Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club Fleet


The club offers a selection of two seat and single seat gliders for use by club members, covering everything from basic training through to advanced cross-country in modern single and two seat gliders. Once they have worked their way up through the club fleet members may join privately owned "syndicates"  or continue to fly the club gliders. Several of these aircraft  have  had major overhauls carried out by Club members in the last few years.

 

Club Fleet

 

913

DG505 "913"

This high performance two seater has a glide angle 45:1.  In 1997 this glider was bought new by the Club with the aid of a grant from the Sports Aid foundation.  It is used as a normal Club two seater and for advanced cross country training.  James Metcalfe has taken this glider to the Alps in southern France in recent summers to allow many Club members to enjoy soaring the mountains.  It is fully aerobatic in 17 meter mode and can carry water in a tail tank to enable spin training with even the heaviest pilots.
Grob103

Grob103A Twin II Acro "P70"

This glass fibre training two seater has slightly better handling and performance than the ASK 21, even bigger cockpits and makes and excellent glider for training and trial lessons (albeit with slightly restrictive weight limits).  It can be persuaded to stall and spin with medium weight pilots.
k21

ASK 21"FYV"

This basic glass fibre two seater has very docile handling and is almost impossible to spin or stall (limiting its use in the later stages of training)  With its large cockpits it is often used for trial lessons.  It has similar performance to the "Baby Grob".
K8s

Ka8b   

These basic single seaters have wooded wings and steel tube fuselages, with fabric coverings.  Many people love these light and easy to fly gliders, they climb well in thermals but only glide at 25:1 at 40 knots so have no high speed performance and have to be left safely in their hangar on windy days.  While our Ka8s both had  a major refurbishment recently one will be sold soon and both will eventually be replaced with glass single seaters.
EKF

Grob 102 Club Astir IIIb (EKF)

Often known as the Baby Grob".  The Club has owned this much liked basic glass fibre single seater for over 20 years.  With its non-retractable wheel and old-fashioned thick wing section it does not quite the performance of modern competition machines but a 35:1 best glide angle makes for easy local soaring.  Its very good air-brakes, stable handling and it's performance and comfortable cockpit make it a favourite for early cross-country flights and first field landings.
Astir

Bristol University Astir CS "HXM"     

This single seater is much like the Club "Baby Grob" see above, except that it has a retracting wheel.  It is the older model and is slightly heavier in roll but still has quite acceptable handling.  It is available for Club use when not being used by the University.
MY

LS 4   "MY"

This high performance single seater has a glide angle of over 40:1 making it suitable for cross-country flights of up to 500km (given the right pilot !).   It has very pleasant handling, a large cockpit and very good brakes, it is thus an ideal Club cross-country glider.

Pawnee

Tugs    

Piper Pawnee Single seat, low wing 235 HP Lycoming Engine, tail dragger, designed as a crop sprayer.   Tractor like in its handling and fuel consumption but very good on turbulent days and for launching heavy gliders.

Both Tugs have been fitted with 4 bladed props and silencers to reduce noise.  
Falke Motor Falke

The Scheibe SF.25 Falke is a "side by side"self launching two seat motor glider. This example is privately owned by a syndicate of club pilots, but is generously made available to the club for field landing and navigation training. With judicious use of the engine the Falke can simulate different performance gliders, and is excellent for learning the skills of field selection and circuit planning while cross-country