2014 season course prices are unchanged from last year, representing even more outstanding value.
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What do I get for my money?
- Temporary membership of the Club for 3 months
- As much
flying & instruction as time and the weather
allow, without limits
- A comfortable
bed in one of our rooms or dormitories (charges for accomodation in addition to course fee)
blankets, bed linen and pillows in the private rooms if accomodation booked
and hot shower facilities
- Use of
lounge, bar, TV room and all Club facilities
- Professional instruction
- Professional winch drivers
- Fast retrieve winch system
- Modern fleet
and what do I learn?
You will normally be in a group of up to four pupil pilots under the care of
one of our two professional instructors. Your group has exclusive use of a modern
two-place dual-control glider from 9:00 to 5:30 on each day of the course. From
your first flight you will experience the thrill of handling the aircraft as
the instructor shows you how to use the controls. You will soon find that you
are doing most of the flying while the instructor merely advises or demonstrates.
You will discover that today’s gliders are superbly engineered machines.
They can fly for long distances and attain very great heights and remain aloft
for many hours. Distances of over two and a half thousand kilometers and heights
of over six miles have been achieved. Triangular courses covering hundreds of
kilometers are regularly set in competitions.
Obviously you won’t be notching up flights like that during your holiday,
but the glider you will fly has excellent performance and allows you to find
and explore rising air and use it to the best advantage.
do we get airborne?
The Midland Gliding Club uses powerful Chevrolet-engined winches to launch the
gliders to 1000 ft. or more. As our site is on a hill your actual height above
the ground you are flying over will be around 2000 ft. After the launch a smaller
winch is used to retrieve the cable ready for the next launch. With this unique
system our professional main winch drivers ensure that gliders spend the maximum
time in the air.
How far can I progress?
That is largely dependent on your aptitude, but with proper training flying a
glider is no more difficult than driving a car, and is not dangerous. Whether
you have had previous flying experience or not, you will be treated as an individual
by your instructor, and will progress as far as your ability allows. It is unlikely
that you will reach solo standard after only one week but many ab-initios can
learn enough in a fortnight of good weather to fly safely alone
What if it rains?
You will learn that experienced glider pilots are very selective about the weather
and limit their flying so as to take advantage of the best flying conditions.
As an ab-initio you will find that poor weather seldom prevents flying, but if
this does occur your instructor will use the time to cover theoretical aspects
of gliding in the briefing room. Videos on flying and gliding are also available.
The Midland Gliding Club operates a scheme which guarantees each pupil pilot
an average of one hour of flying time or six circuits for each day of the course,
as a minimum, or free replacement flying at a later date by arrangement if it
fails to provide it*. If the weather does intervene, the Long Mynd and the surrounding
area are part of the Welsh-border countryside and offer many tourist attractions.
There is riding, golf and an air museum as well as some of the country’s
best public houses. You cannot get bored!
Where do I stay?
You can stay at the Club in our own accommodation. All our rooms are centrally
heated and double glazed. Beds are available in one of the shared dormitories
or a 2 or 4 berth private room. 2 berth rooms have double beds. Caravans are
welcome so long as arrangements are made in advance. The cost of accomodation is additional to the course fee.
Where do I eat?
All your meals may be taken in the Clubhouse, provided by our professional caterers.
You can have a cooked breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a three course supper
with vegetarian alternatives. All food is paid for separately.
When do I arrive?
The course begins at 9:00am on the starting date (usually a Monday) but we prefer
you to arrive and settle in on the afternoon or evening before. A supper will
be available at about 7:00pm. The course ends at 5:00pm on the last day (usually
Friday). All the course dates are published in our course literature.
Can I bring the family?
Non-flying partners can be accommodated and can enjoy all the Club facilities
for an additional tariff (see price list). The club and flying field are not
however suitable for unsupervised young children.
What clothes do I bring?
The Long Mynd is 1450ft. above sea level so, whatever the time of year, you are
advised to bring plenty of old warm clothes, sweaters, windproof anoraks, gloves,
hat and waterproof footwear. In summer you will also need sunglasses, sunscreen
What about bed linen?
Linen is provided in private rooms but not in the bunkrooms so we suggest you
bring a sleeping bag.
How do I choose a course?
If you are very keen to learn to fly then we suggest that you book an early course
when the weather is most suitable for training and then book a summer course
to continue your new found sport.
How do I book a course?
Refer to the supplementary literature and complete the necessary details. Send
the completed forms to the Club. If in any doubt telephone the office and discuss
your requirements during office hours or email email@example.com.