Have a first flight
A first flight experience is a great way to try something new and experience the delights of gliding, or maybe you’d just like to take in the view!
Buying & Booking:
You can buy your flight voucher online using the button below. Once you have your voucher, you can book a date and time to fly with us by calling the gliding club on 01845 597237. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Gliding is a weather dependent activity, so we advise you book well before the expiry of your voucher, to allow time for rebooking in the event of poor weather.
To help organise things, we book you into a timeslot on the day of your flight. We will try to fly you as close to this time as we can, but sometimes the weather can cause delays while we wait for it to clear or improve; so we ask for your patience and understanding on the day of your flight and recommend that you book a day when you aren't pressed for time either before or after your timeslot.
Your flight begins at the front office, where our friendly staff will ask you to fill in some simple paperwork and show you a video about your flight experience and airfield safety. At the launch area, your instructor will give you a briefing on the glider and the flight ahead.
Depending on the weather, you will launch either by aerotow behind a powered aircraft, or take a winch launch. It is important to note that the weather determines the method of launch. After release from the winch or tow aircraft, your qualified 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. 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. You and your party are very welcome in our clubhouse, which has a cafe upstairs. The cafe is open most days so you can enjoy a drink and a snack, or why not stay for lunch?
All our instructors are trained to the standards set by the British Gliding Association. The training standard is rigorous. You can be assured that your instructor will look after you before, during and after your flight.
Your first flight experience includes one month’s Club Membership. Within that time, you can return to the Club and fly with us as many times as you like, paying only Club Members' flying rates. Ask your instructor or at the office for more details.