COVID-19 statement

Due to the current coronavirus crisis Dorset Gliding Club is closed.

Any voucher purchased cannot be flown for the foreseeable future. Vouchers for this period will be honoured once the crisis is over, even if they have expired.

We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Stay safe.

The Club

Information for visitors


Visiting glider pilots intending to fly their own glider from the field, please use the contact form.

Due to planning and leasing constraints, we can only give permission for motor gliders from other clubs to visit the field.

No other powered aircraft can be accepted.


Our members and instructors will be delighted to talk to you and show you around, but we do ask that you report to the clubhouse and observe safety regulations for an active airfield. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and toilet facilities are available at the clubhouse. Please read the safety information below.

********** Safety *********

  • Unauthorised cars are not permitted on the airfield. Please use the car park provided.

  • Keep to the boundary fence when walking on the airfield.

  • Keep a constant lookout all round. You may not hear an approaching glider. Gliders may land from any direction and at any point on the airfield.

  • If an approaching glider is heading towards you, STAND STILL. The pilot will avoid you.

  • Keep well away from launch cables. They may move without warning. Look out for falling cables.

  • Do not walk in front of a glider with its wings level. It may be about to take off.

  • Gliders can be severely damaged by mishandling on the ground. Do not attempt to handle a glider unless specifically asked and make the person aware that you are a visitor.

  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:44

Real Gliding

I first joined the Dorset Gliding Club more than 30 years ago. Without making much progress I soon quit and took up hang gliding instead. In those days hang gliders were rapidly improving and ultimately became capable of being flown cross country (XC), using thermals, for respectable distances. My longest flight was 114 miles. Eventually I moved on to flying paragliders whose performance also started to allow decent XC's. They had the advantage of packing up into a rucksack wherever you might have landed for the return trip back to the take off point.
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Winter Soaring



I personally very much enjoy flying from Eyres Field, and think the scenery is second to none!

I hope this article may bring back some pleasant memories to those of you who used to fly at Old Sarum. Winter ‘soaring’ from a flat site.

We all like to soar. It is man against the elements - against gravity - against those hundred and one things that are trying to keep our feet firmly on the ground. If, as I do, you fly from a flat site, you will have experienced the frustration of winter flying. Every now and again when every possible weather criteria is right, i.e. wind strength, wind direction, and enough members turn up on a day when the duty instructor has enough foresight and vision to realise that flying in strong wind conditions can help everybody become better pilots. Pilots who spend the whole of their time only flying in ‘good’ conditions are one day bound to inadvertantly experience very rough conditions. Will they be able to cope?

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A day of firsts

I was at a very early solo stage and yet to complete my bronze ‘C’. I was waiting in line to launch in our newly acquired syndicate Olympia 2B which I had flown only a couple of times before, The weather on the ground was bitterly cold and quite a northerly wind was blowing. Several gliders had already been launched ahead of a very black cloud and when it came to my turn, the CFI, Jim Tudgey, jumped out of the tug and said “I will take you just north of Blandford to drop you in what is very smooth lift, don’t loose sight of the airfield and land before the cloud reaches us”.
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DGC 1966

I joined the DGC early in 1966, soon after the move to Tarrant Rushton airfield. There were a number of new members at that time as the move had created a lot of local interest.

The Club then was run on a semi military basis as two or three of it’s instructors were ex ATC or Army and the Club itself still had a military influence since in it’s time at Gallows Hill, now Eyres Field, it had formed an association with Bovington camp, and, for a time the Club was known as the Dorset and Bovington Garrison Gliding Club.

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