WHAT IS AN AIR EXPERIENCE FLIGHT?
We are keen to introduce as many people as possible to the sport of gliding. Our Air Experience programme is aimed at giving people who are interested in flying and in learning to fly their first flight in a glider. We include the opportunity to begin flight instruction during a three months trial membership that is included with the Air Experience package. Our mission is that candidates will fall in love with gliding and become long term members after their trial membership ends.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN AIR EXPERIENCE FLIGHT?
You will usually sit in the front seat of a dual control glider (or sometimes, in the rear seat) with an experienced pilot at the controls. The glider will be towed to altitude behind our powered towplane. Your pilot will release the tow rope and once the glider is flying free your pilot will demonstrate how the controls work and manoeuvre the glider for you. You can ask lots of questions or just sit back and enjoy the panoramic view. Your flight may be expected to last from twelve to twenty minutes.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The Air Experience Flight costs €160 and that price includes three months trial membership of our club. As a trial member you may purchase further flights at members’ rates; the average flight costs €41 (the price varies by time in the air). Gliding Club members are not charged extra for training.
HOW DO I BUY THE AIR EXPERIENCE WELCOME PACK?
Just click on the link below. We use a secure third-party portal for your peace of mind. The Welcome Pack documents and BOARDING PASS will be sent as attachments with your email receipt. You should print and bring the paper copies with you to the airfield once you have telephoned to book your visit. If this is a gift you can forward the attachments to your friend or family member or send them in the post.
Our payment portal accepts Credit or Debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, Revolut, N26 etc.Please ensure that your card is authorised for two factor authentication as your bank may ask you to confirm your purchase using a banking app on your phone.
HOW DO I BOOK A DATE FOR MY FIRST FLIGHT?
You may book your first flight by calling 087 2355807. This is a club member’s personal phone number so please try to call at a social hour. Bookings are arranged for Saturday or Sunday mornings. In the summer months, special weekday flying dates can be arranged.
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Prior to flying, your pilot will take into account your weight and the weight & balance limits of the glider to be flown. The maximum passenger weight we can carry is 100kg which will include clothes, footwear, phones etc. We reserve the right to pop you on our scales in case of any doubt.
There is no lower weight limit, however with smaller children the deciding factor may be whether they are big enough to safely wear the safety harness and emergency parachute. The duty instructor’s decision on this matter will be final. Some instances may allow for lighter children to fly from the rear seat of the glider (where the instructor normally sits).
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There are no formal age restrictions, although anyone under 18 will require consent from a parent or guardian.
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You will be required to sign a written medical declaration prior to your flight. You should not suffer from faintness, claustrophobia, seizures, a serious heart condition or any other condition that might cause a distraction that would endanger the safe operation of the glider during flight.
We look forward to seeing you!