What is Gliding?

Gliding, not to be confused with hang-gliding or para-gliding, involves flying aircraft called gliders, which are also known as sailplanes. Most gliders are unpowered and rely on external means of launching, usually by winching or aerotowing. Gliders rely on rising air (also known as "lift") to stay airborne. Without lift, a glider is constantly and slowly descending. The current world record for the longest glider flight is 56 hours!

What is a Glider?

A glider is a aircraft seating one or two people, usually without an engine. They can be made of wood with a fabric cover or from fibre glass. They typically have wings that are much longer than normal aircraft, to maximise the area where lift is generated.

Launch Methods

Forms of Lift

Learning to Glide

In the UK, gliding is regulated by the British Gliding Association (BGA). We teach people the syllabus that is set out by BGA, which leads to an internationally recognised Gliders Pilot Licence. We do all our training in 2 seater gliders with the instructor sat behind the student. The controls of the glider are connected so that the student is able to follow the instructor on all the controls and vice versa. The main stages of gliding achievement are outlined by the BGA Badge System as follows: