Covid-19 Important Notice

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have not flown much for some time. Recreational flying has been permitted again, since 15 May, so we are restarting 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. 

The initial plan is for our instructors and more experienced pilots to regain currency, by which we mean fly a while to blow off the cobwebs and to sharpen up their skills. We are also implementing procedures on the airfiled, so that we can operate 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, it’s not happening yet. Hence we will take some time to refine our processes and then to implement them. The instructors will then be able to authorise (and manage) flying as conditions allow.

Then we hope to allow our most current solo pilots to fly their gliders – no social distancing implications there (well, almost), as these guys are much more self-sufficient on the ground, and certainly don’t have company in the air.

Two seater flying will be next. Current rules only permit members of the same household to fly together. On this basis, we don’t expect to see any two-seater flying for a while. When it is allowed again, we will be able to bring the less current pilots up to speed, so that they can fly solo, and potentially restart our training operation. 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.

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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