And an informed discussion of fleet composition would be well served by two things:
- a strategic plan that reflects the consensus of where the club is, and where it is going, and
- the former illuminated by how many hours each glider in the existing fleet was flown in recent seasons
Sadly, neither the Grob CS-77, not the LS-4, if I understand correctly, was flown enough hours to justify keeping them both. And if we were to succeed in promoting cross country, and found ourselves short of X/C single seat gliders, is the Grob one that we would want to buy. It can be argued that, given a likely sale price for the Grob, to not sell it is to buy it.
My guess is that it wouldn't be the choice of many.
So, again I urge the admittedly not-easy development of a strategic plan. And my starting point on this issue would be to define, as James suggested, what the club should do, for example, training and equipment to permit the X/C member to fly the 300 Km Gold Distance and Diamond Goal FAI flights
Another thought, if we had the luxury of the budget to do so, would be to each year put up for sale the least used glider; let the 'market' judge.