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Gliding on the Isle of Man

The Jurby Era

Gliding took place on the Island initially by the Royal Air Force at RAF Jurby during the 1950's flying Slingsby T31's & T21's. After the RAF left Jurby gliding did not start again on the Isle of Man until the early 1990's when a group of enthusiasts started Manx Gliding Club at Jurby with a Slingsby T53 (BGA1787). This aircraft was one of the evaluation aircraft used by the Central Gliding School for the Air Training Corps in the 1970's.
Unfortunately the T53 was grounded following a heavy landing. A Bergfalke II (BGA1492) was obtained by the club along with a re-lifed L13 Blanik (BGA1830) purchased privately by Dave Wiseman in 1992. Although the Blanik moved to The Andreas Flying Club in 1993 the group developed into a more formal organisation calling themselves The Islanders Gliding Club. Additional funds were spent on winches, ground equipment, additional aircraft such as an Auster and a Ka2b. The club also joined the BGA.
By now the Islanders Club were suffering high rents and were forced to a small airfield at Hall Caine. (historically the Isle of Man's first airport) This site proved too small and with the lack of good flying opportunities members drifted to the Andreas Flying Club where some other members with the Blanik moved earlier.

The Andreas Era

Before the Islanders moved to Hall Caine increasing costs and other conditions forced some members of the club to relocate at Jurby's satellite airfield at Andreas. The commercial arrangements here were a lot more "small club friendly" being privately owned rather than Government owned like Jurby.
Gliding started at the Andreas airfield in January 1993 with the L13 Blanik, now named Boggles. We became a part of the Andreas Flying Club which covered all aspects of General Aviation including gliding and microlights. In May 1995 the L33 Blanik was purchased, followed by our tug aircraft and Auster (G-AHAU) in 1997 and a pristine Ka8 in 1998. The club also has use of an Ogar Motor Glider owned by the airfields owner Lionel Morrey. This provides excellent opportunities to soar the parts of the Island just out of reach of the conventional gliders.
During 1997 it was agreed by the gliding members of the Andreas Flying Club that gliding side of things would be best served as a members owned club, running it's own affairs and paying rent for the hangarage and airfield use. The Andreas Gliding Club was born on the 1st Jan 1998.

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