All About Us
The Cairngorm Gliding Club has been operating from Feshie Airstrip for over 40 years. It is situated in an area of oustanding natural beauty on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Spey Valley.
Feshie is an ideal location for ridge, wave and thermal cross country flying. Glider pilots from all over Britain visit Feshie to take advantage of the suberb conditions.
We aerotow using our Robin DR400, launching gliders straight into the best soaring areas. Our average flight times are among the best, if not the best in the country.
What makes Feshie special?
When you look out of a glider at 4,000 feet above the Cairngorm Mountains you will be able to see the answer to this question. We soar over some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK. The airstrip is situated beside a two mile long west facing ridge, with a south facing 'bowl' behind it leading straight into the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains.
We fly over the spectacular Insh Marshes (an RSPB bird reserve) and the tranquil Loch Insh. The Spey Valley is just to the west of the club airfield and on a clear day you can see as far as the Moray Firth to the north and Ben Nevis in the west. Soaring eagles, buzzards and ospreys give us a clear indication of rising air.
Feshie is one of the UK's top 'mountain wave' sites. Wave is a smooth area of rising air downwind of a mountain range. It is often marked by high-altitude lenticular shaped clouds and a glider can climb in the incredibly smooth air of the wave to well over twenty thousand feet above the site. Many visitors from further south visit Feshie for these spectacular flying conditions.
When do we operate?
Feshie operates all year round, mainly at weekends.
Normally held during the first two weeks of May we run a full time operation for local and visiting pilots.
Normally held at the end of September through to first week of October. This is a full time operation for pilots to take advantage of the wave conditions prevalent at that time of year.
Booking is essential for both Mayfest and Octoberfest events. Please contact the Club Secretary. There is no booking fee.
We have a fully equipped clubhouse with cooking, toilet and shower facilities. Often we have dinner together in the clubhouse on a Saturday evening and discuss the day's activities. You may camp on site for free.
Please note that we are strictly limited to only three caravans on site at any one time, so spaces must be booked through the Secretary. There are excellent hotels, B&B's and hostels near the site and we can provide details on request.
About our Committee
Our President Bill Longstaff flies a DG-600M, Ventus, Dart and Swallow. He has a Gold C badge with two diamonds, and was one of the founder members of the club in the 1960s.
Our Chairman Mike Morrison flies a Ventus and has a Gold C badge.
The Treasurer is Nick Norman, who has all three diamond badges and was formerly a training captain for Bristow helicopters. He shares the Ventus with Mike Morrison.
The Secretary is Phil Hawkins. A Gold C pilot with two diamonds, Phil loves flying DaisyETA - his ASK21 two seater with his wife Fiona. He also occasionally flies a Mini Nimbus at his "other club" in Oxfordshire.
The Chief Flying Instructor is Alister Morrison. Alister also has a Gold C Badge, and has been flying and instructing at Feshie for many years. He shares a Vega with Andy Farr and Pete Smith.
Tug Master is Ian Carruthers, who flies an immaculate DG 400 motor glider. He has a Gold C badge with two diamonds.
Technical Officer is David Weekes. An active member of the Vintage Glider Club, he owns a Skylark 4 vintage glider. He has two diamond badges, which he is keen to point out were both flown in a Skylark!
Hangar Manager is Andy Farr, who admits to being hopeless at DIY but has been known to fill in potholes on the peri track, and go stargazing at Achlean. He has a Silver C badge and Gold height.
Safety Officer and Winch Master is Peter Smith, who works offshore in the oil industry. Likes Cairngorm sausages and flying the Vega. Silver C badge, Gold height and duration.
Our Team of Instructors
We have a very experienced team of highly qualified instructors with a wealth of experience.
Full Category Instructors
Chief Flying Instructor
Assistant Category Instructors
Tow Plane Pilots
|Ian Carruthers (tug
||Nick Norman||Bob Forrest|
||Bernhard van Woerden||Roger Fothergill|
Fleet: Puchacz 2-seater, Grob Twin Acro II 2-seater, Grob 102 Astir, Robin DR400 tow plane
Main hangar with clubhouse, kitchen, toilets, shower
Three T-Hangars, blister hangar, workshop, winch