40perpersonOne Winch Launch with a Qualified Instructor

(includes a month’s temporary club membership)

A trial lesson flight is an opportunity to sample the joy and beauty of gliding and will last 5 – 15 minutes subject to the weather conditions on the day.

An instructor will fly you in one of our two-seater gliders, answer your questions – and point out the aerial views. If you feel comfortable, they will supervise while you take control of the glider in the air!

Before the flight you will be briefed on what to expect during the flight, shown the glider’s instruments and controls, and given some basic tuition in the operation of the primary control “stick” should you wish to try this.

Who can Fly?

There are surprisingly few restrictions on who can enjoy gliding. Generally, if you are fit enough to drive a car, you are fit enough to fly.

Disabilities need not prevent someone from taking a trial lesson, and age is no handicap (just watch the Never Too Old video on the right).

Safety considerations and aircraft loading limitations do, however, mean that very small children or people over 6 feet 3 inches (192 cm) may not be able to fly. Maximum weight is 16 st (102 kg). 

Flying takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am…weather permitting!

Purchasing a Trial Lesson

Pre-paid Trial Lesson Flight vouchers, valid for use 12 months from issue, are available and make an ideal gift, and may be purchased online below. You can pay by Credit/Debit card or Pay Pal by using the Buy Now Button (below). The voucher and information booklets will be posted to you.

Whilst you can simply turn up at the airfield on a flying day and pay for the flight in cash, we would recommend that you pre-purchase a Trial Lesson voucher on-line through this website and avoid the disappointment of not being able to fly on a busy day.

Vouchers may be purchased in person at the airfield on a flying day (check the flying calendar for scheduled flying days). It is advisable to check we are operational first by calling the launch point mobile on 07772 704 178 before coming out to the field.

NB the launch point mobile is only operational on scheduled flying days.

Booking Your Trial Lesson Flight

To arrange your flight please contact the Club on the Launch Point Mob: (0777 2704178) any Saturday or Sunday morning to verify that the weather is suitable for flying. The duty pilot will then give you an appropriate time to arrive at the club for your flight. Alternatively email the request to booking@darltonglidingclub.co.uk with your selected date, name, voucher type and number. We will then place your booking on the flying calendar and confirm it with an email giving an approximate time.

Family and friends are welcome to visit the gliding club with you. Please present the voucher to the duty pilot on your arrival at the gliding club and they will arrange your trial flight.

Please remember to enter the voucher recipient’s full name when making a purchase.

Enter the voucher recipient’s full name:

Click the BUY NOW icon and pay with Debit/Credit card or Pay Pal

You can see all planned flying dates on our flying calendar.   If you are coming for a Trial Flight, we recommend looking at our On the Day advice beforehand to ensure that you, and your guests, are well prepared to get the most out of your flying experience day.



Further Information

Check out the following links: What to Expect (Videos) Airfield Safety Weather Restrictions

Gliding Videos

Experience Gliding at Darlton
Experience Gliding Flying at the (then) recently merged Darlton Gliding Club


Darlton Gliding Club
Never Too Old TV news clip of one recent Trial Flight at Darlton