Gliders lined up along Medlánky’s grass strip

Brno-Medlánky Airport – Sailing from the Start

Situated in Brno’s northern suburb of Medlánky, this small airport has had sailplane activity at it’s heart from the moment it was established.

The official history of the airport starts in 1924. However, gliding activity is known to have been going on in the vicinity since around 1914.

During World War Two, the airfield was used by the German Luftwaffe as a gliding training centre. They used is as such from 1942 to 1945.

From 1953, the airfield came under the jurisdiction of Svazarm; an organization set up by Czechoslovakia’s Communist government in 1951 to encourage cooperation between civilians and the military.

Since the disestablishment of Svazarm in 1990, the airport has been operated by the Medlánky Aeroclub.

Looking toward the tower and hangars on a Old Timer Weekend event

Old Timer Weekends

Once a year, typically in September, the Medlánky Aeroclub hosts an Old Timer Weekend event at the airport to generate public awareness and interest in both the airport and gliding activities.

The event is a great opportunity to experience the relaxed atmosphere of both the aeroclub and the airport. It’s also a great chance to see a variety of vintage sailplanes in action.