Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre
The Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre has been operating from the South Coast for over 50 Years. Originally membership was only open to serving Naval personnel but over the years the membership criteria have been relaxed to include other branches of the M.O.D. and latterly to members of the general public who have skills that they can use to keep the centre running.
The centre has been based at the Naval Airfield HMS Daedalus for many years. The airfield is no longer an active Naval Base and it's now known as Lee on Solent Airfield The main part (centre) of the airfield has been purchase by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency but day to day running remains with the Hampshire Police Air Support Unit. PNGC now has a negotiated agreement with the MCA and for the forseeable future will be based on the airfield. We also share the airfield with Solent Flyers and numerous other groups that fly a multitude of powered aircraft from the field.
The centre operates every weekend, at Bank Holidays and also on Wednesday afternoons.
We hold three gliding courses throughout the year. These are of one week duration and though primarily aimed at RN Officer cadets, if spaces are available then club members can sometimes be squeezed in.
The centre owns numerous two seater training gliders plus a range of single seaters to suit pilots from early solo to Silver and beyond. There is also a growing fleet of private gliders.
Launches are available by aerotow using one of our tug aircraft, Super Monk "Victor Hotel" or our Super Cub "Fox Oscar"
The view of Chipmunk VH that most glider pilots prefer.
We also give excellent winch launches with our lovely Skylaunch winch.
It can be a long day on the airfield and one of the most important aspects of the club can be The Pre Stall Buffett, our fully equipped catering coach, which provides food and drinks for our hungry pilots.
Visitors from other clubs are always very welcome but owing to the difficulty in physically obtaining access to the airfield you will need to ring one of the committee members so that someone can meet you at the gate and let you in.