Gliding FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about gliding.

Some of these relate to how we provide Gliding Experience Flights, Trial Lessons and teach people to fly gliders.

Others are more to do with gliding in general. Such as what gliders/sailplanes are, the history of this amazing form of aviation and the records that have been set in gliding.

Most people are really surprised at what is achieved in gliding. And by the grass-roots club pilot and not just the elite in their stat-of-the-art high performance gliders. But regarding the latter – some of the information here is truly mind-blowing! 

Did you know that gliders have flown over 3000km? And recently a glider reached 76,000ft over the Andes? Smashing previous records! And people as young as 14 are able to fly solo in the UK. And that the highest performance gliders can fly at over 180mph and are highly aerobatic!

have a browse through these FAQs. And if you would like to know more about this easily accessible and relatively low cost form of flying then come to Black Mountains Gliding Club at Talgarth and try gliding.

We carry out over 400 air experience flights a year and our instructors teach people, from teenagers to the retired, to fly and get the most from these amazing aircraft.

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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!