Highest Flying Gliding Club in England 2010!

About Our Club

We fly from Currock Hill just outside Newcastle and have one of the most modern fleets for a gliding club of our size anywhere in the UK. We have three SZD Puchacz two-seater composite training gliders for instructional and early solo gliding and a Grob Astir CS77 composite single seat glider for solo flights and cross-countries. We are well placed to benefit from soaring in the wave which often sets up over the Pennines on a south westerly wind; and our pilots also enjoy thermal soaring in the summer months.

Development Course Update

Thank you and well done to everyone who attended this week's development course.

Hopefully you all enjoyed it and gained something from it! Over the course of the week we managed 81 launches and 26 hours flying.

Some of this week's achievements:

Wave - March 2014

Wave with Dave Osborne 9th March 2014

Development Week Mon 7th April - Friday 11th April 2014

Rob Rose and I are running a flying week on the above dates. The week will be for members who wish to progress quicker: ie Go solo, get Bronze or Cross country endorsements etc.
There will be a limited amount of spaces as we hope to be doing a lot of flying with each individual to attempt to reach their goals.This is a great opportunity for anyone who finds that progress is slow on normal club days due to the lack of available aircraft, instructors etc. There is no course fee and all flying will be charged at normal club rates. So if you want to progress and fill your boots with lots of flying and instruction, then let me know ASAP.

Colin Tweddell ( Deputy CFI )


The BBC Filming of Matthew is to be shown on BBC " Look North " Programme at 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th January. Also some other stars in there as well. Well worth a watch.

EASA LICENCE CONVERSIONS. Presentation and Questions Saturday 18th January 4.00pm

Hi All NGC Members,

As you all may be aware, as from April 2015, the new EASA regulations for flying in the UK come into force. This will affect everyone who flys, wether it be powered aircraft or gliders. Do you know what you have to do to be compliant???

Colin Sword, who is the senior regional examiner for Scotland and the North East, has very kindly offered to give a presentation on this subject and to answer any questions we have.

This presentation will take place at the Gliding Club on Saturday 18th January at 4.00pm and I would urge you all to attend if possible. The presentation will take about 1 hour to 1hour 30 minutes.
This is important to us all if we wish to continue flying after April 2015.

Duty Rota for April - June 2014

Attached is the duty rota for April - June 2014

Tim's silver height

Further congratulations to Tim Neville for gaining his silver height gain in wave last week (subject to the official logger downloading ok!).

Cross country endorsements progress

Congratulations to Tim Neville and Chris Noon who recently completed the two hour soaring flights required for the issue of the cross country endorsement.

Well done both.

Shite Shags Weekend

27th - 29th September 2013

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