How long does it take to learn to glide?

We’re often asked ‘how long does it take to learn to glide’. It’s a difficult question to answer as everyone learns at a different rate and have different pressures on their time and budget.

A keen and capable person who can get to the gliding club once per week, sometimes flying twice per day, will progress quite quickly and could be flying solo in six months. This might be reduced if some intensive ‘course’ type training can be mixed in.

Someone with other forms of flying experience could get to the same point in half the time or less, while those only able to get to the airfield every couple of weeks might find that it takes over a year to get to the same point.

Some people do take longer, but the learning experience is a good one and you’ll be flying with engaging and friendly people that love to teach people to fly. It’s an enjoyable process!

In terms of ‘learning to glide’? Everyone regardless of experience is still learning. But, as a general guide, for the keen beginner, you should be soaring solo and having prolonged flights in thermal and ridge conditions after a year.

Like many things in life, what you get out of gliding is proportional to what you put in!

Getting Started in Gliding

If you have previously experienced gliding or have paragliding, hang gliding, microlight or general aviation experience you will progress quickly. Much of your past experience is valid. A lot of pilots at Black Mountains Gliding Club have converted from other aviation disciplines. 

Convert to Gliding

Try a Gliding Experience

Important Notice: Corona Virus [COVID-19]


** Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 - Black Mountains Gliding Club and Airfield is now closed other than for essential maintenance.

We are monitoring emails to the club. And if it is urgent you may also use the Contact Us form on this website.

The current position with regard to Flight Vouchers and Courses is this:

Trial Lessons already booked are now cancelled. We've endeavored to contact voucher holders. If you've not been contacted please accept our apologies. 
Vouchers for Trial Lessons and Air Experience Flights will have their expiry dates extended by 12 months.
Training Courses are under review depending on when they are scheduled for, and attendees will be contacted as required. The ones planned through to June have been cancelled!
We will not be able to take new voucher bookings until further notice. When we are up and running again we will have a significant backlog.
We look forward to meeting and flying you as soon as it is practicable and such difficult times are behind us!