If you have never seen a modern glider, or have only had a brief trial flight in one, you are probably unaware of the potential of
these aircraft. Gliders are capable of cross-country flights of considerable distances and can cruise at speeds in excess of 100 knots.
One of our modern two-seater training gliders about to aerotow launch
The current UK distance record is over 1000 km, flights of 500 km are frequently made from Gransden Lodge, 600 km is not unknown and
several of our members have made flights exceeding 750 km. The record height achieved from Gransden Lodge is in excess of 12,500 feet.
To reach these levels of achievement takes time, dedication, and practice but is immeasurably rewarding. Cambridge Gliding Centre offers a comprehensive set of courses
to suit you, from your very first flight to your first solo, your first cross-country flight and beyond.
Flexible flight training
Available Monday to Friday most weeks during our summer season from April to September. You can book a modern training glider and qualified
instructor (usually sharing with maximum one other trainee) for as little as half a day or as much as a week or two.
This is an ideal opportunity to take a break and start learning to fly gliders in earnest, have a fun holiday week, or just take a day or two out of your busy
schedule and just do something for yourself!
Course reservation and daily membership fee: Around £25.00 per day plus launches and flying at standard member rates. You only pay for the flying you do, as all ground and air instruction is included in the daily fee.
Leading glider flight school
Gransden Lodge is one of the largest gliding sites in the UK and ideal for easy, safe and efficient
training. All our courses are run by British Gliding Association (BGA)
Our airfield is close to Bedford, Cambridge and Royston though many of our members travel from Huntingdon, Peterborough, London and beyond.
Sample prices for flexible training
These are provided as examples only, actual prices may differ from these due to total flight time
Example 5 day training course
10 aerotows 10 winch launches and 8 hours flying will cost around £600.00 including reservation fees.
Example 2 day course
Five aerotows and five winch launches plus 3 hours soaring will cost around £275 including reservation fees..
The 'small print'
Note: charges and offerings may be revised from time to time. Prices are VAT inclusive where applicable.
Some things that would prevent you from attending a course:
- You are under 16 years old.
- You weigh over 103Kg (227lbs).
- You are subject to sudden disabling health attacks such as epilepsy. If you satisfy the medical requirements for a normal UK driving licence you will be fine.