We reckon that typically it will cost somewhere between £650 - £1250 to get to solo
standard but this varies enormously depending on a number of factors the two
main ones being:-
|Learning to glide is a bit like learning to drive a car. Hand-eye co-ordination, judgement, awareness and the like are all needed. An understanding of mechanics is not needed to drive a car, just a basic knowledge of the functions of the controls. Gliding is the same - you don't need to know very much about how a glider works, just what the controls do. If you found it easy to learn to drive, you will probably find it easy to learn to glide. Age has an influence. The younger you are the easier you may find it to learn - this is the same as for most things. However, age is no barrier. We have had many newcomers to gliding starting after reaching retirement age and becoming competent solo pilots. In fact some of the country's best competition pilots are not in their "first flush of youth".|
The less time between your lessons the less you will forget between each.
If you can only come gliding say 2 mornings a month then you will spend a lot of
time trying to pick up on the skills you have let get rusty since your previous
lesson. Conversely, if you can attend regularly on a weekly basis say or come on
a week's course then you will make better progress.
So, bearing in mind the above, the table below gives the cost likely to be incurred to get to solo standard based on the current cost of annual membership, joining fee, winch launches and cost per minute of the club's two seat training gliders.
Where the unit costs* are:-
Note the actual unit costs vary according to various factors such as whether you are a student (cheaper) and whether you continue your club membership into the following year (rebate scheme). See the club tariff for full details.
For comparison purposes, one instructor's records show that over 1000 instructional winch launches, the average flight time was 12.2 minutes. Again this can vary enormously - from less than 1 minute duration when launch emergencies are being taught to over 3 hours when the opportunity to fly cross country is taken.
To summarise, learning to fly a glider will probably cost you £650-£1250 compared to learning to fly a powered aircraft where the cost is likely to be nearer to £3000-£5000.But remember, the bottom line is that the costs given above are likely estimates and are not guaranteed and depend mostly on yourself.
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