The club ownes a Grob 109b motor glider, and there are two other gliders which have been purchased by groups of members forming a syndicate.
These gliders are classed as touring motor gliders and have sufficient power to take off under their own steam. Though they have similar charactoristics to small powered aircraft with the engine running, when it is turned off they perform much like a two seater glider. They are very useful for field landing and navigation training exercises. Another virtue is that they enable a pilot to motor inland to pick up thermals that are often just out of range of a conventional glider.
Grob 109b G-CFUG
The G 109 was the first motor glider built using composite construction, The wing span is 17.4 metres, and the aircraft has a cruising speed is in the region of 60-100 knots (110-190 km/h) on the 95 horsepower (71 kW) engine which can give the aircraft a top speed of 130 knots (240 km/h). The engine (based on a Volkswagen car unit) can be shut down in flight with its propeller blades feathered. The aircraft then becomes a pure glider, with a best glide ratio of around 28:1.
Falke SF-25 - Motor Falke G-BUJI
The Motor Falke has a fuselage constructed of a steel tube skeleton covered with fabric, plywood and fibreglass. The wings are of wood plywood and fabric.
The engine is a four cylinder horizontally opposed air cooled four stroke based on the VW Beetle engine and modified for aviation use by Limbach. It produces around 80HP and enables the Falke to cruise at around 60knots.
The glider has dual controls with the pilots sitting side by side. Visibility is good and the glider has a wingspan of 15.53 metres and glide ratio of around 22:1. It has a central main wheel with outrigger wheels on the wings to keep it level when on the ground.
PNGC is a registered charity no 1148381 Designed by One2One Web Design Service