Glider taster day in Pocklington

Gliders at The Wolds Gliding Club
Gliders at The Wolds Gliding Club

Residents can enjoy the high life at The Wolds Gliding Club in Pocklington next month.

The club is holding a Gliding Taster Day from dawn to dusk on 12 July.

Members of the public can come in on the day and take a winch launched trial lesson flight with a fully qualified instructor in one of the club’s modern two-seater gliders for only £25.

Event organiser John Hunt said: “If the weather is good we are hoping to better our record of 193 visitor flights when we last did an open day like this in 2009. In addition, this year we are pledging £1 for every visitor flight to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

“In 2009 the first visitor flew just before 5am. For this year’s event sunrise is about 04.50 BST and sunset 21.30 BST.”

Visitors will be able to learn about gliding from club members and see club aircraft, gliders and powered tug aircraft, not in use on the day in the hangar. The club gliding simulator will also be in action for anyone who does not want to leave the ground and refreshments and food will be available in the clubhouse.

Wolds Gliding Club Chief Flying Instructor John Norman said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone who has wondered what gliding is like to be able to take the controls of a glider and experience gliding for themselves in a flight over the glorious Yorkshire Wolds.

“Gliding appeals to all ages – while some club members are now retired our youngest solo pilot was just 14-years-old.”

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