Holiday and Training Courses.
Our Holiday and Training courses take place throughout the Spring and Summer and are an excellent way of starting your gliding training with us.
Congratulations after a first solo flight
Our 5-day Learn to Glide courses will take most people more than half way to solo flying standard. Your professional instructor is fully trained to the required British Gliding Association standard. As we would like to see our course members fly with us as much as possible, as an added bonus you will also qualify for 3 months’ free membership of the gliding club, starting from the first day of your course or when you have paid the full course fee.
The majority of launches are carried out using our modern and powerful winch. The club operates ASK21 two seater gliders that are ideal for early training and one of our fleet is always set aside for the sole use of yourself and your fellow course members.
Training flights on the winch are usually around 5 to 10 minutes in duration, and those on aerotow will last around 15-20 minutes. If however, thermal conditions are good and there is natural “lift” in the air, you may expect to fly for 30 minutes or more each flight. Longer flights count as 2 or more launches.
On the first day, the instructor will give a short briefing on ground handling, general procedures and setting out of the equipment. Gliding is very much a team activity and those not actually flying support those who are. Good team work will result in more flying for everyone. All course members are expected to stay at the launch point whenever flying is taking place because everyone must take part in crewing for each flight. Your course fee includes all your flying even if you exceed the minimum guaranteed number of launches. At the end of the week you will have nothing extra to pay
Weekly Course Programme
Early in the week you will have a chance to fly in the T61 motorglider. These flights serve two purposes. Firstly, airborne time is guaranteed so this gives you a chance to get used to basic flight controls. Also you will have time to get to know the local area and learn a few landmarks.
During the week you will be given a chance to take a flight launched by the tug. As well as giving your instructor more time to smooth out any rough edges in your flying, the aerotow is added to your course to show you what this type of launch is all about and can be part of the initial training following the Motor Glider introduction.
This type of launch is the mainstay of your training and is available all day from Monday to Friday. During the week we guarantee at least 15 winch launches (or the equivalent time in the air). If you do not have a motorglider flight or aerotow you are guaranteed at least 21 flights (or equivalent time).
If you wish to arrive early for your course during the preceding weekend, then please feel free to do so. Remember that you are a full club member from the day you pay your course balance so you can fly at any time before or after your course at normal Gliding Club rates. A club member will show you to your room if you have booked accommodation and will introduce you to your fellow course members for that week. Tents and caravans can be booked via the office and can be pitched near the static caravans.
Limited Twin bunk rooms are available included in the course fee, please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towels, as bedding etc. is not provided. There are excellent toilets, showers and member kitchen facilities available as well as a bar. If required there is an on-site caravan and camping space with limited electric hook up also including in the course fee
The local shops provide an excellent variety of food. Usually a “group” decision is made as to where lunch should be purchased. The club kitchen is available for use to make light meals and snacks. Drinks –making facilities are available in the club house paid for at normal club rates.
We fly on most days throughout the summer. The only days that we cannot fly are those days when either the wind is too strong (above 25 mph), fog, or constant heavy rain. Only a few days were lost over the last holiday period so the risk of losing flying time is minimal. Any lost flying time is not wasted however. Your instructor will take advantage of non flying time to give various briefings and lectures on your training to help you understand all the aspects of gliding.
Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes but always remember that airfields can be exposed and cold,so bring some warm clothing just in case. Hopefully though, this season will bring warm weather so don’t forget your shorts. Sun-glasses and sun block are often essential, and don’t forget a light sun hat.
There is no more photogenic sport than gliding. Feel free to bring your camera, 35mm compacts are best but if you bring an SLR make sure you have a neck strap for use in the glider as there is no place to store them in flight.
The airfield is situated only 10 minutes walk from the centre of the small and friendly market town of Pocklington. All local services are available here including a swimming pool, squash courts and gym. Burnby Hall water gardens are a must, especially in high summer as the water lily collection is the finest in Europe. Further afield is the Yorkshire Coast, the North York Moors and of course the historic City of York.
The law requires special supervision of under 18s. Please ask for details.
Three months’ membership, absolutely free.
No hidden charges.
Free launches & flying.
Modern gliders and equipment
£25 discount if you came on a course last year
A Typical Gliding Day:
You should be outside the hangar at around 8.30 to 9.00am when you will be helping to unpack the gliders and prepare the equipment for a days flying. After taking the glider to the launch point flying will begin. Each course member takes it in turn to have a series of three training flights with the instructor. Everyone else will be involved with all the crewing tasks required to get airborne. You will be instructed in these jobs on your first day, and are an essential part of the sport. The more efficiently these tasks (such as log keeping, signalling, hooking the glider to the tow-line, pushing the glider back to the launch point after landing etc) are carried out, then the more time will be left for flying. Around 1.00pm a lunch break will be taken after which flying will resume and continue until 5.00pm. At some times during the day the staff instructor may give various short lectures and demonstrations in the briefing room to prepare you for actual flight exercises.
All gliding training at Pocklington is run according to British Gliding Association standards, and your instructor is fully rated by that body. Each person will be individually assessed by the instructor and your training will be tailored to your needs. Regardless of your experience at the start of your holiday within a couple of days you will be doing most of the flying yourself even the take off and landings, and by Friday night you will be well on your way to solo standard. If you fly for two consecutive weeks you could well reach that standard and fly alone!