1st Trentside Scout Group

Darlton Gliding Club welcomed the 1st Trentside Scout Group for their gliding experience and overnight camping stay today (30/08/2019).

After everyone had been flown during the afternoon it was off to the club house for a post flight briefing by the club’s instructors.

Buzzing with Excitement

Visited Darlton Gliding Club on Saturday 20th July 2019 on the off chance of getting a flight in a glider for my 11 year old grandson.

Arrived just as the weather started to improve and we were given a very warm welcome from all the members there. They were very friendly and made both of us feel at ease.

Very soon my grandson was kitted out with the safety gear, weights were added to help with stability and he was up in the air for his first ever glider flight. He was absolutely overjoyed with the experience.

A second take off and flight soon followed. It was an amazing experience for him, one he will never forget and when he found out he had become a temporary junior member, he couldn’t wait to arrange another visit for the next weekend.

I can’t thank the pilot Dave enough for the way he treated and interacted with my grandson. It made his day – he was buzzing with excitement. Thanks to all there and hope to see you again soon.

Eddie’s 80th


I can’t thank you enough for today – my dad is a man of few words and I have never heard him say something is brilliant but he did today.

He hasn’t stopped talking about it all day and says it’s the best birthday gift ever.

You have gone out of your way for him and made his birthday special – thank you.

Please also thank your son, the pilot and the other gentleman, the whole experience has been amazing.

I will send you pictures tomorrow when we’ve sorted them out from pictures of clouds!

Kindest regards


Darlton Powers Up!

Until recently, the lack of mains electricity at DGC has comprimised many aspects to the club’s saftety, security and ameneties.

That changed however on Saturday 30th Septemeber when, after nearly two years since the first application was made to Sport England, Mike Brown flicked the switch and mains electricity became a reality at DGC.

The switch on ceremony, witnessed by Alison Randle (BGA Development Officer) and a group of DGC members, was the culmination of a project that has seen a lot of time and hard work given freely by club members and a grant from Sport England.

The new mains power supply will enable improved training facilities, and access to the Internet would will release significant additional training resources.

The addition of a proposed flight simulator will offer valuable opportunities for teaching, training, entertainment and participation on non-flying days of inclement weather, and improved welfare facilities such as lighting, heating, shower, and food storage will be a huge benefit to all members.

The club would like to extend its gratitude to all those who have contributed their time to ensuring the success of this project: Pete Storey, Roger and Julie Starling, Steve Payne, Ron Vickers, Ian Burgin, Dave Bowns, Robert Tatlow, John Maddison, Chris Gadsby, everybody else that I have not named here (please accept my apologies), and of course, Mike Brown without whom the project would not have succeeded.

Our flying visit last Sunday

We wanted to thank you all for such a great visit last weekend.  We were all a little nervous but were put at ease by everyone’s professionalism, kindness and understanding.  It was a huge adventure and we enjoyed every moment.  Amy was a star, so patient and Jill thought you were great. 
We would recommend this to anyone who is a little apprehensive, the fears will soon go.  An amazing experience and such kudos with everyone we have told, and believe us we are telling everyone!
Thanks so much, we certainly plan to come again .
Tina, Lee and Jill Sinclair and Roger Cox

A Satisfied Customer

Here’s an email I got today which I’d like to share with everyone.  We may not see him again here, but hopefully not lost to gliding …..

 Firstly I would like to say thanks for the warm welcome at the club the other week when I came on a chance of being able to fly. To have 5 short flights during the week I was in the area was great. I wanted to ‘have a go’ and certainly did and enjoyed every minute of it. To get a grip of the controls and learn about how the stick and rudder pedals actually work together was great. Thanks to all at the club and please pass on my thanks to Amy and Mike who took me up, they made me feel at home in the aircraft and gave me excellent tuition. As I was on holiday in the area, it is difficult for me to return on a regular basis but will certainly drop by again when I can. The experience has certainly whetted my appetite and I am looking to visit Bowland Club in the next few weeks as the closest club to where I live and give it another go. I will complete your survey and check out you FB page. Thanks again and hope to see you when next in the area. Regards.