The mainstay of our training and air-experience flights. It’s an older design but these robust yet light handling two-seater gliders are superb for teaching people to fly. From those first training flights through to extended wave and ridge flying. They also climb very well in thermals, nearly always out-climbing some of the club members’ high-performance gliders.
They’re comfortable, roomy, and with a great all-round view, which makes them excellent machines for air experience flights. We have three!
The Ka6CR is probably the first single seat glider that you would fly solo at Talgarth.
It’s of the same generation as the ASK13, the seating position is similar and all controls and flying characteristics are broadly the same. It’s a bit of a classic and has delightful handling and control. A popular glider with members and visitors alike.
The single seat SZD ‘Junior’ provides progression from the Ka6. Easy, secure handling and vice-free flying characteristics. It offers significantly higher performance than the Ka6 albeit at the lower end of the single-seat glass-fibre glider spectrum.
While we have two towplanes, normally we just use one or the other.
Aeropro Eurofox 2K
G-CMAX is our Eurofox 140hp lead tow plane of choice for most conditions, combining lightness, power, economy, and electronic engine management to provide a low-impact, efficient launch service for the gliders.
G-DDDS is the Club’s backup workhorse. Black Mountains Gliding Club was the first in the UK to adopt this kind of powerful, single-seat utility aircraft for aerotowing gliders. With its 235hp engine and a propeller optimised for climb rates and noise reduction, it is particularly at home in the strong conditions that occur sometimes in the mountain airflow.