Take to the skies with gliding club

Wolds Gliding Club instructor Jan van der Hoek prepares to fly the first visitor at last year's taster day as the sun rises over the Wolds at Pocklington.
Wolds Gliding Club instructor Jan van der Hoek prepares to fly the first visitor at last year's taster day as the sun rises over the Wolds at Pocklington.

The Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington is holding an open taster day next month.

Anybody interested in getting involved in gliding is invited to take a winch-launched trial lesson flight with a fully-qualified instructor in one of the club’s modern two-seater gliders.

The session, which will run from dawn until dusk, will take place on Saturday July 4 at the airfield, Pocklington.

Wolds Gliding Club’s chief flying instructor John Norman said: “Last year we flew nearly 150 visitors on the day, some from as far away as Northampton.

“Last year the first visitor flew at about 5.30 am. For this year’s Taster Day dawn is just after 4 am and we’ll be ready and waiting.

“Many people see us in the sky over the Vale of York and the Wolds but don’t realise how easy it is to just come along and fly with us. This is a great opportunity for anyone to try gliding.

“Almost everyone enjoys it and it’s surprising how many people take it up after they’ve had their first taste of gliding on a day like this.

Once again we are pledging £1 for every visitor flight to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.”

Visitors will be able to learn about gliding from club members and see club gliders and the powered tug aircraft not in use on the day in the hangar. They can also find out about the history of the airfield, which was originally a World War Two bomber base.

The club gliding simulator will be in action for anyone who doesn’t want to leave the ground and refreshments and food will be available in the clubhouse.


n For more information visit www.wolds-gliding.com