Fly a glider at North Wales Gliding Club
What could be better on a gorgeous, sunny day than flying silently along, using the natural energy of the sun and air to glide as smoothly and as freely as any bird? Some days, the Buzzards and Red Kites come to fly with us, or should I say, show us how it should be done.
Experience the sheer delight of gliding along silently, choosing where you want to go. Experience the thrill of complete and utter freedom – something which is getting harder to find elsewhere. At North Wales Gliding Club (NWGC) we have a small, friendly group of people, who love flying over the beautiful Welsh countryside. We offer full training to anyone wanting to learn to fly a glider.
Is gliding hard?
In a word – No. Like any sport gliding does take some effort to learn, but the lessons are not much different from learning to drive. Anyone can learn to fly a glider and our members range in age from teenagers to pensioners and everything in between. Youngsters are able to be passed to fly Solo at 14 years old.
Do I need my own glider?
No, you do not. Our fantastic Flight Experience with trial membership package allows you to have a flight and try out gliding for two months for as little as £90. It is time to get out of that chair and give yourself the ultimate freedom of silent flight.
Give a gliding lesson as a present
Why not give your nearest and dearest – or a friend – a fantastic, unforgettable gift this year? The memories from a glider flight will last a lifetime. This wonderful experience, flying over the Welsh valleys as silently as a bird, is highly enjoyable and never fails to produce a huge ear-to-ear grin. From your point of view it could not be simpler. Just click here and read how simple it is to get a gift voucher sent to you.
Do you run courses?
Yes we do, but only for members and only at pre-arranged dates throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should also know……the Landing
Not surprisingly, there is a precise procedure for landing a glider. The aircraft will approach an area near the airfield known as the “High Key Area” at (typically) 800 feet (250m) altitude. It will then fly parallel to the landing area with the wind behind it. This is the downwind leg. When it is roughly parallel to the launch point it will turn and fly across the wind. This is called the base leg. Finally, when it is in line with the runway, it will turn into wind and start it descent on its final approach. The airbrakes will be used to contol the descent speed and angle as, unlike a powered aircraft, a glider has to “dive” toward the ground. Just above the ground the glider “rounds out” and flies just above the ground and gently looses height until the ground is touched
Videos from Glide Britain
Glide Britain YouTube group
A series of short films which showcase gliding with the aim of attracting newcomers to the sport are now available for the world to see on YouTube.
The films were produced by award-winning film maker, Ben Jacobson, in collaboration with volunteers from Glide Britain, gliding clubs and the BGA.
Each film shines a spotlight on the gliding community and is an excellent introduction to the exhilarating pastime currently enjoyed by more than 8,500 glider pilots across the UK