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Owen Grogan Silver Distance

Congratulations to Owen Grogan who completed his Silver C Distance. Owen used the club’s Ka8 to do one leg of the Silver Badge, the 50k distance. Owen also narrowly missed out on his Silver C Duration by a very short time. Owen went to Bagenalstown which is around 57 to 60 km away and came back to land at Gowran Grange in the Ka8 which was an achievement in itself. Well done.

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Mick Shannon Silver C Badge

Congratulations to Mick Shannon who completed his Silver C Badge. Mick used the club’s Ka8 to do two legs of the Silver Badge, the 50k distance and the 5 hour duration. The Silver Height Gain was achieved in 2019 at the Ulster Gliding Club. Mick went to Bagenalstown and came back via Athy, over Kilrush airfield. He then did beats up and down between Kilcullen and Toughers in Newbridge to run down the clock to his 5 hour duration.

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Damien Molloy Silver Duration

Another good achievement today – Damien Molloy stayed up for 5 hours 14 minutes, gaining a Silver duration. Many congratulations to him! It was not easy, with a slow start with weak thermals disintegrating every 7-10 minutes, slightly stronger later, followed by a fallow period as the top cloud cover came in earlier than forecast. Then a late burst of wave helped for the last hour or two, with strongish thermals near the end. He had a number of low…

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Damien Molloy new Class 2 Instructor

Damien Molloy passed his Class 2 Instructor Rating test today – a big congratulations to him!! A word from the man himself……….. Thanks a million to everyone for the kind thoughts and congrats. A special thanks to all of the Instructor core who put up with the exercises, paperwork and questions. Looking forward to bringing our student pilots on. Strong lift and safe landings. Damien

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Task week and Course week got off to a flying start.

A Few words from our Cheif Flying Instructor Cecily Begley.. A great first day to the Task week and course. Our course member, Carl, had his two first flights – welcome, Carl. Pawel Nowak and Richard Irvine had their first (Irish) solos (Richard last week). Yes, of course they both were solo in Poland and the UK, respectively, before but it’s still an achievement to fly out of our small airfield. Richard also soloed last week (and again today) in…

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View from a K21

This video was presented by Tony McDermott and captures a recent flight taken by Tony from the tail of the K21 glider he was flying. Tony meets up with out K13 club glider and keep company for a while. Check it out here https://youtu.be/H54oUwWmrvg

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Some Pics from Gowran

It’s beginning to feel like normality at Gowran Airfield as restrictions are beginning ease and our Air Experience holders are now getting to fly finally. It was a busy day on Saturday 12th June with over 26 flights taken. Several private gliders made their appearance too, which gave the duty Pilot a bit of a headache when the launch point became a car park for gliders. The weather proved to be hot with some thermals but not strong enough to…

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Congratulations to Brian McBride

Dublin Gliding Club would like to congratulate Brian on his first solo at Gowran Grange on Saturday May 1st 2021. Brian has been a member since early 2020. Prior to joining the club Brian was a member of Cambridge Gliding Club and had taken a short break from gliding before becoming a member of our club. Since then Brian has been a regular student and has flown in the club nearly every weekend that the club could operate during Covid-19…

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Punchestown
Naas
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