Dartmoor Gliding Society

FlYING SINCE 1983

Dartmoor Gliding Society is a small and very friendly club located in Dartmoor National Park on picturesque moorland in beautiful South West Devon within sight of the well known Brentor Church.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

– LEONARDO DA VINCI

Our club was founded in 1983 by a small group of enthusiasts with a twin-seat open-cockpit glider with a wooden hut to keep it in and a lot of energy to carve out a runway on the top of Burnford Common.

From these humble beginnings the club has steadily progressed to become the thriving gliding community it is today. The club now boasts a well-cared for grass runway, a refurbished club house and a purpose built hangar to house the club fleet of three twin-seat training gliders and three single-seat gliders.

Launching is by winch only. The site offers good thermal soaring and , when the wind is in the east, wave to heights in excess of 19,000 feet right off the end of the wire.

Junior Gliding

Dartmoor Gliding Society is accredited by the British Gliding Association as a Junior Gliding Centre. We offer discounted rates to encourage juniors to become glider pilots.

BGA Approved Club

All of our instructors are trained and approved by the BGA meaning that you can have the confidence in us to provide your training to a high and safe standard.

We offer group events

If there is 8 or more of you a special flying evening can be arranged so that each of you can take a trial flight in one of our 2 seat gliders with a Fully Qualified Pilot

After a winch launch you will be able to enjoy the stunning views over our local area and sample the pleasures near silent flight and our facinating sport.

Why not finish your evening with a B-B-Q and drinks. We have a nice club house and B-B-Q facilities for you to use at no extra cost. Just supply your own food, drinks and charcoal.

Flying Times

The club operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and most Bank Holidays Weather permitting.  We do not fly when it’s raining continuously or in very windy conditions.

Typically, members arrive at the airfield between 08:30 – 09:30 to prepare the equipment, get the gliders out of the hangar, and to assemble (rig) the private gliders.  Flying commences at about 10:00 a.m.  The club operates a flying list for trainees on a first come, first served basis.  The earlier you arrive the sooner you get to fly.

Trial lessons should be booked through our booking page.