Take over the piloting duties (at the instructors discretion)
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an aerotow gliding flight in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Kick off with a full flight safety briefing before jumping aboard a dual-controlled glider with an expert pilot. Once ready, the glider is towed into the air by a light aircraft, and when at an altitude of approximately 2,000 ft, the rope is dropped and the aircraft is free to elegantly roam the skies using thermal currents. Enjoy sensational bird's-eye views of the Chilterns below and during the flight (at the pilot's discretion), there may be a chance to take over the controls and become an honorary pilot.
Seven days a week throughout the year, including bank holidays. The club is closed during the Christmas period. Weekends are particularly busy - book at least six weeks in advance. Bookings are more likely to be available on weekdays and weekday evenings.
Minimum age is 16. Minimum height is 5'', maximum is 6'4''. Minimum weight is 7 stone, maximum is 16 stone. You can't fly if you suffer from epilepsy, fainting or certain other physical or mental disabilities - check when booking.
Gliding is weather dependent and it's crucial that you call the venue for a weather check. For morning bookings call the day before, for afternoon/evening bookings call before setting out (the office opens at 8.30am). Cancelled flights will be rebooked.
The length of glider flights depends entirely on the prevailing thermals (currents of warmer air that provide the lift). As a guide, the aerotow flight should last for between 12 and 20 minutes.
Numbers on the Day
The centre works on the ratio of one instructor to two pupils.
Spectators are welcome but must follow safety directions whilst on-site. A camera or a pair of binoculars will come in handy. Young children must be closely supervised at all times.
Wear flat-soled shoes and bring a jumper with you in case it gets cold at higher altitudes. Bring gloves in winter and sunglasses are recommended all year round.
Flying under the influence of alcohol is against the law. You'll be asked to sign a form to confirm you have not drunk alcohol and to state that you agree to comply with all operational rules and instructions.