This modern high-performance glider is made by the world renowned Schleicher company in Germany. It is a two-seat training glider in a tandem configuration which means one seat is behind the other. The student pilot sits in the front with the instructor sitting behind. Both pilots have identical cockpits and the glider can be flown from either one. This glider is also fitted with hand controls to provide equality of access for those with a disability of the lower limbs. A hoist of medical standard is available to assist with entry and exit.
The ASK21 has a wingspan of 17 metres (55ft 9in), a top speed of 151 knots (175 mph) and a maximum g-loading of +6.5 and -4. It has a glide ratio of 34:1 meaning for every 34 metres it travels it loses only 1 metre in height! This is the main glider in which students will complete most of their training and in which they will fly solo following successful completion of training.
This magnificent glider is manufactured by the Glaser Dirks company of Germany. It is a two-seat dual-control glider used for advanced training and solo flying. It also features tandem seating. The wingspan is 20metres (65.6 feet). Maximum speed 146 knots (168 mph). Glide ratio 44:1.
The Astir is a single-seat glass fibre glider built by the Grob Aircraft company. It is for use by club members who have reached solo standard. It has a 15 metre wingspan and a glide ratio of 34:1.
Super Cub PA18 (G-TUGG)
The workhorse of the fleet is the Centre’s tow plane – a Piper Aircraft Super Cub. It is fitted with a 180hp engine and large propeller optimised for towing. The combination of a light airframe, powerful engine and high lift wing together with its strong undercarriage make the Super Cub an ideal tug aircraft.