London Gliding Club

first flight

The Experience
Your first flight is an exhilarating experience. Consisting of a 2000 foot aerotow, and 15 to 20 minutes of flying time, a trial lesson gives you a great introduction.

Our clubs trained instructors are there to make sure you get the most out of the experience. They will talk you through the whole process in a structured and informative way, happy to answer all your questions.

Once you are airborne you will have your first chance to fly the aircraft - it's amazingly easy!

The pictures on this page will take you through what to expect on the day. If you have any further questions please call the office on 01582 663 419.

Time
Your flight will last from 15 to 20 minutes, but please allow at least 90 minutes on the airfield. You need to arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled flight time to check in with reception. Our club has an excellent restaurant which you are welcome to visit before and after your flight.

Numbers
Our instructional gliders have two seats - one for you and one for your instructor.

Spectators
Your friends and family are always welcome. They can watch from the launch point, or from the restaurant. We'd recommend a camera and a pair of binoculars. If you bring children you need to make sure they are fully supervised as LGC is an active airfield.

Dress Code
Wear flat, soft soled shoes and warm, comfortable clothes. Don't forget to bring sunglasses and a sun hat with a narrow brim. It's a good idea to bring a windproof jacket as airfields tend to be quite exposed. Once you are in the glider you are enclosed and out of the wind.

Availability
We are open 364 days a year, and book lessons on most of these. During the busy flying season, between May and September, advance booking is essential. All flying is weather dependent, so please check with the office to confirm it is suitable before setting out.

Come Again!
The voucher entitles the holder to a three month membership allowing the holder to come back and fly again at the same rates as a member.
just like a canoe
just like a canoe image <1 of 9>
getting in and out is a bit tricky at first, but just pretend it's a bath tub -
put your hands on the side, stand on the seat and lower yourself in.
straps, tight and secure
straps, tight and secure image <2 of 9>
an instructor checking the straps before a trial lesson. The club K21s all
have a 5 point harness suitable for aerobatics. This ensures that even if
you do hit unexpected turbulance you remain comfortable.
most comfortable seat cushion
most comfortable seat cushion image <3 of 9>
in the UK you always wear a parachute, this is a good thing
as gliders are designed for them and without them, the seats
are terribly uncomfortable!
further briefing
further briefing image <4 of 9>
before launching you will talk through all the instruments,
controls and the upcoming flight. Ask as many questions as
you want, our instructors love to talk about gliding!
let's go!
let's go! image <5 of 9>
once the canopy has been closed you are ready for launch -
sit back and relax!
aerotow
aerotow image <6 of 9>
being towed by XI, one of the LGC Robins
Just before releasing the cable
Ivinghoe Beacon
Ivinghoe Beacon image <7 of 9>
the second most visible landmark in the area
sharing a thermal
sharing a thermal image <8 of 9>
If the weather is right, and you're enjoying the flight, you
may even get to share a thermal with another glider
returning to launch point
returning to launch point image <9 of 9>
after landing, a buggy will come out and tow the
glider back to the launch point. You walk with the wing,
keeping the glider following the buggy.
walking faster = turn left, walking slower = turn right
Contact Us & Location
London Sailplanes Ltd, Trading as the London Gliding Club.
Tring Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2JP.
Office 01582 663 419. privacy information
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just like a canoegetting in and out is a bit tricky at first, but just pretend it's a bath tub - put your hands on the side, stand on the seat and lower yourself in.straps, tight and securean instructor checking the straps before a trial lesson.  The club K21s all have a 5 point harness suitable for aerobatics. This ensures that even if you do hit unexpected turbulance you remain comfortable.most comfortable seat cushionin the UK you always wear a parachute, this is a good thing as gliders are designed for them and without them, the seats are terribly uncomfortable!further briefingbefore launching you will talk through all the instruments, controls and the upcoming flight.  Ask as many questions as you want, our instructors love to talk about gliding!let's go!once the canopy has been closed you are ready for launch - sit back and relax!aerotowbeing towed by XI, one of the LGC RobinsJust before releasing the cableIvinghoe Beaconthe second most visible landmark in the areasharing a thermalIf the weather is right, and you're enjoying the flight, you may even get to share a thermal with another gliderreturning to launch pointafter landing, a buggy will come out and tow theglider back to the launch point.  You walk with the wing, keeping the glider following the buggy.walking faster = turn left, walking slower = turn right