Aerotow conversion course

This is an intensive aerotowing course for solo pilots who wish to convert from winch launching.

Price: Members £260*, non members: £285*


Who is the course for?

  • Solo pilots who have trained predominantly on winch, and now want to learn to safely launch by aerotow
  • Pilots wishing to visit other clubs where launching is by aerotow, e.g. wave sites

Course objectives

  • An intensive aerotowing course with the aim to go solo

Course content

  • Ground briefings on aerotow technique, including how to keep you and the tug pilot safe, how to handle launch failures and threat & error management (TEM)
  • 6  dual or solo aerotows to 2000 ft, or equivalent
  • 45 minutes in the Mintel simulator to train for launch failures

Course duration

  • Usually one day, or two consecutive days depending upon the conditions


  • Members of Cambridge Gliding Centre: £260* representing a discount of over £50 over members’ flying rates
  • Members of other BGA Clubs: £285*, including daily membership
  • Small print:
    • The aim of the course is to achieve sufficient aerotows to go solo in an intensive day or two of training. Soaring will not normally be included and where any flight includes soaring then flying charges over 20 minutes will be charged in addition to the course cost.

*  When more flights are required to achieve the necessary level of proficiency, then the additional launches and hours are charged at normal members’ rates discounted by 10%

Due to coronavirus, we are not yet taking firm bookings for this course. If you are interested in any of our pilot training & development courses, please complete the advanced booking form here