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.
Gliding Experience Flights
"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...
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...
Check out a Glider in flight...
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...
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.