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Membership and Flying Fees

These fees are applicable from 1st July 2015.

All hire of club gliders will be charged per minute from launch.
Due to rising fuel costs, these prices may change at short notice.

Move the mouse over the column that applies to you to highlight it. Please note that there are conditions applicable to many fees so check the Membership Categories page to make sure they apply to you.

For general information or to join, contact or phone 01869 252493.

Membership Costs
/ Period
Full Member Family Member Country Member Junior Member Cadet Member Power Member Social Member Temporary Member
One Year £450 £825 £200* £120 £35 £90 £55
3 Months £200    
Day £8
Joining Fee £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0

All membership charges above are subject to a 5% surcharge if paid after the 30 June 2014

Fixed price to solo £1,495

Includes 12 months membership, existing BGC members will be credited with the cost of their membership paid.

Flying Costs
  Full Family Country Junior Cadet Power Social Temporary
Launch Fees (All winch launch failures will be charged at 50% of the member's rate)
Winch £8 £8 £8 £8 £6.50 £8
Winch and aerotow fees are subject to any fuel price increases.
Up to 1000ft £23.50 £23.50 £23.50 £23.50 £23.50     £23.50
Each additional 100ft £0.85 £0.85 £0.85 £0.85 £0.85 £0.85
Aerotow retrieve/Hr £160 £160 £160 £160 £160 £160
Aerobatics *** 4000' aerotow £40 £40 £40 £40 £40 £40
Glider Hire (per minute)
K13, Astir 38p 38p 38p 27p 27p 38p
K21 44p 44p 44p 30p 30p 44p
K8 26p 26p 26p 20p 20p 26p
Discus 44p 44p 44p 30p 30p 44p
Maximum soaring charge is 3 hours.

Motor Glider Hire GCFMW (per hobbs hour)
Falke £75 £75 £75 £75 £75   £75
NPPL SLMG Training £90 £90 £90 £90 £90   £90
Tug hire - £147 per tacho hour, excluding aerotow retrieves (£160 per tacho hr)
Trial Lesson - see the main menu Lessons/Courses for full details.
As Arranged 2000 - 4000' £79 - £119
Motor Glider Trial Lesson
(30 mins)
Discover Gliding half-day course £159
Flying Start Intro Course £295
5-Day Course £650
  Full Family Country Junior Cadet Power Social Temporary
Private owners levy (includes one trailer). A signed agreement is required.
SLMG/Year £446.50 £446.50 £446.50 £446.50
Year £295 £295 £295 £295
Week £16 £16 £16 £16 £16 £16
Per Night £3.50 £3.50 £3.50 £3.50 £3.50 £3.50


Caravan Facilities Fee (includes £100 into your flying account if annual charge is paid). A signed agreement is required.

Year £400 £400 £400
Week £18 £18 £18 £18   £18
Day £5 £5 £5 £5   £5

£100 credit is to be used within the year of issue and cannot be carried forward.
Caravan slots will be allocated at the sole discretion of BGC.

Tent Facilities Fee

Per Night £0 £0 £0 £0 £2
Bunk Room
Per Night £5 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5
Twin Rooms (2, 3, & 4) £10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10
Family Room £15 £15 £15 £15 £15 £15 £15 £15

* To qualify as a country member, you must be a member of another BGA club and live outside a 50 mile radius from Bicester.

*** 4000' aerobatics aerotows are only valid for flights of 20 minutes or less and the log sheets must be clearly marked.

E&EO.  BGC reserves the right to change prices or review terms and conditions at any time.

Additional Membership Information, 2014 rev7

EXCLUSIVE USE HIRE enables members to book a club glider for exclusive use to take away on expedition or to fly in a competition. Minimum 2 days hire required and will be charged at a daily rate of:

Glider Full Member Junior / Cadet
K13 £68 £48.60
K21 £79.20 £54.00
K8 £46.80 £36.00
Astir £68.40 £48.60
Discus £79.20 £54.00

Hire for 9 day comps will be charged 7 days hire, permission to hire is at the discretion of the committee.

SEASON TICKET - for 12 month period to run from date of purchase, covers all soaring fees on all single seat gliders, also gives 50% discount off published rate for exclusive use hire. Full member £450; Junior/Cadet £325

ANNUAL REFRESHER – One 3,000ft Aerotow, one aerotow launch failure (if required), 3 Winch Launches and 30 min Motor Glider.  It is intended that all flights are undertaken during the same day and with the same instructor. If this is not possible the office should be advised by the duty instructor. £75

DAVE WATT SPECIAL FLYING TEST – One 4,000ft Aerotow to undertake the standard flying skills test and charged at 3,000ft (£40.50) plus glider hire at normal rates

MOTORGLIDER MONTHLY PAYMENT OPTION – pay annual fee of £300 and enjoy a £25.00 per hour discount off of the published Motorglider hourly rate. Available to licensed PPL/NPPL/SPL holders only. 

LAUNCH FAILURE COSTS - will be charged at 50% of the club rates for the launch cost and normal full rates for airtime.

MOTORGLIDER USE BY VISITING INSTRUCTORS OR EXAMINERS – normally BGC’s Motorglider may not be flown by a Power, Social or Temporary member; however visiting instructors or examiners or BGC power members may fly a BGC Motorglider providing they are undertaking training or examination with BGA member(s); the charge shall be at the Full Members rate.

TUG HIRE – £147 per tacho hour for member’s private use (self-hire is subject to BGC approval) and £176.40 including VAT for non-members where used for retrieve. Non-members may not hire the club tugs for self-use.

FIXED PRICE TO SOLO –£1,495.00 price includes all winch launching, thirty minutes of motor glider time and up to 4,000ft of aerotows until the student achieves solo standard. The price also includes the first year’s membership fees. If the student has not achieved solo standard within the first 12 month period the subsequent years membership fees will become due and will be charged on a prorate basis for the remainder of the membership year.

Students who wish to avail themselves of this offer and already have full club membership may deduct the current annual membership fee at the basic rate from the price.

JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP - A class of membership open to those under between 18 and 25 years old at the start of BGC’s membership year (01 July).

CADET MEMBERSHIP – Open to those under 18 years old at the start of BGC’s membership year (01 July) and to OUGC and CUGC members.  Any Cadet who is under 16 at the 01 July and whose parent is a full flying member will receive free membership. Cadet information pack available here (as a PDF file).

CADET TRAINING SCHEME - The club offers a limited number of Bursaries each year to assist younger members with their training and flying costs. Bursaries are usually assessed March each year, with applications received from all younger members (up to the age 18).

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER SCHEME – We encourage members of the local community to join the Club and have initiated a scheme that offers a free annual membership to those who are prepared to volunteer their help for at least three days per month taking on such tasks as grass cutting, winch driving, log keeping, etc. The number of Community Volunteer memberships available are limited and by application only. If you are interested please contact us via email at

RECIPROCAL MEMBERSHIP –Bicester Gliding Centre offers reciprocal membership unless agreed by the committee in advanceto all BGA clubs offering similar arrangements but reserves the right to refuse such membership to an individual.  All Reciprocal Membership numbers will be treated as a Temporary Membership class.

TEMPORARY MEMBERSHIP – Visiting pilots who are a member of other BGA and GSA clubs (BGC reserves the right to check with the ‘home club’ that they are a current member) will be charged a Temporary Member Day Rate.  Temporary membership will not normally allow BGC club aircraft to be flown solo and will require the approval of a Director in addition to the duty instructor. A Temporary Membership form is to be completed for each visiting pilot and for current BGC year. 

- Friends and Family of instructors will not be charged a Temporary Day Membership fee. This will also apply to pilots authorised to carry F&F in their own gliders.

- Non-pilots who are guests of a fully paid up member (not including 3 month memberships) will be charged a Temporary Member Day Rate 

THREE MONTH MEMBERSHIP- (including free 3 month membership with flying packages) only available once per person. 

COUNTRY MEMBERSHIP –This is offered to members of other BGA clubs who live more than 50 miles from Bicester.

SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP – This allows use of BGC facilities and one flight per month.

CAMPING – The erection of tents/trailer tents is subject to BGC approval at all times and must not be left erected whilst the owner is off site for more than 2 days. Tents must not be occupied for more than 10 consecutive days in any month.

INSTRUCTOR CREDITS – For each day an instructor attends a weekend rostered day, either as part of their normal instructor team or takes a swop from a rostered instructor or takes a place on the Volunteer DutyMan Weekend Instructor Slot they will receive a credit against their next year’s membership of £10. Note it is the duty of the DI to inform the office who has attended their duty day.

PRO-RATA MEMBERSHIP- New members joining (and those upgrading their membership) part way through a BGC membership year will be charged pro-rata for the remaining part of the year.  Those joining part way through a month will be charged for the full month.  The standard 5% surcharge will be added to the current membership rate.

E&OE: BGC reserves the right to change prices or review the above policies at any time.