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.

In addition to our weekly flying, where we hope that as many members as possible will endeavour to progress to their first solo flight and beyond, we also aim to run at least three expeditions to other gliding sites in the UK.

All airfields are different and offer opportunities to experience other types of flying which aren't possible from our home club, so we really think that this is a great way to progress and enjoy this amazing sport!.

About Gliding

Please note that for the time being, we have disabled the option to allow people to buy membership. This year we had a huge amount of interest from people, but we are limited to the number of people that we can fly each week. We have disabled memberships for the time being in order to allow those who have paid membership to fly. Once we catch up with the demand, and after the initial rush settles, we may re-open membership. In the meantime, if you would like to join the gliding society, please drop us an e-mail and we will be sure to let you know if and when our situation changes. Our apologies to anyone who may be disappointed by this news, we are working to seek ways to manage more members.

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 7.45am and get there for around 8.45am. Usually the first two hours 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 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.

Gliding in general has a very good safety record when compared to other extreme sports. As a club, we would like to maintain this safety record so please consider the following before you come flying with us:
- Alcohol: Please do not any drink alcohol at least 10 hours before you are due to fly.
- Weight: For safety all gliders have lower and upper limits for the allowable mass of the pilot. While it is easy to add ballast for lighter pilots, unfortunately those of you weighing above 103kg will not be able to fly.
- Airfield: Please remember that this is active airfield and be aware of your surroundings. Most importantly always check with somebody before walking or driving across the airfield.

We offer a set "Trial Lesson" gliding package for people interested in experiencing gliding. The trial lesson will include one flight of up to 30min (or 2 launches if the 30min duration is not possible) and will cost a total of £30.
For those of you that wish to join directly (or after your trial lesson), our annual membership is £30, which goes towards covering the club's annual membership that we pay directly to our host club 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 24p/min for any airtime (which includes the cost of the instructor). With this option you also get a free gliding logbook to log your flights as you continue to progress to solo and beyond.
Regardless of which option you pick, we ask attendees to contribute £5 towards the fuel costs of the driver.
*If any of you are over the age of 26, you flying costs will be slightly higher. This is because Shalbourne and the British Gliding Association classes anyone under the age of 26 as a Junior, for which they benefit from cheaper rates. In your case membership will be the same, but the rates will be: £8.80 per launch and 32p/min for any airtime.

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

Membership Fee Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Gliding, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

NameCostValid PeriodDetailsJoin
Trial Flight (Purchase)£3001/09/2018 - 31/08/2019DO NOT purchase this membership. Please contact us if you want to do a trial lesson. We will add you to the mailing list and you only pay for this once you have been selected to fly!Buy Now
Year Membership (16-25 years old)£3001/09/2018 - 31/08/2019For driversBuy Now

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The Committee

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

  • Alexander James
  • Matthew Beckett
    Events Coordinator
  • Korinna Barnard
    Publicity Officer
  • Irene Jiménez Fortunato
  • Marie Schlenker
    Social Secretary
  • Finlay Banks