Ground Fleet

Auckland Gliding Club Facilities & Fleet

Drury winch picture

The winch. Favourite launching method for students and everyone else when the weather is good enough to get away from 1000 - 1400 feet. Equipped with a 250 HP V-8 and 1000 metre polypropylene rope, the winch will accelerate the glider from 0 to 100 km/h in about 2 seconds and get you launched in less than half a minute....

Closeup of the winch drum The winch front-end

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At the end of a day's flying, it is pleasant to relax with friends and a drink on the clubhouse deck, also used for social functions with family members such as barbecues. The clubhouse includes a lounge, lecture/meeting room, licensed bar, kitchen plus the usual facilities.

The tractors (Thunderbirds 1 and 2) in the foreground are used for towing gliders to the launch point.