Four Counties
Gliding Club

A Member of the Royal Air Force Gliding & Soaring Association

RAF Wittering

Rotax Falke

Rotax Falke

The Scheibe Falke SF25c is the club's motorglider. It is constructed of a combination of metal tubing and wood, covered in fabric painted in a refreshing shade of yellow! The engine is a 100hp Rotax 512S, leading to the more common name "Rotax Falke". This more powerful engine also allows the Falke to be used for towing gliders, meaning the club can combine two aircraft into one.

As a Motorglider, G-FLKE is used for many tasks, from basic training, through to field landing and cross country training. It's flying characteristics are similar to a gliders, and it differs from conventional powered aircraft, in that it relies on its wings, which are large like a gliders, to keep it airborne, while the engine is used for climbing and maintaining height. This means that students can practise use of controls in a glider-like situation, without the limitations of conventional short duration glider flight.

As a tug, the Falke is obviously some way below the power and performance of the larger conventional Glider tugs such as the Pawnee or Supermunk, but it provides a good rate of climb, and can easily handle all the club aircraft. Power and weight limitations, however, prevent it towing large two seaters with water on board.

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RAF Wittering
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