Welcome and Introductory Information

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Welcome to CUGC. Whether you are a new or old member, this page should contain some helpful advice regarding how to book training slots, how to organise transport and what to expect on your first visits to the airfield.

Make sure to check out our website which contains a lot of useful information in the FAQ Section.

Introductory Information

Mailing Lists

The first things you should do is make sure that you are on all of our mailing lists.

CUGC: Join these here. Soc-Gliding and Soc-Gliding-Transport are the most important: here you will receive general club information and offers/requests for transport respectively.

CGC: Join this here. This is the the Cambridge Gliding Centre (CGC) mailing list for airfield alerts (like for when flying is cancelled), and is really important that you join.

Facebook: Join the closed group here and like our public Facebook page.

Your Flying Account

This is where you can see your account balance and a log of your completed flights. View your account here. Your password is your postcode by default, and use your membership number which will have been sent my email.

You must make sure that your account is in credit at all times for us to stay in good standing with CGC. Top up instructions are on the right hand side. Make sure you top up your flying account before you go flying, not after. In a typical day, you might have 3 winch launches or 1 longer flight - this will be around £30.

Going Flying

If you haven't done any flying before, you'll need to book training slots with an instructor in the two-seater gliders. See the section below for more information on how to do this. You'll tend to go out to the airfield for either a half or full day, and you'll share your instructor with one other person.

You'll need to get transport out to the airfield.

By Car: Lifts are offered and requested on the on the transport mailing list. We also have a spreadsheet where taxis are organised on a regular basis. Some instructors consistently offer lifts, so if you book with them on the two-seater system you can be sure of a lift. Their names can be found on the transport spreadsheet. It's best to book your training slots on days that you know you will have transport.

By Bike / Bus: See information here.

When you're not flying, you'll be helping out on the ground to get other people in the air. There's plenty to do, and people will be happy to show you how to do things the first time you're there, just ask! Make sure you're willing to help: those who help out more are likely to get more flying!

Booking Training Slots

You must have credit on your flying account before you can fly (see above).

Your membership number and password will have been sent to you by email (follow up on this if it has been over two weeks). With these details, you can now book either training with instructors in 2-seater gliders, or book single-seat gliders. If you are a new member, ignore the single seater booking for now - that will come later!

Two Seater Booking Page

The columns (K21/Puchacz/Perkoz) show the aircraft type. If you're booking for the first time, this doesn't matter, and you can pick any aircraft. The rows show the time of day (AM / PM) and the instructors name. If you are new, its important you do not book the instructors prefixed with 'XC', as these offer a different type of training. Note that there is a link at the top of the page to view dates further ahead than the default view.

You can book a slot by clicking your name on any of the Book hyperlinks which will show in open slots.

In Winter: AM slots are from 08:45 to 12:30, PM slots are from 12:30 until flying stops. This is usually 5pm or sunset (whichever is earlier).

In Summer (During British Summer Time): AM slots are from 08:45 to 13:30, PM slots are from 13:30 until flying stops. This is usually 6pm.

Booking Rules:

You must cancel any slot that you cannot attend more than 72 hours in advance, otherwise you will be subject to a £25 fine.
You must only book half day slots (either AM or PM) on weekends.
You can only hold 4 advance bookings.

Single Seater Booking Page


Your First Day at the Airfield

- Make sure you have money on your acct and know your membership number. - Let people know its your first day. - There will be briefings for everything. Make sure you're comfortable and ask questions - Be prepared to help out and learn - Make sure you get a logbook and progress card.