How old do you have to be to fly a glider?

The legal minimum age for flying a glider solo is 14.

However, a young person can start learning to glide at a younger age. It very much depends on the individual. As a rule of thumb though around 12/13 is probably a reasonable age to start gliding. The trainee pilot needs to be of an age and maturity to absorb the flight and have reached the physical size to manage the controls. Very young children are unlikely to benefit from a flight.

Every year a good number of young pilots go solo on or just after their 14th birthday.

Young people below 14 can try an air experience flight. But check with the office as we have minimum weight limitations.

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We have active pilots aged 70-80 years old and so, provided the person is not too frail, age is no real barrier.

Children under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian to approve the flight

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!