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Do you want to learn to fly?

Joining UWE Gliding Club gives you access to our world-class gliding training facilities at Cotswold Gliding Club in Stroud. Cotswold Gliding Club is one of the UK’s premier gliding clubs, and membership of UWEGC gives you access to all of their facilities, including their new training fleet of ASK21 and DG500 two seat training gliders.

I want to go flying! What do I do next?

We aim to fly every weekend. Each winch launch is around just £9, and includes instruction with our experienced gliding instructors. Once you've joined you can go on as many trips as you like. You don't need any prior experience to join, and with commitment you could fly solo within a year! If this sounds like it's for you then sign up here.

How do I go flying?

As a club, car sharing arrangements are made each week allowing a car full of people to fly each day at the weekends, so don't worry if you don't have a car! This is organised through our facebook group (or email if you don't have a facebook account.) 

What can I expect from a day at the airfield?

Unlike powered flying, gliding relies on volunteering and team work so you'll be stuck right in the deep end learning about airfield operations! The day starts with unpacking the hangar and towing the gliders out to the runway. Once there you'll be helping the launchpoint run smoothly by helping launch gliders and retrieving gliders that have landed. Then your turn will come to fly and you'll be launched above the beautiful cotswolds.

What if the weather is bad?

We always try our best to get everyone flying, however we have no control over the weather! If certain weather aspects are too bad, we simply cannot fly. However while at the airfield you can take time to take in a lecture from an instructor or play around on their simulator to home in your skills. So theres always something to do on a non-flying day.

Already a solo glider pilot?

Why not take advantage of free soaring in our own Cirrus 75 and K8 gliders! The Cotswolds Gliding Club also has a selection of K8, K18 and K23 single seaters in their club fleet to soar above the cotswolds!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by email (uweglidingclub@gmail.com) or social media.


Aviation is often regarded as being a past time of the elite; high training and operating costs excluding all but the wealthiest of society. However, that is not the case with gliding. Gliding offers a low cost, effective and safe method flight training, an hour long soaring flight in the summer costing around £30 in total. A comparable flight in a powered aeroplane would cost in excess of £200!

It is also worthy of note that glider pilots often make far better powered pilots later on down the line, the importance of “stick and rudder” and energy management being emphasised from flight one. This leads to a far better understanding of the principles of flight and therein giving glider pilots increased fundamental piloting skills and knowledges.

Below is a full breakdown of the costs of learning to fly with UWE Gliding Club:

UWE Gliding Club Membership (paid annually)


UWE Sports fee (paid annually but covers all UWE sports clubs)

£20 for students

£40 for alumni

Launch fee (paid per launch)


Soaring fees

UWE owned gliders (Cirrus and K8) are free for UWE students

CGC gliders are free for first 10 mins, then a small charge per minuet thereafter. This fee differs per glider type but it’s typically in the 20p per minuet bracket – an hour long flight in a two seater will cost around £30 all in (including the launch fee)

Petrol money (paid per trip)

We typically ask for a levy of £3 per person per trip



What will you learn? – The Gliding Syllabus

Ground briefing

Covers basic principles of flight, operational procedures safety and emergency information

Basic flight training (roughly 50 launches)

Initial: Basic airmanship, straight and level flight, effects of elevator, ailerons and rudder, turns, circuit planning, approach and landing, launch, effects and use of airbrakes, soaring

Emergency procedures: Cable break, stalls, spins and spiral dive


First solo: First 12 or so solo launches in a two seat training glider (such as a K21 or K13)

Single seat conversion: Conversion into basic single seat glider (such as K8 or K23)


Ground exam (one exam):

Air Law and ATC procedures

Human Performance



Principles of Flight

Operational Procedures

Flight Performance and Planning

Aircraft General Knowledge, Airframe and Systems

Navigation I

Navigation II

Oral Exam: Pre-flight exam based upon the premise of the ‘Daily Inspection’ and supervised by a Full Category Instructor

Skills test: A practical test (much like a driving test) aimed at identifying competency in the air and ability to safely operate in a number of normal and emergency parameters. Usually consists of 5 launches, these looking to establish a pilots ability to fly precisely and safely deal with unplanned events (such as cable breaks etc…)   

Cross Country (XC)

Navigation exercise: One hour practical exercise in a motor glider, whereby you plan a fly a cross country task

Field Landing exercise: Often combined with the Nav Exercise, the field landing exercise ensures pilots are able to safely pick out and land in a field (such as a school field, agricultural field etc…) in the event of a field landing  


Our Social Media and Websites

Check out this video to find out why we love gliding...

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What gliding means?

Hear what Dan, who has been gliding with us since he joined UWE has to share;

The Committee:

President - Olivia Carnochan
Vice-President - Peter Robson
Treasurer - Sam Winfield
Equality and Participation - Joseph Cahill
Equipment and Safety - Jan Brychta
Social Media - Sabrina Salo


We are still flying! With Government, CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and BGA (British Gliding Association) advice allowing instructional flights. We have also implemented a COVID operation procedure for the club to ensure that we are COVID secure during all of our club activities. However the situation may change and we will update this following Students union, Government, CAA and BGA rules and advice.