Darlton Gliding Club
Darlton Gliding Club was formed during June 2007 by the merging of the former Newark and Notts Gliding Club and the Dukeries Gliding Club when both of these clubs lost use of their airfields. Darlton is now the only gliding club in the county of Nottinghamshire. The Dukeries club had been based at Gamston but when they lost the use of this site they were able to acquire the land at Darlton. Subsequently the Newark and Notts club lost the use of their airfield at Winthorpe when the adjoining showground did not renew the lease. After a short period of ground-sharing a formal decision was made to merge the two clubs into one and the new Darlton Gliding Club was formed.
Initially there were no facilities on site - gliders were rigged and derigged each day - so the priority was to erect a hangar. A portacabin was also installed to act as a clubhouse. Much work has been put into improving the grass, and it is now able to support year round operations. Over the last 3 years club members have erected a second hangar and the original portacabin has been replaced with a new club house which was officially opened in April 2011.
The runway is oriented 05/23 (into the prevailing wind) and the area offers good soaring opportunities. Soaring flights have been achieved in every month from February through to November.
The club is run on a non-commercial basis by the members for the members. All non-flying activities are shared on a voluntary basis.
Motor glider operations are permissible and a group of members have a Falke motor glider based on the site.
The current active fleet consists of:
- K13 - Two-seat trainer
- Puchacz - Two-seat trainer
- K8 - Single-seat basic
- Janus - Two-seat advanced
- Discus - Single-seat advanced