First flight


Looking for a one-off experience?  Try a First Flight!



Looking for a gliding experience for yourself, or as a gift for a friend? Our First Flight experience is for you. 

(Note: If you already think that you want to learn to fly a glider our Introductory Course – one full day as an introduction to the club including some flying – is a better choice.). 

A First Flight gives you:

  • A comprehensive pre-flight briefing
  • Approximately 20 minute flight time or two launches, depending on the conditions on the day, with an experienced pilot
  • After your First Flight, you can upgrade to our Introductory Membership package at a discounted rate if you’d like to continue learning to glide with us. Just pay the difference if upgrading within 14 days of your First Flight
  • Three month’s membership of the club including access to all the club’s facilities


Weekends throughout the year and Monday-Friday by arrangement.

However, these flights are in great demand and there may be a delay before we can find you a suitable date and time to fly.   

Gliding is very weather dependent and we may have to rearrange your slot at short notice if the weather becomes unsuitable, especially during the winter due to high winds, low cloud or rain for instance.

However, we also have a standby list, so that if you live locally we can let you know at short notice, sometimes during weekdays, that there is availability.  Our intention is always to prevent you from having a long and possibly unrewarding journey.



How to purchase a First Flight:

To place your order go to our online shop or telephone the office on: 01588-650206

Terms and conditions of sale are available here (First Flight Terms & Conditions)

Existing holders of *Premium* First Flight Vouchers:

To help clear the backlog caused by the pandemic, we are offering holders of Premium First Flight Vouchers the opportunity of redeeming their voucher with a 30-minute flight in our motor glider. There is currently a much shorter waiting list for these flights. Please enquire with an email to


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 age limit but you must be able to get into and out of the glider. There is no minimum age to fly P2 in a glider and you can legally solo at 14 years.  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 the 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.