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Surrey Hills Gliding Club

Tom Arscott, who did his first solo flight
aged 16 at Surrey Hills Gliding Club,
is the current World Gliding Champion.
He brought his trophy to where it all started.

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We are currently operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
(weather permitting) from the historic RAF Kenley airfield.

New members and visitors are always welcome.

If you want to book a date and time for a voucher you already have then please email the club.

Currently any vouchers purchased will have an extended expiry date (12 months) from the date of issue.

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.

(updated 17/04/2024)

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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Most office functions, including all bookings, are now being handled remotely – please email rather than phone. We endeavour to answer emails received during normal working hours as quickly as possible.

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 three dual seat training aircraft and two 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.

I thoroughly enjoyed the flight experience. Thank you to all the staff, you are really a friendly bunch. And special thank you to my instructor who made the flight experience exciting but not scary.

I just want to thank everyone for making it such a great day for me today. All the guys were so welcoming. Brilliant day, everyone helpful and friendly and I am really pleased I decided to do this at my pensioner’s age! A great experience at a historic airfield.