Have you ever wanted to take hold of the controls of a plane? Well you can now feel the wind beneath your wings, by doing just that. Experience the thrill of flying a glider plane, with one of the amazing glider experiences.
There are a number of different packages available that give you the chance to make just one flight, or if you are a real flying enthusiast, up to eight separate journeys. Be launched up into the air, to heights of up to 1,500 feet and see the amazing views below. These glider experiences will take your breath away, as you soar through the air. Be winched up off the ground, or be towed up by a plane; either way these packages will give you an experience you'll never forget.
Overview of Packages
Whether you want to take control of a single flight, or believe that you have the stomach to handle up to eight separate flights, there is a package to suit everyone at prices starting from below £120. Float through the air and marvel at the landscape from a vantage point few get to appreciate.
All glider experiences are weather dependent, so it is important that you check that the experience is still able to take place if it’s extremely windy, by contacting the centre on the morning of the scheduled flight. Under some circumstances the flights can still take place, but the length of the flight time may be affected.
Where can you take to the skies?
These different packages are available in a number of varying locations, so this will need to be checked when booking. Some packages are available in more areas than others, and the Gliding Half Day Mini Course and the Gliding Full Day Course are only available in Surrey.
Details of the flight choices
The Gliding Discovery flight allows you to climb aboard the glider with a co-pilot, as you rise 1,000 feet into the air. This flight is dual-controlled and will last for up to half an hour. The minimum age for taking part in this flight is 14, and anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. The maximum height is 6'3", and the upper weight threshold is 15 stone. Spectators are welcome with this package.
The Aerotow Gliding lesson gives the participant the opportunity to assist with preparing the glider before the flight, and the flight time on this package will last up to half an hour. The Aerotow experience involves the glider being towed up into the sky, and this one will really take your breath away. The minimum age for this experience is 12 and anyone under 18 requires the consent of a parent. The maximum height is 6'4" and the upper weight threshold is 16 stone. Personal accident cover is included in the package.
If you aren't content with just the one flight then this is the choice for you. The Gliding Half Day Mini Course allows you to take part in four individual flights of up to 20 minutes each. The flight will take place in a dual-controlled glider and you can take in the incredible beauty of the Surrey landscape. The course is only available on weekdays and the maximum weight is 15 stone. All flyers must be aged 13 or over, and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum height for this experience is 6'2".
The One Day Course Gliding Lesson enables you to experience up to three Aerotows in a single day. On top of that, you will get the chance to help to prepare the glider for flight. The minimum age for partaking in the gliding lesson is 12 and if you are under 18 an adult must be with you. The experience includes personal accident insurance and the maximum weight is 16 stone. Flyers should be no taller than 6'4", and must be in reasonable health.
Now for the package that will really get the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up, as this one is for the serious flying enthusiast! The Gliding Full Day Course gives the flyer eight flights - these lasting up to 20 minutes each. Not only that but you'll be able to experience the thrill of these flights again and again, as the package includes a 90-day membership to the club, offering reduced rates. You will take sole control of the glider during the day - taken to the sky firstly by Aerotow, and subsequently by our onsite winch. Check out the stunning landscape of Surrey with your amazing bird’s eye view. The full day course is only available on weekdays, and the minimum age for partaking is 13. Anyone under the age of 18 should be under constant adult supervision. The maximum height is 6'2", and the upper weight threshold is 15 stone.
Which gliding experience is for you?
The experience you select is down to personal choice, but for beginners, the best choices are the shorter lessons. If you feel the need to spend most of the day with a beautiful view, and want the opportunity to take control of the glider yourself then the full-day course should tickle your fancy.
Restrictions vary depending on the package that you choose. Check the individual packages for more details of these.
What happens before you are launched into the air?
A short briefing takes place before all the experiences commence. Then, before you know it, you are taking a deep breath, as you are launched into the sky to heights of up to 1,500 feet. Enjoy the stunning views from your vantage point high in the sky.
What happens after the flight?
When you finally hit the ground, you'll be blown away by the exhilaration these gliders can provide. The buzz you will feel is astounding and it will take a while for you to come back down to earth!