Bicester Gliding Centre has an obligation under the Health and Safety
at Work Act to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practical, contractors
and visitors do not come to harm. All visitors to the club have a legal
duty to take care and avoid harming others by their actions or admissions.
We want you to enjoy your time with us but so we can help you, please help
us by observing the following guidelines.
Services may gain access by telephoning the numbers on the gate.
Always lock the gate even if it is found unlocked (a condition of our lease with
Please report any suspicious activity immediately to a member, security patrol
Please carry your membership card with you when you visit the airfield and produce
it courteously when requested to do so by a security officer or committee
Bicester Airfield is an active airfield. Gliders, aeroplanes or helicopters may
approach from any direction and land or take-off.
Your personnal and motor insurances will not provide cover on the airfield.
You may therefore be personally liable and be sued in connection with
any accident which you cause.
Give way at all times to any airfield operations vehicle. They are usually painted
all over with a bright yellow.
Observe the 20mph speed limit. Please do not drive on the airfield grass. We know
the perimeter track is bumpy - so drive slowly!
Stay in notified areas. One is the club house, the other will be at the glider
launch point. Do not walk in front of gliders and aeroplanes. Comply with
any instructions given to you when on any part of the airfield.
Ask a club representative to accompany you when crossing any part of the airfield.
Keep a good lookout above and all around. Give way to gliders, aeroplanes and
helicopters at all times when driving or walking on the airfield.
Control your children and animals. You are responsible for their actions.
Do not touch gliders, aeroplanes, launch equipment, machinery or cables.
In addition all members who are not actively flying are asked to
pay particular attention to the following:
Social members, kiters and aero-modellers must have a safety briefing from a
committee member, instructor or club Safety Officer before using the airfield.
Kiters and aero-modellers should always ask permission from the duty instructor
on the day before commencing activity.
Please park off the slip road on the right of the entrance gate. Please do not
drive around or park on the perimeter track or on the airfield at any
Social members: please do not walk on the perimeter
track or on the 'inside' airfield area at any time. Walk only along the access
road parallel to Skimmingdish Lane and around the tracks by the perimeter
fences well away from the airfield. Keep a look out for aircraft at all
times and never walk in front of an aircraft or glider that is taking
off or landing.
When there is winching operations, always walk behind the winch and NEVER walk across
the cables in front of the winch. Winch cables kill !
Providing they are kept on a lead, dogs are permitted 'landside' in and around the club accomodation area and car park. they are not allowed by our landlord on or around the airfield.
Please clear up any mess that your dog makes - a bin has been provided
by the entrance gate. This is a condition of use of the airfield site.
Observe the site speed limit which is 20 mph maximum, and please do
not drive on the airfield grass. We know that the peri-track is bumpy
- so drive slowly!
Do not drive or park private cars on the aircraft apron in front of
the Hangar - this is for aeroplane/glider movements only. The only exception
is to tow your glider to or from (not into) the hangar. No vehicles in
the hangar (except the Fire Truck and in the MT bay ).
Please remember that Bicester is an active airfield and is potentially active
24 hours. Expect aircraft and gliders to take off or land in any direction
at any time.
If you are in any doubt about any aspect of the use of the site or about flying/gliding
operations, please ask a duty instructor or committee member.
Activity is being continually monitored 24 hours/day. If any member is observed
to be abusing their membership privileges, they will be denied further
access to the site.
...the following information may help you while out on the airfield. If
in doubt or you require more information please contact Bicester Gliding Centre by email at
or by telephone - 01869 252493.
Airfields are, by definition, large open areas. On cold and windy days
it does not take long to feel the effects of the lower temperatures. Take
plenty of warm clothing including gloves and a hat. Several thin layers
are better than one or two thick ones.
If it has been raining then the ground will be wet. When acting as a ground crew
there will be occassions when it is necessary to handle wet and slippery
cables or get on your hands and knees to attach cables to gliders. Wet
hands or clothes on a cold day are nobody's idea of fun! A pair of waterproof
overtrousers and waterproof gloves will certainly help.
In the summer prolonged exposure to the sun is dangerous. Never underestimate the power
of the sun even on a cloudy day so take a good quality, high-factor sunblock
and use it regularly.
Also take a hat. If you think you will be flying then a small-brimmed round sunhat
While working on the airfield in the summer it is not advisable to wear thin open-toed
sandals in the style of flip-flops. A light but tough shoe such as a canvas
style shoe is adequate but the more protection your feet have the less
chance they will be injured by cables and machinery.
In hot weather drink plenty of liquid. Do not assume that refreshment will be provided so take
a flask or bottles of water.
Keep your bags, rucksacks and discarded clothes off the airfield. There will usually
be a launch-point vehicle and/or bus that can be used to store personal
items. This is not just for safety reasons but for the protection of your
own belongings. Try not to clutter up the inside of the bus with bags
and coats but use the shelves above the seats or the side luggage compartment
accessed from outside.