Learning to Fly


Brecon Beacons Flight instruction in gliding follows a syllabus laid down by the British Gliding Association. You will fly with fully qualified instructors in dual-control two seat gliders from your first trial lesson all the way up to your first solo flight. From that stage your training is a mixture of supervised solo flying in club single seat gliders and dual flying to develop your skills and check your progress. Your training can be loosely broken down into the stages below, or download this document for a progress chart which takes you from trial lesson to cross-country "pundit".

Trial Lesson

Your first ever flight will take the form of a 'Trial Lesson' during this first 10-20 minute flight you will be shown how to control the glider before being given the controls yourself.

Training to Solo

On subsequent lessons you will learn more about flying and airman ship, there are no hard and fast rules as to how many launches are needed before going solo, most people take between 50 and 100 flights. You will also learn some of  theory of  flight, airmanship skills such as navigation and weather interpretation and the laws and rules of the air.

You will need to get your GP to sign a simple medical form before flying solo.  Gliding medical standards are based on those used by the DVLA  for driving - so in most cases (there are a few exceptions) if you can drive a car you are fit to fly solo.

First Solo

There reaches a point when your instructor knows you're ready to fly by your self. This, your first solo flight, on your own in one of our two-seat gliders,  will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Beyond Solo

It's after going solo that the fun really starts, flying on your own you will rapidly develop the skill you learnt during pre-solo training. Initially you will fly with an instructor before each solo flight. There are also further skills to be learnt, other methods of launching, advanced soaring skills and even aerobatics.

When you are ready you will take your "Bronze C"  badge (the UK equivalent of a glider-pilot licence) and be ready to fly cross-country. From this stage there are various achievement badges - Sliver, Gold and Diamond, diploma's for 750Km and 1000Km flights , competitions, or just flying for your own enjoyment.

You will record details of each and every lesson in your log book, this starts as a useful guide to your instructors but develops into a personal record of your flying experience.

As ever if you have any other questions please get in contact.