Windrushers Gliding Club

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Windrushers Gliding Club[edit]

Windrushers Gliding Club is a gliding club flying from Bicester Airfield in Oxfordshire, where it moved to from Little Rissington in 1956, later merging with the Royal Air Force Gliding & Soaring Association.The club was reformed as a separate entity in July 2004 [1] after the RAFGSA moved to RAF Halton.Within a year of reforming, it hosted the UK Junior National Championship and its own Regional championship.

Competitions held[edit]

UK Junior Gliding national championship

Regional gliding championship (every year since 2004)

Standard Class National Championships

18m Class National Championships

Club fleet[edit]

Glider type Number owned Club ownership
ASK 13 5 Windrushers
Schempp-Hirth Discus 1 Windrushers
Grob G-102 Astir 1 Windrushers
Schleicher K 8 1 Windrushers
Falke 2000 Motor glider 1 Windrushers

Some other two seaters and single seaters are privately owned, however are lent to members of the club for use.

Launch Methods[edit]

Type Name Registration
Winch Skylaunch 2 Winch "Main Winch"
Single Engined Tug Piper PA-25 Pawnee G-BFPR
Single Engined Tug Robin DR400 G-ENBW

There are approximately 45 privately owned gliders based at Windrushers.

From April to September the club is open seven days a week with paid staff, and the rest of the year flies at weekends, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Bank Holidays, when volunteers organise the flying (as is common at most other British gliding clubs).

Currently two university gliding clubs operate under the Windrushers supervision - Oxford University Gliding Club and Cranfield University Gliding Club. A small number of students from University College London also fly from Windrushers, although they also maintain a presence at RAF Halton.

Windrushers Gliding club is a BGA approved Junior Gliding Centre.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sailplane & Gliding, Aug-Sept 2004, p51
  2. ^ Junior Gliding

External links[edit]