The Club has a very enthusiastic group of Glider flyers who, in addition to recreation flying, take part in two Eastern Region Electric Glider Leagues and annually in the BMFA F5J Competition.

In addition to the electric gliders we “Slope Soar” from the cliffs at Felixstowe when the wind is from the SE.

See Sections below for more details.

Note that Only the competitions that the Club hosts at Lt Bentley appear in the Club Diary on the Home Page.

For confirmation of "Bartletts" dates and rules click here

Electric Gliders

An “Electric Glider is one that uses an electric motor to initially gain height, the motor is then turned off and the remainder of the flight is as a pure glider.

Although Electric gliding can be enjoyed as a solo activity it is at its best when there are several flyers as it inevitably turns competitive, who can find the best thermal? who can stay up the longest? who can land the most accurately?

Whilst competition models can be very expensive (>£1000) fun can be had, and even competition success achieved, with very economic models, including “foamies”.

Competition Electric Gliding

A competition flight is in three phases:

Launch: a 30 second motor run or 200m height, which ever comes first. The motor switch off is controlled by an “electronic gadget” called a height limiter. Launch heights vary in other types of competition.

Glide: The ideal glide for maximum points is exactly 10 minutes from launch. This can not be achieved from a 200m launch without the help of thermal lift.

Landing: Land on a pre-determined spot, points are gained the closer to the spot.

Competition Results:

8th Oct 2017. Bartletts

            Excellent results for club members at Bartletts last weekend.  


30th Aug 2017.  F5J at Lt Bentley

The IRCMC hosted a round of the F5J glider league at Lt Bentley.  There were 29 enteries making for an excellent competition.  A couple of photos of Ipswich club members competing are shown below.

14-16th July 2017 Eurotour F5j competition at Anger in the Loire Valley

Club member Peter Ley is competing in a Eurotour F5j competition at Anger in the Loire Valley. This is a very large international glider competition for models up to 4m span. During the week (11-14th July) there is a practice competition with the main competition being held over Friday and the weekend (13-16th July). Below are copies of mails from Peter, start reading from the bottom (new mails added at the top)

Eurotour F5j July 2017

9th July 2017 Bartletts  League, click here 

Lt. Bentley 9th July 2017

15th May 2017 Bartletts League click here, 

Kent 14 May 2017

9th April 2017 Bartletts League click here, For Photos click here

9 April 2017 Bartletts

Slope Soaring

Slope Soaring at Felixstowe is totally dependent on the wind, a >10mph wind from the SE is necessary, unfortunately the prevailing wing is from the West so whenever the conditions are right the opportunity must be taken. Almost any glider can be flown from the slope given a wind strength to match its characteristics, also many power planes can be “sloped”, particularly impressive are WWII fighters.

To check the wind live at Felixstowe click here

Aero Towing.

Aero towing is where a glider is launched by being towed to a height by a motorised "tug" aircraft.  This launch method is ideal for models of scale gliders where a motor on the front would spoil the appearance.  The video below was taken with a GoPro camera mounted in Paul Wainwright's glider being towed by David Jower's Tug on Sun 25th June 2017