COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Update regarding First Flights (aka ‘Trial Lessons’), One Day Courses and 5-Day Courses

1st January 2021

On the 31st December the airfield moved into a Tier 4 area, so we are closed for flying until further notice.

When we resume operating our two-seat gliders we will able to fly visitors. We need to contact you if you have not been in contact with us since before the lockdown in March 2020. In many cases we have details of the donor of a gift of a ‘First Flight’ or One Day Course, but mostly we do not have the contact details of the person to whom the gift was made and who is therefore wanting to book a flight. For anyone in that category, whether donor or recipient of a gift voucher, we would like to hear from you so that we can have a record of who to contact to arrange a flight or flights.

Please write to Gill at using a subject “First Flights” or “One Day Courses” as appropriate; or call Gill on 01285 702100 between 09.45 and 14.15 hours on Mondays to provide this information and make a booking.

The validity and expiry dates applicable to First Flight (Trial Lesson) vouchers and One Day Courses will be extended for at least the same period as the period during which the Covid pandemic is affecting people’s ability to make a flight booking and / or attend the Club.

The Club will be as flexible as possible in making sure flights and courses can be provided to everyone who has already paid in full, or has paid a deposit for a five-day course, in an extended validity period. The Club will also take into account the fact that, in due course, to book within extended validity periods may mean booking flights during the Winter rather than the Spring, Summer or early Autumn as perhaps intended originally. The Club will therefore be flexible in accommodating visitors’ requirements if they wish to make flight bookings beyond an extended validity period.

We are now taking bookings for 2021. Please contact Gill at the office (details above) to find out more.

When coming to fly we will require you to wear an FFP3 mask. We can supply these when you arrive but they will need to be paid for in advance when booking as unfortunately they cost more than just a few pounds. Alternatively you may bring with you your own mask but it must be an FFP3. In addition Gill will provide a written briefing of the other ‘anti-Covid’ actions you will need to take before coming to the Club for your flight, and also what to do on the day.

Please bear in mind that airfields are open to the elements, and this is particularly so in autumn and winter. So come with plenty of outer garments and suitable footwear to keep warm!

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.

David Roberts