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.
(Please see our "Paying Online" section below)
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.
Gift vouchers for the above trial lessons are available at a cost of £75
and make an ideal Birthday/Christmas/Surprise present.
The voucher includes one month's Club membership from the date of redemption. During that month you will be a club member and be able to come back and to fly at normal club member's rates.
Vouchers are valid for a period of one year from date of issue
Please note that vouchers are normally only redeemable at weekends.
Redemption of Gift Vouchers
We usually fly only at weekends (except
for 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 who 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.
You can pay for your voucher with a credit or debit card on Paypal.
After making your online payment please send an email to billande @ live.co.uk to tell us:-
- Who the gift voucher should be made out to.
This will be the name of the person taking the flying lesson
- The name and address to send the voucher to
if this is different from the person paying
On receipt of the above we will dispatch your gift voucher immediately by first class post.
Paying by Cheque
Just sent a cheque made payable to "Cairngorm Gliding Club" for
Cairngorm Gliding Club
c/o Highflight Books
2, High Street
In the accompanying letter please state, your name, address, phone number, email address etc, the name in whom the voucher should be made out to, and the address the voucher is to be mailed to.
On receipt of the above, vouchers are sent out by return, first class post.