COVID-19 Notice: We are once again open to visitors – if you have a voucher for a flight with us, or you are interested in purchasing one, then the booking system is now open for flight bookings.
If you would just like to visit us to see what goes on at a gliding club, and to watch the gliders taking off and landing, then you will be very welcome.
How to Book
We have an online booking site which lets you purchase your Gliding Experience and book a date and time.
After you buy your voucher, you’ll receive a confirmation email from SOAGC, which also contains the code you need if you want to book the date. We will need a contact phone number, because we might have to get in touch with you at short notice.
Booking a Gliding Experience Flight
The booking site for these flights is here.
The booking is confirmed when you receive the email, and there’s nothing more
to do until the morning of your flight, when you will need to phone the airfield on 01789 731095 between 9 and 10 am to ensure that the weather is suitable for flying.
Covid Arrangements for Flying Visitors at Stratford on Avon Gliding Club.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Stratford on Avon Gliding Club.
Obviously, the starting point is that you are free of Covid 19 symptoms. If you have the slightest suspicion that you have any of the symptoms, then please cancel your visit and rebook for a later date – our vouchers do not have an expiry date so there is no time limit, your voucher will not run-out. We would all rather be safe than sorry.
On arrival on site please scan the NHS Covid QR code located next to the clubhouse entrance.
When you fly with us you will be sharing a cockpit with your instructor. This is a relatively small and confined space and in the current climate of Covid 19 it is essential that both you and your instructor take appropriate measures to minimise the risk of transmission the virus.
Everyone’s circumstances differ and both you and your instructor may have differing views on what precautions are sensible if you are about to share a small cockpit. In addition, the situation is constantly changing and views on this will evolve depending on factors such as the number of cases being seen and whether any new variants are appearing.
For the time being, the majority of our instructors will only fly if their passenger takes a lateral flow test which produces a negative result at the Club before their booked flight (we have test kits available on site).
You will be required to wear a face covering while in the glider (we can provide one).
We realise that you may want to bring a friend, or family members with you to share in the experience. While COVID 19 remains a problem, we would appreciate it if you would limit the number in your party to yourself plus a maximum of 4 others. We have toilets available on site, but no other indoor facilities are open at this time, so your party will need to wear suitable clothing for being outdoors on a windy airfield during your visit.
We hope you will enjoy your visit to our club, if you have any questions in advance of your visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Terms and Conditions
We will do our best, of course, but we can never guarantee that we will fly with you on the day that you book, or at the time that you book. There are many things that influence gliding, the biggest of which is the weather, and we might have technical issues that prevent us flying.
We don’t fly in rain or strong winds, and sometimes we rely on forecasts for these in the morning that turn out to be pessimistic by the afternoon. What might look like a perfect day for flying could be very uncomfortable for someone not used to it: on windy days, the air might be very turbulent; or on hazy days, you might not be able to see the ground 1000′ below you.
We very much prefer it if you enjoy your flight with us.
Timekeeping is difficult because the weather is so unpredictable, Sometimes we start flying later than usual, for example if we have to wait for the morning mist to clear, which delays everything. We are flexible about the time we spend with each visitor, and this sometimes means that the next visitor can be delayed.
Overall, safety is paramount, and that governs everything that we do when we are flying with visitors.
There are some other things that you might like to know when you are booking
This is your First Flight in a glider, or it’s your first visit to us
You are 17 Years Old or Younger
You are particularly Large or Small
You are concerned about your Physical Fitness
You have a Disability
Cameras: if you want to take pictures during the Glider Experience flight then this is usually possible provided that the camera is not too large and has a strap so that it can be securely attached to you and it cannot be dropped inside the glider while you are flying (so no mobile phone cameras).