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A glider flown from Aboyne set the UK altitude record for a sailplane of 38,600 feet.

Also known as: Dinnet (unofficial local name)
County: Aberdeenshire
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened 1965
Current Use: Active
Used By: Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved/unpaved (1974)
Aircraft Roles: General aviation

Opened in 1965, Aboyne is home to Deeside Gliding Club and is renowned for being the best site in the UK for wave soaring. The club operates all year round using light aircraft to tow gliders to height.

A tarmac runway replaced the original grass landing area in the mid-1970s and Army engineers built a second runway in 1991 in just eleven days. Hangars and a clubhouse have also been built.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Aboyne Aircraft Services
  • Aboyne Library
  • Brimstone
  • Deeside Gliding Club (Aberdeenshire) Ltd - operator
  • Mid Deeside Community Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • Aberdeen University GC
  • Deeside GC
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An aerial view of Aboyne airfield, 16 June 2012. © Helicam Extreme/Deeside Gliding Ltd

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A Schleicher ASH-31Mi glider at Aboyne, 1 July 2014. © Joe Evans/

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A PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz glider at Aboyne, 1 July 2014. © Joe Evans/


Airfield buildings at Aboyne, 22 April 2017.

Video courtesy of Deeside Gliding Club.

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