NOC Innovations runs successful Glider Training Course

The training course forms part of NOC Innovations’ overall glider service offering, including calibration, piloting and essential warranty work

Posted 14th November 2023|1 minute read

The glider team at NOC recently hosted an enthusiastic group from NIOZ (the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and STS (Sea Technology Services – South Africa) to teach them about the technical and operational fundamentals of glider operation.

The course included a mixture of practical exercises, such as operating gliders in the dock, with lecture sessions concerning the fundamentals of glider operations. The sessions covered the following areas:

  • Glider flight fundamentals
  • Glider components and sensors
  • Glider communication
  • Shoreside software
  • On-board glider software
  • Mission planning
  • Glider prep
  • Glider ballasting
  • Glider piloting
  • Glider field operations (including small boat deployment and recovery practice)
Glider training course at NOC

Glider training course at NOC

The NOC glider team have developed the training course as an addition to their existing glider service centre offering, and reinforced NOC Innovations’ status as Europe’s go-to glider pitstop. This course acts as a platform to exchange knowledge, network, and share their breadth and depth of experience operating one of Europe’s largest glider fleets with other institutions to the benefit of operators globally.

Following positive feedback from participants, the course is set to be developed further and run again soon. If you are interested in more bespoke training, this can also be arranged.

Click here for more information on our Glider Service Centre

About the author

Phil Bishop

Phil Bishop

Head of Commercial Development

Phil’s an oceanographer with significant experience in business development, commercial management and the offshore technical services sector. Here at NOC Innovations, he’s responsible for the commercial delivery and expansion of our technical and scientific services. This encompasses our existing services and the identification of new ones.