The Bicester Gliding Centre is based at Bicester Airfield, which is located
on the north east edge of Bicester - a prosperous and expanding north Oxfordshire
commuter town. The airfield was established in 1917 as an RAF station and
apart from a short break between 1920 and 1928 has been in continuous operation
ever since. It is a remarkable grass-surfaced airfield - one of the largest
remaining in Europe, which bears testament to the military history of the
twentieth century with well preserved 1920s and 1930s hangars, a unique
'Fort' type control tower and a pre-World War Two bomb store - all English
Heritage listed buildings.
As the largest open space in Bicester, it is home to a variety of wildlife
and bird species, it was also designated a conservation area by Cherwell
District Council in 2002. In 2012, the Council restated this in their 30 year plan.
The aims of the Bicester Gliding Centre are:
To promote and encourage in those of all ages, a practical interest
in gliding and to provide an opportunity to participate in this exhilarating
and satisfying sport.
To promote and encourage participation in gliding, by junior, local
community and student members.
To provide an opportunity for qualified glider pilots of all standards
to improve their experience and skills, under the guidance of highly experienced
instructors and competition pilots.
To foster an environment that encourages teamwork, mutual support and
co-operation among its members.
To maintain the centre of excellence philosophy that has long been associated
with Bicester Airfield, by encouraging the continuation of coaching and
training courses at the site.
To promote a positive public image and to work in harmony with the local
community and authorities to provide a leisure facility that will be of
benefit to all local residents.
Above all, to provide the safest and most enjoyable gliding and flying
opportunities, at an ideal mid-country location and to continue with the
rigorous safety practices of the RAFGSA.
Official Company Details.
The Windrushers Gliding Club Limited.
Company No. 5110301, registered in England and Wales.
You can send emails to our office via enquiries at bicestergliding . com
The Windrushers Gliding Club Ltd,
Bicester Airfield, Caversfield, BICESTER, Oxfordshire, OX26 5HA