The airframes of modern gliders are constructed from variety of materials including wood, fabric and carbon fibre composite components. However, many UK gliding clubs, much like their light aircraft aviation counterparts, lovingly maintain and fly vintage glider designs. Therefore, if you wish to continue learning how to glide after your trial lesson it's possible that you will have the opportunity to fly in a vintage model or perhaps enjoy long distance flights in a motor glider.
Making the Magic Last.
In addition to the practice of smoothly controlled and safe flight a glider pilot's airmanship is demonstrated by their ability to use rising air currents to gain height and sustain the flight for as long as possible. There are three principal sources of rising air that can provide sufficient lift for the glider to climb.
As with all trial lessons the student will have the opportunity to try the controls and perform many of the flight maneuvers for themselves. In addition, they will be able to log the flight should they opt to continue studying for a British Gliding Association pilot qualification certificate.
Many Gliding clubs operate all year round but some operate on a seasonal or weekday or weekend only basis. Please contact us if you require additional information.
Gliding is suitable for people of all ages and it's not unusual for students to take their first solo on their 16th birthday. However, we do recommend that you check our voucher restrictions section to confirm that gliding is suitable for the voucher recipient.