We have a modern and well equipped fleet of single and two-seater gliders, as well as a motor-glider, available for club members and suitably qualified visiting pilots to fly. The club has recently invested in upgraded avionics for our gliders, including standardised 8.33 kHz radios and LXNAV S80 variometers throughout the fleet.
Two ASK 21 two-seat trainers form the backbone of our training fleet. Docile handling characteristics and good visibility make the K21 a great basic trainer. It's also ideal for the student pilots' first solo, and is certified to perform aerobatics.
The DG500 is a more advanced two seater with a retractable undercarriage. It is perfect for advanced pre-solo training and is very capable of cross-country soaring.
The DG1000 is the pride and joy of the club. From the same stable as the DG500, this beautiful machine is suitable for advanced training, such as spinning, long cross-country flights and aerobatics. Club members often hire this machine for use in competitions.
Two-seat glider simulator
The YGC is proud to have an advanced flight simulator within its fleet. The "sim" is based around a two-seat glider cockpit, and uses its native controls. It enables us to augment our training syllabus and is especially useful for teaching initial aerotow exercises and field selection and landing techniques.
The simulator has been recently upgraded to photo realistic scenery and accurately models thermals, ridge lift and real-world weather. It can even pick up historic weather and can be used by pundits to relive flights, to explore new possibilities or fly competitively against others.
Bad weather? No problem! This aircraft can fly whatever the weather outside, and has proved to be an indispensable training aid.
We have a range of single seaters, suitable for a various levels of pilot experience, from early-solo to pundit. One of these is even free to pilots aged under 21!
Two Astirs, generally flown by early-solo pilots to build experience and hours before moving to higher performance gliders. However, they have a fan-club amongst more experienced pilots! The Astir has similar flying characteristics to the ASK21, although it is more sensitive in pitch. Many early-solo pilots have gained Silver and Gold badges in an Astir.
The Discus is a high performance glider with gracile handling characteristics. Excellent flights are achieved in this aircraft which performs equally well in ridge, thermal or wave lift. An ideal cross-country machine.
The DG303 combines good performance with comfort and excellent visibility. The handing is superb and it is equipped with a comprehensive range of instruments.
The K8 is the only wooden single-seat glider in our fleet. It fulfils a key role, in that Junior solo pilots can fly this glider free of charge. It is also popular with 'vintage pilots' who prefer the challenge of soaring in a vintage machine. The K8 can often be seen "top of the stack" on ridge soaring days and even in wave.
The Falke motor glider is excellent for various aspects of glider pilot training. In particular it is good for pre-solo pilots who wish to practise circuits and landings without the hassle of repeated aerotows or winch launches. In addition, the Falke is almost essential for pilots wishing to practice field selection and landing skills.
Our powered fleet of tow planes consists of a Piper Pawnee, Eurofox and a Piper Supercub. The addition of the Eurofox has reduced the cost of aerotows substantially, it uses a much smaller amount of fuel per tow. They're also less polluting, so we're doing our bit for the environment too!