Leinster Gliding Centre has an enviable fleet of gliders made up of three 2-seat gliders together with two single seat gliders for early solo pilots.
Our two ASK-21 gliders, shown below, are the backbone of our training fleet. These two seat aircraft can bring a pilot from their very first flight, through solo and onwards to basic cross-country training. They are incredibly versatile, capable training aircraft that are used the world over.
LGC enjoys the continued service of one ASK-13, registration EI-GMF. This aircraft is the predecessor of the ASK-21 in design terms, and is an equally capable and versatile trainer. GMF provides students with experience of a broader range of glider characteristics and is often used in early solos.
In addition to the above three training aircraft, Leinster Gliding Centre has two single seat gliders for early solo pilots. These aircraft are ideal for the early solo pilot as they start their journey towards their early cross-country flights. Both are K8b gliders, registrations EI-GLF and EI-GMS and they area joy to fly.
Our two tugs, EI-BIK and G-AVOO are what get us into the air. As an aerotow-only operation in Gowran Grange (also with auto-tow in Kerry), we are reliant on these two mighty workhorses. Again, these aircraft type will be found towing gliders worldwide due to their immense power (180 HP engine) and excellent flight characteristics.
And while they are not actual club members, we are honoured to share our local skies with many buzzards (pictures below from the airfield) and occasional Red Kites. These magnificent birds are stunning to watch thermal and our pilots are occasionally treated to seeing one of these beauties while in the air.