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    Not only does a glider flight make a great gift, it is also a brilliant way in to flying. Start young with an air experience flight. Vouchers available now!

  • Our club in the 60s

    We have been flying for a long time. Our club was formed over 50 years ago.

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    The location of Burn Gliding Club allows for year round flying and great soaring days.

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    Getting airborne is only the start

    At Burn you will experience something more than just great views. The atmosphere and exhilaration of unpowered flight is simply infectious.

  • Oliver got his wings — 14 years old and flying solo

    Burn's youngest Solo Pilot

    Congratulations to Oliver Campbell, going solo in style on his 14th Birthday.

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    The perfect gift idea

    We get people from all over the country who are celebrating something special. From birthdays to stag-do's, give something unforgettable.

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    Around 90% cheaper than learning to fly powered aircraft, our highly experienced team of instuctors will take you under their wing so you can get yours!

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    The ultimate Team Building Experience

    When you get stuck into a day's gliding, everyone is guaranteed to learn new ways of working together whilst sharing amazing experiences and amazing stories.

  • Charlotte gets her wings — 16 years old and flying high

    I Did it!

    Big congratulations to Charlotte who has just got her wings at the age of 16! Making her the youngest solo member in the club ... and one of youngest in the UK.

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Burn Gliding - COVID19 Coronavirus update August 2020

We are currently flying Gliding Club Members only, operating within Department of Transport and British Gliding Association rules and restrictions, which are significantly different to those imposed on households and local businesses. These, plus the local lock downs, in parts of West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, mean that we have significantly fewer instructors available to fly in two seater gliders and we are not currently arranging pre-purchased Visitor (Air Experience) Flights. We continue to monitor the situation, and will update our website as the situation develops.

Unfortunately, If you have booked a flight with us over the coming weeks, we are not able to say when we will be able to fly you. However, we will honour all vouchers and will endeavour to fly you as soon as we can, once restrictions have been lifted. Your purchased vouchers will not expire as their validity period will be extended as appropriate. At this time, we suggest that you await further information before we re-book you for your flight. We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this difficult time for all of us.

We will continue to issue vouchers (including an extended expiry period) so that you can have something to look forward to in the near future and can buy a voucher for yourself or a friend or family member through the usual contact numbers on our website.

Burn Gliding Club has been operating for over 60 years (we started in Doncaster in 1960) and we will continue to do once life returns to normal. We very much look forward to seeing you fly with us when we re-commence flying operations. Together, we will get through this crisis.

Matt Ellis - Chairman - Burn Gliding Club

Remembering Jack Sharples and Joe Millward

Remembering Jack Sharples - 1932 - 2020

Jack died in July 2020 after a long illness; he started gliding as a cadet and joined the Halifax Gliding Club in 1966. He was not a founder member but joined soon after the club was established. As he was an engineer, he was soon put to use on winch driving and maintenance. He flew mainly at Halifax but he also flew at Doncaster. His 10th lesson was at Camphill in a T49 and he did a course at Perranporth in August 1966. When the Halifax club closed in 1967 because of site problems, Jack and others joined the Doncaster Gliding Club. He had shares in many different gliders - perhaps the most suitable being a Skylark 4 which suited his large size - another a Diamant and also an Olympia 463, Pik and an Open Cirrus that he shared with Joe Millward. He got a PPL and had a share in a Piper Tripacer but most of his power flying was towing for the club in a Rollerson Condor and a Super Cub. In 1977, with Bill Scull's approval, he became CFI and did the job until 1981. When the club moved to Burn in 1983, Jack continued as an instructor and was always willing to pass on his considerable knowledge. He enjoyed flying at other clubs -Pocklington, Millfield, Rufforth, Lleweli Park and many others.
It was not generally known that Jack was quite an accomplished painter - his favourite subject being aircraft. Several years ago I visited a our doctor's surgery. I saw a new doctor and there on his wall was one of Jack's paintings - a parting gift from Jack to an excellent GP.
Jack was always supported by his wife Edna and could be heard shouting 'Edna' when he needed somebody to hold the wing. She was the key maker of bacon sandwiches but always there for him - particularly when he became so ill.
He was gruff Yorkshireman with a big character and will be remembered fondly by so many.

Remembering Joe Millward - 1931 – 2020

Joe joined Doncaster Gliding Club in 1968 and went solo in the club Swallow in1969. He was club secretary for some time and his expertise as an architect was invaluable when the club had to vacate Doncaster airfield and we planned the move to Burn. He designed the clubhouse and prepared all the plans needed for that and the hangar that were submitted to Selby Planning. Joe had shares in several gliders over the years – some shared with Jack Sharples. One of his most memorable flights was from Gap in the French Alps in his Open Cirrus. Several Burn members were on the trip but Joe was the only one to land out. People who have flown there know that landing areas are very few but Joe was successful! Joe was always a quiet reliable member of the club until he started spending his winters in Portugal. When he sadly lost his wife Marian, he moved south to be nearer to his son Jonathan. He didn’t stop flying – but limited himself to large model gliders.
In 2012, he came back to Burn to an event and was pleased to see the clubhouse was still standing and well use.

Eileen gets her 5 hour flight

Well done to Eileen Scothern who last week achieved her goal of a 5 hour flight, while flying at Portmoak.

Alastair Mair Solos on the same day as Neil Bale

Alastair 65 is a retired British Airways Captain, who until recently was flying B744 and B777 from London Heathrow. Alastair started his flying while at school on a RAF Gliding Course, then progressing via RAF Flying Scholarship, until he then went on to RAF Fast Jet training. Alastair joined Burn Gliding Club in February this year

Neil Bale re-solos in a glider after 40 years

Neil who only joined the club last May is a retired RAF Group Captain and has been based at various RAF bases all over the UK and abroad. Neil was in the Air Training Corps whilst at school which gave him the taste for flying from the age of 13. Neil plans to concentrate on honing up his flying skills and would love to be able to take his grandchildren up in a glider in the future.

Sound advice sends Paul Jackson Solo

Paul Jackson 57, an Audio Software Engineer from Sowerby Bridge became our newest solo glider pilot, at Burn Gliding Club. Paul start flying as a Hang-glider pilot then moved on to Flexwing microlights at Rufforth. After noticing the gliders flying at Rufforth Gliding Club, he was keen to progress to gliding and joined Burn GC in September 2018 as it was a friendly club and it was easier to get to. Paul was sent solo by Instructor Keith Springate after he had completed a faultless check flight on the day.

Alan's persistance pays off

One of the most popular members, Alan Martin 72 went solo on Saturday 19th January. Instructor Martin Ellis sending him solo after a successful check flight.

John Beevers goes solo

John from Mirfield is our latest member of the club to go solo. John has been a member of Burn Gliding Club for nearly three years now but like many of our members he has an extremely busy lifestyle running his own Blinds & Curtains business.John was sent solo by Dave Peters who is one of the clubs past CFI's.

Benjie Ambler the New British Champion

Benjie 15 won the Intermediate Category of the British Glider National Aerobatics Competition at Saltby in August. Pictured here with his trophy and Ron Jubb a previous winner.

Try gliding! BBC Look North Charlotte Leeming did

An air experience flight voucher can be purchased through this website. We offer a once in a lifetime trial lesson/air experience flight for an experience to remember.
Single flight option for one person - Either a Basic, Standard or Mile High Premium Aerotow.

Fred rediscovers Gliding & re-solo' after 50 years

Fred Kirk achieved his goal of re-soloing 50 years after his last glider solo. on Thursday 30th June. Deputy CFI Mike Howey carried out a check flight before sending him solo.

Year round fun.

Burn Gliding Club offers prospective pilots something unique in Northern England. Situated on the Burn WW2 airfield just to the south of Selby on the A19, we have 3 hard runways allowing us to operate in all seasons; so when other clubs pack up for the winter, we just keep on flying.

The affordable way to fly.

We are recuiting for new members with special discounted introductory deals and offers - see the Vouchers and Prices pages.
Staffed by volunteers, the club operates at minimal cost; keeping prices low to ensure our sport remains affordable to all. It's a great place to make new friends, learn something new and above all have fun. If you live locally just pop down to the club this weekend and see the facilities first hand, we will be pleased to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

The ideal gliding club.

Not only are all the member and instructors, friendly and ready to help, but the flying at Burn is truly excellent. In summer the area is abundant with natural thermals and wave activity allowing you to stay airbourne for hours at a time. In winter we can rely on the local power stations - Drax and Eggborough to generate our very own exclusive thermals!

Thought of learning to fly, but not started yet?

Have you seen us on Look North or Glide Britain?

We are actively recruiting new members to join our Friendly and Vibrant Club, learn to Fly and to share in our wonderful experiences flying over the Yorkshire countryside. Come and fly one of our Gliders - once you are in the air, Instruction is free. It's as easy as driving a car, so what's stopping you?

Not sure how to join, or what Gliding is all about? Then click on CONTACT US link at the top of the page and we will be happy to tell you more and welcome you to our club.

Northern Inter Club League 5th - 7th May 2018

We had a successful ICL three day competition in difficult blue thermal conditions. We had six visiting clubs who all commented about how well the competition had been organised and how friendly we were. If you interested in entering the ICL at Sutton Bank next year please speak to CFI Dave Bell.

Matthew Stirk - third generation solo pilot 2018

Matthew on his 14th Birthday went solo last Saturday 27th January. He was sent solo by Tony Flannery making Grandad John Grandma Pat and Dad Richard very proud. So we now have three generations of Stirks flying at Burn.

BBC Look North on BGA Glide Britain at Burn

To view please go to our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA3byhJ8I3Y&t=9s

BGA Glide Britain Day - Tuesday 25th July 2017

The BGA Glide Britain team landed at Burn on the 25th.
Glide Britain is a project to raise the general awareness and understanding of gliding among the public at large and thus raise level of participation in this exciting sport.

Gliders can fly large distances, flights of more than 300 miles are common in the UK and the distance record exceeds 600 miles. Gliders regularly achieve heights of 10,000 feet and the UK height record is a staggering 37,000 feet. We can do aerobatics, we fly very modern
gliders but also vintage ones. We have a very active junior sector, you can fly a glider solo at the age of just 14.

Gliding is safe, affordable, accessible, has no gender issues, you can fly solo at 14, gliders can be adapted for those with physical disabilities and above all, it's fun.
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Leeds DA

2nd October - 3rd October

Selby Aeromodelling Club Meeting

9th October

Committee Meeting

15th October
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Burn Gliding Club, The Airfield, Park Lane, Burn, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 8LW, United Kingdom
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