Experience the sheer thrill of near silent flight in an unpowered aircraft, using invisible rising air currents to soar away.
Once you’ve donned your parachute you will climb into the front seat of a two-seater dual-control training glider, with a qualified instructor in the back seat. The controls and instruments are quite simple, and your instructor will give you a full explanation before you fly. Then you’ll be winched up into the air to begin your flight.
Up in the air you may get a chance to take the controls or you may prefer to sit back and just enjoy completely different perspective on the world. On a clear day you can see the Cotswolds, the Malverns, and the Lickey Hills as well as the centre of Birmingham and all the nearby towns of Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Redditch, and Coventry!
Gliding is a sport where the pilot pits his skill against the vagaries of the British weather. Success means that you can fly long distances and experience the freedom of the skies although this means it’s impossible to predict exactly how long a glider will stay airborne, so we can’t give you an exact timing for when your turn will come, or how long your flight will be.
However, while you’re waiting you can watch others taking off and landing and enjoy the chance to socialise with your fellow flyers.
Almost anyone can fly although there is an upper height limit of 6’4″ (193cm) and a lower height limit of 4’9″ (145cm). There is also an upper weight limit of 100kg, about 16 stones.
There is no upper age limit but you will be asked to sign a Medical Disclaimer before you fly so please let us know if you have a medical condition that you think may be relevant.
All flying events are weather dependent so you will need to call the airfield on 01789 731095 between 9 am and 10 am on the day to confirm the weather is suitable.