This is Rattlesden’s biggest tandem glider. A world class, soaring training aircraft perfect for beginners and novices alike. Built by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co it has an empty weight of 360kg, wingspan of 17 meters and a top speed of 150 knots. The aircraft is made entirely of specialist plastics and fibre glasses and is able to perform aerobatic manoeuvres including loops and rolls. When the aircraft is not being thrown around the skies, it offers the perfect experience for beginners to get used to flying and soaring with it’s gentle touch to flight.
This is Rattlesden’s second tandem glider and offers a different experience from the larger and heavier K21. Built by PZL Bielsko, it boasts a lighter weight of 320 Kg and a wingspan of 16 meters making this glider perfectly suited for trainees starting spin and spiral dive training for their BGA Pre-Solo Syllabus.
This is Rattlesden’s oldest tandem glider offering a unique flying experience compared to the other two. This glider is also made by Alexander Schleicher GmbH but uses the concept of a mixture of re-enforced wood, metals and fibre glass. This glider is particularly special because of it’s flying characteristics with an especially slow soaring speed, making for an easier thermalling experience (on the most part) for trainees and x-country pilots alike.
A very capable single seat glider for pilots progressing from the SZD-51 Junior. A good cross country aircraft for Gold distance and beyond.
The Junior glider is Rattlesden’s Polish built single seater and provides the perfect upgrade for newly qualified solo pilots. Built by PZL Bielsko, this glider is perfect for further developing a pilots soaring skills without forking out money for a sole ownership or syndicate ownership in a glider.
The latest addition to the fleet. The Falke motor glider allows guaranteed long flights for both upper air work and/or approach flights at a cost only marginally more than an hour in a glider off aerotow. Perfect for field landing and navigation exercisers and well as power flights for suitably qualified club members.
The savior to Rattlesden offering astounding value for money aerotows on both our asphalt and grass runways. Powered by a Rotax 912 flat 4 engine, boasting a wingspan of 9 metres and weighing in at just under 300 kilograms (lighter than the K21 and Puchacz!) this aircraft has changed the face of aerotows not only for Rattlesden, but for the Gliding community as a whole.
The workhorse of all winch launches, this twin drum winch boasts an LPG 8.2 litre V8 capable of providing nearly 300 horsepower! Our winch has nearly 3km of synthetic re-enforced rope wound around two steel frame drums. When engaged, it can propel gliders into the air at speeds of over 80Kts. When running, it’s sound resembles something of an American muscle car, despite it’s UK build origins.
Our converted coach acts both as a radio ‘air traffic control’ and a place to shelter from the elements. In the mornings before flying starts, the coach is driven out to the end where we’re flying from (weather dependant), plugged into our runway telecoms system and used to carry everything required for day-to-day gliding activity from parachutes to tea and coffee (yes…. hot tea and coffee, a luxury on the airfield!). At the end, it is driven back to the clubhouse and plugged into charge ready for the next day.
Our custom designed and manufactured cable retrieve truck is used to pull out the cables from the winch. Built and constructed by club members, our modified ford transit pickup has a solid steel frame painted yellow (hard to miss) and holds lots of old car tires (to hold down wingtips in particularly windy conditions).
RGC has two retrieve vehicles used to pull gliders around the airfield and shuttle guests/members between clubhouse and launch point.
The first is a LPG modified golf buggy, providing excellent visibility and comfort.
The second is a Cub Cadet 4x4, with a top speed of 30mph it can zip from one end of the airfield to the other within minutes. A low speed gearbox provides ideal and easy glider towing.