Learn To Glide

All training needs can be catered for and we can tailor the training we provide to suit your circumstances. All training is to and above the standards set by the British Gliding Association.

What's on offer?

If you've never flown before, a trial flight would probably suit you most.

  • Just turn up and fly! Obviously other trainees may have booked in advance so there is the risk that you may have a long wait or, at worst, not fly. We recommend that you check with us on 07849979575 before you set off.
  • Book and pay as you go. Book a 9:00-12:30 or 14:00-17:30 slot (contact us for availability), do as much flying as you can, and pay standard rates (click here to view our current fees).

To purchase a trial flight go to the Shop page.

You can email using http://www.edensoaring.co.uk/contact. to make a booking, or you can phone us on 07849 979575. You can also turn up at the airfield to make a booking, if you would prefer.

Extra information

If you are thinking about joining the club then please get in touch.

Gliding is a sport that requires dedication and determination, coming as often as you can, and a willingness to get involved and learn all you can. With lots of fresh air and excitment you will soon be hooked.

Training is generally done on a first come first served basis. This means if you are on site first you will get in the glider first. However, if you need to fix a time we offer bookable slots and courses with the instructor.

Flying on your own, known as 'going solo' requires learned skills. Each person learns at a different rate. You will need to have flown in lots of conditions before you will be sent solo. The instructor will need to feel you are safe and capable. So no worries - you wont go alone unless you are ready.

After you go solo and after the shock of  'Yeehaa! I'm flying and it's ok!!'  you will want to learn how to make the most of the ridge, thermals and wave to extend the length of your flight. There is no end to the things one can learn in gliding.

"Yeeha - I'm flying...!."

Age is no limit although you cannot go solo until you are 14. Younger pupils can learn and still take full control of the glider with an instructor sitting in with them and many go solo on their fourteenth birthday.

At the other end of the scale we have plenty of retired men and women who decide to learn to fly later in life. Again, this is not a problem and many go solo well into retirement. You're never too old to learn.

Please note, there is a weight weight restriction of 220lbs (100kg) and maximum height of 6ft 2in (188cm) due to the training glider we operate.

John Castle CFI

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