Have a first flight

A first flight experience is a great way to try something new and experience the delights of soaring flight, or maybe you’d just like to take in the view!

Only £99.50+ P&P

Join the ‘mile high’ club

Fly one mile high with us!
One mile high is 5,280ft (1,609m) above sea level. You can view the beautiful Vale of York from high above!

Only £155.00+ P&P

First year introductory membership

First year introductory membership

This offer provides all of the benefits of full membership but additionally includes 15 flights within the one-off price.

Only £520.00+ P&P

Information for pilots

Contact us

Contact us to find out more:

Phone: 01845 597237
Email: enquiry@ygc.co.uk
How to find us


Take to the skies with us!


is often seen as a graceful descent to earth, but it's actually much more than that. It's about understanding weather and using up-drafts to soar the skies, often for hours at a time. Modern gliders are sleek, hi-tech and fast machines built from state-of-the-art materials. Unaided, they can be flown for hundreds of miles and can climb two miles high or more. Our Club is dedicated to making it as affordable and easy as possible for those who want to take part in this, the purest form of flying there is!

The Yorkshire Gliding Club

Was founded in 1934, on moorland above the White Horse at Sutton Bank, by a group of pioneering aviators. Today, we aim to advance the sport of gliding through the provision of high-quality training and facilities, affirming our position as the best soaring club in the North of England. Read more at our Club.

A not-for-profit organisation, the Club operates seven days a week, and is run by members for members. We have a comprehensive and modern fleet of aircraft. Men and women from all walks of life take part in a sport where everyone is equal. Apart from Club flying, each year we give first flights to around 500 people of all ages including young people and Scouts. Our Club is especially interested in involving young people with gliding and is an official Junior Gliding centre! See Junior Gliding.

Share our experience

Gliding is an exciting sport for all and the Club welcomes visitors. Facilities include a cafe, lounge and outside seating area, all with superb views. So, why not come and see the action for yourself?

Consider taking a first flight or trying your hand in our state-of-the-art simulator. For those wishing to take things further, we offer a comprehensive range of training options with qualified instructors. Which is for you?

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Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th June 2017

Friday 16th.  A light to moderate WNW wind greeted the day with wave evident and this was soon exploited by those taking off during the morning.  A slowly approaching weak front resulted in the skies becoming increasingly cloudy and the wind, while slowly increasing to  moderate, backing to become WSW. 16 ATs were flown, with flying […]

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Monday 12th to Thursday 15th June 2017

Monday 12th.  A predominately moderate to fresh, W’ly wind gusting into the high 20 kts ensured it was a winching day, with good hill lift and evident wave, although the day’s cloudiness meant getting into the wave was somewhat problematical.  14 winch launches were flown, all in one or other of the club’s four 2 […]

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Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June 2017

Monday 5th.  A moderate and at times fresh SSE’ly airstream slowly veered into the SSW over the course of the day, as a slow moving depression tracked northwards over the east of the UK, the accompanying rain lasting all of the flying day and amounting to 9mm in total.  The combination of rain and low […]

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