A short gliding course is ideal for those who not only want an extended experience of glider flight, but set themselves a challenge to make measurable progress towards taking control of the aircraft. By taking a number of successive flights your learning from each can be reinforced, allowing a progressive development of basic skills as a pilot.

£95 per person imageSilver Mini-Course

Includes 3 launches on your selected flying day (a soaring flight of more than 20 minutes duration will count as two launches)

What’s Included

Your course package includes dedicated use of a dual training glider and a BGA qualified instructor, a gliding information pack and a training record. Also included is 3 months of temporary club membership allowing you to return, fly at club member rates with free instruction (advancing your flying skills even further), and involvement in other club activities before and after flying. On arriving on the day of your course, you will be introduced to your instructor who will give you a briefing before flying. Courses will be individually tailored to suit your level of achievement and aptitude.

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 mini course, 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 Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am…weather permitting!

Purchasing a Silver Course

Pre-paid Silver Course vouchers, valid for use 12 months from issue, are available, 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, course booklet and information booklets will be posted to you.

Silver Course 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.

Booking Your Course

When you are ready to use your voucher, please look at the flying calendar on this site. Then select an appropriate Saturday or Sunday that has not been booked yet for a silver course. With your selected date, course type, name and voucher number email the request to booking@darltonglidingclub.co.uk. Or alternatively text Barry (07779 536209) and Al (07967 049880) with the information. We will then place your booking on the flying calendar and confirm it with an email or text, please be at the club for 10:00.

Please note that 7 days notice is required for the booking to arrange a dedicated aircraft and instructor on your selected day.

It is always advisable on the day to contact the club on the launch point mobile (0777 2704178) to verify that we are flying.

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

Whichever way you choose to pay, you or your chosen recipient will receive a voucher and an information pack.

Please note it will also be necessary to arrange a suitable date for you or the recipient of the course.

To arrange a suitable date for the course or for any further information on gliding opportunities at Darlton, please contact Barry Patterson our Bookings Coordinator, on 07779 536209 (or email booking@darltonglidingclub.co.uk).


Further Information

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

  Mini Gliding Course Booklet imageCourse Booklet Click to download our Mini Gliding Course Information Booklet


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