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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 Ian Masson, whose contact details are on the 'About us' and Contacts page.

What is a trial flight?

More correctly it is a trial membership. We offer, for the princely sum of £90, 2 month's trial membership of the club and in that time you can decide if you want to learn to fly, or not. You pay club rates for flying (see Fees tab) and you will be a member of the club for the duration of your trial membership. As a member training is free, yes, 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 trial membership fee. Your trial membership starts from the date you take your first flight with us.

Gliding is weather dependant and we fly all year round, every weekend and Public holiday, except Christmas day. A word of warning, it can be adivtive, once you've tried it.

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 to a  friend or loved one, for a Flight Experience and trial membership as a gift then, you can pay on-line by clicking here. If you have any problems purchasing on-line please get in touch with Ian Masson.

Flight Experience vouchers are emailed to the purchaser. If you need it to be posted, please contact Ian Masson.

If you email or call Ian Masson once you've purchased on-line, we can get the voucher to you within 24 hours. Please say whether it's for a Birthday, as a NWGC Birthday greeings card can be included. We can also post date the voucher for the Birthday, to try and make it special.

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

Simply email or call Ian Masson, whose email address & number are on the Contacts page 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 able to see out of the cockpit, so between 5ft and 6ft (152cm - 183cm) in height, although your leg to body length has a part to play as you could be 6ft 5ins with a shorter body and longer legs and fly comfortably. We don't want your head to be in contact with the canopy.

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, coronary 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. You are also welcome to bring your friends and family to share in your wonderful experience.

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

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

Trial flight feedback

A taste of your or your loved one's Trial flight or lesson, kindly provided by Rick, who, as you can see below enjoyed the experience.

"I just wanted to express my gratitude for the wonderful time you all gave Isabelle, Jenna and myself yesterday! We all had a very special day with you; one which I especially will remember fondly for the rest of my days.

I saw on your website that you already have quite a few flight videos, but I thought you might like to see the one I’ve put together to remember the day by.

Rick's 40th birthday flight