Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy a Gliding Experience Introductory Flight Voucher for someone else?
Yes, our Introductory Flight Vouchers are very popular. They can be purchased up to 12 months in advance, allowing the recipient to decide when to fly at their convenience. For more information please see our Introductory Flight Packages
Adult or Junior groups: Fees are per person for 5 or more in the same group on the same day
For more information, please see our Fees page.
Do You Accept Credit Cards?
We can accept all major credit cards and debit cards except for AmEx.
Who Can Fly a Glider?
Although there is no age limit as such on taking Introductory Flights, young people must be old enough to accept instruction and tall enough to see out of the glider. An indemnity form must be completed before any flight, signed by a parent or legal guardian of any person under 18 years of age. Please avoid alcohol before your flight.
For older people, getting in and out of a glider is like getting in and out of a bath unaided. Remember, you’ll also be wearing a parachute (like a rucksack weighing 8-10lb) so if you can do this, you will have no problem.
Am I too tall or heavy to fly in a glider?
Any pilot will tell you it is important to be able to reach the rudder pedals. Generally speaking if you are taller than 1.42m you should be able to reach. However, if you are taller than 1.88m you MAY not fit inside the canopy (best to come along and try out as it depends on your proportion of legs to upper body). Also worth considering is your weight. Ballast can usually be added for people who weigh under 8 stone/112lbs /50kg, but you may not be able to fly if you weigh more than 16 stone/101 kg. It will depend upon the weight of the instructor.
Can I fly a glider if I have a disability or handicap?
If in doubt about health or you have a physical handicap, consult your doctor or contact us for further guidance. In the past we have successfully taught deaf people to fly and currently have disabled members who fly solo.
Is it comfortable in the glider?
Yes. You’ll be sitting in a semi-reclined position (like in a bath!). You will also be wearing a comfortable parachute which also acts like a back cushion. The glider is surprisingly draught-free so we normally have air-vents you can open if you feel too warm. Remember, you’ll also have a perspex canopy all around you which can make it rather warm (even in winter) so thick coats and hats may not be necessary in the glider.
What should I wear whilst gliding?
Depends what time of year it is. Airfields can be cold and windy even in summer, so the layered approach is best. In winter when its cold, wear warm, wind-proof clothing and boots. In summer, we suggest also the layered approach – even on a hot day. Wear small sunhats, sun-cream, and sunglasses.Trainers are fine. We always recommend bringing one more layer than you think you need – and bring a waterproof. Ladies – we suggest you don’t wear a skirt in order to preserve your modesty when getting in and out of gliders!
In summer, keep yourself hydrated and reasonably cool. A thirsty, hot pilot will not be able to concentrate, and a cold pilot can easily lose judgment skills.
Are there refreshments?
We have tea and coffee (make it yourself) but you are advised to bring your own cold drinks and food if you’re not a member. Payment is an honesty arrangement by putting cash in a tin in the kitchen.