We offer pilot training in our modern fleet of two-seat gliders and the opportunity to fly our single-seat gliders once qualified. Training is carried out by British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructors.
The current club fleet offers a great opportunity and experience for all levels of pilots. Two K21s, DG505 Elan, K13 and two single seat Juniors currently enable a broad range of training from basic ab-initio through to advanced cross-country flying.
From ab-initio training through to cross-country flying and aerobatics, the K21 is a very accomplished glider. With its glassfibre structure for easy maintenance, it has become the mainstay of gliding instruction worldwide, it remains in production to this day, with over 750 units completed.
Thanks to its roomy and comfortable tandem cockpit, excellent visibility and pleasant handling, both instructors and trainees find flight training an enjoyable experience. The K21 is a superb all-round training glider. We currently have two in our fleet, HCX and KEK.
The K13 was first built in 1966 and more than 700 were completed before Schleicher stopped production in favour of the K21. The K13 is an excellent workhorse for stall and spin training and all students will spend some memorable flights in the K13 practising these necessary exercises. Our K13, R37 were built in 1968.
Built in Poland, the SZD-51-1 JUNIOR is a single-seat club sailplane with safe and docile handling qualities, specifically designed for early solo and recreational flying.
Pilots will build their hours on this glider as they head for their Bronze C badge and early solo cross-country flights. We currently have two in our fleet, FZF and LRD.
This is our advanced two-seat trainer that pilots use to extend their flying skills particularly cross-country flying. The wings can be fitted with alternative wingtips from the 17.4m span fully aerobatic trainer, through 18m basic training glider to 20m with winglets for high performance cross-country training. Our DG505 is JZK and is often used for trial lessons.
Ka6cr gliders were built by Schleicher 1960 - 1965, approximately 700 were produced. We have two Ka6cr gliders that have been made available for the benefit of Junior members to fly at reduced rates. HEB and DRE were originally privately-owned gliders at North Hill. HEB project has been financed by a group of club members. DRE has been kindly donated by the family of Ian King. Contributions to the running costs of both gliders are welcome.
This single-seat aircraft is the club towplane G-DSGC. It is powered by a 260hp Lycoming engine and was originally designed as a robust crop-spraying aircraft. It has a specially designed propeller to reduce noise, and will quickly tow you to 2000 feet.