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Gliding Bicester

Bicester Airfield, Oxfordshire   
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• Take off from Bicester Aerodrome in Oxfordshire
• One of the largest grass runways in Europe
• Operated by a Scheibe Falke motorised glider
• Highly experienced instructors by your side
 


What's Included

  • Motorised gliding lesson in a Scheibe Falke self-powered glider
  • Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
  • One of the largest grass runways in Europe
  • 30 and 60 minute flight durations are available
  • You will be shown the basic methods of controlling the glider, then take control and fly the glider yourself!
  • Instruction from a British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructor

What Can I Expect

Go gliding at Bicester Airfield and you'll be welcomed as part of this enthusiastic team of gliding fans! Operating out of such a historic airfield, it's a real pleasure to be able to offer gliding across the Oxfordshire skies for all ages.

Formerly RAF Bicester, these runways have seen many thousands of aircraft movements across the years, starting way back in 1911 when a Bristol Boxkite landed. Bicester was pivotal throughout both world wars, with the hum of Bristol Fighters in 1918, superseded by Bristol Blenheims, Spitfires and Mosquitos during WW2.

Today, Bicester is one of the largest remaining grass runway airfields in Europe, meaning you've got yourself the perfect place for getting airborne in a glider. You're surrounded by history, with many parts of the Bicester site protected by English Heritage - in particular the Control Tower and the pre-World War Two bomb stores.

We are offering two different glider packages here in Oxfordshire. You can choose between a 30 or 60-minute flight, both of which are operated by a motorised glider. That's to say you don't need a winch or tug plane to get you up in the air. You take off as you would in any two seat light aircraft and then once you've reached the correct altitude, the engine goes off and you're gliding. That extra large wing-span will see you soaring like only a glider can.

The self-powered glider you'll be in will be Scheibe Falke. These are fun, rugged and stable German-built aircraft (hence their pet names Wilheim and Wilhelmina!) that offer the advantage of having side-by-side seating rather than tandem seating. That means you can observe just what your pilot is doing whilst you fly.

And talking of pilots, you're in good hands at Bicester. Collectively, they've clocked up thousands of flying hours, with the instructing team ticking off everything from Air Ambulance, RAF jet fighter and commercial airline flying, to competition gliding off the list of aviation accomplishments. Most of them got into gliding as teenagers, so have more than a few years of experience behind them!

For you, the highlight of your gliding out of Bicester Airfield will surely be the moment you are handed the controls of the Falke glider and you get to fly. Brilliant aerial fun!

Availability

  • Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
  • All flights are subject to availability and weather conditions

Location

• Bicester, Oxfordshire
• Conveniently located 12 miles north of Oxford
• Easy access by road (M40) or rail - with two nearby railway stations, one only a mile away

Suitable For

• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight 16 stone
• Maximum height 6ft 4ins

Spectators

• Spectators are welcome

Reviews

Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 36
Recommend to Friend 35
3 months ago
Lovely day flying
Ryan
about 4 years ago
This was a fantastic day,loved every second,The people at Bicester gliding club are great,would not hesitate in recommending this experience,and definitely do it again
Michael howse
about 4 years ago
A fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone to try!
Richard Neal
about 4 years ago
Excellent ! i really enjoyed it. a real 'sports club' atmosphere - laid-back to the extent of being horizontal - until time came to be 100% professional. Then it was 100% pro !! An excellent flight. i won't make a glider pilot but i will probably go again just to hang motionless in the sky. Thanks Jed
bob Watt
about 4 years ago
A warm and friendly welcome from everyone in the office followed by a thoroughly professional performance from Jed, my instructor for the trip. The tow to 3000 feet gives enough time in the air to get an initial feel for what is involved in gliding. In short, an excellent experience.
Peter H
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Gliding Bicester
30 Minute Gliding Lesson
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