Soaring in a glider is flying in its most pure form, harnessing the energy of the air, ascending to high altitudes and flying great distances gracefully.
Gliding involves flying an un-powered aircraft known as a glider or sailplane which uses currents of rising air to remain airborne. Gliders allow the pilot to soar for hours on end, and travel hundreds of miles almost noiselessly.
- Cheaper than powered flight
- Challenging but particularly safe
- Almost silent flight
- Strong community spirit
- Weather dependent
- High ground work per flying-hour
Training & Qualifications
With over 80 clubs in the British Gliding Association (BGA) offering training, it is quite unique that Britain doesn’t have an official gliding license.
However pilots are awarded international certificates from the FIA which are accepted as the holder’s qualifications.
With equipment rental included in the cost of your training, there’s little you need to buy before you learn, other than some windproof clothing for the airfield.
As you progress you’ll likely want access to your own plane, which are often purchased in syndicates of 2, 3 or 4 pilots, which reduces the cost of ownership and maintenance.
Gliders can cost between £5,000-90,000.