Oxford University Gliding Club Welcome Pack
Welcome to OUGC, hopefully this will give you information on everything
you need to have many enjoyable days at the airfield… If you
have any gliding related questions email one of the committee members
and we’ll try to help!
Your First Day – We will all arrive at the
airfield at the same time, so while the more experienced members get
the gliders ready and set up the airfield you will get a safety briefing
and a quick look at a glider (after your first day members are expected
to help get the gliders ready and set-up the airfield, don’t
worry people will always be around to help and show you what to do!)
Once on airfield you’ll get a better idea of what’s involved
in gliding and can learn how to help out so that more flying can take
place. Hopefully (weather pending!) everyone will get 3 or more flights
in the day, you will be paired up with an instructor who can start
teaching you how to fly for yourself. At the end of the day we pack
up the gliders and head to the bar for a drink and a chance to get
to know everyone before heading back to Oxford. Gliding is quite a
time consuming sport and everyone is expected to muck-in so expect
to leave Oxford at 8:30am. and not get back until 6/7pm. .
After your first time at the airfield you have to sign on to fly.
page is on our web site under members and booking. We have this
system so that not too many people turn up! You can’t sign on
for more than a day at a time, this is so everyone gets the chance
to fly. OUGC have a ‘duty pilot’ on the field every day,
which will be there to help and make sure that you get to fly.
Getting There – Don’t worry about getting
there on your first day, as we will try and meet you on the bus, but
X5 from Bay 12 at Gloucester Green leaves at 0805, 0835, 0905 etc
on Saturdays and at 0805, 0905, 1005 etc on Sundays. Ask to get off
at the Caversfield roundabout in Bicester, when you get off turn left
at the roundabout and walk down the road for 2 minutes and you’ll
reach the airfield gates. The bus leaves the airfield at every 10
past and quarter to the hour until 2145 from opposite the lay-by where
you got off! (Get to the bus stop in plenty of time as the bus won’t
wait if it gets there early.) Get
S5 from outside the Randolf Hotel, also goes to Bicester but are slightly
less convenient as you have to walk from the bus station up past the
Bicester North train station and turn right at the roundabout. Get
Car: The bus is quite easy, but if you’re lucky enough to own
a car… Directions to the airfield are on the Windrushers Gliding
Club (who also fly at Bicester) web sitehttp://windrushers.org.uk/location.htm
Cycle: In the summer some people also like to cycle to the airfield,
apparently it takes 1hr30mins ish. Not recommended in the winter though
as it gets dark early and the roads are quite busy!
What to wear – the airfield is cold, especially in the winter.
Also being on an exposed airfield means it can also get quite windy,
so dress warmly (in windproof gear if you have it). Most people find
that lots of layers work best as they can take some off for flying
the glider, and pile it back on for when outside. Minimum is to bring
a woolly hat, gloves, coat and good shoes. The grass can get quite
wet so waterproof shoes are a must (if you don’t have any with
you waterproof socks or plastic bags over your socks work just as
well). Don’t worry about looking silly; some of us have been
known to wear skiing outfits in December (see web site for suitable
Weather: - Gliding is quite weather dependent, we can’t fly
in rain, fog or very strong winds, keep an eye on the weather forecasts.
If you don’t think the weather will be good, give the OUGC duty
pilot for that day a ring and they should hopefully be able to advise.
Keep an eye on the web sitehttp://users.ox.ac.uk/~gliding
and if you’re a ‘facebook’ member our group (http://oxford.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2202498687)
‘Gliding Club’ for more info on socials and gliding things.
Help Yourself to a copy of The
Welcome Pack (pdf)