When you arrive at the Centre you will be asked to complete an application form for Day Membership of the club which includes a medical declaration which must be signed by you or your parent/guardian if you are under 18.
You will be flown in one of the Centre’s two-seat training gliders. Your instructor will brief you before you fly on all aspects of the flight. With your instructor at the controls your glider will then be aerotowed to the typical release height of 2,000 feet. Following release from the tow-aircraft your instructor will then demonstrate how the controls work and let you try them for yourself. Or, if you wish, you can elect to sit back and enjoy the view and sensations, it’s up to you.
The flight will last approximately 20 minutes or so but times are approximate depending on weather conditions. You may experience ridge lift, soar in thermals, perhaps fly in “wave” or simply float down from the aerotow release height depending on the day. Either way it is the experience of a lifetime floating quietly and effortlessly above some of the North Coast’s most spectacular countryside.
What to Wear
Airfields by their nature are open exposed places and can be cold even on sunny days. So, dress appropriately and wear lots of layers. Also remember that the grass can often remain wet throughout the day especially in the colder months. Hiking boots are generally unsuitable as they can be too bulky to fit in the glider cockpit but you can always bring along a second pair of shoes for the flight itself.