Emily and Alistair Try Loops

Student Junior Glider Pilots Emily and Alistair had their first experience of basic aerobatics as passengers with Dan B on Sunday at SoAGC.

They both thoroughly enjoyed their flights.


Aerobatic training is an option in the UK for post-solo pilots within the BGA and to the British Aerobatic Association competitive standards.

Most two-seat training gliders in the UK are capable of at least basic aerobatics. Stratford on Avon Gliding currently club operate two K21 gliders which can perform the BAeA basic figures.

Saturday 10th November 2012

Today started with a rather wet field and a very low cloud base. The wind which was predicted to be a strong South-Westerly, gave us an easier time than expected and we were able to operate on the less damp areas of the field. The cloud base lifted slowly but broke up to enable launching before midday.

Thermal soaring proved not to be possible in general despite significant vertical cloud formations. Some pilots enjoyed themselves flying around the lower clouds; it gives a real sense of speed!

Warwick University Gliding Club sent a contingent of students along and they all enjoyed their flights. 32 launches took place in all; flying was finally stopped when canopies began misting due to the atmospheric conditions.

The club K8 was derigged and stored in the hangar. It will not be flown again as a club aircraft and is now looking for a new home. The new Ka6 was rigged and test positioned in the hangar. It fits nicely!

In this video, Andy shows Mark from UWGC a couple of aerobatic figures in our K21.