London Gliding Club


The British Gliding Association defines the training progression for new pilots to solo as follows:
  • Lookout
  • Airmanship
  • Effects of Controls
  • Use of Trim
  • Straight Glide
  • Turning
  • Airbrakes and Spoilers
  • Approach Control
  • Landing
  • Circuit Planning
  • Wire Launching
  • Aerotow Launching
  • Stalling
  • Spinning & Spiral Dives
  • Local Topics
  • Solo

At London Gliding Club our experienced instructors track your progress through this basic syllabus using a training card. This ensures that when you fly with a different instructor they know what point in your training you are at.

You need to complete at least twenty flights before you can go solo. It will realistically take between 40 and 100 flights, depending on how often you can fly, previous experience and how quickly you learn. The important thing is that you won't be sent solo until you are ready to safely fly the glider and land it!

Once you have gone solo your development is constantly monitored. Until you reach PA1 standard (Progress Assesment #1) you will have regular flights with instructors to help you safely gain experience of different conditions.

last aerotow of the day
last aerotow of the day
peace and quiet and some space to enjoy
British Gliding Association - BGA
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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