Trial flight vouchers are the ideal gift for friends or family whatever the occasion. Take a trial flying experience with us and watch the beautiful Northumbrian countryside roll on beneath as you enjoy the experience, under the supervision of our qualified British Gliding Association pilots.
All of our trial flights are done by Aerotow, where the glider is towed up behind our tow plane normally to 2,500 feet. A 2,500 feet tow will generally last 15 to 20 minutes, though it can last longer depending on conditions.
All trial flights come with a temporary membership allowing you to return and fly at members’ rates as many times as you wish in the 28 days following your trial flight. This offers the perfect start to your journey towards becoming a glider pilot and we encourage you to make the most of your membership by coming back and flying with our instructors again. Anyone who becomes a member after taking a trial lesson will be refunded the cost of their trial lesson less the normal cost of that flight at membership rates. Please see the fees page for the current price list.
You can buy a trial flight now by clicking the paypal button on the right of this page and a voucher will be sent to you by post.
There are no formal age restrictions, although under 18s will require consent from a parent or guardian
Prior to flying, your pilot will ensure that the mass and balance of the glider is safe for flight. This will take into account your weight, the instructor’s weight and the limits of the particular glider. Generally the maximum will be 100kg / 15 st 7 lb.
There is no lower weight limit, however with smaller children the deciding factor may be whether they are big enough to safely wear the safety harness and emergency parachute. The duty instructor’s decision on this matter will be final. Some instances may allow for lighter children to fly from the rear seat of the glider (where the instructor normally sits).
You must not suffer from faintness, giddiness, fits, a serious heart condition or anything that could endanger the glider in flight. You will be required to complete a medical declaration prior to your flight.
You may control the glider under the pilot’s supervision if you wish. Don’t feel pressured if you’d rather just enjoy the experience and watch the views. You should discuss this with your instructor before flying.
This will depend largely upon the conditions on the day. As a rule of thumb, a flight to 2,500ft will typically last around 15-20 minutes. If the conditions on the day are favourable then the flight may be longer than that.
The voucher is valid for 13 months. If the weather has prevented you from using it repeatedly we will extend the voucher on a case by case basis.
If you wish, you can pre-book a trial flight slot using our booking system although, please note that this is subject to weather and you must still phone ahead on the day to ensure that the weather is suitable.
Alternatively you can simply phone us up on any club flying day (Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays) to ask about flying on the day.
Generally any club day, ie. Wednesdays and Weekends.
There are three things that will usually prevent us from flying. Rain, strong winds and low cloud. Please remember that we will only fly when the conditions are safe to do so – you may not be able to fly on your preferred date if the conditions are not suitable.
You should contact the club by telephone on 01207 561 286, preferably around 10am.
Yes. Friends and family are more than welcome, however please remember that you will be on an active airfield. Children must be supervised at all times.
Generally Yes. Although this will depend on a few factors. How big the camera is, whether it has a secure wrist strap, whether you intend to have a go at flying the glider. You should discuss this with your pilot before flying.
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Gliding is an adventure sport which is subject to its own risks in the same way as skiing, mountaineering or scuba diving. However, we take all possible steps to mitigate this. Our instructors are trained to high British Gliding Association standards and subject to checks. All of our aircraft undergo an inspection each day they fly and are subject to ongoing preventative maintenance and overhauls by qualified aircraft inspectors.