may, 2019

22may10:30 am2:30 pmGliding in Oxfordshire - 22nd May 2019A very special airborne welcome awaits10:30 am - 2:30 pm Shenington Gliding Club, Shenington Airfield, Rattlecombe Road, Shenington, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6NYEvent Type :Gliding


(Wednesday) 10:30 am - 2:30 pm


Shenington Gliding Club

Shenington Airfield, Rattlecombe Road, Shenington, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6NY


Event Details

Gliding in Oxfordshire
Wednesday  22nd May 2019

We are thrilled to announce our May 2019 date for Gliding in Oxfordshire with the Shenington Gliding Club, near Banbury. Lee Ingram and the Team are preparing a very special airborne welcome for us. Situated about 15 minutes north of Banbury, approximately 45 minutes from Birmingham or Oxford, and just about an hour from West London, this super friendly, pro-active gliding club will be a magnet for many of our members.

With a fleet of K13’s, two-seater gliders (the workhorse of many gliding clubs) they are offering us “the fascination of silent flight.” The views above the Oxfordshire countryside are absolutely stunning. Below a patchwork quilt of forests, fields and farmlands. To the south the Downs and Beechwood Forests of the Chilterns; to the west the rolling Malvern Hills down to the Severn; and north-west and south-east the twin peaks of the Birmingham and London.

And here’s the kicker: They have adapted a glider for hand controls, one of the very few clubs in the country – so YOU get to literally try your hand at flying the thing. A fantastic experience.

If you really get hooked (and some of our people already have) you could go on to learn to fly and qualify as a pilot.

But back to our ‘taster’ days – they are offering a winch tow, where the glider is hooked on to a steel cable. At a pre-arranged signal the winch – situated at the far end of the airfield, over a km away – starts winding in the cable. The glider speeds along the runway and accelerating becomes airborne, it can then rapidly climb to heights of approximately 1200′ to 2000′ (depending on wind conditions). At the top of this climb, the winch cable is released, and falls to the ground under a small parachute. Meanwhile the glider is free to fly away. Amazing!

We start this aerial experience on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. We plan to arrive at 10.30 am for a meet and greet, with flying starting at 11 am. And we should be finishing around 2.30 pm. But please remember this is a weather dependent activity and there could be delays.

Don’t forget: It is entirely free of charge to Sportability participants.

There are good facilities on site, with a ramped entrance to the clubhouse, where there is a simple lounge, facilities for hot drinks, an accessible loo and even a licensed bar.

Please note that for the gliding day there is a limitation of height and weight, so we can’t take anyone over 6ft 4ins or 16 stone.

So just to recap on those details:

Wednesday 22nd May 2019. Arrive 10.30am until approx. 2.30pm.

And don’t worry if you’ve never even considered it before – you will have a blast. To paraphrase: If you can get to it. Just do it!

Contact Valerie or Ann at the Sportability office on 020 8959 0089 or email us at to check availability and book your place. We hope to see you there!

Best Wishes,

The Sportability Team.

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