Melbourne Gliding Club
Melbourne Gliding Club prides itself on providing one of Australia's best fleet of club-owned gliders. The club owns four twin-seat and two single-seat gliders, as well as two highly capable tug aircraft.
A pair of modern, high-performance DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000s are at the core of the club's training fleet. This means that all of our members are able to enjoy the best that gliding has to offer, from the instant that they step into a cockpit.
The DG-505 Elan is one of the club's primary training aircraft.
A slightly earlier model than the DG-1000S (also owned by the club), the DG-505 is in all respects a very similar aircraft. While it is a high-performance aircraft more than capable of long-distance flights, it is also an easy, predictable and comfortable glider ideal for students.
This aircraft has optional wing extensions which may be fitted to increase the wingspan from 18 m to 20 m, significantly improving performance at the expense of a slight change in handling.
All students at Melbourne Gliding Club will perform their first solo in either the DG-505, or the closely-related DG-1000s.
|DG Flugzeugbau DG-505 Elan - Aircraft Data|
|Country of Manufacture:||Germany||Registration:||VH-VMF|
|Manufactured:||2005||Empty Weight:||400 kg|
|Construction:||Fibreglass / Carbon Fibre||Wingspan:||18-20 m|
|Best Glide Ratio:||40:1 (18 m), 44:1 (20 m)||G-Limits:|
+7 / -5
|Instrumentation:||LXNav S100||Maximum Speed:||270 kph / 150 kts|
|Member Rate:||$0.90 / Minute||Flight Manual:||DG500 Orion Flight Manual|