UoN Gliding owns 2 gliders for its members to fly, with no soaring charges, which would normally apply when flying a Cranwell glider. We own both a 2 seat training glider and a single seat glider for solo pilots to move on to. Between these two gliders, the needs of all our members are covered when taking them away on an expedition.Grob 103 Twin II Acro - 'NU2'
The G103 Twin II Acro, or simply 'Acro', is a 2 seat basic training glider that is also capable of simple aerobatics. We purchased the Acro in December 2006 as a replacement for our old K13, 'HPE', which we eventually sold to Dumfries & District Gliding Club in January 2008. The Acro is of a fibreglass construction rather than the wood and fabric of the K13, giving it a higher performance in a straight glide.
Being a heavier glider, it is more suitable for strong wind days, and we have been able to fly the Acro on days when then K13 wouldn't have even left the hangar. The better trailer enables us to take the Acro away on trips a lot more easily than we could with the K13.
A lot of pilots have their first solo in the Acro, and of a lot of others will experience their first flights or lessons in it. We usually have the Acro displayed on the sports field at Freshers' Fayre each year, so you may have seen it before!Grob Astir CS 77 - 'NU'
The Astir CS 77 was released in 1977 as a followup of the successful Astir CS, which was one of the first fibreglass gliders in production. The CS 77 has a new fuselage and cockpit design, and improves on some other areas of the CS, such as the tailplane fitting.
It is a basic single seater which is easy to fly, yet has a higher performance than Cranwell's K18, so it capable of much longer cross countries. It has a retractable wheel & powerful airbrakes to assist with an easy landing, although it does have a tendency to bounce if it is landed at too high a speed!
UoN Gliding's Astir is kitted out with the same navigation instruments as the Acro, which enables an easy transition from one to the other, and is suitable for entering into competitions by UoN Gliding members, such as the National Juniors. Members can fly the Astir once they have enough experience, usually 30 or more solo flights and plenty of experience in a fibreglass 2 seater such as the Acro.