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Gliding

Gliding involves flying in an engine-less aircraft

An Overview of Gliding

Gliding involves soaring at height of up to 30,000 feet and speeds of over 100mph in an engine-less aircraft. It uses the same naturally occurring currents of air that birds use to fly you can take to the skies and enjoy this exhilarating experience, no matter what your age, physical ability or background.

Costs

Gliding is an affordable way to take to the skies, especially when you consider that powered aircraft hire can cost around £150 per hour. At most clubs, you can expect to pay around £20 per hour to hire a glider, around £30 for an aerotow launch and around £8 for a winch launch.

Involvement

Clubs normally provide either an aerotow to around 2000ft followed by a flight of about 20 minutes or one or two shorter flights where you are launched by a glider winch.

The BGA offers a voucher which you can redeem for an introductory aerotow flight or two winch launches at over 80 member clubs around the country. As well as giving you a first taste of gliding, these vouchers make a great gift.

The BGA also offer a mini-course voucher for those who would like a little more in-depth introduction to the sport.

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British Gliding Association

Contact Name
General Enquiries
Contact Email
office@gliding.co.uk
Contact Telephone
0116 289 2956

Partners

  • Melton LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
  • Equality Standard
    NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
    Active Leicester
    Active Oadby and Wigston

Partners

  • Active Rutland
    Safeguarding
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Active Leicester
    NWL LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Charnwood LSA
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Melton LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
  • Active Partnerships
    Harborough LSA