icGC fleet

icGC owns three high performance gliders for different classes of flying and, as a member of icGC, you have access to all of Lashams training fleet as well.

Grob 103 (aka 496)

This is our 2 seater training glider which is used for trial flights and instruction. You will probably have your first flight in this. You may also go solo in this aircraft. It is probably one of the highest performance double seater training glider you can find!

ManufacturerGrob
Model NameTwin III Acro G 103 C
No. of Seats2
No. Built>1000
Wingspan18 m
Max L/D36:1 at 58 kt / 67 mph
MinSink2.3 fps / 1.36 kt
Vne140 kt

Discus B (aka 296)

The Discus is our newest glider, and will be your first single seater. It is used by many people for their first cross countries and long duration flights.

296

ManufacturerSchempp-Hirth
Model NameDiscus B
No. of Seats1
No. Built~570
Wingspan15 m
Max L/D43:1 at 54 kt / 62 mph
MinSink1.94 fps / 1.15 kt
Vne135 kt

ASW 24 (aka 96)

The ASW 24 is our hot-ship single seater. Higher performance that the Discus, it has been used in world class competitions. Nowhere else could you be flying in such a beautiful machine so soon!

96
ManufacturerAlexander Schleicher GmbH
Model NameASW 24
No. of Seats1
No. Built249
Wingspan15 m
Max L/D44:1 at 57 kt / 65 mph
MinSink1.90 fps / 1.13 kt
Vne154 kt

Isn’t this all going to be expensive?

No! Gliding is much cheaper than most people think, and can be extremely cheap if you are careful.

Once you join icGC, the whole of Lasham Gliding Society’s facilities are made available to you. This is a 90% cheaper price than members of the public get! You also get half-price soaring in Lasham gliders as a member of icGC.

icGC membership fees 2021/22

  • Full-Time IC Students/Staff/Ex-student: £49

If you wish to buy student membership now, you need to do it from the union website.

Sign up by then end of October to get a free flight.

Typical flight costs

In the world of gliding you pay a fixed amount for the launch and then a ‘soaring fee’ for each minute you’re in the air. And the instruction is included in the cost!

Full-time student costs:

  • Winch launch (charged by Lasham): £7
  • 2000ft Aerotow launch(charged by Lasham): £35.50
  • Soaring fees (icGC gliders): £0.26/min

Example:

  • 10 minute flight in ‘496’ off a winch: £9.60 – The vast majority of your training flights will cost about this.
  • 30 minute flight in ‘496’ off a winch: £14.80
  • 1h flight in ‘496’ off a winch: £22.60
  • 20 minute flight in ‘496’ from 2000ft aerotow: £40.70

Minibus to Lasham (return): £10

Ex-Student Members

Anyone who has studied at IC for 1 year or more in the past, and has paid the Union for a Life Membership card. Life Members must join Lasham separately also as the union doesn’t allow us to subsidise you, and must pay £0.52/min in soaring fees. Take a look at our Ex-Student page.