IN CONTROL: Chief Superintendent Dave Wakelin preparing for flight with one of Darlton Gliding Club's instructors.
OPENING: Mrs Diana King, chairman of BGA Development Committee and BGA chairman Patrick Naegeli officially opens the new Darlton Gliding Club house.
A GLIDER club based in Darlton has spread its wings with the opening of a new clubhouse.
The clubhouse opening marked the end of a two-year design, installation and fitting out period – all carried out by the club members with a wide range of skills and enthusiasm.
The opening ceremony was carried out by two officials from The British Gliding Association (BGA); chairman Patrick Naegeli and Diana King, chairman of BGA Development Committee.
Darlton Gliding Club was formed in June 2007 from the amalgamation of two long existing local clubs – Newark & Notts from Winthorpe, Newark and the Dukeries Club from Gamston.
The Darlton club has been flying from the new site, previously a farmer's field, for more than three years and the members have been developing the site at a remarkable rate.
They have built a 1,300 metre runway, two aircraft hangars, a clubhouse, a repair shed, car parks and installed an underground sewage system and a generated electrical supply.
The club currently has 65 members – male, female, young, old, experienced and ab-initio pilots who can enjoy flying from a site remote from population and controlled airspace.
For more information, visit www.darltonglidingclub.co.uk