The move to Halesland came in 1988 when the ATC vacated the hilltop site. At first there were no facilities available and the gliders had to be stored on open trailers in the cowshed. Each flying day they would have to be assembled and then at the end of the day, taken apart again. The members set about the old ATC hut and installed electricity and drainage. The interior was refurbished and a comfortable clubhouse resulted. At last the on-site hangar was made available and the aircraft could then be kept rigged and share covered accommodation with the winch and the tractors.
About Mendip GC - Fleet Section
Designed by Rudulph Kaiser , the Ka8 is an early solo, single seat trainer . It has good flying characteristics and is useful in weak thermal conditions . It is an ideal Club glider with powerful top and bottom airbrakes
Mendip Gliding Club's History
When formed back in 1975 the club was known as the Woodspring Gliding Club and based at the historic airfield at Weston-super-Mare. It adopted the name, much equipment and some personnel from the RAF's Mendip Gliding Club when that ceased operating later in the same year. We also took over their hangar to shelter our solitary club aircraft. By the end of the first year of operation the club had 150 members although only 25 were solo pilots.The fleet had increased to three aircraft including one single seater. The members had also built a launching winch which has only recently been retired.