Gliding Courses, the quickest way to spread your wings
The course brochure and the course booking and information form are now available. Please also look at the Joining Instructions before arriving for a course.
If we have to cancel your holiday due to COVID-19, you have the choice to receive all your money back, including the deposit, or book a later course. If you have to cancel your course booking because, under the COVID-19 regulations, you are self-isolating or unable to travel to the Club, then the same options apply.
Are you are looking to learn to glide, master a new flying skill, gain a gliding qualification or try something different?
If you are, gliding on the Long Mynd at the Midland Gliding Club is an excellent choice. It’s a welcoming Club in a stunningly beautiful place. And you will have a brilliant holiday!
Over the decades, the ratio between the number of students to instructors has changed. There is a balance between the ability to progress, the amount of flying, running the airfield and the price. By the 1990s, we had four students to per instructor. This year, we are trialling courses with a maximum student to instructor ratio of 3:1. So you can now choose the ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 you want. It is up to you.
We plan to run courses from Tuesday, 4th of May to the last week of September 2021, in a Covid-19 compliant way: –
- Instructor and glider dedicated to between 3 or 4 students
- Accommodation in private rooms
- A shower dedicated to your room
- Catering, Helen will be crafting dishes with her culinary magic
- Bar – including the legendary Three Tuns beer
How much does it cost?
The headline prices, before discounts, for a five-day course with 3:1 and 4:1 student-instructor ratio are £695 and £550 respectively. £100 deposit secures your course.
Accommodation in a private room starts from £20 per night, or £7 if you prefer to camp.
We offer discounts on the course fee for juniors and people who book multiple courses of 20%. In addition, if you book and pay in full before the end of February, we offer an additional discount of 10% off on accommodation and the course fee.
If you are a member of the Club, you also received discounts. Associate members (BGA Second Club, Introductory, Junior and Social) are rewarded with a 20% discount. Full members of the club are rewarded with 40% off the course fee. Members also benefit from the early booking and payment discount.
To find out more:
The 2021 course brochure and the course booking and information forms are available by following the links below.
Download the 2021 Course Brochure
Download the 2021 Course Information & Booking Form
How do I book my course?
To book your course, download and complete the course information and booking form, and return it to the Club. We will then confirm your place and issue you with a “click to pay” invoice for your deposit. This year’s booking form is below for reference.
Download, complete and return the Course Booking and Information Form.
We will check your booking and send you a “click to pay” invoice for your deposit.
We will check your booking and send you a “click to pay” invoice for your deposit.
Before arriving, read the Joining Instructions.
Terms and Conditions for Courses are available here: MGC Courses Terms & Conditions
Do you have a question?
You will normally be in a group of up to four pupil pilots under the care of one of our two professional instructors. Your group has exclusive use of a two seater dual-control glider from 9:00 to 5:30 on each day of the course. From your first flight you will experience the thrill of handling the aircraft as the instructor shows you how to use the controls. You will soon find that you are doing most of the flying while the instructor merely advises or demonstrates. The glider you will fly has excellent performance and allows you to find and explore rising air and use it to the best advantage.
The Midland Gliding Club uses powerful Chevrolet-engined winches to launch the gliders to 1,200 ft. or more above the Long Mynd. After the launch, a smaller winch is used to retrieve the cable ready for the next launch. With this unique system our main winch drivers ensure that gliders spend the maximum time in the air.
That is largely dependent on your aptitude, but with proper training flying a glider is no more difficult than driving a car. Whether you have had previous flying experience or not, you will be treated as an individual by your instructor, and will progress as far as your ability allows. It is unlikely that you will reach solo standard after only one week but many beginners can learn enough in a fortnight of good weather to fly safely alone.
You will learn that experienced glider pilots are very selective about the weather and limit their flying to take advantage of the best flying conditions. As a beginner you will find that poor weather seldom prevents flying, but if this does occur your instructor will use the time to cover theoretical aspects of gliding in the briefing room. Videos on flying and gliding are also available. If the weather does intervene, the Long Mynd and the surrounding area are part of the Welsh-border countryside and offer many tourist attractions. There is riding, golf and an air museum as well as some of the country’s best public houses. You cannot get bored!
You can stay at the Club in our own accommodation. All our rooms are centrally heated and double glazed. Beds are available in one of the shared dormitories or a two or four berth private room. Two berth rooms have double beds. Caravans are welcome so long as arrangements are made in advance. We also have a sheltered camping area with water and electricity (coming soon). A omplementary bunk bed is included in the course fee, or you can choose to upgrade to a private room at the standard rate (phone or email the office
for current prices).
All your meals may be taken in the clubhouse, provided by our professional caterers. You can have a cooked breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a three course supper with vegetarian alternatives. All food is paid for separately.
The course begins at 9:00am on the starting date (usually a Monday) but we prefer you to arrive and settle in on the afternoon or evening before. The course ends at 5:00pm on the last day (usually Friday). All the course dates are published in our course literature. As a temporary member you are welcome to stay and fly over the weekend.
Non-flying partners can be accommodated and can enjoy all the club facilities. However, the club and flying field is not suitable for unsupervised young children.
The club is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; there is a great deal to offer
the whole family whether they are interested in activities, culture or just relaxing enjoying a book and the view from the club.
The Long Mynd is 1450ft. above sea level so, whatever the time of year, you are advised to bring plenty of old warm clothes, sweaters, windproof anoraks, gloves, hat and waterproof footwear. In summer you will also need sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat, but not a baseball cap. Hats and clothing are available to purchase at the club
Linen is provided in private rooms but not in the bunkrooms so we suggest you bring a sleeping bag.
Of course you are very keen to learn to fly, so we suggest you book an early course when the weather is most suitable for training and then book a summer course to continue your new found sport.
Due to the flight limitations of our gliders there is a upper weight limit of 104 kilos, 230 pounds, 16 stones; and a lower weight limit of 45 kilos, 100 pounds, 7 stones. There is 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.
Still got questions?
If you have any questions our office staff are ready to help. The office is open between 10:00 and 16:00 every day Friday/Saturday/Sunday and Monday. Wednesday and Thursday it is open 10:00 to 13:00. The office is closed all day Tuesday. Our staff are ready to answer any questions you have and take your booking. The office phone number is 01588 650206, option 1.