Introduction to Gliding


Come and spend half a day at the club and up to around an hour flying with a BGA Instructors in our training gliders.

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Introduction to Gliding

& how we can help your flying really get started


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.

Our half day courses provide a good introduction to gliding, with the exclusive services of an instructor for your morning or afternoon, allows you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a member of The Gliding Centre.  Available midweek during the summer season (April – September, exc. Bank Holidays). Spend up to 60 minutes in the air.

By the end of the session, you will understand how the glider flies, have experienced what it feels like to handle the controls, and know how to stay safe at all times on the airfield.

My son bought me a one day course at The Gliding Centre.  I did two winch launches and two aerotows and I absolutely loved it.  I’ll be joining as a member to carry on with training, as soon as I can!



More Detail:

Our half day course provides a good introduction to gliding, with the services of an instructor for your morning or afternoon, allows you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a member of The Gliding Centre.  Available all week during the summer season (1 April – 30 September, excluding Bank Holidays), either morning or afternoon.  This course gives a maximum of 60 minutes in the air. You can launch from the Winch or on Aerotow depending on the weather conditions, your needs and the instructor.


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!