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Glider Fleet

Kent Gliding Centre has a fleet of modern two seat and single seat glass fibre gliders and two aeroplanes to provide aerotow launching.

The Alexander Schleicher ASK21 is the ideal two seat training glider and is a popular aircraft in use at gliding clubs all over the world.  Used for flight training at all levels, the ASK21 can also be flown solo and early solo flying is usually carried out in these gliders.

The SZD-50-3 Puchacz is a popular training and aerobatic glider and at Kent Gliding Centre is used mainly for advanced and cross country training.

The SZD-51-1  Junior single seat glider is available to members to fly once they have completed their initial solo flying experience in the ASK21.

Our Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee is a converted crop spraying aircraft and has bags of power for towing gliders.  The Robin DR400/180R Remorqueur is purpose built for towing gliders and, in comparison with the Pawnee, relies on finesse rather than brute force to tow-launch gliders.  The tow aeroplanes are flown by suitably qualified pilots under the direction of the Tug Master.

There are a number of privately owned motor gliders based at the Gliding Centre. Often the owner-pilots provide experience flights and cross country training for club members.