Take off improvement plans
I have just recieved from the Mayor the plans and budget for the imrovements at take off. The plans have been drawn up by an engineer of the provincial government, and things look very promising. For the upper launch two graded runs 40 meters wide are planned. These will be covered in GRASS. The wire fence behind will be repalced with a wooden one for greater security. The budget for this is 31.198,34 Euros.
Improvements were made to the take off in May and June of 2008. The take off was graded and covered in small granite chippings. This was certainly an improvement on what we had before, and now with this new project we can hopefully say goodby to snagged lines and damaged gliders.
On the 21st of Febuary the Provincial Goverment, Town Hall, myself and Calvo (Chris Burns) will make our presentation bid for the World Champioships of 2011. This improvement, although integral to having the world championships will go ahead irrespective of our success or not with the bid. However, if we do succeed in obtaining the organisation of the Worlds, we can expect much greater help with respect to take off and landing sites. These improvement will of course be a benefit to all of us who fly at Peña Negra, irrespective as to whether we are World Championship pilots or free fliers. For all of you who enjoy flying at Piedrahita and who wish to see improvements in the facilities here I urge you to contact your national aeroclub delegate and ask him/her to vote Piedrahita/Spain for PG Worlds 2011.