How we Operate

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Pre-flight checks underway 

A typical day at the club

The keenest members usually turn up around 8.00am. The first job is to open the hangar and remove the gliders. Each of these has to have a D.I. (Daily Inspection) and a thorough cleaning, and then they are towed to the launch point. Meanwhile, other members are checking over the tractors, winch and tug and getting them all ready for a days work.

Flying usually starts at around 10.00am and continues throughout the day until dusk, or until no-one wishes to fly further. We are a club so everyone has a job to do in keeping the airfield running through the day and new members always get quickly involved.

 

When is the club open?

We operate Wednesday to Sunday all year round and 7 days a week during the summer.

As  a member you can turn up at the gliding club on any of these days when instruction will always be available. There is no need to book in advance. Simply turn up during the day and place your name on the flying list at the launch point. Everyone flies in strict rotation depending upon the time they turn up, so if the weather forecast is good you must be here early! 

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A busy launch point on a Summer's day 
 

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One of our three K-21s in flight

How many flights can I have in a day?

A normal flying session consists of 3 flights from a winch launch or 1 flight from an aerotow. If it is a good soaring day and you are able to stay in the air for an extended period then a single 1 hour flight is considered appropriate. Although we have a relatively large fleet we also have lots of members so we have to ensure everyone gets a turn. Of course if its a quiet day it is often possible to have a glider for much longer or even all day with the agreement of the duty instructor.

Remember we operate a 'flying list' system so the earlier you turn up to help set up the airfield, the more likely it is you will be able to get your name on the list again and have a second flying session. It is not uncommon for keen trainees to get 6 flights in one day.

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