Our Club

Our facilities

Clubhouse3The Club is open seven days a week throughout the year. Situated on the eastern edge of our airfield, the hangars and buildings cluster is dominated by our distinctive round Clubhouse. The office is also open seven days a week with staff dealing with administration, answering queries and handling members affairs.

We fly whenever the weather permits and a mix of Club and members' aircraft take to the air. Details of the Club's own modern and well equipped fleet are here Our Fleet

Our upper storey Clubhouse cafe serves snacks, beverages and lunchtime meals and the adjacent lounge provides amazing views to the west and south. These facilities are open to the visiting public.

A team effort

Like other Gliding Clubs in UK our Club is run mainly by member volunteers. This teamwork adds to the social aspects of the flying experience and newcomers quickly meet and learn lots from other more experienced members. Instruction is provide free by our team of fully qualified instructors. The pupil pays for the aerotow or winch launch and the flying time in the aircraft

Operations

Every morning with a prospect of flying weather, volunteer members open the hangar doors before 9.00 am and the Club aircraft are brought out for inspection.   Conducted by experienced members, a rigorous safety inspection is carried out on each aircraft, checking the airframe, controls and instrumentation

Whatever the weather, each day at 9.30, the Chief Flying Instructor or his deputy holds a meeting of all those present in the Briefing Room. Here the weather data, air traffic and airfield operations for the day are displayed and discussed. Individual members can also discuss their requirements. Those wishing to fly Club gliders under instruction enter their name on the daily flying list and are taken for their instructional flights in that order

On the airfield, members retrieve landed gliders, manoeuvre them in the launch queue and assist with the launch process. This teamwork and socialisation adds greatly to the  enjoyment and the understanding of learning to fly.

Pay us a visit.  See the Club in action.  Talk to our instructors and members. How to get to our airfield is here Yorkshire Gliding Club