All smiles after a thrilling trial lesson at Bicester Gliding Centre

 

 

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Take a Trial Lesson in a Glider!

Trail lesson flights make an ideal gift!

Come along for a thrilling trial glider flight at the Bicester Gliding Centre in Oxfordshire! Only 12 miles north of Oxford.

Please read the Terms and conditions before purchasing a voucher.

We offer three levels of trial lesson voucher, all available via our online shop, with flights in either a glider or motor glider:-

The Basic Glider Flight - £79 - an aerotow to 2000ft, up to 20 mins in the air (available everyweekends of the year and mid-week during our summer season - mid March to end of September). This can also be taken as two winch launched lessons, with up to 20 mins total flying time.
OR as one winch launch with a video of your flight and up to 20 mins total flying time.
The winch launched option is only available mid-week.
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The Standard Glider Flight - 99 - an aerotow to 3000ft, up to 30 mins in the air. This can also be taken as three winch launched lessons, with up to 30 mins total flying time.
Availability - please see the Basic Glider Flight above.
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The Premium Glider Flight - 119 - is either an aerotow to 4000 ft or two aerotows to 2000ft, and up to 40 mins in the air - at the discretion of the instructor on the day.
The premium trial lesson can also be flown as up to 4 winch launched flights, with up to 40 minutes in the air.
Availability - please see the Basic Glider Flight above.
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Take a Trial Lesson in a Motor Glider!

A motor glider trial lesson ensures you have the maximum time in the air if the weather is not soarable .

The Basic Motor Glider Flight - £79 - a 20 minute flight in our motor glider
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The Standard Motor Glider Flight - £99 - a 30 minute flight in our motor glider.
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The Premium Motor Glider Flight - £159 - a full one hour in our motor glider!
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The Motor Glider Trial lesson enables you, if weather conditions are suitable, to fly over Silverstone or Oxford. The shorter time of a Basic flight may not always allow you to go far from the airfield.
The motor glider trial lesson can only be booked Monday to Friday, i.e. not at weekends. We fly Monday to Friday during the summer season – mid March to end of September, and Wednesday to Friday only during the winter months.

Terms and Conditions for your voucher

Introductory Membership

An introductory membership is also available for newcomers to gliding, for three months, for £104. This can only be purchased once. This membership starts from the day of your first flight, and all flights are at club member rates.

Important:

There are weight and height restrictions. Please check before booking a trial lesson if you are over 16st / 100kg or over 6' 2" tall. You can take along a camera, but it MUST use a neck-strap to firmly attach it to your person. We cannot fly persons under 14 yrs of age.

 

Want to know more? Email us or call 01869 252493 (answered at almost any time of day!)
Or buy online via our secure shop - pay via your credit card using PayPal (no account necessary with PayPal.).

The Bicester Gliding Centre trial lesson voucher is a great way to see if gliding is for you. You don't have to use it immediately - you have 12 months from the day of purchase in which to choose the best day to suit you! That's plenty of time to ensure good weather for your flight.

Or try our Flying Start package deal - which include temporary membership and a fixed price for flying, after which you can join. Trial lessons can be upgraded on the day to the Learn to Glide or Flying Start package deals by simply paying the cost difference. This then entitles you to use the club facilities and to take further glider flights at standard club rates.

We also run gliding courses. These are from one to five days in length and make an ideal holiday break. One-to-one training with an instructor. For total beginners up to early solo pilots, all our courses are tailored to suit your needs. Learn to fly in Oxfordshire and you can view Oxford from the air!

The Trial Lesson

Following a safety briefing and some ground instruction, you will take to the sky in one of our dual-control two-seater training gliders, with a British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructor. You will be shown the basic methods of controlling the glider, then take control and fly the glider yourself. Yes, you actually get to fly the glider around the sky, with the instructor monitoring what happens via his set of controls. It is not difficult at all. Eventually the instructor takes over and lands the glider.

Our instructors will always endeavor to find thermals to keep the glider airborne for a reasonable time. We want you to have as good a time as possible, to share our enthusiasm for this fantastic sport. After the flight you will be presented with a certificate to prove you did it!

Don't just dream about a flight - do it! You know you want to.