One 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 individuals weighing over 16 st (102 kg) may not be able fly with us
Flying takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am….weather permitting!
Booking Your Trial Lesson Flight
Whilst you can simply turn up at the airfield on a flying day, we would recommend that you pre-book a Trial Lesson Flight and avoid the disappointment of not being able to fly on a busy day.
Pre-paid Trial Lesson Flight vouchers, valid for use 12 months from issue, are available and make an ideal gift, and may be purchased in person at the airfield, by calling the launch point mobile on 07772 704 178, or online below. Please choose from:
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.
Experience Gliding Flying at the (then) recently merged Darlton Gliding Club
Never Too Old TV news clip of one recent Trial Flight at Darlton