The gliders

Classes of Glider

Gliders are divided in to classes for National and International competitions:

  • Standard class - 15m wingspan gliders without flaps to change their wing shape.
  • 15m class - 15m wingspan gliders with flaps to change their wing shape.
  • 18m class - 18m wingspan gliders with flaps to change their wing shape.
  • 20m Multi-Seat - gliders must have at least two seats (most classes to this point have been single seat only) and the wingspan must not exceed 20m. Gliders may be fitted with flaps to change their wing shape.
  • Open class – no limits.

This year we are hosting the Standard, 15m, 20m Multi-Seat and Open Classes so there is a wide variety of gliders.

Glider types in the Standard Class

The LS8 has been the class leader for many years. The original design dates back to xx it is noticeable by the curled winglets that were a real innovation when they were introduced. The design of the LS8 really seems to suit the UK weather conditions a mixture of good thermal performance and straight line gliding at speed
Discus 2
The Discus 2 is popular in continental Europe, it is arguably more efficient at high speeds than the LS8 but is considered to be more demanding to fly and harder to thermal. The most competitive ‘a’ fuselage types have a very small cockpit which is very cramped.

Glider types in the 15m Class

The ASW27 is a very good 15m glider, the design is more optimised towards high speed flying than the Ventus 2 but the gliders are light and competitive. you might expect them to perform well if the weather is good
The ASG 29 is designed as an updated 18m version of the ASW27 the design is really a little too heavy for the 15m class if the thermals become weak, if the weather is strong then these gliders will be contenders.
Ventus 2a
this glider is an old type but nothing has really ever replaced it in the UK for 15m competitions (the new Ventus 3 and JS3 might try soon) the gliders are exceptionally light and can carry lots of ballast so are ideal on the weaker days and still very competitive on the faster ones.

Glider types in the 20m Multi-Seat Class

Duo Discus
The Duo Discus is an unflapped, 20m wingspan two seater (hence Duo) though it doesn’t have any resemblance to the single seater Discus. It is used by a lot of clubs as a cross-country trainer, allowing students to experience and practice long distance flights with an experienced instructor in the back seat.
The Arcus is a high performance, flapped two seater. It shares the same fuselage design as a Duo Discus but has a re-designed wing allowing it to fly 4km further for every 3,000ft in height.
The DG-1000 is a competitor to the Duo Discus. It shares a similar performance and is occasionally used by gliding clubs as another high performance two seater to offer cross-country training to pilots.
The ASG32 is a brand new high performance two seater. Sporting a 20m wingspan, it’s been designed to compete in the 20m multi-seat class of competitions. It’s similar in performance to the Arcus and is flapped.

Glider types in the Open Class

The JS-1 is definitely the glider to watch in the Open Class. It’s won world championships and is one of the best performing open class single seaters in the UK, hence its popularity.