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Join Kent Gliding Club

The Kent Gliding Club is owned by its members and works to ensure that they have a vibrant, safe and well-equipped club.  In normal (non-Covid) times we fly every day from April to September and at weekends and Wednesdays during the rest of the year (subject of course to the weather) except Christmas Day. We currently have some 150 flying members (including those in training and some 30 qualified instructors). We also have about 30 social members. This is an increase of 10% over last year.  The club owns the airfield outright and has excellent facilities which include:

  • Clubhouse
  • Accommodation with showers and toilets
  • Caravan park
  • Trailer park
  • On site maintenance contractor.
  • Cafe and bar

Flying member benefits include:

  • Free instruction (air and ground)
  • All necessary insurances
  • Access to the club fleet of two-seat and single seat gliders
  • Option to base your own glider at the club (additional fee)
  • Invitations to all social events and the club’s competition week

Social member benefits include:

  • Access to all club facilities
  • One launch per quarter (being flown by a suitably qualified friend or a club instructor)
  • Invitations to all social events

Membership fees are as follows : (membership is open to persons over 12 years of age. There is no upper age limit)

  • Adult (over 18) Annual subscription                  £500
  • Young Member  (18-25) annual subscription   £140
  • Junior (12-18) annual subscription                      £70
  • Social Member annual subscription                    £90

Flying Costs (for members)

  • Winch Launch                                                                   £8.50
  • Aerotow (to 2,000 ft)                                                    £33.10
  • Reciprocal day membership (for visiting pilots)       £6.00
  • Soaring in K21 / Puchacz (per minute)                         £0.58
  • Soaring in SZD51 Junior (per minute)                          £0.40

Special ‘Affordable Flying Membership‘ is available for those eligible in restricted financial circumstances. Please contact the club if you would like to discuss.