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Southdown Gliding Club welcomes you to a Trial Flight. The Trial Flight also entitles you to a Month's Full Membership of the Club when you can use all the facilities of the Club, have Instruction, Launches and Flying of club gliders at the normal club member's rates.


Membership starts from the date of your first flight. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your month flying and join the club as an annual member.


If you have a group of 5 or 6 people all wanting to fly on the same day, it may be possible to book a dedicated day to do that. Please phone the office to discuss dates.


After a ground briefing you will be aerotowed to 2,500 feet, then the instructor will explain the action of the controls and guide you through some simple manoeuvres for a flight lasting approximately 20 - 30 minutes. You will receive your month's membership certificate which you should produce on subsequent visits.




If you would like a Trial Flight Voucher click here to buy online or send a cheque for £99 made payable to Southdown Gliding Club Ltd, advising us of the name of the person who will be flying. Don't forget to tell us your address.

You can also purchase a voucher over the phone with your debit or credit card. Simply call our office and speak to Lynda any week day morning on 01903 742137.


If you want to check if a day is suitable, call the office on 01903 742137 (Weekday mornings) or alternatively, you can call the clubhouse on 01903 746706 and ask to speak to the duty instructor. If you prefer, you will be welcome to come along and have a look round the club first. Subject to availability, and weather permitting, you can book and pay for a flight on the day. We accept cash or cheque supported by a cheque card. Because we are weather dependent and do not fly in rain or excessive wind, we do not pre-book trial flights times, so do come early to get your name on the flying list or call the club early on the day to check availability of Trial Flights.


Your trial flight fee includes a small donation to charities in the local area over which we fly.

Looking for an ever BETTER gliding experience? Try our One Day Gliding Course.