Junior gliding

Juniors K6

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club (DSGC) actively encourages young people to take up the sport of gliding, pilot training can start from as young as 12 or 13 years.

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Course appraisal - 2018 Alan Stoneham

The scene – a retired BA training captain takes to the skies in a glider for the first time on a 5 day course at North Hill.

Read more: Course appraisal - 2018 Alan Stoneham

A typical gliding day at North Hill

At start of the day

  • Arrive at the club between 08:00 to 09:00.
  • Find the flying list either in the Clubhouse or in the Launch Point Vehicle (LPV) and add your name to the bottom of the two-seater or single seater column.
  • Assist the Duty Instructor and Launch Point Marshall in inspecting and refuelling the ground equipment if cleared to do so.
  • Take parachutes in their bags to the LPV, and the laptop computer
  • Assist the Duty Instructor and Launch Point Marshall to unpack the glider hangar and perform the Daily Inspections (DI) if cleared to do so.
  • Following guidance from the Duty Instructor, set up the airfield for flying
  • Round up the sheep into the enclosure
  • Position and setup the winch, tow out the cables with the Discovery (Disco)
  • Position and setup the LPV
  • Attend the daily briefing

Flying commences with club members taking an active role in the following tasks

  • Attach the cable to the glider about to launch and signal to the log keeper
  • Run with the wing
  • Logkeeper logs the flights
  • Retrieve the gliders with the Landrovers or Kubota
  • Tow out the cables with the Discovery (Disco)
  • Drive the winch

At the end of flying

  • Before putting gliders in the hangar, help wash the gliders  and remove flies from the leading edges
  • Under guidance from an Instructor, pack the hangar, ensure parachutes are removed and batteries put on charge
  • Return all ground vehicles to the ground equipment hangar and plug the LPV into the charging point
  • Let the sheep out









For more detailed instructions and guidance please read Operations and Ground ops manuals (pdf)