Visit Our Club
Welcome to The Yorkshire Gliding Club! We have been flying gliders from our site at Sutton Bank since 1934. The Club was formed by a group of pioneering aviators, including several famous names. You can read all about our fascinating history at the history page. Today, the Club is dedicated to advancing 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.
The Club is open seven days a week throughout the year. We fly everyday the weather permits, and also hold ab-initio training on selected summer evenings. The Club operates a modern and well equipped fleet of gliders. We have a Café that is open to the public (closed on Mondays) and a safe viewing area. While we welcome visits by the public, please remember we are a very active airfield and therefore please only approach our site via official entrances/exits, remain within the marked safe areas and keep children and dogs under close control.
A team effort
Like other gliding clubs in the UK our Club is run mainly by volunteer members. Keeping the club running like a well-oiled machine requires a substantial team effort! This teamwork adds to the social aspects of the flying experience and newcomers quickly meet and learn lots from other more experienced members. As one of the larger clubs in the UK, we also have a small professional operations staff, with instruction being provided free by our team of fully qualified instructors. The pupil only pays for the aerotow or winch launch and the flying time in the aircraft.
Formal restrictions on the Club's activities have ended now; however we ask everyone to consider the following advice:
- Please use hand sanitiser where provided or wash hands frequently.
- Please do not visit us if you are feeling unwell or have recently tested positive for Covid-19 either via a PCR or lateral flow test, or you have been advised to self-isolate.