North Wales Gliding Club
Diamant Dave
An edited version of Dave Chapman's flight from North Wales GC in April 2009 in his Swiss Diamant 18. Watch full size version
Flying in the US
Lazy Day
Club Skylark
The club's vintage Skylark leaping into the sky. 
Aerobatics at Lasham
Ridge running
When they get bored at Long Mynd, they do this.... 

How to get to fly a glider....

We often get people asking us "Can I try a flight" or saying "My brother/uncle/mother/etc. has always wanted to try this - what do I do?".

It really is very simple and we have accumulated and answered the most common questions about trial flights for you. If you need to know more then email us by clicking here.

What is a trial flight?

More correctly it is a trial membership. We offer, for the princely sum of £70.00, 2 month's membership of the club and in that time you can decide if you want to learn to fly. You pay club rates for flying (see Fees tab) and you will BE a member of the club for the duration of your temporary membership. As a member tuition is free, all you pay for are launches and minutes in the air.

What else do I get?

As part of your introduction we offer one long or up to three short flights as part of your membership fee. Your membership starts with the date you take your first flight.

I want to buy this as a gift - what do I do?

Buy a trial flight on-line
Buy a trial flight on-line

If you need a voucher to give a trial membership as a gift then  you can pay on-line by clicking here.

I want to make a booking now. What do I do?

Simply click here and tell us what you want to do and when you want to do it. It would be helpful if you could include a phone number as well. If you have a promotional voucher or gift voucher then please mention that as well.

Promotions and vouchers

If you have a promotional code or you want to use a voucher you bought elsewhere then please include the details when you write to us or contact us.

Can anyone fly?

Simple answer - no!

Gliders are unpowered aircraft and weights and balances are important. The person flying should weigh less than 16 stones (224lb or 102kg) when fully dressed and fed (as opposed to normal procedure of weighing yourself wearing only socks!). You should also be between 5ft and 6ft 5in (152cm - 196cm) in height.

Finally you should be healthy enough to drive (only a "rule-of-thumb" but quite a good one). Those who suffer, angina, breathing difficulties, emphysema, coronory problems, dizziness, fainting spells..... well, you get the idea. Diabetics who are stable are OK but everyone is required to fill out a medical declaration - even those in perfect health. Pregnant women should consult their GP before flying.

Do I have to book?

There will be instructions included with your voucher including a phone number to call. To find us on a map, click here

What should I wear?

In the autumn, winter and spring wear walking boots or leather shoes rather than cloth trainers. Do not wear really bulky anoraks. In the winter woollen jumpers will keep you nice and warm under a light, waterproof coat. In the summer wear light coloured cloths and bring suncream.

Should I bring any food?

If you wish to bring food and drink then that is fine with us. One word of caution - do NOT bring fizzy or carbonated drinks. Flying with a stomach full of cola is not recommended.

Do I have to go on my own?

All trial flights are conducted with an instructor who does most of the flying. If you wish to take control of the aircraft then you can do so when the instructor deems it to be safe.

I don't want to fly, but I'd like to visit

That's fine with us. We like having visitors.