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Sports Development

Whether you want to take up gliding as a serious hobby or just experience it once, we'd love to get you flying! As a university club, we enjoy cheaper rates than regular glider pilots, making this a great time to learn to fly. We fly from Shalbourne on most weekends when the weather is right.

A summary of our club activities!

We go gliding at Shalbourne gliding club (which is about 1 hour drive) from Southampton and it is only realistically accessible by car. Currently a few of us have cars and can take up to 4 additional people on a given day. In addition some of the Shalbourne club members, that live in Southampton, have kindly agreed to drive us on the days they go.

Days and Weather:
Shalbourne Gliding Club is open on Wednesdays and during the weekend. We normally go gliding on the weekend, usually keeping an eye on the weather before we send a confirmation email on Thursday or Friday inviting our members to join us.

On the day:
Gliding is a whole day event. We leave Southampton at 8.00am and get there for around 9.00am. Usually the first two ours is spent prepping the field and checking the gliders. Then we can go gliding, which could last until 7:00pm (if the weather is good). During the day we retrieve the gliders and generally help out running the airfield.
Normally pre-solo members would get a up to 3 flights on the day (depending on how busy it is), with each flight lasting about 10 minutes. Although, on a good day, a flight could last up to 1 hour. Finally, the last hour is spent putting the gliders and airfield equipment away.

We offer a one day gliding membership for £10 for new members that wish to try gliding. If you wish to join our club for the year, we will ask that pay the rest (£25) of our £35 annual membership. These costs go towards covering the club's annual membership that we pay directly to Shalbourne.
In addition members pay towards any of their flying they do during the day. These are £6.60 per launch (with the 3rd launch on the day free*) and 0.24p/min for any airtime (which includes the cost of the instructor). Furthermore we ask people to bring £5 to contribute towards the fuel costs of the driver.

*NOTE: If you come with us on a one-day trial membership, this does not give you full membership status, and as such you will not get your 3rd launches free*

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email us at: gliding@soton.ac.uk
or find us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/sotongliding

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Membership Information

These are the current membership plans offered by Gliding, although many groups offer a free period for new members to try out their group.

  • Annual Membership (£35)
    Access to the airfield for 1 year and a BGA log book for you to legally record your flights so you can work towards flying levels.
  • Single time (£10)
    Access to the airfield for one day and a temporary log book so that you can give gliding a go.

This Years Committee

All student groups within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Gliding this year are:

  • Stanislas Bory
    Vice Captain
  • Adam Hedger
  • Nickolay Jelev
  • Samuel Fisher
  • Alexander James
  • Avery Swarthout
    Club Captain

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