OUGC was founded in December 1937 as part of the Oxford University and City Gliding Club. The club began operating from Cumnor Meadow in spring 1938, with distinguished Austrian pilot, Robert Kronfeld, as the club’s Chief Flying Instructor. Due to the persecution of Jews in Europe, Kronfeld had fled to Britain, becoming a British Citizen in 1939, and serving in the RAF as a Squadron Leader during the Second World War. Later in 1938, the club moved briefly to the Chiltern Ridge, between Aston Rowant and Lewknor, before the termination of sport flying at the outbreak of war.

The club reformed in 1951 at Kidlington, before moving to Weston-on-the-Green in 1956. The club then moved to the current site at Bicester in the mid 1970s, with just a single K7 glider, joining the Windrushers Gliding Club and the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association. The K7 had been obtained thanks to the generosity of local dentist, Peter Pratelli, who later assisted the club in buying a twin-seater Grob G103 Twin II, EGN. Both the K7 and G103 have since moved to other clubs. In 1986, OUGC aquired single seater Grob Astir CS, FEF, and 5 years later ASK 21, GAM. FEF is still faithfully serving the club, while GAM wasreplaced by a ESB, also ASK 21, in 2016. In 2004, the RAF left Bicester, which was subsequently reclaimed by the Windrushers.

OUGC currently serves students and staff at both Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, having a lively community of c. 80 members. The club operates alongside the Windrushers Gliding Club at Bicester airfield, with a fleet of two gliders, and also access to Windrushers fleet of eight gliders. Many new pilots are trained to solo standard each year and many others progress on to achieve gliding badges. The club regularly organises expeditions and competitions that give members the opportunity to show off their flying skills and experience new locations, culminating in the summer Varsity against Cambridge University Gliding Club.

The Committee

Dinant Riks - President

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Howdy! I'm Dinant, and I am OUGC's supreme leader/benevolent dictator/President. This is my third year on the committee, having been membership secretary/treasurer and regular secretary in previous years. When I'm not gliding or busy doing stuff for the club, I work on my DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience. My research focuses on MRI imaging in migraine, but usually I just stare at pretty pictures of brains.

I have been flying gliders since 2009, and am now an Assistant Category Gliding Instructor. I've got close to 750 flights in my logbook, with nearly 350 hours. My most impressive flight has been a 300km cross country in the club's pride FEF, taking off from Bicester, via Worchester to Cambridge and back to Bicester, all without an engine! I've also been gliding in many different places already: Netherlands (were I'm from), Germany, Czech Republic, France, New Zealand, England, Wales and Scotland. It's great to go to different places, and our expeditions are always great adventures.

If you have any questions about the club, then feel free to drop me an email at president@ougc.org.

Charles Jenkinson - Treasurer

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Hi! My name is Charles and I'm a postgraduate at Linacre College, studying for an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies.

My interest in flying goes back to my days in the air cadets, though I unfortunately didn't get much flying done in those days... but OUGC has come along to change all that! I joined in Michaelmas Term and I have been steadily progressing ab initio ever since. I recently went on our highly successful Portmoak expedition in Scotland. I will be serving on the committee as treasurer for the next year, hoping to continue, among other things, the more careful and longer-term planning introduced by the outgoing committee for the benefit of current and future pilots alike. If you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch with me at: lina3001@nexus.ox.ac.uk.

Ania Liu - Secretary

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Hi! My name is Ania. I'm half-Polish half-Chinese studying Physics at Oriel College. I started gliding last year and I still enjoy it more and more - it's really addictive!

Being a member of OUGC I've learned that team can be much greater than the sum of its parts. I'm excited to be in the committee for this year and as a Secretary together with other committee members I will do my best to make the club even greater, sharing our gliding love :).

I look forward to meet you at the airfield!

Cecilia Bailey - Women's Captain

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I'm Cecilia, a first year undergrad studying Philosophy and Psychology at Univ. This is my first year on the committee, but not my first year flying – I actually went solo when I was 14! I'm super interested in aviation in general, as well as gliding, and am slowly working towards my PPL.

As your women’s captain, I am dedicated to organising gliding camps, expeditions, and competitions, alongside the men’s captain, Artur. These are some of the most fun parts about gliding – you get to fly at new sites, test your skills, meet new people, and get better acquainted with us lovely lot at OUGC! We have had some amazing overseas and domestic expeditions in the past, as well as winter training camps and aerobatics camps galore. I can’t wait to organise more – if you have any ideas about new places to visit, competitions to partake in, or potential camps to organise, do let me know as we are always looking to try new things.

Looking forward to seeing you at the airfield (I’ll probably be driving a buggy with one hand whilst eating a sausage butty with the other).

Artur Doshchyn - Men's Captain

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Hola! I am Artur, DPhil student in Economics at Nuffield College. This will be my third year as the Men’s Captain of the club, and I really hope that this is an indication that I am a good one, rather than that there is no-one else willing to do the job :-P But I will leave it to you to assess.

Together with our Women's Captain Cecilia, we will strive to organise as many really exciting gliding camps and expeditions as possible, everything between the Winter Training Camp to get our new incoming members up to speed, and a visit to some mind-blowing mountain site abroad. I am strongly convinced that not only club expeditions to different sites are great for members' flying progress, but also they are a fantastic way to spend a holiday and get really good friends.

In addition, I am very keen on glider aerobatics, so expect more opportunities to learn how to fly our K21 inverted!

Lastly, don't forget that gliding is a Half-Blue sport, so it is also captains' job to organise the traditional Varsity match every year, just to prove again and again that Oxford pilots are superior to those from "that other place" ;-).

If you are eager to learn more about OUGC camps and trips, are keen to organise an expedition to a new thrilling place yourself, are curious about glider aerobatics, or just want to talk to a really handsome, intelligent and, most importantly, humble guy about gliding, feel free to drop me a line at mens-captain@ougc.org.

Bogdan Toader - Membership Secretary and IT Officer

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Hello! I'm Bogdan, membership secretary and IT officer of OUGC.

I came to Oxford in October 2015 to start my DPhil in applied mathematics and that's when I also started gliding. Having practiced my landings for many months, I finally landed the job of membership secretary a year ago, which involves making sure that everyone interested in flying joins the club and receives a warm welcome.

Being part of the committee was a great way to get to know more people in the club and to learn how a gliding club is run, so I decided to continue in this role for another year (luckily the other club members also thought it was a good idea, phew). You’ll hear from me when you first decide to sign up or if you have any questions about joining the club (if you do, email me at membership@ougc.org).

I'm also in charge of the club's website - lots of good stuff here, and more to come soon (don't get lost ;) )!

Rowan Border - Maintenance Officer

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Hi all! My name is Rowan and I'm one of the maintenance officers for OUGC, along with Marios. I'm a second year DPhil student in Robotics where I also work on flying things - making an autonomous multi-rotor drone. I joined the gliding club last year and have had a fantastic time. My favourite flight so far was getting up to 12000ft at Portmoak in Scotland while wave soaring. I love being in the air in any form - I also want to learn powered flight and did skydiving during my undergraduate degree in Edinburgh.

As maintenance officers Marios and myself will be endeavouring to keep the gliders at maximum operational capacity for maximum flying and also the trailers operational so we can take gliders to all the expeditions. You can help us out by letting us know if you notice anything on the gliders or trailers that needs a fix-up. Thanks!

Marios Kapsis - Deputy Maintenance Officer

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Hi there, I am Marios Kapsis and I am reading DPhil in Engineering (2nd year). My experience on gliding is quite limited, as I embraced it just the last academic year, however I know by now that one day I will become the best aerobatics pilot. Ever. One day.

This year I am the Deputy Maintenance officer (since I was the Maintenance officer last year I could not escape this fate), meaning I need to make sure our two gliders (FEF and ESB) are always in suitable state to be flown and their respective trailers are road-worthy.

Regards and happy (and safe) flying!

Pratyusha Sumathi - Social Secretary

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Tor Walberg - Alumni and Development Officer

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Alexander-Schleicher ASK 21, ESB

The ASK 21 is a two-seater glider, constructed of glass-reinforced plastic, designed primarily for training. OUGC’s ASK21 is known as ‘ESB’. The ASK 21 is easy to fly and is used for initial-pre solo training, post-solo conversion from the wooden K13 and K8 to glass-gliders and also advanced training for aerobatics and cross-country. A very versatile glider indeed!

Type Seats Empty weight Maximum take-off weight Stall speed Maximum speed (VNE) Best glide ratio G-limits
ASK-21 2 450kg 650kg 35 kts (65kph) 151kts (280kph) 34 at 49kts -4G, +6.5G


Grob Astir CS, FEF

The Astir is a high performance single-seat glider, constructed of glass-reinforced plastic, used for cross-country and competition flights. OUGC’s Astir, 'FEF', can be flown by club members at a discounted rate. The Astir is more challenging to fly than the ASK 21, and pilots can convert once competent solo pilots.

Type Seats Empty weight Maximum take-off weight Stall speed Maximum speed (VNE) Best glide ratio G-limits
Astir CS 1 280kg 450kg (including 80L waterballast) 35 kts (65kph) 135kts (250kph) 36 at 55kts -2G, +4.5G

Windrushers Fleet

OUGC members also automatically become members of Windrushers gliding club, allowing us to use their gliders as well.

Their fleet consist of:

5 Schleicher K13s: ‘KKR’, ‘HMV’, ‘JXM’, ‘HAL’ and ‘CCZ’. These wooden two-seater gliders are primarily used for pre-solo training.
A Schleicher K8: ‘EED’. This is a wooden single seater and is usually the first single seater members fly.
A Grob Twin III ‘PX’. This is a two-seater used for cross-country training and conversion to the Astirs.
A Grob Astir CS single seater ‘DFR’, same model as ‘FEF’, used for experienced solo pilots and to fly cross-country.

Soaring Fees

To fly the gliders owned by OUGC or Windrushers, you will be charged a soaring fee per minute of flight time, up to a maximum of 3 hours.

Glider type K13s ASK-21 ‘ESB’ Twin III ‘PX’ K8 ‘EED’ Astir ‘FEF’ Astir ‘DFR’
Soaring fee 27p/min 20p/min 30p/min 20p/min 15p/min 30p/min

*These prices are for OUGC members only.

Daily Rental Fees

It is also possible to rent the gliders owned by OUGC or Windrushers for exclusive use during expeditions and competitions. Rental of Windrushers gliders can be arranged via the office at the airfield and is at the discretion of Windrushers’ committee.

Rental of OUGC gliders is arranged directly with the OUGC committee. Non-OUGC members will have to sign a rental agreement prior to this. It is recommended to get in touch with the OUGC committee well in advance to discuss any rental plans you might have.

Anyone wanting to take a glider to another site needs to get prior permission from the CFI.

ASK-21 ‘ESB’ Astir ‘FEF’
OUGC members £30 / day £25 / day
Windrushers’ Cadet members £40 / day £30 / day
Windrushers’ Full members £65 / day £50 / day

*Hire for 9 day competitions or expeditions will be charged a 7 days hire.

Email ougc-gliders@ougc.org for more info!

This page was last updated 3rd May 2017.