The Club Fleet

Heather and Steve launch
Heather and Steve launch

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The Club House

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George landing

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The Club Fleet

The club currently has 3 two seater aircraft, 2 single seater aircraft, 1 motor glider and 1 tug aircraft. In addition to it's own air fleet, TVGC has a range of vehicles for both towing and retrieving gliders alongside a winch and tractor.  A number of club members fly their own aircraft and TVGC is able to offer hangarage and trailer storage for gliders.

Grob Acro G-DEXA

Janus   G-TVGC

The German built Grob Acro II is Trent Valley Gliding Club's main training aircraft, favoured for its pleasant handling, roomy cockpit and good performance. This design of aircraft once held the world "out and return" glider distance record of 1000.88km.   Our particular glider spent a number of years with the air cadets before being purchased by the club in 2001.

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two

  • Length: 8.1 m (26 ft 7 in)

  • Wingspan: 17.5 m (57 ft 5 in)

  • Height: 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)

  • Wing area: 17.9 m2 (193 ft2)

  • Aspect ratio: 17.1

  • Empty weight: 390 kg (860 lb)

  • Gross weight: 610 kg (1,345 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (160 mph)

  • Maximum glide ratio: 38

  • Rate of sink: 0.6 m/s (120 ft/min)

Puchacz G-CHFH

Our Polish built SZD -50 Puchacz is a popular 2 seater training glider used for spin training and as a second training glider.  Purchased new by the club,  this glider is often flown solo by club pilots looking to do local soaring.    

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two

  • Length: 8.38 m (27 ft 6 in)

  • Wingspan: 16.67 m (57 ft 8 in)

  • Height: 2.48 m (8 ft 2 in)

  • Wing area: 18.16 m2 (195 ft2)

  • Aspect ratio: 15.3

  • Empty weight: 368 kg (811 lb)

  • Gross weight: 570 kg (1,256 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)

  • Maximum glide ratio: 30

  • Rate of sink: 0.7 m/s (138 ft/min)

Astir G-DHTG

The club also an Astir single seater aircraft.  This glider is available for club members to fly, both locally and also on cross country flights.  It's ideal for early solo or cross-country pilots and once you have gone solo then you will progress into this aircraft.

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1

  • Length: 6.75 m (22 ft 2 in)

  • Wingspan: 15.0 m (49 ft 3 in)

  • Height: 1.26 m (4 ft 2 in)

  • Wing area: 12.4 m2 (133 sq ft)

  • Aspect ratio: 18.2

  • Empty weight: 250 kg (551 lb) approximately

  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb) with water ballast; without ballast 350 kg (770 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph; 92 kn) manouevring and airtow

  • Stall speed: 59 km/h (37 mph; 32 kn) without airbrakes

  • Never exceed speed: 250 km/h (155 mph; 135 kn)

  • Maximum glide ratio: Best 38, at 105 km/h (64 mph, 56 kn) and 0.77 m/s (152 ft/m)

  • Rate of sink: 0.62 m/s (122 ft/min) minimum, at 76 km/hr (47 mph, 42 kn) and glide ratio 34

EuroFox   G-CKAB

Motor Falke G-BUFG

Our Slingsby Motor Falke training aircraft is ideal for helping you progress your gliding.  From early pilots learning the basics to those wishing to do field landing checks or progress onto a motorglider licence this aircraft is ideal.  It is basically a glider with an engine that can take off under its own power.  Once airbourne the engine can be stopped and you are a glider.  Start getting low and you can start the engine and revert back to a powered aircraft.

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two

  • Length: 24 ft 11 in (7.6 m)

  • Wingspan: 50 ft 4 in (15.33 m)

  • Wing area: 188 ft2 (17.47 m2)

  • Aspect ratio: 13.4

  • Empty weight: 740 lb (335 kg)

  • Gross weight: 1,170 lb (530 kg)

  • Powerplant: 1 × Starck Stamo MS1500, 45 hp ( kW)

 

 

Performance

  • Maximum glide ratio: 22

  • Rate of sink: 200 ft/min (1.00 m/s)