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Burn Gliding Club - Flying in the heart of Yorkshire

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    Start Young

    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.

  • Recently retired?

    Do something new and get flying with us like Steve did!

  • Soaring days are great!

    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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    Learn for less

    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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Thought of learning to fly.

Have you spent time during Lockdown rethinking your life, and you now want to do something different? Have you always (secretly) wanted to be a Pilot? It's as easy as driving a car, so what's stopping you?

We are actively recruiting new members to join our friendly and vibrant Club. Gliding is a sport that is open to everyone - all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities. We aim for a balance of fun, exhilaration and safety.

RIGHT NOW - is the best time to take up the Gliding as your new Hobby or Pastime. Not sure how to join, or what Gliding is all about? Then choose 'contact us' at the top of this page and we will be happy to tell you more and welcome you to our club.

Learn to fly one of our Gliders and share in our wonderful experiences Flying over the Yorkshire countryside. Instruction is free, you just pay for the launch and the time in the air. Choose the 'Learn to fly' menu option at the top of the page.

Please make sure that we know you are coming to the club before you arrive, so that we can stay within our Covid safe guidelines.

If you want to fly with us and are worried about the cost, the club makes special arrangements for members with low or modest incomes. It is possible to learn to fly and be a full participating flying member of the club playing a full part in the running of the club,52 times a year (once a week weather permitting) for an annual cost of £520.

For further details on this scheme contact the chairman, Matt Ellis, using the Contacts tab at the top of the page

Burn Gliding - COVID19 Update January 2022

We continue to maintain Covid-19 safe procedures, for all visitors and club members on site. We ask that before you visit the club you take a lateral flow test to minimise the risk to others.

We are currently taking bookings for Air Experience and Introductory Voucher Flights. Between July 2021 and December 2021 we were honouring all vouchers previously sold which had not yet been redeemed (before and during lockdown), but this grace period is now over and we have returned to the standard expiry of 12 months from the date of issue. There is a backlog of people wanting these experiences, so please be patient. Refer to the Contact Us section if you have a valid voucher and want to make a booking. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Matt Ellis - Chairman - Burn Gliding Club

Sam goes Solo

Sam Batchelar who joined the club earlier in the year went Solo on Sunday12 September. Well done Sam

David White February 1932 - September 2021

David White's career was as a manager in the electricity industry. During his spare time, he was a keen rugby player until the nineteen fifties when he saw the light and joined the, then, Halifax Gliding Club. He went solo during a course run at Perranporth. Unfortunately, the Halifax site was unsuitable, as it was small with stone walls that couldn’t be moved - then electricity pylons arrived! So, he and a group of others joined Doncaster Gliding Club. John Stirk, an Instructor there, recalls that his first flight with him was In July 1961. Dave was a most competent solo pilot and, in March 1968, John made him an assisted rated instructor. He took over the supervision of the workshop at Doncaster with Bernard Wilson from the late seventies and they, together with help from Roy Schofield, continued when the club moved to Burn in 1983.
Dave was a reliable instructor and also flew his own his own gliders – an Olympia, K6CR, Libelles and Kestrel and - after completing a MGPPL – the club Falke.
In 1991, the club made the first of several visits to German clubs where we were welcomed. A highlight was flying at Oerlinghausen with Ingo Renner. David was a German speaker so made the most of these visits – gaining information about Tost winches - one of which the club ultimately bought and which gave launches up to 2000’. David always had a dry sense of humour and kept everyone entertained on these visits.
He also learned Greek and the ukulele which he played with a ukelele band and in Burn pantomimes. He crewed for his son Martin for many years in gliding competitions.
Dave had a heart bypass in 2001 and a hip replacement and, unfortunately, these health issues ended his flying career. He was a valued and enthusiastic member of our Club and he will be missed.

Remembering Ron Jubb - 1936 - 2021

Ron Jubb, who was one of our more flamboyant members, and a former syndicate partner, sadly passed away in hospital. Ron was a true gentleman, extremely kind and generous to both the gliding club and to all those he respected. He had a great sense of humour and a strong sense of fair play, but he did not suffer fools gladly.

Ron ran a well known and successful sign manufacturing business in Bentley, Doncaster for many years, and also served as a local magistrate.

He had a wide range of hobbies in his life, he was a big fan of Jazz music and Brass Bands, he played brass instruments when he was younger, and most of the CDs in his car were of Brass Bands. Ron also loved dogs and was very knowledgeable; he had been a dog breeder, plus he showed and judged dogs across a wide variety of locations.

In his earlier years Ron also enjoyed cycle road racing and he was National 24 hour Cycling Champion in 1959, riding 448 miles 1312 yards without stopping, which demonstrated his fitness and competitive spirit. He was always good company, and a fantastic raconteur.

After taking a trial flight in a glider at Portmoak which was bought as a present, Ron became a member of Burn Gliding Club in 2002. Due to his advanced years he took time to get to solo standard, but once he was solo, he set his sights on flying aerobatics. Ron gained his Standard Aerobatics badge in 2005 and completed his Silver Gliding badge in 2008, with a distance flight from Lasham to Old Sarum – Ron had done a couple of weeks’ flying with G.Dale to ‘get into Cross Country’. Ron won the Novice Class in the National Gliding Aerobatics Championship at his first attempt, and went on to complete at National level in both Intermediate and sport aerobatic classes. Ron remained a member of both Burn and Buckminster clubs, though he elected to take a safety pilot with him for aerobatic flights in recent years.

Ron was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and was undergoing treatment. He sadly lost his wife, Constance, on the 17th December. Ron was admitted to hospital on the 25th December because he was having breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with Covid a few days later. Unfortunately, the odds were against him. Ron’s cousin Maureen also sadly passed away on 28th January.

Ron will be sadly missed by those who knew him well; both Ron and his cousin Maureen were also well known at Lasham, Milfield and Saltby. Our thoughts and sympathy are with their families.

Thought about Learning to fly

If you want to fly with us and are worried about the cost, the club makes special arrangements for members with low or modest incomes. It is possible to learn to fly and be a full participating flying member of the club playing a full part in the running of the club,52 times a year (once a week weather permitting) for an annual cost of £520.

For further details on this scheme contact the chairman, Matt Ellis, using the Contacts Tab at the top of the page

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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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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