across the UK with
YOU in the cockpit!
This experience will last a total of approx. 2 hours, with approx. 15 minutes spent in the air. (We don't compromise on your time in the air. When comparing us with others, check the small print and the time actually spent in the air.)
The experience commences with a short explanation of the glider's controls and their functions and how the glider is launched.
The flight commences with an aerotow from our our glider tug - as the rope tightens as the tug accelerates away the glider will lift off the ground to follow behind the tug as it slowly ascends to approximately 2000ft.
As you start to 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 you will see across to Barnstaple and Bideford Bay and the estuary and, on a clear day Hartland Point, Saunton and Lundy can be picked out.
As we reach our altitude we release from the tug aircraft and you can watch it turn and dramatically spiral to our right. Then a moment to enjoy the strange virtual silence of glider flight. Only the light rush of air over the large perspex canopy is heard. The view is breathtaking!
Now it's time for you to take 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 Aerotow climb to altitude takes approximately 4 to 5 mins and after release from the Tug aircraft all gliders descend at approximately 250 feet per minute, therefore the descent back to to Eaglescott will take a further 8 minutes. Total average flight time is therefore, 12 - 15 minutes.
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!
Gliders are not designed to accommodate pilots weighing in excess of approximately 16 stone.
Anybody above 6ft 2in will find it very difficult (but not impossible) to squeeze in.
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.
Membership of the club for the day is included in the cost.
Each voucher entitles
to participate in this experience. The voucher is
non-transferable, which means that only the person named on the voucher can use it.
The voucher remains valid for bookings for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Please contact the operator using the details printed on your voucher to arrange a date for
We recommend that you purchase your voucher and make a booking for your event at least one month prior to your chosen date. This is particularly important for weekend events.
Event takes place at
Eaglescott in Devon
Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9LH.
There are currently 2 reviews of this experience. Write a review.
There was no problem contacting the operator and arranging the date. The directions on how to get to the venue were excellent. The staff and equipment were all First Rate. The briefing was excellent and left me feeling confident. The experience itself was THRILLING. Photographs taken in air. Too much hands on to take any of flight!
Overall rating: Excellent
It was quite easy to make the booking. Venue close to my home so no problem finding the place. The staff were good and reliable equipment felt very confident after the briefing. The flight was very thrilling and we took some great pictures.
Overall rating: Excellent
"I would like to thank you for providing the opportunity for us to book an experience flying lesson for my Dad for his birthday which he thoroughly enjoyed. We were extremely impressed with the efficency and professionalism of your service and would always use you again in the future and will recommend you to anyone who is interested in this kind of gift to give to someone."
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