The Aiming for Solo Package

Giving you certainty over your training budget

Following the success of our Aiming for Solo Packages introduced in 2016, we have now reshaped the courses to allow students to have a fixed budget to try and attain solo from a structured syllabus. 

Let the dream of learning to fly become a reality at The Gliding Centre.

Our modern high performance glider fleet, with both winch and aerotow facilities, and our team of highly experienced gliding instructors combine to allow you to progress safely and rapidly through the British Gliding Association training syllabus.

With our Aiming For Solo course we offer an alternative to our courses or standard flying membership, it includes 12 months membership and a large allowance of launch, soaring, and instruction costs, up to the point of solo.

If you are interested in Aiming For Solo, please get in touch with us so we can discuss the course with you, make sure it is exactly what you need to get flying and perhaps arrange to come into the club to see how it all works!

It is for those who have tried gliding and been bitten by the bug!

The course affords the following:

  • 1 year’s membership of The Gliding Centre (TGC)
  • 75,000ft height allowance – which may be taken as
    • Winch launches (each winch launch = 1,000ft of allowance)
    • Aerotow launches (uses allowance 1:1, ie 2,500 Aerotow = 2,500 ft of allowance)
    • Motor glider (each 30 minutes = 3,000ft of allowance)
    • Some course lifetime limits exist – see Terms and Conditions for full details
    • 12 hours airtime, whichever comes soonest.

Launch and soaring fees are included within the course fee up until the earliest of:

  • First solo being completed
  • 60th winch launch
  • Twelve months anniversary of TGC joining date

If the flight allowances are fully used, or the 12 months period expires before the student has achieved solo standard, the course completes and standard club flying charges apply.

In all cases the full flying membership remains in place for a twelve-month period from the course start date, after which students can renew their membership at standard club rates.

It’s as simple as it sounds – one price that should easily get you to Solo without the uncertainty of training fees!

Aiming for Solo Package Terms and Conditions

For students who want to be able to set a budget for learning to fly, we offer an Aiming for Solo Package which includes:

The course affords the following:

1 year’s membership of The Gliding Centre (TGC)

75,000ft height allowance – which may be taken as motor glider (each 30 minutes takes 3,000ft from allowance) to a maximum of 60 minutes, aerotow to a maximum of 9,000ft or winch launches to a maximum of 60 launches (each winch launch takes 1,000ft from allowance) OR 12 hours airtime, whichever comes soonest.

Launch and soaring fees per the above limits, are included within the course fee up until the earliest of:

first solo being completed OR:

60th winch launch OR:

twelve months anniversary of TGC joining date.

If the flight  allowances are fully used, or the 12 months period expires before the student has achieved solo standard, the course completes and standard club flying charges become applicable.

In all cases the full flying membership remains in place for a twelve-month period from the course start date, after which students are invited to renew their membership at standard club rates.

PLEASE NOTE – Aiming for Solo packages are non-transferable, and are non-refundable, except in the case of unusual extenuating circumstances with the written approval of the TGC committee.

Height Allowances:

Rather than be prescriptive about exactly which methods of launching you would like to try, we give you the choice. For each course you will have an allowance from which Winch Launches 'cost' 1,000ft and Aerotows 'cost' their actual height. So for instance 3 Winch launches and a 3,000ft Aerotow are worth 6,000ft in total. Some courses also include Motor Glider uses 3,000ft for 30 minutes. 

Accommodation:

We have a number of good value, simple and comfortable twin or single bedrooms available for booking at very reasonable rates.

You can bring a caravan or pitch a tent. Electrical hookup is available. Nearby there is a range of excellent B&B accommodation and self-catering cottages. Contact us and we’ll be happy to make recommendations.

Eating:

Our restaurant is usually open for breakfast and lunch during courses. Alternatively there are several excellent local pubs and eateries in the area.

Arranging your training:

When you buy a course from us we will email you a voucher and joining instructions, usually within one working day.

Once you have your voucher, you can then contact our office to book your course at a time convenient to you. The voucher is valid for one year after purchase, cannot be refunded or transfered.

If you have specific dates in mind, we will do our best to meet these, however there may be occasions when we cannot, due to prior bookings or for other reasons.  In that case we will agree another suitable date with you.

What about the weather?

We all know and love our wonderful British weather!  In fact, we can fly in most conditions, but some weather conditions are unsuitable for gliding, typically related to very strong winds, low cloud-base, poor visibility or rain.  We ask that you contact us either in the morning of your booked afternoon session or if you are booked to be with us at 9am for a morning session, you ring late afternoon the day before so that we can advise on the weather prospects.

Surrounding attractions:

Non-flying family and friends are welcome to stay with you during the course.  For the non-flyer, there are many local attractions within easy reach:

Some of the attractions within half an hour’s drive of the airfield are:

Local shopping areas include:

There are also excellent local websites that detail local attractions in the Market Harborough and Lutterworth areas

Let us take you to the clouds..

...then show us how far you can go!