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Learn to fly with the Bristol University Gliding Club

What is gliding?


Gliding is the ultimate adventure sport. Exhilarating, affordable, and inclusive it requires a pilot to harness the power of nature to stay airborne in engineless aircraft. It is the closest you’ll ever get to flying like a bird.


What do we do?


BUGC aims to help you become a qualified and experienced glider pilot. We organise regular trips to Bristol and Gloucestershire Club (BGGC), which is set in the heart of the Gloucester countryside. It is here you will undertake your trial and training flights, in 2-seat dual controlled gliders, under the tutelage of BGA-qualified instructors’. After you have completed your training to a solo standard you will also have access to fly our university-owned single-seat grob.


Still not sure? Have a look at our Promo Video!


Do I need to have a trial flight?


If you’re new to gliding, we highly recommend you have a trial flight. You can buy our premium deal (1 years membership + trial flight), for just £60! The trial flight would begin with a full briefing by an instructor, and would take place in a 2 seat glider with dual controls (you will be in the front). You are launched by aerotow (behind a powered plane), up to 2000ft. During launch and landing you’ll have the chance to follow through on controls. Once released from tow the instructor will give you the chance to take control under their watch. Depending on the conditions of the day, a trial flight can last from 15 - 30 minutes. The trial flight also includes 3 months membership at BGGC for free, so you can get straight into training flights after it’s done!


How expensive is it?


Gliding isn’t cheap! But it is one of the cheapest (and coolest) forms of aviation going. We offer a variety of pricing types depending on what you want:

  • Standard Annual Membership (access to social events and all gliders): £30
  • Premium Membership (standard membership and 1 trial flight @2700ft included): £90
  • 3 years Membership (3 Years standard membership): £80
  • 3 years Membership + Trial Flight (3 Years standard membership + 1 trial flight @2700ft): £140


If you’d love to give gliding a go but the price is putting you off, the university provides an activity hardship fund to support students in pursuing societies that may be otherwise prohibitively expensive. There are also lots of gliding scholarships available, that we will advertise as and when they are accepting applications.  


For more information, and to see what we’re getting up to at the moment, join our facebook group and follow us on Instagram.


If you have any further questions or enquiries feel free to email our President, Suzie.


2019/20 Committee: 

President: Suzie Lyell

Vice President: Anson Tai

Treasurer: Henry Yeo

Secretary: Marvin Lau


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Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


Download the Code of Conduct


Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.