Cambridge Gliding Club has been based at Gransden Lodge Airfield since 1991 and, with a membership of just under 200, is one of the largest gliding clubs in the country. Besides simply soaring locally for the sheer joy of it our pilots regularly fly triangular courses in excess of 300 kilometres (the club distance record is 982 kilometres). We also fly several hundred Scouts a year, aeronautical undergraduates from City University, members of Cambridge University Gliding Club, run a vibrant Cadet scheme (they can go solo at age 14), teach 25-40 adult pilots to glide and provide an increasingly active social scene for our members and visitors.
From talking and listening to many local residents over the past couple of years it became clear that not many actually know that Cambridge Gliding Club is on their doorstep; so we have set aside Sunday 30th June for a Parish Open Day from 4 pm until dusk to enable you to come and meet us. We will be providing winch launches in our two seat training gliders until dusk and aerotows from 4 pm until 7 pm.
We will be offering winch launches for £35, aerotows at £55 and motor glider flights for £55. These are all heavily discounted from the usual trial lesson costs, but must be taken on the day. We will be donating 25% of the funds generated to three locally based charities to be nominated by the Parish Council delegate to the Cambridge Gliding Club Consultative Committee. For anyone wishing to try gliding without leaving the ground the CGC Mintel Simulator will be available free of charge.
We hope that this Parish Open Day will provide an opportunity for you, your family and friends to come along, see what we actually do, chat to the members who will be there to help run the evening and, perhaps, try gliding. Light refreshments will be available and we intend to provide food from our new barbeque at nominal cost depending upon the number of expected visitors.
Because we cannot anticipate attendance it would be very helpful if you could email the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to come along (and the probable number involved) a few days in advance simply so that we can ensure that we have sufficient gliders, tugs and instructors on hand to fly everyone.
I look forward to meeting you there.
Richard Brickwood – Chairman, Cambridge Gliding Club.