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Trial Gliding Lesson in Kent

Trial Gliding Lesson in Kent

Product ID: 12053
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Minimum Age: 16 years

Maximum Height: 187.96 cm

Maximum Weight: 101.61 kg

About the experience

Experience the rich tradition of gliding in Kent, where the skies have been home to countless adventurers soaring over the picturesque Garden of England. Nestled on the North Downs between Charing and Challock, this vibrant gliding club boasts a storied history, being the very first of its kind in England, established in 1930. Today, with over 120 active members, including 20 BGA-approved gliding instructors and 10 proficient tug pilots, the club ensures year-round gliding excitement in Kent's mild climate. Elevate your senses and treat your eyes to unparalleled vistas of Kent and its coastline. Take in the breathtaking sights of the Thames Estuary, Whitstable, Essex, as well as Ashford, the captivating Kent coastline, and even France on a crisp, clear day. Embark on your own gliding adventure with our exclusive vouchers for introductory taster sessions at this prestigious Kent club. Your taster session will feature an exhilarating aerotow flight, where you'll be gracefully lifted into the air by a Piper Pawnee tug plane.

  • Gliding at Challock near Ashford, Kent
  • Dynamic club with 120+ members
  • Clubhouse with rooms and camping
  • Aerotow and winch flights all year round!

  • Experience gliding over the North Downs
  • Expert tuition from BGA approved instructors
Gliding Experience
  • Safety briefing, explanation of the aircraft and its controls before being strapped into the cockpit
  • One aerotow launch to 2000ft
  • Enjoy the view as you are towed by a tug plane up to the release altitude and soaring for approximately 15 minutes
  • Your instructor will demonstrate the controls before letting you have a go at flying the glider yourself
  • Allow one hour on site for this experience


  • Minimum age 14 years
  • Maximum weight limit is 16 stone
  • Maximum height is 6'2" (1.88m)
  • Participants are required to sign a health declaration, however, if you are fit enough to drive a car, you will be able to fly in a glider
  • Suitable arrangements can be made to overcome most disabilities

  • Flights are subject to availability and suitable weather conditions
Gliding Experience
  • Weekdays (excluding Wednesdays) and weekends
  • Weekday flights have much better availability than those at weekends


  • Challock, Ashford, Kent
  • Conveniently located with quick and easy access from both the M20 and the M2

Minimum Age: 16 years

Maximum Height: 187.96 cm

Maximum Weight: 101.61 kg

  • Full and Half Day Courses: In the event the flying school are unable to operate one of the launch methods for technical reasons, winch launches may be substituted for aerotow and vice versa.
  • Spectators are very welcome to come and watch the gliding fun
  • Facilities include a modern clubhouse, briefing room, bar and parking


  • Kent
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