Gliding Experience Flights

Simon and Laura in Acro
Simon and Laura in Acro

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Emily over Kirton.jpg
Emily over Kirton.jpg

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Colin flies the Marianne
Colin flies the Marianne

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Simon and Laura in Acro
Simon and Laura in Acro

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Experience the thrill of a Gliding Experience Flight


It's a great way to try something new and experience the delights of soaring flight, or maybe you'd just like to take in the view!  If you just want to try gliding or are even considering taking up the sport, then a Gliding Experience Flight will be for you.  For many of our guests - it is on the bucket list of experiences they want to try, while others become hooked and become experienced pilots.


Depending on the weather, your flight will begin with either a tow behind a powered aircraft to around 2000 feet, or a winch launch to approx 1200 ft.  After release from the winch or tow aircraft, your instructor will demonstrate the flying controls and explain how the glider can stay airborne using lift generated by the sun and wind.


Your instructor will also give you the opportunity to fly the glider yourself - it's not as difficult as you might think. He/she will guide you through with patience and a steady hand. However, you don't have to take the controls if you don't want to - you can just sit back and enjoy the view if you prefer.  The views are stunning.


If you wish to take photos during your flight you should tell your instructor before the flight commences. Your instructor will advise how you should hold and operate the camera safely.  At the launch point we have a small "tea bus" with drinks and snacks available. 


In addition, trial lessons include temporary membership of the Club for 3 months days, during which additional flights can be taken at 'club rates', as listed on the flying fees page of our website.  Please remember that all flight times are approximate, subject to the weather, and that all voucher are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Check out a Glider in flight...

Trent Valley Gliding Club - Voucher Terms & Conditions


  1. After purchasing your voucher online, please book a slot through our booking system HERE. Alternatively, you can contact us to book your flight in advance by telephoning 07514 195169, when will advise you what slots are available. Your flying slot may be cancelled at any time due to adverse weather or operational conditions. However, we will endeavour to contact you as early as possible to inform you. In this event, your flying slot will be rescheduled to a day of your choice, subject to availability. Most weekends we are able to offer all options appropriate to the voucher. However, aircraft maintenance and weather conditions may prohibit one or more of the flight options.

  2. Gliding vouchers are strictly non-refundable and have a validity of one year from date of purchase.

  3. Under exceptional circumstances, the voucher may be transferred to another user.

  4. Trent Valley Gliding Club is run entirely by its members and next day delivery of vouchers cannot be guaranteed. Vouchers will normally be despatched by first class post within 3 days of receipt of your order.

  5. Please be advised that there is an upper weight limit for the person flying of 16 1/2 stone (105kg), & a maximum height of 6' 4" (193cm).

  6. The minimum age for a person to fly is 10 ½ years of age. In addition, the person needs to be physically big enough to reach all the controls and able to comprehend & interpret instruction.

  7. We are unable to fly members of the public who have taken any alcohol on the day of the flight.

  8. Each voucher is only valid for one person. Vouchers cannot be split between two people.

Winch launch to 1200 Feet

Launched by our winch to 1200 feet - this is often the best way to experience gliding.  The flight lasts between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the thermal conditions.  


Aerotow to 2,000 Feet

Aerotow 2,000 is a flight launched by tow plane to 2000 feet, which may last up to 20 minutes. Click here for more information...


The Mile High Flight

'Mile High' is a flight launched by tow plane to 1 mile high (5280 feet), which may last around 45 minutes. Click here for more information...


"Introduction to Gliding" Day

Our "Introduction to Gliding" Day is a small package of flights (2 x Winch & 2 x Aerotow) designed to be taken on one day. Click here for more information...