First flight


First flight. Discover gliding. Brilliant gifts.

When you have your first flight in a glider we want to make your experience as positive and enjoyable as possible. You will be introduced to your qualified and experienced instructor and shown a safety briefing video in the clubhouse. Once on the airfield your instructor will show you to the two seat, dual control training glider and explain how it works, help you on with your parachute and into the aircraft. You will be launched to at least 2500′ above sea level and then, weather permitting, you will enjoy a soaring flight above the Shropshire Hills. With a First Flight Voucher (£95) you get one or two winch launches and up to 20 minutes flying time. With a Premium First Flight voucher (£145) you get one, two, or three launches, up to 30 minutes flying time, and lunch is also included.

With every First Flight we also give you three months membership of the club absolutely free, so you can come back and learn to fly with us as much as you like at member rates. ‘Member rates’ means that for an additional monthly flying fee, separate from the free membership, of £29 per month, you will get as much flying time in club gliders as you want. Launches cost £11.00 per launch.

First Flights are often available at short notice during the week and at a discount price. Call the office on 01588 650206 to check availability. To purchase, select the voucher of your choice on the right.

Or you might prefer:

A Day to Remember at the Mynd (£155)

All the benefits of the standard First Flight but also including overnight accommodation in a double en-suite room, Saturday night dinner and Sunday breakfast in the club house, provided by our resident caterers. You can bring your spouse or partner along for a small additional payment (payable separately on arrival).

Book your flight for Saturday afternoon, stay for dinner, enjoy the fun in the bar, you don’t have to drive home, fly again Sunday at member rates. Or arrive Saturday evening in time for dinner (before 7:30 pm), have your First Flight experience Sunday morning, fly again at member rates in the afternoon.

A weekday ONE DAY COURSE (£165)

For anyone who is thinking of taking up gliding, we offer a full day at the Midland Gliding Club. This one day course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the sport and an insight into what the club offers to members. It includes three months membership, during which you will have full use of the club’s facilities with flying at members’ rates and all instruction included, and if you do decide to join the club within one week of the course you will receive a discount on your membership fee.

During the one day course you will be looked after by one of our qualified instructors. You will be given a safety briefing followed by an introduction to our gliders and operations on the airfield before going flying. Your instructor will fly the launches and the landings, introduce you to the flying characteristics of the glider and the principal controls, and encourage you to take your first steps to becoming a glider pilot by taking the controls yourself.

We guarantee that you will have at least three flights with a minimum of one hour in a two-seater training glider; if weather conditions prevent you completing the launches and flying on the day, you can come back on another day to complete your flying .

Due to the flight limitations of our gliders there is a weight limit of 16 stones (102 kilos) and a height limit of 6’3″ (1.9m). There is no upper or lower age limit but you must be able to get into and out of the glider. If you are under 16 years old we will require a parental consent form to be signed. If in doubt please contact the office for advice.

All flying is subject to availability of aircraft, launch equipment, instructors and the weather. We offer no guarantee to be able to fly on any particular day even if previously booked, but we will always do our best to get you into the air.

  First Flight vouchers make fantastic presents. Just click the type of voucher you require, and we will post to any address you wish.
Basic Trial lesson voucher 2015
Extended Trial lesson voucher 2015

at the Long Mynd

A weekday ONE DAY COURSE at the Midland Gliding Club