Airfield Status

BOOKER GLIDING CLUB TEMPORARY BASE
There has been gliding at Wycombe Air Park for 70 years, but since February 2021 Booker Gliding Club has been prevented from flying there because of a commercial dispute between the airfield management and the airfield owner. We have therefore been flying at Chiltern Park Aerodrome and have welcomed many visitors for trial lessons and courses.
Sadly, Chiltern Park Aerodrome is closing on 19th September 2021 so we had to find another temporary base while the legal action back at Wycombe continues. It is our intention to return to our historical base at Wycombe but in the meantime we are moving to Abingdon Airfield.
TIMETABLE
Abingdon Airfield was turned into a training base some years ago and is home to two Army regiments. In order to fly there we must complete formalities in order to turn it back into an airfield and meet military standards. This process has been more complex than we expected, so
there has been some delay in resuming flying.
BOOKINGS
Once we have confirmed procedures and ensured that all our instructors are familiar with them, we will open our booking system to allow customers with vouchers to book flights. We expect this to be in February or March 2022.
If you have any queries, please contact us on office@bookergliding.co.uk

Our Duo Discus training glider

If visiting for a flight with us you can check here for an indication of our flying status. We usually update before 09:30 each morning, so check after then if you can, and again in the evening. Any information provided before the day of flight is indicative and may change on the day.

Trial lesson briefing

Please ensure you are viewing data that corresponds to the date of your flight. If you can see ahead that the weather is bad you can contact us and we may be able to fly you beforehand subject to capacity.


Chiltern Park status for – May 30th to June 1st

Summary – Open and flying normally

Additional information – We will be flying booked courses and trial lessons during this period


Chiltern Park status for –

Summary – Open and flying normally

Additional information –


We want our visitors to have a great gliding experience, but sometimes the British weather does not co-operate. Below you will find more information about the weather. We will always fly if we can, but we hope that by seeing the status updates provided above you may avoid a wasted journey in bad weather.

If you are unfortunate enough to have a cancellation due to bad weather please re-book your flight for another date. You do not need to cancel your booking.

Local weather forecast for the next couple of days.

What weather stops us from gliding. There are some weather conditions that are unsuitable for gliding. Gliders do not fly in mist, fog, bad visibility, low cloud, strong or gusty wind or persistent rain. It is usually possible to fly if the wind is below 15MPH. We can usually fly in between showers, and when poor conditions improve. Our airfield is in an area of relatively high ground and we may have slightly different weather compared to other local areas, particularly in winter.
UK weather forecasts improve all the time, however, they are still wrong sometimes!

BBC Weather Forecast for Booker (click to open BBC forecast webpage and view the week ahead).