All who are interested in gliding, from beginner to expert are welcome. We can take starters from their first flight through to high performance soaring in club gliders with expert tuition and support all the way.
Centred in an area of uncontrolled airspace in the heart of the Country, we are well placed for the finest soaring conditions and provide all-aerotow launches to provide the best opportunity for great flying.
Power flying is also very much part of our operation and a number of private aircraft are based here, both vintage and modern, adding to Bidford’s unique aviation mix and appeal.
We are a member run club, aiming to support aviation with an active social life, with a clubhouse, bar and outside barbecue area providing us with a first class environment for the many social events that take place throughout the year.
We function through a Committee structure which provides a framework for member involvement to pursue our aim of enabling all who wish to fly to do so with minimal difficulty. We are open to all sectors of the community and welcome all prospective new members. Come and see us!
Who’s who in the club
Chairman & Tug Master
Safety Officer &
Resident Tug Pilot
BGA Full Category instructor with many years of experience in instructing and competition flying. Nearly 4000 hours in his log book, has 3 diamonds (gliding achievement awards) and a PPL (private pilot’s licence). Frank is the Chief Flying Instructor at Bidford, a position he has held for many years.
Keith has been instructing since 1980, when he was teaching cadets in the Air Training Corps. He holds a BGA Full Category Instructor Rating and is the Deputy Chief Flying Instructor at Bidford. Keith seems equally at home in the back (or front) of a two-seater, or explaining the finer points of gliding in front of a whiteboard. Keith also hold a pilots licence, and flies the tug from time to time.
David Findon – Full Cat Instructor
David Sandells – Half Cat Instructor
David started gliding in 2000 and since then has attained his Bronze and Silver badges as well as Gold distance badge. He regularly takes part in competition flying and has flown out of numerous gliding sites. David also has a National Private Pilots License for Self Launching MotorGliders. He has been instructing since 2009 and has experience of 24 different glider types and 6 powered aircraft types.
As well as flying David has also spent many years working on aircraft flight control systems design and lectures in Aerospace Engineering at Coventry University.
Keith started gliding at North Weald in 1970. He got his instructor’s rating in 1976 at Shobdon. He has since achieved his Gold badge and two Diamonds. He has flown at 38 gliding clubs and 66 different types of glider. He currently owns a share in a Duo Discus.
Bill’s own first Trial Lesson was in Scotland in 1970! He has been involved with aviation ever since – with a few annoying breaks to earn a living.
When not instructing or towing, Bill flies his Antares 18 metre single seat glider on long cross-country flights and in Regional and National competitions. He is also an experienced power pilot with a PPL plus a lapsed Commercial Licence and Instrument Rating.
Graham first started gliding in 1973 and has been gliding at various sites all in the UK. He completed his basic instructors course at RAF Halton in May 2008 and since then has mainly been instructing at Bidford where he also has a share in an ASW15b.
Apart from gliding, Graham is also a powered pilot.
Allan Wallace – Basic Instructor
Dave Vale – Full Cat Instructor, Deputy CFI
Dave started gliding in 2008 at Wrekin Gliding Club. He did his Basic Instructor course at RAF Odiham (Kestrel GC) in 2010 and his Assistant Cat at Buckminster GC (Saltby) in 2011, with completion at RAF Halton in 2013. He completed his Full Instructor rating at Bidford in 2016. He holds an EASA SPL(FI) gliding instructor rating and NPPL aeroplane and motorglider licences and also flies the tug.