Who can fly a glider?

Just about anybody can learn how to fly a glider. Some will learn faster than others, but if you are of normal fitness, less than say 16 stone, not over 6ft 4ins and old enough to accept tuition then you can fly a glider.

Young people can start at a surprisingly early age, minimum weight is more of an issue so this probably means a lower age limit of around 12/13. In the UK, it’s permissible for pilots as young as 14 to fly solo.

Learn to glide

Many people take up gliding relatively late in life, some returning after tasting gliding when younger, perhaps in the Air Cadets or Scouts!

Getting back into gliding

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!