To book an Introductory Flight - call us on 07403 805 805
Have you ever seen a glider overhead, and wondered what it would be like to fly in one. Well at Lee on Solent you can, so why not come along and have a go?.
At the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre we take pride in offering the best Introductory flight around. Not only do we have a dedicated team of Instructors to give you your first experience of gliding, but we also have an efficient booking service and timed lessons, so you don't have to hang round the airfield in the hope that we can fit you in. Our prices are very reasonable and if the smiles on the faces at the end of the flights are anything to go by, we offer very good value for money. A trial introductory Glider flight costs £80. (November 2016) To qualify for a flight, you need to be under 6' 4" (193cm) in height and under 16 Stone 4 Lbs (228lbs or 103Kg) in weight.
Many people have an introductory flight as a birthday present, or to celebrate a special occasion and a few take the plunge to join the club after their flight, to become full time members of the gliding club and ultimately become solo glider pilots.
Introductory flight are an opportunity for anyone to sample the delights of gliding and if you are comfortable. We regularly fly people of all ages.
Before the flight we will spend a little time giving you some basic information covering the glider's controls and flying instruments. You will be shown how to read the instruments and fasten and unfasten your safety harness, including the use of the parachute.
There is no need to worry about taking control, as the instructor, who is sitting in the back, will demonstrate the various aspects of flying a glider.
Before you know it you'll be strapped in your seat with the instructor behind you ready for your first glider launch and one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
All Introductory flight are launched by Aerotow where the glider is towed behind a tug aircraft up to a height of 2,500 feet. The tug pilot needs to fly around the airfield to gain height you get the opportunity to do some aerial site seeing before the glider releases from the tow and flies free. Once the instructor has released the glider from the tug he will trim the aircraft for normal straight and level flight. The instructor will also perform a number of turns and normal gliding maneuvers.
Flight times vary, but are usually from 15 to 20 minutes. If it is thermic the instructor might suggest doing a few turns to try and climb in the thermal. In order to stay in the thermal these might have to be fairly tight, which some people find uncomfortable. If you're one of them then do please say so, you're not going to offend the instrutor, after all you are up there to have fun.
The views from the air are exceptional, the Solent and the Isle of Wight are clearly visible. In the summer you can watch the yacht racing and there's usually some shipping entering and leaving Southampton Water.
Introductory flight are usually only available at weekends throughout the year . We can also arrange Introductory flight for group events, for local businesses or groups of people. We also provide Friday evening flying for local youngsters who are actively involved in Cadet or Scout organisations.
Because we allocate a glider and an instructor and a time slot, a trial lessons needs to be booked in advance. We try very hard to keep to our agreed time for your flight, but obviously poor weather or operational difficulties on the airfield can delay things.
To book your Introductory flight please ring 07403 805 805 and talk to our Introductory flight co-ordinator If they're busy, please leave a message on the answering machine and they will get back to you as soon as they can.