Text & Pictures: Bruno Ghils - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2015

Solstice and bygone gliders at the Tournai Air Club

Take advantage of the longest day of the year and fly from sunrise to sunset, was what the Tournai Air Club (T.A.C.) proposed on Saturday June 20, 2015.
The T.A.C. is located at the airfield of Maubray, some kilometers from the town of Tournai. Maubray (EBTY - Tournai/Maubray) is a little field specialised in gliding operating with the help and support of a team of passionates of sailflight, instructors, pilots and members. Flights, training courses and initiations to gliding are done by a winching system and this particularity allows to fly often and at reduced costs. The club also has a towplane MS 894 Rallye on hand.
On June 20, to celebrate the summer solstice, the club organised a sympathetic open door to promote their activities. One could have its first flight (winch launched or aircraft towed) on various types of gliders expertly flown by the local instructors. The public present was given the opportunity to receive detailed information on the presented gliders.
As to mark the event, the T.A.C. also invited bygone gliders... The most beautiful and rare being a Nord 2000 (the Nord 2000 is the French formula of the DFS 108/70 - Olympia Meise, license built by SNCAN in 1947). Property of Mr Firmin Henrard of the 'Faucheurs de Marguerites' association, this glider was certainly one of the highlights of the day. The quality of this aircraft and restoration, a masterpiece of aeronautical woodworking, filled the visitors with admiration... I discoverd the link between aviation, woodworking, luteworks and aeronautics... a real beauty !
After a day like this I can not do anything else than to invite you to come to the Tournai Air Club... for a visit or, why not, a flight, a training course or just to become a gliderpilot...

Carman M200 Astir Jeans
Morane Saulnier MS894 "Rallye", the towing plane of the club
Showing a great interest for the glider cockpit Like a professional
The first one... Schleicher Ka8b
Schleicher ASK-21
Go! Preparing for the launch
Schleicher ASK-13
Schleicher ASK-13
Schleicher Ka-6E Rhonsegler
DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000T
Look at this... What an experience
DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000T
The Nord 2000 glider
This glider is based on the DFS 108/70 "Olympia Meise"
Preparing for a flight
Seems happy to could fly this old flying machine
The flight director and president of the Maubray Aeroclub, Gérard Corneillie

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