What is the furthest a glider has flown?

The current world record for the furthest a glider has flown is 3,008km set in 2003 by Klaus Ohlmann. This was flown using mountain waves in South America.

The UK record is 1108.7km, set by John Williams in a 20m wingspan glider in 2007.

Outright distance attempts are rare. To beat the world record it would mean an expedition to South America and the Andes. Probably with a very specialist glider.

To beat the national UK record is difficult, partly due the actual size of the UK. This is a limiting factor as the various distance records have to be flights of a number of allowed ‘shapes’. These are straight line distance, out and return, triangle and a flight that goes around no more than three turnpoints (excluding the start and finish).

Most gliding clubs will see some of their pilots completing 300+km flights on good spring and summer days, while on exceptional days, and with the best pilots in high performance gliders, flights 500 to 750kms are regularly achieved.

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!