Covid-19 Important Notice

The outbreak of Covid-19 has severely impacted our ability to offer gliding training and experiences, as well as limiting our ability to provide bar, catering and accommodation to members and visitors. This is likely to remain the case for some time.

Recreational flying has been permitted again, since 15 May, so we have restarted our flying operation in a limited way. Whilst eager to fly, we must adhere to the regulations and guidelines under which we operate, in order for everyone to stay safe, legal and healthy. As a flying operation, we also have to consider our saftey as pilots, as well as that of those around us. 

Some instructors are self isolating. Those willing to fly are regaining currency, by which we mean fly a bit to blow off the cobwebs and to sharpen up their skills. We are also refining procedures on the airfiled, so that we can operate sfely and effectively whilst maintaining social distance. This is tricky when we need multiple people to rig and move gliders, handle tow-out gear and winching, and as for sheltering in the bus,… well, that’s not happening yet.

The instructors are now able to authorise solo flying as conditions allow, and we have some very limited capacity for two seater flying.

So, our most current solo pilots are now able to fly their gliders. Two seater flying has started in a very limited way. The PPE requirements conflict somewhat with training, so we are approaching this very carefully. On this basis, we have suspended all Courses and Trial Lessons, initially for the remainder of 2020. When restrictions are eased, we will ramp up the training for members. Trial Lessons and Courses will follow in due course, but we do not yet have a timescale for this.

So for the time being:

  • Vouchers for Trial Lessons due to expire after 17 March 2020 are now suspended, pending the recommencement of flying for non-members. We will endeavour to contact voucher holders to make alternative arrangements. If you have not heard from us, please contact the office.
  • Training Courses are currently suspended, and remain under review. Attendees already booked in will be contacted as required.
  • We will not be able to take new bookings for courses or trial lessons until further notice – obviously we want to schedule our existing customers, so that they can fly as soon as possible.

We look forward to meeting and flying with you as soon as it is practicable.

Updated 13 July 2020

Your Very First Flight Could Be Like This ….

Never flown anything other than as a passenger on a commercial flight?  Want to find out what all the fuss is about before you commit to this exhillerating sport? You’re in for a treat. After some ground tuition, you will be taken aloft by one of our BGA approved Demonstrators and given the experience of a lifetime as you soar the Derbyshire countryside in the heart of the stunning Peak District National Park. This is NOT a joy ride. You will be shown how to operate the controls of the glider – and be given the opportunity to follow through on the controls as your pilot guides you throught the same basic lessons that all trainees must accomplish. A great introduction to what could turn into a very addictive pasttime ….. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

Looking For Gift Ideas?

A special present – one or more flights in a glider…!

Our Introductory Flight Vouchers are popular as presents at Christmas, birthdays and all kinds of special occasions. The recipient of our new DUAL voucher gets a full explanation of gliders and gliding followed by a session in our triple screen simulator – the same one our own pilots use for training. You will be given a 20 or 40 minute hands on session  before going to the launch point to  experience the thrill of real silent flight(s) , in a two-seat glider. As well as learning something about gliding, the lucky recipient gets breathtaking views of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Whilst not fully automated via this website. Gift Vouchers are normal emailed to you the same day. If you would prefer to receive your voucher by posts, please remember to tick the appropriate box at checkout. It’s also a good idea to check your junk mail folder  or make sure @glidingclub.org.uk is in your permitted senders list.

For those who are completely new to flying and just want a simple taster flight, our basic £75 single flight voucher is still available. For those who are keen to learn a little bit more about gliding, our club – and what Flight Training involves,  should consider our new DUAL flight vouchers. All flights can be booked in advance. We must point out however that gliding is very weather dependent. If on the day of your flight the commencement of flying is delayed due to weather, it means the whole schedule is put back and visitors will be flown in strict order according to their original scheduled time

Remember, All our Flight Experience vouchers are valid for 12 months so you can give the gift as a present and the recipient can come and redeem it in the spring or summer and enjoy a spectacular day out in the heart of the Peaks.

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