbourne Soaring Society near Newbury. She also runs the women pilots’ development initiative, Women Glide UK.
Liz’s competition career started 1999 when she entered her first UK Regional Championship. Since then, she has been a regular competitor in other Regional and National competitions and since 2002 has flown in the UK Club Class National Championships. Liz made her international debut in 2003 and has qualified for each Women’s Worlds since then – narrowly missing medals so far - and for the unrestricted European Championships in Ostrow Wielkopolski in Poland in 2013 where she came 16th.
When not gliding, Liz is an engineer who runs a management consultancy. She is married to Alan, another glider pilot, and lives in Hampshire in a house they built last year, set in a garden they are still working on. When not gliding or gardening, Liz and Alan are keen hikers.
Claudia is originally from Schleswig-Holstein in the far north of Germany, but now lives and flies in the UK. She started gliding while at university in Germany and shares an LS4 with her husband and crew, Nick. After moving here 19 years ago, she caught the cross-country bug and was eventually talked into flying her first regional competition in 2006 and her first national championship in 2010. A string of good results culminated in her qualifying for the Women’s World Championships in France in 2013, and again for this year’s Women’s Worlds in the Czech Republic. She'll be competing in the Club Class. Claudia is also a full-cat instructor and instructor coach, and to pay for her flying she works as a freelance technical translator.
Melissa has been gliding since 2003 in the UK and on occasional trips abroad.
She has been Team Captain for the Women's team at previous competitions in Sweden and France. Additionally she has developed software to assist with running and watching competitions and has contributed to OGN and XC Soar.