Gliding is one of the most exhilarating ways of getting in the air. The sensation of almost silent flight is an unforgettable experience.
After a pre-flight briefing including safety; use of parachute; instrumentation etc you will be shown how to get into the aircraft.
You will be strapped into the cockpit. The glider is then attached to a static winch by a cable about 1,100m in length. The cable is drawn in so that the glider achieves a speed of about 70mph in seconds and a height of 1,000ft in less than a minute. Blink and you'll miss it.
Duration 5-15 mins* dependent on conditions. Launch height will be 1,000 ft - 1,500 ft dependent on wind speed.
Time in the air will be affected by the presence or otherwise of thermal activity within safe 'hunting' distance. Instructors will demonstrate the effects of controls instruments and 'circuit' procedures.
You will be encouraged to take the controls of the aircraft under the direction of the instructor when safe to do so but if you prefer to just sit back and enjoy the flight and let the instructor do all the flying that is fine.
If weather conditions permit, we soar in currents of rising air, sometimes sharing thermals with Buzzards and Red Kites.
We have no specific provision in any of our aircraft for disabled persons but as a guide if you can get in and out of the bath unaided you'll probably be able to get into a glider.
Compact cameras can be taken in glider but they must have a secure wrist strap.
We have a bright modern clubhouse with full disabled facilities. Limited snacks and refreshments are available both at the clubhouse and at the launchpoint at weekends, otherwise tea, coffee canned drinks crisps etc.
In Summer bring light clothes; sun hat;sun cream and sun glasses.In Winter -warm and wind proof clothing.
Experience flights include a month's free club membership enabling student to come back and fly at club rates.
* If less than 5 mins second free flight.
Each voucher entitles
to participate in this experience. The voucher is
transferable, which means that anyone can use it.
The voucher remains valid for bookings for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Please contact the operator using the details printed on your voucher to arrange a date for
Maximum weight allowed is 102kg (16 stone).
Minimum weight 45kg.
Maximum height 6'2".
Minimum age 15. Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Winch Launch Facilities on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Please note: booking office is open Weekday Mornings ONLY . We will provide a mobile telephone number for our launchpoint whereby you can contact us if the weather looks doubtful on your chosen day.
Please ensure that we have a telephone number in case we need to contact you.
Students should be in general good health.
not suitable if pregnant, or suffer from epilepsy,fits, severe head injury, recurrent fainting, giddiness blackouts ,high blood pressure or heart conditions. If in doubt please check before booking.
We encourage customers to bring family and friends with them - no more than six please. Dogs strictly on leads and children need to remain under parental control.
Booking your event
We recommend that you purchase your voucher and make a booking for your event
at least one month prior to your chosen date. This is particularly important
for weekend events.