Booker Gliding Club
Wycombe Air Park
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Our Fleet of Gliders and Tow Planes
We have an extensive, professionally maintained fleet of gliders, providing a variety of aircraft for students and members as they progress from training gliders to high performance cross country machines. Our tugs allow us to provide a fast launch rate, reducing the frustration of waiting in the launch queue.
The ASK13, built by German manufacturer Alexander Schleicher, is a very popular training glider, made of a mix of metal, wood and glassfibre, with fabric covered wings and rudder. About 700 were built between 1966 and 1978 before it was succeeded by the ASK21. It stalls and spins well, with an easy recovery, making possible all the exercises in the gliding syllabus. Its large canopy gives both pilots a good all-round view. It has a fixed undercarriage, wingspan of 16m, a glide ratio of 28:1 and a maximum speed (VNE) of 108 knots.
The ASK21 was introduced by Alexander Schleicher in 1979 to replace the K13. It is made of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) and has a fixed undercarriage, wingspan of 17m, a glide ratio of 34:1 and a VNE of 151 knots. It is an excellent basic two seater trainer and can also be used for cross country training. It will only spin if fitted with additional weight at the tail.
Introduced in 1993, the Duo Discus was designed by German manufacturer Schempp-Hirth as a high performance cross country glider, it is still being produced at Schempp-Hirth's factory in the Czech Republic. Its easy handling makes it a delight to fly. It has a retractable undercarriage, wingspan of 20m, a glide ratio of 45:1 and VNE of 142 knots.
The K18 was designed and built by Alexander Schleicher in Germany between 1974 and 1977, in this period 38 were produced. It is constructed with a steel tube framework fuselage and wooden wings, covered with fabric. It has a fixed undercarriage, a wingspan of 16m and a glide ratio of 34:1. It is delightful to fly with excellent handling. The club has one K18 in service and another on a long-term rebuild project.
The SZD-Junior is a glassfibre glider designed and built in Poland by PZL Bielsko. It has a fixed undercarriage, 15m wingspan and a glide ratio of 35:1. Its easy handling make it a good early solo glider, it is suitable for cross country flights and is a favourite for Silver distance attempts.
The Pegasus (Pegase) was designed and built by French manufacturer Centrair from 1981. Made of glassfibre, it uses the fuselage of the German ASW20 with a different design of wing. It has a wingspan of 15m and a glide ratio of up to 41:1. The Club has two Pegasus, one fixed wheel and one retractable. The Pegasus is ideal for early and progressing cross-country pilots.
The SF-25 Falke is the product of the German company Scheibe. Designed as a touring motor glider, the Club uses it for circuit training, also for field landing checks and navigation exercises as part of the Bronze Cross Country endorsement.
MF is a PA-18 Super Cub. This aircraft started life as a 150hp Cub but was converted to a 180hp engine to take account of the fact that newer gliders were heavier. It is fitted with an extra external silencer. The Cub is a light easy to fly aircraft and is well suited for our operation here at Booker.
UU is a PA-25 260hp Piper Pawnee. These aircraft were built between 1959 and 1982 as agricultural aircraft and they are still used for such tasks as crop spraying. UU was in the last batch of new Pawnee aircraft to be imported into the UK, the Club bought it in 1997 after a ground up rebuild as the aircraft had been stored for a number of years. UU is fitted with a 4-blade prop for noise reduction. The 260hp engine produces an excellent climb rate.
Robins are French wooden sports monoplanes with a distinctive 'cranked' wing giving significant lateral stability in flight.
GH is a Robin DR300 180R, slightly lighter than MM which is a DR400 180R. The 'R' suffix stands for 'Remorqueur', the French for 'tug'. Both aircraft have a 180hp engine, a 4-blade prop and an extra external silencer. Robins are a sturdy aircraft and are well suited to the job we put them to.
The best way to learn about our fleet is to visit our club.
Thanks to the following for use of their photographs.
FZA - Ken Lipscombe. RWT - Not that Grumpy
EHMM - David Stevens. CFA - Justin Burt
987 - George Carter. 315 - Starship 370
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