Is gliding a sport?

For a lot of pilots gliding is a relaxing and absorbing activity. But for many pilots it’s also a highly competitive sport.

Pilots like to challenge themselves. Perhaps to fly around a pre-determined route that they think is the best that can be achieved given the forecast weather conditions. In planning a flight, they will consider their glider performance and their skill level. If they succeed and get around their planned route they will probably enter this into their club or national ‘league’ online.

You can visit this online. Pilots flights are visible along with their flight track and the changes in altitude as they climb in thermals and then glide long distances to the next area of good lift.

Most recent flights on the BGA ‘ladder’

Points are awarded based on calculations that consider glider type (handicap), the length and difficulty of the flight, how much of it was completed and importantly the average speed achieved.

There are also competitions from club level through to regional, national and world championship grade competitions. These are all about speed around long challenging routes.

And like every sport gliding has its heroes, people that are consistently at the top and amaze the average club pilot with their flying. These are not household names but in gliding there are plenty of legendry pilots and super stars!

Important Notice: Corona Virus [COVID-19]


** Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 - Black Mountains Gliding Club and Airfield is now closed other than for essential maintenance.

We are monitoring emails to the club. And if it is urgent you may also use the Contact Us form on this website.

The current position with regard to Flight Vouchers and Courses is this:

Trial Lessons already booked are now cancelled. We've endeavored to contact voucher holders. If you've not been contacted please accept our apologies. 
Vouchers for Trial Lessons and Air Experience Flights will have their expiry dates extended by 12 months.
Training Courses are under review depending on when they are scheduled for, and attendees will be contacted as required. The ones planned through to June have been cancelled!
We will not be able to take new voucher bookings until further notice. When we are up and running again we will have a significant backlog.
We look forward to meeting and flying you as soon as it is practicable and such difficult times are behind us!