Get to Know Us
If you are looking to take up gliding or you are already a glider pilot, we can offer everything you require, from basic and post solo training to advanced cross country tuition. We have a fleet of modern gliders, ranging from K13 and K21 trainers to the DG505 Elan glass fibre high performance two seater glider.
The club is run by the members, for the members. To operate a gliding site requires a certain amount of help and co-operation. Club members are encouraged to help unpack the hangar in the morning and get all the ground equipment ready for the day, and finally repack the hangar at the end of the day.
After flying, join us in the clubhouse and relive those 'How I done it' stories around the barbecue.
The Club Atmosphere
Our club is run for the members, by the members. In the mornings it's not paid staff who unpack the hanger, inspect everything for serviceability and set the airfield up, it's our keen members.
With briefings at 9:00 each weekend morning, and sometimes earlier in the summer, it's plain to see that everyone is fanatic about flying, and ensuring that they can use every available minute of the sunlight.
With flying occurring at every available opportunity, we've seen Oxfordshire from snowy winter, to hot and dry summers, from windy autumns to dodging spring showers, when we can fly, we will.
The Social Side
Alongside the flying our members enjoy a busy social scene, our calendar usually includes seasonal parties, barbeques, lectures and talks, open days and more.
During the summer soaring season however, we'll often have BBQs every weekend evening. With little light pollution around the airfield, finishing the day by watching stars, planets and satellites overfly us is not unusual.
We are privileged to have access to a comprehensive fleet of club aircraft, allowing our members to explore all types of gliding. We have access to:
2x K21 Training Gliders
1x K13 Training Glider
1x DG-505 Advanced Cross-Country and Aerobatic Trainer
1x T21b Vintage Glider
2x K8 Single Seaters
2x Astir CS Single Seaters
Our airfield is owned and operated by the RAF, having been the base of numerous historical units and flights. With some of the few remaining pre-RAF buildings located on airfields, it is of paramount importance to us that we take good care of the airfield and the opportunity it provides us.
RAF Weston on the Green was the take off location for the first modern hot air balloon in the UK, the Bristol Belle. The idea was formed by members of Bristol Gliding Club, and comprised of a multinational team. The project came to Weston on the Green as it was the base of Wing Commander Gerry Turnbull, who was to teach the students how to fly.
The launch occurred on the 9th of July 1967, with significant attention from the national media. The balloon went on to take part in other famous flights including flying from HMS Ark Royal to deliver mail to Malta.
The airfield is now used by both the RAF, and ourselves at Oxford Gliding Club. The RAF can often be seen flying and training personnel on the use of parachutes, and the famous RAF parachute display team have been known to practise at the site.
The airfield is situated in the middle of it's own protected airspace, meaning that we have the opportunity to soar up to 7500 feet above the airfield unimpeded. On a day with good visibility, not only can the familiar sights of the city of Oxford be seen, but London to the south east and the Cotswold hills to the west can become visible in the distance.