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Half Day Gliding Course - Kent

Half Day Gliding Course - Kent

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Minimum Age: 16 years

Maximum Height: 187.96 cm

Maximum Weight: 101.60 kg

About the experience

Gliding in Kent boasts a rich legacy, with countless enthusiasts taking flight over the stunning landscapes of the Garden of England. Positioned atop the North Downs between Charing and Challock, this dynamic and vibrant club offers an unparalleled gliding experience. Established in 1930, this club holds the distinction of being the first glider club in England. Today, it stands proud with over 120 active members, including 20 BGA-approved gliding instructors and 10 skilled tug pilots, ensuring year-round gliding in Kent's mild climate. Renowned for offering breathtaking views of Kent and its coastline, gliding here provides a unique perspective. On clear days, gliders can witness the beauty of the Thames Estuary, Whitstable, and even glimpse into Essex on one side, while on the other side, views encompass Ashford, the Kent coastline, and possibly extend to France. We are delighted to offer vouchers for half-day gliding courses at this esteemed Kent club. The half-day experience comprises two flights, enabling you to experience both aerotow and winch launch methods. During the full-day session, you will be welcomed into the Kent gliding family for a day. You will have the unique opportunity to witness the 'log cabin' being towed out to the launch area (serving as mission control on flying days), meet the members, engage in lively conversations, and fully immerse yourself in the world of gliding. The comprehensive day includes an aerotow and three winch launches, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

  • 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

Half Day Gliding 

  • Spend a morning or afternoon trying out both gliding launch methods
  • One aerotow launch and one winch launch
  • Allow five hours on site for this experience


  • Spectators are very welcome to come and watch the gliding fun
  • Facilities include a modern clubhouse, briefing room, bar and parking

  • 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

Minimum Age: 16 years

Maximum Height: 187.96 cm

Maximum Weight: 101.60 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.

  • Flights are subject to availability and suitable weather conditions
Half Day Gliding
  • Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between April and September
  • Morning (08:00-13:00) and afternoon sessions (12:00-17:00) are generally available


  • Kent
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