NVGC offer trial gliding lessons

near Cambridge and Peterborough

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Fees:
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Launch Type: Winch £6.50 Club Gliders (incl first 2 mins)

Winch £7.50 Private Gliders

Club Fleet: Grob Twin Astir, K7/13, K13, SZD Junior, K6, K8

Private Gliders:
Aircraft from K8 to DG300

Instructors: 11

Types of Lift: Thermal, & Occasionally Wave

Operates: Thursdays (Solo Only)

Weekends and Bank Holidays

Contact: 01487 813062 or visit www.nvgc.org.uk
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Site Lat and Long: N52°25.947  W000°08.851

NENE VALLEY Gliding Club is
a friendly club providing leisure, cross-country and competitive flying to member solo pilots, trainees and visitors in comparatively free airspace. Current membership is around 62 with over 15 privately-owned gliders on site. The club fleet includes two two-seater gliders for training, a single-seat glider for solo pilots, and a large number of privately owned aircraft are also kept on-site. Nene Valley (NVGC) operates from our airfield at Upwood, Cambridgeshire, using one twin drum winch and one single drum winch for launching up to 2000ft. Members also have access to motor gliding facilities and aerotow launches provided by visiting tug aircraft.
     The site includes a ¾ mile-long runway, hangar and workshop, trailer parking and a clubhouse. Our clubhouse offers a comfortable lecture room and main clubroom facilities, toilets and shower, kitchen and refreshments, and a club office.

NVGC began life in 1968, using a field at Winwick, near Molesworth, and was duly registered as a member of the BGA.
 In 1982, following friendly negotiations with the authorities at RAF Alconbury, and at the request of the RAF, the gliding club moved to RAF Upwood to avoid the Alconbury MATZ panhandle.
 In 1995 the club was given notice by the Defence Land Agent to find a new home as RAF Upwood was mothballed and put up for sale. After a period of uncertainty, Marshal Papworth, a local farmer and glider pilot, offered the club a lease on land adjacent to RAF Upwood.
 Planning permission was subsequently granted and members began construction of the new clubhouse and hangar.

The club moved to the new site in May 1997, but the site was renamed Marshal's Paddock following the tragic death of Marshal Papworth in March 2000.

     The club fleet has been improved with the addition of a Grob Twin Astir, K-7/13, K13 and newer Junior. Our two purpose-built winches have been continuously upgraded, offering excellent launch facilities on our 240°/060° grass runway.
  Our priority is to keep NVGC
membership both affordable and accessible so the club is run on an entirely voluntary basis, including daily airfield tasks, maintenance, and
servicing of aircraft and equipment. All members are encouraged to support the club - no previous experience is necessary; our only requirement is a willingness to help.

The Club now operates a scholarship programme with Abbey College at Ramsey the link between the college and Nene Valley Gliding(NVGC) is thought to be the first of its kind in the country and give 12 students tuition from flying instructors.

Original by Simon Gent (PR member 07-08)

(Updated Summer 2013)

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Nene Valley Gliding Club Ltd, Marshal's Paddock, Ramsey Road, Upwood, Cambs, PE26 2PH
Clubhouse 01487 813062 Launch Point 07761 478417
The Views expressed in this Website are not necessarily those of NVGC Ltd or the Webmaster
The Nene Valley Gliding Club Ltd is registered in England with registration number 5193277 and its Registered  Office is  Marshal's Paddock, Ramsey Road, Upwood, Cambs, PE26 2PH