The gift of a GLIDER FLIGHT over the North Devon countryside for a special occasion is an excellent choice.
Gliding usually takes place in the afternoons to take advantage of the warmest time of day with the best chance of thermal activity. The glider flight may be prolonged in the summer months, due to the sun being at its strongest and therefore beneficial for gliding. The experience commences with a short explanation of the glider’s controls and their functions and how the glider is launched. Once strapped into the glider the Chief Flying Instructor, Barry Pearson will give a full briefing. Barry started gliding in 1971 and formed the North Devon Gliding Club in 1977.
The flight commences with our glider tug aircraft moving into position and gradually reaching the point when the 150ft of rope we are attached to becomes tight, whereupon the tug aircraft accelerates on full power and we are away! After a few seconds the glider lifts off the ground to follow in station behind the tug as we slowly ascend to approximately 2000ft.
During the first minutes on the climb you will see beneath you, the rich green pastureland of the small farms, the rural idyll of Devon, the rugged outline of Dartmoor to the South and the large undulating hills of Exmoor, with South Molton to the North East. As we continue our climb we see unfolding the expanse of Barnstaple and Bideford Bay and the estuary and, on a clear day Hartland Point, Saunton and Lundy can be picked out. We reach our altitude and release from the tug aircraft and as it does so we watch it turn and dramatically spiral to our right. Then a moment to enjoy the quiet of our gliding flight. You will hardly notice our forward movement, indeed the speed is only 45knots(50mph). Only the light rush of air over the large perspex canopy is heard. The view is breathtaking!
Now it’s time to experience the controls. Your attention will be drawn to the horizon and where it appears in relation to the nose of the aircraft. You will feel the controls as we gently ease the nose up and down in pitch, and then by easing the stick left and right, how we bank and turn to change direction. You will then be able to fly the glider throughout the rest of the flight; all the way to touchdown, if you wish!
The view on a clear sunny day can be spectacular and the exhilaration of a GLIDER FLIGHT which you participated in flying throughout , lives long in the memory! Our gliding season commences at Easter and finishes at the end of August.
The cost of 1 flight is £99.
As above, but with 3 flights, spread over the day
Open cockpit gliding experience available from June 2017
For that extra special occasion, experience a unique slice of gliding aviation, in an ex-military Royal Air Force glider used by Air Training Corps Cadets between 1950 and 1985. Firstly, you will receive a detailed pre-flight briefing of the Slingsby T31 Kirby Cadet Mark 3 military glider in readiness for you and your fully-qualified instructor to be launched by the Tug aircraft. Once in the air and free of the Tug aircraft, enjoy the magnificent aerial views of the Devonshire countryside from the open cockpit. After a brief demonstration of the primary flight controls the instructor will hand over the controls so that you will experience the unrivalled thrill first-hand. Flights in the T31 are from May until the end of August.
The cost of 1 flight is £115