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Northumbria Gliding Club

Chopwell, United Kingdom
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About Northumbria Gliding 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.Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors welcome for trial lessons. Please call us before you leave to check the weather is suitable. Gift vouchers also available. We also have an active cadet scheme for young people.
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Nick M wrote a review May 2019
Morpeth, United Kingdom16 contributions25 helpful votes
Absolute Fantastic!! A birthday present that I finally got round to using today. So fortunate with the weather and Fantastic Team @ the Gliding Club! Friendly and so knowledgeable, made us all feel so welcome!! The flight was something else, and the views over the Tyne Valley outstanding/Breath-taking!! Thanks to the whole team!! We will no doubt be back.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Julie F wrote a review Aug 2016
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom73 contributions64 helpful votes
I was given a trial session as a birthday present and it did not disappoint. We telephoned on the day and were told we were good to go. Upon arrival we were greeted by a number of members who were all very welcoming. Rob the instructor offered us the chance to experience some aerobatics. If you have the stomach for it give it a go. All I can say is wow wow wow amazing!! Loop the loop... Upside down incredible. Highly recommend this experience. N.B weather will have a bearing on when you can do this but it's worth the wait! 😀😀
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Scotchontherocks88 wrote a review Aug 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom57 contributions45 helpful votes
We'd booked a fight experience as a birthday gift for one of our party. They tell you to call on the day and check whether flight conditions are good for flying. This we did. We were told that due to strong cross winds there were to be no flights, but if we wanted to go anyway to be shown what a typical day involved then we were welcome to do so. We arrived at 11 a.m. to be told that in fact it looked as though flights were going ahead after all. We were driven to the flight centre, and shown around by Don, who is in charge of the trial flights. We were greeted by a friendly group, and advised we'd be flying in around 20 minutes. More people turned up, and flight after flight went, whilst we were sat waiting, wondering what was happening. We found out that members get priority over trial flights or "gift flights" and that the school is run entirely by volunteers, who have to balance volunteers' needs with those who have purchased flight experiences. That's fine. We get that. The people involved are clearly passionate volunteers. However, it took two hours of waiting before our friend was given a flight. Had we been told it would be around two hours when we arrived, we'd have been happy with that. The difficulties arose with being given information which was neither correct or realistic. The member of our party who was flying did eventually get airbound, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. His instructor, a fit young man named Rob, couldn't have been better. He was knowledgeable, attentive and professional - everything you could want. Our guest loved it - thoroughly enjoyed it. It's definitely worth the money, but our advice would be in terms of constructive criticism to the organisers, keep your "flight experience" purchasers informed as to what's going on. To see people arrive after you, and given flight priority is mystifying and annoying. Once it was explained to use that members get priority in terms of flights, and purchasers of "gift flights" are slotted in between, it made much more sense, but it was the not knowing which made things rather frustrating, and a bit disorganised. It's clear the people who run this club are dedicated and love what they do, and that's fantastic. We wholeheartedly support what they do. However, if they just let people know what's happening, and when you're likely to be able to fly (realistically - not optimistically) that would be so much more helpful, Our advice would be to anyone contemplating a flight - take a small picnic. Expect delays. Enjoy the scenery and the experience of watching what goes on. It's a great trip out, and the guys who run this are really great. It just needs a little better organisation to make it a first class experience.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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19MJK94 wrote a review Jul 2015
Hetton, United Kingdom39 contributions26 helpful votes
Came as part of a university course, in order to write an assignment on aerodynamics. Event was well run, though as part of this the students in the course helped with the take-off and retrieval of the glider. Flight was fun, and would probably do it again - I enjoyed the experience of the whole Morning.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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doctorludo wrote a review Apr 2015
Leeds, United Kingdom25 contributions10 helpful votes
I visited this club today for the first time. I had read the only other review currently published, and was understandably apprehensive. I thought some balance might be needed. The experience itself was fantastic. I flew with Dave, who was friendly and calm. He controlled the glider as we were towed to the right height, talked me through manoeuvres and then let me take control for a fair length of time. He talked me through riding a thermal, gaining height, turning, and using the pitch to control speed. He also knew the area well so, when he was in control, pointed out landmarks we could see; as far as the coast. The other members were friendly and welcoming, and it was an excellent experience. I would fully recommend this to others. To address the comments in the previous review, it is fair to point out that you are paying to be a member for a month. This is not go-karting or paintballing, which exist solely for the benefit of customers and for which you would reasonably expect a tight time schedule and precise organisation. You are joining a club of people who buy, maintain and store gliders, and invite you to join them as they fly them. With only one powered aircraft to tow them to height, you have to take your turn. If there is only one trainer (as today), you have to wait for him/her to come in to land with the previous flyer. As gliding is dependent on the weather, flight lengths vary. So, don't go and expect to have your flight and leave (which I would have expected were it not for the previous review). Take warm clothes, a friend or two, some sustenance, and be prepared to stand on a hillside with some friendly and enthusiastic people and enjoy the overall experience. Then head to one of the excellent local pubs and make a day of it. You can go back later in the month and join the queue with the regular members if you fancy another go, and you will pay less (but, I believe you will be lower priority than those who have not flown before). The main areas for improvement, which would have lifted this to a five-star review, are some aspects of organisation that can be readily addressed. Confirmation that flights are happening is obtained on the day, by phoning the club. It is not possible to plan far ahead, as even significant rain will stop flights. The club phone is not always answered promptly. Today, I simply decided to bite the bullet and go, and didn't really know whether they were flying until I arrived. To improve the experience for non-members, for minimal effort, it would be helpful to update the club website/facebook page with information regarding whether flights are planned for the upcoming weekend, and confirmation on the day that the club is meeting. In addition, some clear signs at the club; a site map, directions, a waiting/parking area for non-members, and possibly some simple refreshments for sale, would make thing more welcoming for newcomers.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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