The Shropshire Soaring Group was founded in the early 1970’s by a small group of instructors keen to take advantage of the wave and thermal soaring opportunities offered by Sleap Airfield - and to get away from the regular commitment of duty rotas and club responsibilities. That’s why we don’t undertake ab-initio training and the majority of our members are self authorising. 

For those glider pilots who are not yet to the Silver C self authorising standard but are keen to enhance their soaring opportunities, the group has instructors who are able to help and supervise you but please note that we do not operate a duty rota for training purposes.

Rigging and launching from tarmac runways, the Shropshire Soaring Group is able to operate all year round and regularly enjoy wave flights in excess of 10,000’ with the site record standing at just over 29000'.

We operate our own Chipmunk tug, which is hangared and serviced on site. With a pool of readily-available tug pilots, we are able to operate on any day of the week.

It is a requirement that members of the Shropshire Soaring Group are also members of the Shropshire Aero Club. This means that we are also able to utilise the excellent club facilities which not only include a fully licensed and maintained airfield but also professionally run catering which is open 7 days a week. 

The group welcomes new members and anyone wishing to base their glider on site during the winter months by arrangement.

  • An active and lively site, able to operate almost any day of the year

  • Tarmac runways - no mud!

  • A small group dedicated to soaring with no ab-initio training

  • Excellent airfield facilities

Gliding from Sleap

Operating from an active powered airfield means there are some differences from operating from a typical gliding club.

Our Flying Notes describe our operational procedures and are available here We also have a short summary for cross-country pilots using Sleap as a destination.

Click here for the current club charging scheme.



Paul Cooper

Chairman & Secretary


Al Gillson

CFI & Tugmaster


Nick Peatfield