General Course Information

General Information

All of the Instructors are qualified and rated by the British Gliding Association (Gliding's controlling body under the Civil Aviation Authority) and give individual attention to each member on the course. Gliding is a sport of participation. Launch cables have to be retrieved, gliders have to be returned to the launch point, flying time sheets to be kept etc. Everyone can help whilst waiting for their turn. It is an energetic outdoor sport suitable for people of all ages, and is one of the most exciting and exhilarating of all sports, learning new skills and experiencing new sensations, whilst observing the unfolding world below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Although the trust cannot offer courses to those who fall outside the limitations of those outlined below, visitors are welcome on the airfield when the Trust is operating. Trial lessons are sometimes available

  • Safety: The site must be approached with care and staff consulted on parking and other safety requirements for spectators. Young children should be closely supervised at all times.
  • Food: Refreshment facilities are not available on the airfield therefore you are advised to bring packed lunches and something to drink.
  • Weather: In Gliding the weather naturally controls the amount of flying that can be done. The airfield is a fairly open place and as a result can be colder than you might expect.
  • Clothing: In winter, visitors are advised to wear warm clothes such as thick pullovers, scarf's and anoraks, etc. Good waterproof footwear is also essential as cold wet feet can spoil one's enjoyment. If you wear wellingtons, then a good pair of thick warm socks is advisable. In summer, although it can be very warm on the ground, at 2000' or so it can be quite cool, so be prepared; sunglasses, a pullover, etc., are the important items.
  • For additional information on what to expect at the Trust, see our F.A.Q. section.