Dublin Gliding Club

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Fleet

The club glider fleet is comprised almost entirely of Schleicher aircraft. These aircraft are straightforward to maintain and are well suited to making the most of the weak to moderate thermal activity which is typical of Irish gliding conditions.

Club Aircraft

Photo Registration Type Details
Picture_0030a EI GLA ASK-21 The first glass fibre enter the club fleet, the K21 is an extremely docile trainer with a higher load capacity and better cross country performance than the ASK-13’s.
ei-glb EI-GLB ASK 21 2nd K21 adding to the two seater capacity.
GG April 09 (03A) EI-GMF ASK-13 Popular because of their docile behaviour and solid build, these aircraft have been responsible for sending many new student pilots on their first adventures into the air and on to first solo flights.
ei-glc EI-GLC Pegase First club single seat glass fibre glider. This is a ‘club’ version with a sprung fixed main wheel. Used by solo pilots for both local and cross-country flying.
yellow8brakes EI GLF Ka-8 Once early solos have been completed in dual seat aircraft, students move onto flying EI-GLF (the ‘yellow 8’). These are the first introduction the pilots have to single seat solo flying and allow the new pilots to perfect their soaring skills and start on the road to achieving their Bronze, Silver and Gold badges.
2002 08 31 tug 3 EI BIK Piper Super Cub EI-BIK is the club’s tug and work horse responsible for getting the gliders into the air. The Cub is modified to permit aerotow launching, taking the gliders to the initial 2000 ft before release to soaring flight.
G-AVOO Landing G-AVOO Piper Super Cub “Terry Mac” is the most recent addition to the club fleet, having arrived in September 2003. It is essentially identical to EI-BIK.

Club Glider Performance
For those who are interested in comparing numbers, the following table gives some performance information for gliders in the club fleet. (Most of the data was obtained from the sailplane directory.)

type

places

glide angle [speed]

min sink [speed]

net/ payload weight (kg)

wing span (m)

wing loading (kg/m2)

structure

ASK-21

2

1:35 [46kt]

1.20kt-

360/240

17.0

31

fiberglass

ASK-13

2

1:27 [49kt]

1.57kt [39kt]

290/190

16.0

27.43

note (1)

Ka-8

1

1:27 [39kt]

1.24kt [32kt]

190/120

15.0

21.81

note (2)

Pegase 1 1:41[49kt] 1.16kt 250/97 15.0 43.33 fibreglass

(1) fiberglass nose, steel-tube/fabric fuselage, wood/fabric wings, tail
(2) steel-tube/fabric fuselage, wood/fabric wings, tail

Evolution of the fleet
Sunset over K7The makeup of the fleet has changed gradually over the lifetime of the club. Some aircraft have been notable for the duration of their service. The record holder (at more than 40 years) was a Ka-7, EI-105. It was recently sold to a syndicate hoping to start gliding in Co. Roscommon.

The club fleet has tended to be quite stable for long periods of time before undergoing significant change in a short few years. The club entered such a period of change with the acquisition of EI-GLA (the ASK-21) and the sale of EI-105 both having taken place since November 2002. This was followed by a 2nd K21 (EI-GLB) and a Pegase 101A (EI-GLC)

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