Beginner’s Ground School


A ground school evening course for beginners will be run at Comberton Village College on the dates shown below as part of Comberton’s Community Education Programme. These courses are open to all comers and are a popular choice for adults or teenagers, including parent plus son/daughter wishing to learn about gliding together.

By the end of the course, you will have an initial appreciation of flight theory and flying skills, and have practiced using a PC-based gliding simulator. The course prepares you for a taster gliding lesson at the Cambridge Gliding Centre in a dual-controlled glider under the guidance of a BGA qualified instructor.  All bookings through Comberton Village College Community Education: 01223 264721.



You are welcome to bring along friends and family to watch you take off over the Cambridgeshire countryside on your taster lesson.


Ground school topics includes:

  • Introduction to gliding
  • Controls and instruments
  • Simulator sessions: Elevator/speed control; turning/straightening up; rudder; thermal soaring
  • Principles of flight and glider performance
  • Safety: lookout techniques and introduction to air law
  • Meteorology and soaring


Course at Comberton Village College:


Pilot eligibility:

  • Minimum age 13 years.
  • Maximum weight 103Kg (227lbs).
  • Maximum height 1.9m (6’3″).
  • In good health (e.g. qualifies for a UK driving licence)


£75.00 per person for 3 evenings (including simulator), payable to Comberton Village College. A subsequent taster gliding lesson at CGC costs £60 – £80; the cost varying with the duration of your flight.

Course reservations

All bookings through Comberton Village College Community Education:

01223 264721.