Improve Your Skills
The Gliding Centre is one of the country's premier training facilities, boasting seven day a week operations during the flying season, a modern high performance glider fleet, winch and aerotow launch facilities and a team of highly experienced gliding instructors.
This enables us to offer students and pilots from other clubs the opportunity to accelerate their training and development through our one and five day courses.
For 2017 we're delighted to have Mike Till, one of the most experienced glider pilots and instructors in the world, as Resident Instructor. With over 12,000 gliding hours and 56 years instructing experience, Mike is world known for his enormous experience and fantastic teaching style.
We offer one day and five day courses that are tailored to the specific needs of each student, whether they be brand new starters to gliding, experienced pilots looking to develop advanced skills, or anywhere in between. Whether you are looking for a one-day intensive, or a five-day holiday, we can cater for your needs.
On our courses we maintain a very low student to instructor ratio to ensure that each student makes the best progress possible during their course. Typically we operate with no more than two students per instructor throughout the course.
“I was struggling to find somewhere to complete training
towards my XC Endorsement. I rang up The Gliding Centre on a Friday and
was booked in the following week. Great clubhouse and atmosphere, very welcoming people.
I would highly recommend The Gliding Centre to any visiting glider pilots
requiring training and examination.” Keith -2016
Contact Us to discuss your objectives for the course and we will structure the training accordingly.
When you book your course on-line, you will be charged our standard course fees. These are based on a standard profile of winch launches and aerotows to 2,500 feet.
In certain cases, your objectives might mean that we need to charge you an additional fee, for example aerobatics training typically requires all launches to be high areotows. We will confirm this with you when we discuss your course objectives at the time of booking your course dates.
Your course fee includes:
Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation, lunches or evening meals.
Booking your course
To buy your course on-line
For any questions or to book by telephone please contact us.
Arranging your course
When you buy a course from us we will email you a voucher and joining instructions, usually within one working day. The voucher is valid for twelve months from purchase and is non-refundable or transferrable.
Once you have your voucher, you can then contact our office to discuss your course objectives, when we will confirm whether any additional launch fees are neccesary to achieve your goals. We will also book your course at a date convenient to you. If you have specific dates in mind, we will do our best to meet these, however there may be occasions when we cannot, due to prior bookings or for other reasons. In that case we will agree another suitable date with you.
We have a number of good value, simple and comfortable twin or single bedrooms available for booking. Linen is included, but please bring your own towels. Let us know as soon as possible and we’ll reserve a room for you.
You can bring a caravan or pitch a tent. Electrical hookup is available.
Nearby there is a range of excellent B&B accommodation and self-catering cottages. Contact us and we’ll be happy to make recommendations.
Our restaurant The Frying Pan is usually open for breakfast, lunch and early evening meals during courses. Alternatively there are several excellent local pubs and eateries in the area.
What about the weather?
We all know and love our wonderful British weather! In fact, we can fly in most conditions, but some weather is unsuitable for gliding, typically related to very strong winds, low cloud-base, poor visibility or rain. If the weather prevents us from flying on a particular day then we will use the time to concentrate on the briefing / ground school elements and then make up the flying time on the remaining days.
If we cannot make up the time or if the weather is poor for more than one day we will offer you a pro-rata refund, or the opportunity to join another course for the balance of days. At the end of the day we want you to have value for money whatever the weather and to progress with learning to fly.
Non-flying family and friends are welcome to stay with you during the course. For the non-flyer, there are many local attractions within easy reach.
Some of the attractions within half an hour’s drive of the airfield are:
Local shopping areas include:
Or slightly further afield:
There are also excellent local websites that detail local attractions in the Market Harborough and Lutterworth areas.