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Cambridgeshire Aerotow Club is an established member club of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and operates for hang gliding pilots qualified to launch via aerotow behind a microlight tug aircraft. Aerotow conversion training can also be provided for flyers who have a BHPA 'Pilot' rating.
Based at Sutton Meadows near Ely, the CAC is situated in the rural fenlands of East Anglia. The airfield is approximately 10 miles from the M11 and A14 motorways and is therefore within an easy two hours drive of London or the Midlands. Due to its close proximity to the prominent '100 foot drains', the airfield is readily located from the air. However, it is a little trickier to find by road, and so first time visitors may wish to view our directions and map page.
Cambridgeshire Aerotow Club - Sutton Meadows - postcode CB6 2BJ, GPS coordinates 52.23N 00.04E and OS grid reference TL405784.
The large expanse of flatlands are also predominently 'open' Class G airspace and provide ideal safe conditions for aerotowing hang gliders and ample sites for 'out-landings' when flying cross country. The airfield has three separate grass runways (10/28, 06/24 and 01/19, each in excess of 480 meters length) allowing take offs and landings in all wind directions. Tows are available up to heights of 10,000'. Just ask for the height you desire from our 'dial-a-height' machine (the tug). Maybe even join our mile high club?
Thermals are often large and afford excellent opportunities for enduring XC flights. At present the furthest distance record is 174km to a landing by the Humber estuary (the release height was just 900'). Several respectable closed circuit flights have also been achieved.
The Club's caravan/mobile home has a single and double bedroom and is serviced with running water, electricity and has cooking facilities. Ladies and gents toilets are available on site. Hang glider storage may be available for those wishing to make CAC their hang gliding base.
The Club offers two types of membersip:
Full Syndicate Member
Due to CAA regulations full membership of the Aerotow Syndicate is restricted. Providing spaces are available, new members may apply to join the Syndicate by writing to the Club Chairman. Syndicate member liabilities are defined in the Club's constitution.
The cost of annual membership is pre-defined by the Club Committee. Bulk tow credits may be purchased through the Club Treasurer at the Syndicate Member discounted price.
Visitor Day Member
Visiting pilots may purchase Visitor Day membership, which costs £25 per pilot per day. The first tow up to a maximum of 2000' is included in the £25 day fee. The Club allows a visitor to subscribe to this temporary membership for up to 3 days in any year. If you enjoyed the Club and would like to do more frequent flying with us, an application for Full Syndicate membership would be encouraged.
All aerotow flights
In addition to the above membership fees, all flights are charged for in £7.50 per 1000' tow increments. All visitor and flight fees must be paid up before leaving on the day of flying.
Notes to visiting pilots
Proof of current BHPA membership, rating, address and contact details must be shown to the Chairman or Safety Officer prior to flying. It is recommended visitors contact the Club Chairman before flying as he may be able to offer further information about special conditions and requirements for the day. It is strongly advised that basebar wheels be fitted when aerotowing and the Safety Officer may refuse flying if they are not in place!