Event Information

5 June 2019
2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Come and put Physics to the test!

An exciting opportunity to discuss the application of Physics to gliding in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District and even try flying in a glider yourself. Plenty of interesting context for your Physics teaching, including:
• Energy stores
• Forces & turning forces
• Kinematics
• Materials and properties

In this twilight / evening session, we’ll be looking at what keeps gliders in the air, under control and flying safely. If you’d like to, you can experience firsthand the incredible acceleration of a winch launch, the momentary freefall of a (controlled) stall and the thrill of landing.

Outline programme for the evening:
1430 Depart South Manchester (optional – head there yourself if you prefer)
1600 Arrival and register
1610 Introduction to gliding by members of the Gliding Club
1700 Simulator demonstrations & discussion of Physics and experiments
1800 Up to the field for launches, experiments (video & mobile phone data logging)
2000 Pack away gliders (volunteers welcome!) – Depart (earliest)
2100 Depart (latest)
2200 Arrive South Manchester (estimated)

There is no charge for participation in the event itself, but flying a glider can’t be financed by the IOP and will cost £53 to be met by the delegate. This covers the launch & recovery fee, trial gliding lesson (focusing on the Physics discussed) & insurance! Hopefully this will get you at least 10 minutes in the air – more if possible – but this is highly dependent upon the weather conditions on the day.
It is also possible that the evening will have to be postponed should weather prevent flying – a backup date of 17th July has been reserved, just in case…

  • Available Spaces: 15
  • Contact Details: spearce@loretogrammar.co.uk


  • Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club
  • Camphill Farm, Great Hucklow, SK17 8RQ
  • England


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