Phil Winter, that is, of the Goole Times, who came to Pocklington on 17 September to try gliding, so we fitted a GoPro in the cockpit with him. Here’s Phil in the front seat and instructor Chris Price. They are getting towards cloudbase after a winch launch, with Pocklington town and the airfield to the left in the photo. Phil is writing an article about his day with us which is expected to appear later this year, probably towards Christmas time, when winter probably really will be in the air.
Scillonia Airways DH89a Rapide G-AHAG landed at Pocklington airfield at about 12.30 BST 08 September 2015 en route from its base at Membury to Dundee and then on to its final destination of Kirkwall for the Orkney Festival of Aviation. It was piloted by David Findon, Chairman and Tug Master at Bidford Gliding and Flying Club, who is also a full cat. gliding instructor. It appeared to have arrived safely at Kirkwall at about 19.00 BST according to FlightRadar24 and put in a fleeting appearance shortly afterwards on the Kirkwall webcam.
You can read more about G-AHAG at
G-AHAG is expected to return to Membury via Pocklington on Monday 14 September.
David Findon at the controls of G-AHAG as it lands at Pocklington airfield
The Wolds Gliding Club Summer Draw was drawn on Sunday 30 August 2015 at the close of the Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition and the winning tickets are
1st Prize: Ticket S15_1040, A Ainsworth of Brough (Wolds GC flight voucher for aerotow and winch launched flights plus three months membership of WGC, worth £105)
2nd Prize: Ticket S15_1090, P Richardson of Hull ((Wolds GC flight voucher for aerotow or winch launched flights plus three months membership of WGC, worth £75)
3rd Prize: Ticket S15_1205, S Appleby of Barmby Moor (Wolds GC flight voucher for winch launched flight plus three months membership of WGC, worth £45)
The winners have been contacted.
There might have seemed nothing remarkable about the arrival of a light aircraft at Pocklington airfield on Saturday but on board was a man who last landed on that runway over 70 years ago.
Tom Sayer DFM was a pilot with 102 Ceylon Squadron flying Halifax bombers from Pocklington in 1943 and 1944. He had flown up from High Wickham with Andy Hardy in Andy’s Cherokee.
Until recently Tom was chairman of the 102 Squadron Association and although a regular visitor to Pocklington over many years this was his first return by air to his wartime base.
You can see another photo of Tom and Andy and the story of their return flight on Andy’s Facebook page at
There was success for Joel Hallewell and Will Blackburn in the first Pocklington aerobatics competition last Thursday as reported below by Competiton Director (and this year's National Champion at Ultimate level) Paul Conran
Joel Hallewell (left), winner, Beginners, Paul Conran (centre), Competition Director, and Will Blackburn, winner, Sports
Paul's report: https://www.aerobatics.org.uk/contest/result/36
Pocklington , 2015 results
Preparation for the Pocklington competition started a year ago when Charles Baker and I ran a training course there. Come the day, the home club, Wolds GC, put up the two winners for both the Beginners and the Sports competitions. Not surprising really until you notice that the winners ages are 14 and 16 respectively. There were nine competitors altogether and two aircraft types, 2 x Pilatus B4 and 2 x ASK21. Two pilots, Charles Baker and David Gethin both stepped down from Intermediate to compete at Sports HC. Pocklington was chosen as a venue to avail the northern gliding clubs of a Glider Aerobatics competition closer to hand. It worked out well and we are all hoping that the event will become a permanent fixture.
After a couple of training days in strong winds we got used to the box position, sandwiched tightly between the villages of Barmby Moor and Pocklington. It proved to be an ideal location as the judges could remain on the airfield and normal club activity was able to proceed as usual.
Although not completely as forecast, the weather on the first competition day allowed us to get started at about eleven o’clock and the first nine flights were flown before lunchtime. After a timely break the remaining flights were completed by mid afternoon and the competition was officially over. This unexpected turn of events left us wondering what to do with ourselves for the remains of the day. It was decided to turn our time to good use and put the younger pilots on the judging line for a mini judging school. Rod Herve (Judge) and myself (CD) would fly the two competition sequences in front of them while Brian McCartney (CJ) and Chris Cain (Judge) would score out loud and explain the downgrades. This exercise was completed to the benefit of us all.
With still a day in hand, it was decided to make the Friday a training day with the option of flying a scored unknown program, albeit outside the main competition. By the time the rain came in at lunchtime, all was complete and everyone satisfied.
Many thanks to the three judges, Brian, Chris, Rod, and their scribes, all of whom had travelled vast distances to be there. Huge thanks also to John Hunt and the host club, Wolds GC. who went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local gastro pubs by the way, and much good use was made of it! Not only did the club make two of their ASK21’s available but also put at our disposal their Pawnee and Super Cub tow planes. The towing incidentally was exemplary with Eddie Room, Bob Fox and Chris Price showing exactly how it should be done.
As to the flying itself the two names to watch out for are Joel Hallewell and Will Blackburn. Joel, who has only just turned 14, won the Beginners prize with not much more than a dozen aerobatic flights under his belt. In fact three days earlier had had no intention of even entering! Whilst Will, a 16 year old veteran, flew with great poise and precision as well as running the flight line and doing much else about the place besides. Peter Gray (Camphill CFI and aerobatics ab initio) put up a spirited performance in the competition in spite of having turned up a few days earlier to ‘only do enough to get his basic badge’. I hope we will see more of him at future competitions. Trevor Dale, I am sure, will do much to promote aerobatics in the North now that he has a sparkling new B4. I expect and hope we will see a lot more of Chris Noon, who also sports a new B4, now that he has made the switch from power to glider. And of course I look forward to seeing all those who can make it at the Saltby Open, including Michael Corcoran, current Sports National Champion, who, in such gentlemanly fashion, went the wrong way deliberately to let through the youngsters…. (errrmm – I don’t think so Michael)!
Briefing over, getting ready now to fly the Pocklington glider aerobatics competition Thursday23rd July 2015. Sequences will be flown today from about 10.30 to about 16.00. There are nine competitors in Beginners and Sport classes with the prospect of each flying two sequences today.
Chief judge Brian McCartney, (centre, in profile) of the British Aerobatic Association briefed pilots at 09.00, clearly amusing competition director Paul Conran just behind him and the competition pilots.
Congratulations to Yifen Xu and Jan van der Hoek! Here's the Taster Day press release that didn't seem to get published anywhere.....
LOVE WAS IN THE AIR ON GLIDING CLUB TASTER DAY
Love was in the air as the sun was setting after a very successful open day at the Wolds Gliding Club in Pocklington on Saturday 4th July. Instructor Jan van der Hoek had arranged to fly the last flight of the day with his partner of three years, Yifen Xu. Jan, an ophthalmologist, of York, has been learning Mandarin Chinese and at 1000 feet popped the question “Ni xiang jia gei wo ma?” which he hoped meant “Will you marry me?”. Yifen, who is also from York and has just completed a PhD in education and leadership at Manchester University, said “Hao ba”, “OK!”
Despite overnight thunderstorms and a misty morning the flying got going at lunchtime and more than 150 visitors had a chance to try gliding for themselves. They also had tours of the club facilities, learned about Pocklington airfield’s history as a Second World War bomber base and many visitors tried the club’s gliding simulator. The day raised a total of £200 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance from the Club’s pledge of £1 for each visitor flight and a collection.
Club chairman Graham Wadforth said “It was a fine team effort to fly that many visitors in spite of the late start because of the weather and the day was a great success. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the day. We have had many enquiries about learning to glide and have already gained several new members from the day. “
Wolds Gliding Club instructor Jan van der Hoek and future bride Yifen Xu after he proposed during their sunset flight at Pocklington
Wolds Gliding Club will be at the East Yorkshire Show and Family Fun Day at Brantingham Park on Sunday 19th July. Come along and meet us. Find out what it’s like to fly like a bird over the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds, why it’s cheaper to learn to fly a glider solo than to learn to drive a car and how you can do it at fourteen! Or if you just want to try gliding ask us about gift vouchers and evening visits – maybe win one in our Summer Draw!
Wolds Gliding Club is holding a Summer Draw and you can win great gliding voucher prizes!
1st Prize - 2 option voucher for one aerotow flight and two winch-launched flights worth £105
2nd Prize - 1 option voucher for one aerotow flight or two winched-launched flights worth £75
3rd Prize - 1 option voucher for one winch-launched flight worth £45
All voucher prizes, like all Wolds Gliding Club vouchers, include date and time pre-booked flights with one of our instructors with an opportunity to take the controls and try gliding over the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds. They also all include three months trial membership of the club during which time you can come back to the club and take further flights at club member rates.
Tickets are £1 each and you can get them from the club office or from club members.
The draw will be held on Sunday 30th August 2015 at the closing ceremony of the 30th Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition.
Taster Day 2015 – Some FAQ s
- Do I need to book for Taster Day? There is no booking for the Taster Day – we will fly people in the order they arrive and book in on the day. During the rest of the year we do offer voucher flights at the weekend with a pre-booked date and time.
- How long will I have to wait? Waiting times are shorter at the beginning and end of the day. Last year the wait time built up to an hour or two by lunchtime and into the afternoon. We will try to keep the blog page http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/taster-day updated during the day with weather news, wait times and photos.
- Are there any age limits? There is no lower age limit but anyone who is very light may have to fly in the rear seat and if they are not very tall they might not get a very good view.
- Are there any upper size limits? Almost all gliders have been designed for many years now with a maximum allowable pilot weight of 102 kg (16 stones, 225 lbs) and for safety reasons this limit has to be strictly applied. The instructor will ask you if you are between the lower and upper weight limits for flying in the glider. People taller than about 6 feet 3 inches (199 cm) may find it difficult to fit comfortably in a glider – the canopy must close fully without touching the pilot’s head.
- Are there any medical requirements? Any condition that would prevent you from driving a car - generally anything that could cause you to suddenly blackout – would mean that you could not fly. Otherwise getting into and out of a glider is much like getting in and out of a bath.
Will Blackburn qualified as a basic instructor (BI) on Thursday 24th June and flew his first visitor, Brian Gould of Howden, later the same day for an evening visit trial lesson.
At sixteen years and nine months Will is the youngest person to have qualified as a BI at Wolds Gliding Club, if not in the country. The BGA believe there is another similarly young BI but we don't have their details yet.
So it was thumbs up from Will, left, before he took off with Brian.......
.......and thumbs up from Brian as they landed!
Taster Day 2015 is Saturday 04th July!!
Just come in on the day and take a winch-launched glider trial flight with one of Wolds Gliding Club’s instructors for £25. You can take the controls over the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds in one of our modern two-seater dual-controlled aircraft.
We will be flying from dawn to dusk. Last year our first visitor flew at 05.30 am but we will be up earlier than that, weather permitting!
Learn about Pocklington airfield’s history as a WWII bomber base. Find out about gliding and gliders, see our other aircraft and try our simulator. And you could be flying with Club members who have won National or even World Championships.
We’ll explain how and why it is cheaper to learn to fly a glider solo than it is to get a driving licence and you might meet our fourteen year-old old members who can fly a glider solo but still have to wait years to get behind a car steering wheel!
Refreshments will be available all day in our modern clubhouse and there is ample parking on site at the Airfield just off the A1079 York-Hull road at Pocklington.
Taster Day 2015 will be supporting the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by donating £1 for every visitor flight.
Club junior member Joel Hallewell of Wilberfoss was sent solo on his fourteenth birthday, Friday 12 June, by Chief Flying Instructor John Norman. His first solo flights were watched by his parents Neil and Andrea, his grandparents and other relatives. Impressed by two impeccable launches, circuits and landings by Joel they decided to try gliding as well on the day!
Joel got a final briefing from John as he loaded some ballast before his first solo.....
.... and demonstrated the perfect roundout on his second landing - just like the first one...
Looking for the perfect idea for a Father's Day present? What about a Wolds Gliding Club Voucher?
Put a smile on his face - give him one for Father's Day!
We will be at the Driffield Air Cadets Vintage Fair and Air Display on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May. Come and see us and find out how you could be flying with Tim Milner, a member of the Great Britain Gliding team that won the World Team Gliding Championship in 2014!
......... because on Tuesday 26th May we are have a very special day at Pocklington with Tim. Call us on Tuesday or just call in and you could have a chance to try gliding with a World Champion ...... who just happens to be a member of the Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington and a fully qualified gliding instructor!
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