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Flight Experiences

Mile High Flight Experience
Mile High Flight Experience

For anyone who thinks that they might like to take up gliding, or looking for a thrilling day out, or as an unusual gift, or for the merely curious, an Flight Experience is an ideal introduction to this exhilarating sport.

In common with many other gliding clubs belonging to the British Gliding Association, we offer members of the public the chance of experiencing the thrill of silent flight at first hand.

Flight Experience
Flight Experience

All Flight Experiences take place in one of our rugged, modern, dual-control two-seat training gliders with an experienced, British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructor.

If you wish you can take the controls yourself for part of the flight.  You can take photos or a video, or just experience the sensations.

Depending on the weather you might experience hill lift, soar in thermals, fly in "wave" or simply float down from an aerotow (up to about 2,500 feet). Either way it is the experience of a lifetime floating quietly and effortlessly above some of Scotland's most spectacular countryside. From a typical aerotow you can see the local hills, the Ochils and Loch Leven.  You can often see across the Forth and Tay, and sometimes as far as the Grampians.

We offer two different experiences:

  1. An Flight Experience of approximately 20 minutes;
  2. An Mile High Flight Experience features an aerotow to a mile above sea level (5,280').  It will take approximately 45 minutes to fly back down to the airfield.

If you decide you want to take up gliding, we can upgrade your Flight Experience to a Learn to Glide package - contact the office for details.

Flight Experiences are available during some evenings during the summer months (start of April to the end of August). Other times are sometimes possible.  Contact the office for more details.

Buying a Voucher

Please note:

  • We cannot fly anyone who weighs less than 45kg (7 stone), or more than 102kg(16 stone)
  • Persons under 1.52m (5') or over 1.88m (6’ 2”) will probably not fit into a glider

Before buying a voucher please check our full terms & conditions.

An Air Experience Flight voucher costs just £95, or £200 for the Mile High experience.  You can buy one for yourself or as a present for someone else.

You can buy a voucher online, or alternatively you can purchase a  voucher by post.  To do that, please send your cheque made out to 'The Scottish Gliding Centre' to:-

The Scottish Gliding Centre
Portmoak Airfield
KY13 9JJ

Please include the name of the person for whom the voucher is being purchased, and the name and address to which it is to be sent.

To book a place on a Air Experience Flight contact the Scottish Gliding Centre. The flights are popular and early application is advisable. When making your booking please note that you should plan to arrive at least half an hour earlier to allow time for a few formalities and an introductory talk by the instructor. If you need any further information or guidance please contact the club.

The Small Print

There are some legal and safety restrictions on persons taking air experience flights.  Under 18s will require a parent's or guardian's written consent.

People much heavier than 16 stones or unusually tall or short people may not be able to fly in our gliders. There are also a few medical conditions which may make it unsafe to fly. If you are uncertain or want to discuss things first please contact the club for further information.

Please see our tariff for details of these and other learn-to-fly courses.