Becoming a Member
So you have decided to learn to glide! You have paid your annual membership so welcome to the club. First thing to remember is that no one is paid and everyone is an equal volunteer member. We all pull together to enable gliding to happen at Kirton in Lindsey (or Kirton as everyone calls it.) That is actually what makes it such a great club with a friendly attitude and you are now part of it.
When you arrive in a morning (most arrive between 8.30am and 9.30am) - put your name on the flying list as that will determine the order you fly in. The duty pilot / instructor will start getting people together and the gliders are taken out of the hangers. Remember when everyone pushes and pulls it makes light work.
Usually by 10am we have all the equipment at the launch point and we will start to fly. Those at the top of the list (ie arrived first) fly first - the duty instructors giving each pupils 3 launches / lessons. When it is your turn you will show them your log book and progress card so they can see what standard you are at and then will talk through the exercises to be completed. After your flights add your name to the list again and you will, subject to time, get another 3 flights. At the end of the day all the equipment needs putting away - and then a well earned drink in the bar. If you are making a weekend of it you are welcome to bring you caravan and stay on site.
After between 70 and 120 launches most people have reached the required standard and will be sent solo. It is a big day and you will be completely ready and confident - and remember your wallet as that evening when we retire to the bar its your round!
That is only the beginning - for once you are solo then the fun really begins. You will soon move on to our single seater gliders and learn new skills, such as cross country flying, competitions, flying in wave or aerobatics. Eventually you may even become an instructor and start to teach the next new member how to fly a glider!