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.
Submitted by Keith McIntyre on Thu, 17/07/2014 - 03:04
An early start on Sunday morning delivered several achievements for our members. With the perfect wind profile forecast, I had a feeling there would be wave around until lunch, by which time it would probably turn thermic. Sure enough, with the first launch releasing at 1600ft straight into 5kts, there was wave running east-west just off the end of the strip. Each glider topped out above FL100 with some reaching FL130.
Well done everyone!
Tim Neville - gold height
Malcolm Smith - gold height, two hour flight for XC endorsement and first contact with Newcastle ATC as P1
Keith McIntyre - silver height (plus plenty) and two hour soaring flight for XC endorsement
Dave Scott - re solo on aerotow again
Submitted by Rob Rose on Mon, 09/06/2014 - 07:09
Well, this last week has been one of the best I can remember at NGC. It started on Sunday with the good news that John Hire had successfully completed his Assistant Category Instructor course. Well done John. Moving on from that, we flew everyday from Tuesday to Sunday and couldn't have wished for better conditions. Tuesday - Thursday gave us great thermal conditions with cloud bases reaching 6100' amsl. Friday and Saturday delivered a mix of thermal and wave - I stopped climbing at 12500' because I got cold in shorts and t-shirt!
Some achievements from this week:
- Tim Neville is now Bronze & XC Endorsed
- Matty Moor got his one hour soaring flight for the XC Endorsement in blue wave
- Keith McIntyre is converted on to the Astir
- Jamie thermalled away from a winch launch
Submitted by Rob Rose on Tue, 20/05/2014 - 07:18
On Tuesday we flew 20 students from the excelsior academy in Newcastle. The day was a great success and I am sure enjoyed by all the students who flew. 3 lucky students will be chosen for a flying scholarship sponsored by British Airways and will receive 2 weeks gliding at NGC in July this year. Thanks to all those members who helped out on the day. Andy Perkins, who is Vice Chairman of the BGA and also organises these scholarships for the Air League was present on the day,and has said that he was really impressed with the professional approach by NGC in the running of this day. He was quite impressed with our small club and this puts us in good standing for holding future events of this kind. Well done to everyone involved.
Submitted by ctweddell on Wed, 30/04/2014 - 10:45
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:
Submitted by Rob Rose on Sat, 12/04/2014 - 20:12
Wave with Dave Osborne 9th March 2014
Submitted by Keith McIntyre on Mon, 10/03/2014 - 23:59
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 )
Submitted by ctweddell on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 16:00
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.
Submitted by ctweddell on Thu, 09/01/2014 - 16:23
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.
Submitted by ctweddell on Thu, 09/01/2014 - 15:14