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Our current situation is that we are now due to leave our current site by 20th December 2018. Due to this, bookings for flights and courses are not being taken at the moment.

Please check back in the New Year for further updates.


The Upward Bound Trust - Teaching young people to fly since 1965. We now need to find a new home.

Based at Haddenham Airfield, the UBT is a registered charity that teaches young people to fly for as little as £2 per flight. Over the last 53 years, many of our young students have gone on to professional aviation careers or had a lifetime of thrills in aviation sports. All gained self-confidence from their achievements in aviation. We are entirely run by volunteers. Adult members pay a commercial rate to fly, which funds the heavily subsidised training for our students, Scouts, Guides, and Duke of Edinburgh award candidates.

We have been given notice that we will need to leave our current site by 20th December 2018. The landowner says they will help us with relocation costs, but because of the short notice, we do not have a new home to go to.


We are looking for a suitable field, or existing farm airstrip in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire. We need a (reasonably) flat field of 1000m x 100m. We can pay agricultural rates for the fields and commercial rates for our small hanger.

We are a weekend-only, winch launch club with 25 active members, so noise and disruption are minimal for the surrounding area.

Do you know someone who owns a suitable piece of land, or an existing farm airstrip that could be extended to suit us?

Please contact Thomas Heidkamp on 07960 496806 or

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Expedition Videos
Here are a couple of videos from UBT expeditions by Gary. The first one was taken at Talgarth and the second at Edensoaring. Thanks for the videos Gary!
Gliding at Haddenham video
Here is a nice video by Guy from 1st Haddenham Scouts taken on our last Saturday course of 2016. It shows a typical glider flight from launch to landing. Thanks for the video Guy!