622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron


What happens if the wind drops?

Nothing - the wind has little effect on glider performance. Unlike a sail-boat which derives it's forward speed by using the wind, a glider / sailplane generates lift by travelling through the air, using a component of it's weight to provide forward motion.

Can you fly in winter?

We can fly at any time of year but there are certain weather conditions we cannot fly in, when it's raining, during VERY strong winds and with very low cloud. This weather is more likely during winter but we still fly most weekends during winter.

How long will a glider flight last?

Everyone is familiar with the 5 to 8 minute circuit, but the only real limitation on duration is the need for appropriate soaring conditions, with most members of the squadron having 30 minute flights in their log book and a few have over 5 hours for a single flight.

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Defense organisation for the United Kingdom operating primarily in aviation Training to develop existing staffs' skills encompassing practice of known exercises and training of advanced techniques. A glider with an engine which is able to launch itself from the ground, e.g. the Vigilant Variometer Instrument used to measure rate of climb or descent, calibrated in the Viking to measure 100's of feet per minute. This is about half the weight of a family car, or roughly as heavy as an empty glider with two rather large men and their lunch hamper.

Visual Meteorological Conditions Clear weather where the pilot can maintain visual contact with his surroundings, rather than having to rely on his instruments to fly and navigate which is known as Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). VMC is a requirement for air cadet gliding.

Flying Supervisor The most senior staff on a VGS responsible for all flying standards. Consists of the commanding officer, the chief flying instructor and the deputy chief flying officer.