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:
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.
If you have any further questions or enquiries feel free to email our President, Suzie.
President: Suzie Lyell
Vice President: Anson Tai
Treasurer: Henry Yeo
Secretary: Marvin Lau
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