Learn to Glide

This package is a fantastic way to experience how a gliding club operates. With all the benefits of full membership during an introductory period of three months, Learn to Fly offers fantastic value.

The package includes:

  • 3 months membership starting from the day of your first flight;
  • £385 (non-refundable) credited to your flying account equivalent to:
    • 25 five minute flights with winch launches, or
    • 8 twenty minute flights with 2000′ aerotows, or
    • 7 one hour soaring flights with winch launches, or
    • any combination of launches and flying time 
  • a Welcome Pack comprising:
    • Welcome Letter giving full details on how to get the best out of your gliding at the club
    • Log Book
    • Progress Card
    • Modern Elementary Gliding Booklet

It usually takes between 60-100 flights to go solo, so this package could send you well on your way to becoming a fully fledged glider pilot*. During this time, you are likely to accumulate around 5 hours flying time; more if you have the good fortune to enjoy some lengthy soaring flights.

When your flying credit has been used up simply top-up your account to cover flying fees as they arise. At the end of the three months you can then join the club as a full member and continue to fly, saving over £35.

Buying a Learn to Glide Package

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 Learn to Glide, please check our full terms & conditions.

The ‘Learn to Glide’ Package costs just £385 and you can buy one for yourself or as a present for someone else. If you want to buy a Learn to Glide package for yourself or for someone else, please contact the office.

The Scottish Gliding Centre is a year-round operation with instruction available 7 days a week.

terms & conditions

Please read these fully and carefully. If you are uncertain about any point or want to discuss things first, please contact the office.

  • All flights are at the discretion of the instructor on the day
  • All flights begin and end at Portmoak airfield
  • All flights are subject to the weather and cloud base on the day
  • Vouchers are valid for one year after purchase, and cannot be refunded or transferred
  • Weather can affect the ability for flights to take place.  If this happens we can rearrange the Flight Experience
  • Legal Airspace restrictions mean that there are limits on where we can fly
  • Generally, 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”) may not fit into a glider

The small print

*Under current legislation you need to be at least 14 years of age to fly solo. It is probably not worthwhile learning to fly until you are about 13 years old so that you will not get to solo level too long before you can legally fly. If you are under the age of 18 you will need your parent’s permission.

If you are over 16 stones, are under 5′, or over 6′ 2″, you may not be able to be accommodated in our gliders. Also there are 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 and we’ll be happy to discuss your gliding options.