Gliding Trial Lesson Flights

Fly in a Glider

Come and soar high above the Gloucestershire countryside over the scenic Severn Valley.

On a good day you can see over to the Welsh borders and Forest of Dean, up to the Malvern Hills in the North, down to the Bristol Channel in the South and get a great view of the Cotswolds stretching out to the North East and South West.

A flight in one of our fleet of two seat gliders makes an unforgettable experience.

A fantastic way for you, or a loved one, to experience gliding for the first time: Trial Lesson Vouchers make an ideal gift

We offer a range of trial lessons from a simple 15-20 minute flight up to an unforgettable "Mile High" experience.

Xmas Offer
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£109valid for 12 months
  • Aerotow Launch to 2000ft
  • Full pre-flight briefing from your instructor
  • Includes 1 months temporary membership
  • Xmas offer trial lesson vouchers include a £10 voucher to spend at the "Old Flying Club" cafe.
  • Best choice if you just want to see what gliding is like, makes an ideal gift or surprise treat.
  • Reduced rates for under-18's, please contact us.

Xmas Offer
High
£130valid for 12 months
  • Aerotow Launch to 3000ft
  • Full pre-flight briefing from your instructor
  • Includes 1 months temporary membership
  • Xmas offer trial lesson vouchers include a £10 voucher to spend at the "Old Flying Club" cafe.
  • Best choice if you think you may want to learn to fly, or want an extended first flight

Xmas Offer
Mile High
£220 valid for 12 months
  • Aerotow to 1 mile above sea level
  • Full pre-flight briefing from your instructor
  • Includes 1 months temporaray membership
  • Xmas offer trial lesson vouchers include a £10 voucher to spend at the "Old Flying Club" cafe.
  • Best choice for a unique experience or special gift

Limitations

Please note that the participant must be between 4ft 9ins and 6ft 6ins tall and weigh less than 100Kg. For safety reasons you must be able to get into and out of the glider with minimal assistance (this is roughly equivalent to getting in or out of a bathtub). If in doubt please call us.

About your flight

On arriving at the club you will be met by your BGA qualified instructor who will run through a few simple safety procedures before being taken to the launch point for your flight. Once there you will be shown your glider and the instructor will point out the various controls and instruments that will be used.
The flight takes the form of your first gliding lesson. You will be launched behind one of our 'Tug' aeroplanes while your instructor flies the aircraft, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the view over the Gloucestershire countryside. At launch height the tow rope will be released and you will be invited to take the controls. Your instructor will demonstrate how these work, and the effect on the glider, and then give you a chance to try. The instructor will then take over control again for the approach and landing -  they have a duplicate set of controls and are able therefore to ensure your safety at all times.

After your flight

When visiting the airfield for a glider flight you automatically become a temporary member of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding club and as such you are welcome to use our facilities during the period of that membership. This includes returning to the field to take additional dual instructional flights by aerotow or winch launch as a normal club member (you will simply pay the club launch and soaring fees for any flight). We hope you will want to continue your training and join us as a full member, and we offer a number of joining options (see here).

Please note that the participant must be between 4ft 9ins and 6ft 6ins tall and weigh less than 100Kg. For safety reasons you must be able to get into and out of the glider with minimal assistance (this is roughly equivalent to getting in or out of a bathtub). If in doubt please call us.

Trial Lesson Notes