Our Fleet

Our Fleet

We have a modern fleet of single and two-seaters available for club members and suitably qualified visiting pilots. After site checks, and with the approval of the CFI, you can fly these superb machines but please note we do require solo pilots to produce their UP TO DATE LOGBOOK and also a VALID MEDICAL FORM. This is in line with BGA requirements.

Two-seaters

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 for basic cross-country training.

The DG1000 is the pride and joy of the club. This beautiful machine is capable of advanced pre-solo training, and also long cross-country flights. Club members often hire this machine for use in competitions and on weekends in summer.

The DG500 is from the same stable as the DG1000. It is perfect for advanced pre-solo training, such as spinning, and is also capable of cross-country soaring.

Two-seat glider simulator

The YGC is proud to have an advanced flight simulator to its fleet. The "sim" is based around a two-seat glider cockpit, enabling us to augment our training syllabus. Bad weather? No problem! This aircraft can fly whatever the weather outside, and has proved to be a very useful training aid.

The simulator has been recently upgraded to photo realistic scenery and can now accurately model thermals and ridge lift. 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.

Single seaters

We have a range of single seaters, suitable for a range of pilots, from early-solo to Pundit. One of these is even free to pilots aged under 21!

The Discus is a high performance glider with docile handling characteristics. Excellent flights are achieved in this glider 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.

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 K21, although it is more sensitive in pitch. Many early solo pilots have gained Silver and Gold badges in an Astir.

The K8 is the only wooden single-seat glider in our fleet. It fulfils a key role in our fleet 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 lower performance machine. The K8 is often be seen "top of the stack" on ridge soaring days and even in wave.

Powered Aircraft

Our powered fleet consists of a Piper Pawnee, Eurofox and a Supercub. The addition of the Eurofox to our fleet has reduced the cost of aerotows, 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!

The Falke motor glider provides an excellent facility for various aspects of glider pilot training. In particular it is good for pre-solo pilots wishing to practise circuits and landings without the hassle of aerotows or winch launches. In addition the Falke is almost essential for solo pilots wishing to learn practice field-landings. More experienced pilots benefit from such flights to revise their field selection and outlanding skills.