Trial Lessons

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The sport of Gliding is one of the most exhilarating ways of getting in the air. The sensation of floating in the air in almost silence is an unforgettable experience. It is also one of the most cost effective ways of learning to fly.

Our trial flying lesson is a brilliant introduction and is ideal for almost anyone. Age is no barrier, we have flown visitors from early teens to their 90s. It also makes a great gift – something a little out of the ordinary.

Your trip will start with a briefing by one of our fully qualified flying instructors who will explain all of the safety aspects of your flight and also introduce you to the aircraft and make sure you comfortable. The glider will then be winch launched to a height of up to 2000 feet from where you really can get a bird's eye view of the Cotswolds; an area of outstanding natural beauty.

During the flight you will be invited to take the controls or you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride while the instructor flies. If you like you can record the flight on your camera.

The flight will generally last about 10 minutes but can be longer if the weather conditions permit.

We also run popular summer evening gliding for groups.  Read more here.

How to arrange a trial lesson

The Cotswolds from a gliderWhen you buy a trial lesson from us you will receive a voucher that you can give to the recipient. We send this out by first class post, usually within one working day. The person taking the flight can then contact our office to book their lesson at a time convenient to themselves. The voucher is valid for twelve months from purchase and is non-refundable or transferrable to another club. It entitles you to one flight on either a Saturday or Sunday, weather permitting. Full instructions for booking will be supplied with your voucher.

A trial lesson costs £46 and includes three months membership of the club plus the opportunity to purchase two further flights at £15.00 each. During the summer trial lessons are available on weekday evenings for £36. We also offer reduced rates for group bookings. Details are on our fees page. To book please contact our office.
Please note that there are size and weight restrictions – see below or call our office on 01285 760415 for full details.
  • Age. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian and meet the minimum weight below.
  • Weight. Due to aircraft limitations we cannot fly with anyone over 110kg (242lbs), fully clothed and wearing a parachute (7kg). The minimum weight is 45kg (100lbs). Very tall people, more than 1.9m (6ft 3ins), may have difficulty fitting into the cockpit. Our FAQ explains more.
  • Health. Visitors must not have any medical condition that might lead to a difficult or dangerous situation in flight. Please check with our office if you believe you may have a condition that will be problematic.