Welcome Your IET account


This is an evening in the world of gliding, with a lecture about some principles of flight and how gliding works, followed by a close up view of some of the gliders.

If there are sufficient numbers (minimum 10), then for a modest fee of £27.50 (payable directly to the Club) you could have the opportunity of taking a 5 -10 minute flight in a two-seater glider via a winch launch, reaching a height of up to 1000ft depending on conditions. *** Update - we have reached the maximum number for flying (20), but we are wait-listing for flights so if you come along you MAY get the chance of a flight ***

So taking a flight is not compulsory, you can just come along to learn about the world of gliding.

If you have requested a flight, please give 3 days notice if you are NOT coming so that we can allocate your flight slot to someone else.

The London Gliding Club just outside Dunstable has been at the base of the Dunstable Downs since the late 1930s and is today a very popular gliding centre.


History of the Club

The London Gliding Club was officially inaugurated on February 20th 1930. When the club started using nearby Ivinghoe Beacon as a launch site the spectacle attracted so much public attention that the club were evicted for "spoiling it's peaceful enjoyment by the public". The club (and the crowds) then moved to their current home at Dunstable Downs.

Before the war pilots flying along the hill had instructions relayed to them by flag signals for "too fast" and "too slow"! The glider repair man of the time was said to be able to produce an estimate based purely on the sound of the crash! However prangs were balanced with successes. In 1939 Geoffrey Stephenson was the first to glide across the Channel when he flew all the way from Dunstable to France!

During the war the London Gliding Club was used as a prisoner of war camp. Some evidence of this is still visible as a row of posts near the south-west launch point.

Since the war London Gliding Club has steadily grown. New types of gliders have become available, and now fibreglass is more common than wood. But traditions are maintained by a vigorous Vintage glider group!



Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


29 Aug 2019

4:45pm - 8:45pm

Add to Calendar 08/29/2019 16:45 08/29/2019 20:45 Gliding Come and find out about the world of gliding - and if you want, take a short flight! Icknield Way, Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2JP, UK


Beds and Herts Local Network

Registration Information


Ample parking at site.

Wear "country walk" type clothing, suitable for the time of year. For comfort we suggest ladies wear trousers or jeans. If the weather forecast looks inclement, bring a warm wind/showerproof layer, as there can be periods of standing around on the exposed airfield.

Photography - Gliding presents some superb 'photo-opportunities' so please do bring your camera. If flying please ensure that it can be strapped to your wrist, and prepare it as such before the flight. Cameras or mobile phones without an appropriate strap will not be allowed on the flight.

Club website: http://www.londonglidingclub.co.uk


London Gliding Club

Tring Rd
United Kingdom


1645  Meet at Club Reception

1700  Talk begins, followed by Q & A

1745  Flying commences, along with opportunity to see gliders close up

During flight time, refreshments available (for those on the ground!)

2045  Event finishes