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Covid-19 pandemic update – solo flying to restart

Following the Department of Transport update on 15 May 2020 and with the permission of the Aerodrome Operator, Surrey Hills Gliding Club will recommence solo flying, for members only, from 19 May 2020. Unfortunately 2 seat flying is still not permitted and therefore we cannot fly tuition flights or air experience flights. We will continue to monitor the situation along with all expert advice and will update this page as the guidelines are relaxed.

If you have booked a flight with us over the coming weeks we will be contacting you with updated information. We appreciate your understanding of a situation that is totally outside our control. We do not, at present, know when we will be able to restart air experience flights but will post updates on this page at an appropriate time.

We will continue to sell vouchers via this website and any vouchers, either already purchased (and in date at the time we halted flying) or purchased now, will have an extended expiry date so you won’t miss out of your flight(s). We are currently extending vouchers to 31 December 2021 instead of the normal 9 months. If your voucher is due to expire in the next couple of months please contact us via email so we can add the extended validity date to our records.

We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to being able to commence 2 seat flying at the historic RAF Kenley airfield soon.

(updated 20/05/2020)

Surrey Hills Gliding Club

We operate Monday to Friday (weather permitting) from the historic RAF Kenley airfield.

New members & visitors are always welcome.

The Surrey Hills Gliding Club is based at the historic RAF Kenley airfield, some 15 miles south of Central London, and just a few miles from junction 6 of the M25.

We are the nearest Gliding Club to London and the only Gliding Club within the M25.

How to find us

Surrey Hills Gliding Club

Kenley Aerodrome
Victor Beamish Avenue
Tel: 020 8763 0091
Email: surreyhillsgc@gmail.com

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Office hours:
Monday – Friday 09.30-12.30
(answerphone at other times).

About Surrey Hills Gliding Club

The Surrey Hills Gliding Club Ltd (SHGC) has been operating from RAF Kenley Aerodrome since 1985, and is owned and operated by the members. The airfield is owned by the MOD and is used by two RAF units, 2 FTS (Flying Training School) and VGS (Volunteer Gliding Squadron), who are the primary users, with Surrey Hills Gliding Club operating on weekdays at times of space capacity.

The club is affiliated to the British Gliding Association, our sport’s governing body, and all our training is given by BGA approved instructors. All flights are made as members of the club, with temporary membership and trial lessons available to help you get started.

Surrey Hills Gliding Club is a winch only site and our current club fleet comprises two dual seat training aircraft and three single seat gliders for those members that have progressed to solo flying.

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See what people say about SHGC

A friendly club that operates Monday to Friday throughout the year when not used by the RAF and can boast it trained a Junior World Champion. Come along and try out this wonderful sport – one day at the club, and four flights later, I was hooked. I have been back nearly every week since then.

Surrey Hills Gliding Club is unusual in that it operates on weekdays only. However membership allows us to fly at weekends with other clubs. I have been a member for twenty-four years, I must like it.

Most gliding clubs are situated among miles of rolling fields, often with a valley, a ridge or even a small (British-sized) mountain nearby. Not so Kenley! If you want to experience proper urban flying, where your views are the London skyline, then come and fly at Surrey Hills Gliding Club. It really is a unique experience, it’s a gliding club full of people who share a passion and are committed to the club. If you love gliding it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to fly over this historical Battle of Britain airfield.

So much excitement and adrenaline. I think it’s the most magical thing I’ve done in my life. Because of gliding I feel I can fly anywhere now and enjoy it, and it’s opened up so many new possibilities to go to places I never had the confidence to fly to before. It has honestly changed my life and I can’t thank you all enough.