Trial Flying Lessons

Trial flights are available at weekends and sometimes during the week, in our 2-seater, dual-control gliders.

Your qualified instructor will fly you over the Cairngorm Mountains and demonstrate how to fly the glider. You will be invited to take the controls yourself and try out your flying skills.

Learning to fly over the spectacular Cairngorm Mountains is a fun and challenging sport which can be enjoyed by all age groups, with approximately 10,000 people at over 100 clubs in the UK. All of the clubs are members of the British Gliding Association (the BGA). Cairngorm is one of the smaller clubs but has the most spectacular scenery to fly over, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

A Trial Lesson costs £75.00 and includes temporary membership for a period of one month during which time you can fly at club member's rates.

To fly in a glider, you should be in reasonable health, should be more than 4ft 6in tall (so that you can see out over the cockpit edge!) and should weigh less than 16 stones.

We operate a fleet of two modern glass-fibre two seater dual control, training gliders. On arrival at our airstrip at Feshiebridge a club member will assist you with the formalities, give an introductory brief about your trail lesson and show you to your dual control glider.

Safety always comes first and your flight will be carried out with a qualified gliding instructor. You are then towed behind a 180 hp Robin light aircraft to a height of 2000' at which point your instructor will release the tow rope leaving your glider free to soar over the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm mountain range, and Spey Valley.

You will then be invited to try the controls for yourself. Your trial lesson will last for approximately 20 to 30 minutes during which time you can take photographs and enjoy the unique experience of soaring as free as a bird after which your instructor will take you back for a smooth landing at Feshiebridge airstrip.

Trial lessons cannot be booked in advance, but we will do our best to fly you on the day if conditions are suitable. It is best, in the first instance, to phone the club (01540 651317) at about 10.30 am on the proposed day of flying, or the launch point on 07847 214551 to find out about weather conditions and club activity. However if you are in the area, feel free to just call in at the club.

Trial Lesson Gift Vouchers

Trial lesson gift vouchers are currently sold out, however it may still be possible to have a trial lesson if there is availability on the day. 

Redemption of Gift Vouchers

We usually fly only at weekends, except during the May and October Fests when we are open seven days a week.

Please phone the club on the morning you intend to fly on 01540 651317 or the launch point mobile on 07847 214551 and ask to speak to the duty instructor.  He will inform you of the status of flying and give you an approximate time you should arrive, although you are welcome to come along before that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Trial lessons cannot be booked in advance as we have no control over the weather, and your safety is our number one priority.