Dublin Gliding Club was established in 1952 and has been based at Gowran Grange since 1980. Find out more about the club’s history here.
Airfield and Local Soaring
Gowran Grange has operated as an airfield since the 1930s. It has a single grass strip runway just off the north-south line (actually 03-21).
The launch method used at Gowran is exclusively aerotow. Standard launch height is 2000ft AGL. Maximum launch height is 4000ft AGL, constrained by local airspace.
Local soaring conditions are primarily due to thermal activity. The thermals in Ireland are not as strong as in many parts of the world, but on good days they are certainly strong enough to have extended flights enjoying the local views or to make cross-country attempts of 50km to 100km. In exceptionally good conditions using high performance gliders, flights in excess of 300km have been flown.
Certain wind conditions, primarily winds from South East, result in wave systems being created over or near the airfield. On these days it is possible soar for hours in very smooth lift.