Group Bookings and Trial Flight Evenings

Looking for a fun activity for a group of friends, colleagues or members of a club? Trial flight evenings at Cambridge Gliding Centre are a popular way to experience flight with instructors in the club’s two-seater aircraft. A friendly and relaxed evening with the fun and thrill of tasting flight and admiring the views across Cambridgeshire.

What to expect

You will typically assemble at the airfield around 6pm and be given a short briefing on how to enjoy the evening safely. You will be escorted to the launch point where instructors will take each person flying. Flights will typically last 5-10 minutes, though longer flights have in rising air have been known.

All the aircraft are dual-control, so you may take the controls under the supervision of your instructor. The instructor will do the launch (take-off) and landing!

Frequently asked questions

  • Is food available? Some organisers chose to have a barbecue, and some companies have even organised caterers. The club has kitchen facilities and various options are available. Please enquire for further details.
    Note: no alcohol may be consumed until after flying.
  • What should I wear? You don’t need any special equipment. Sensible shoes suitable for walking on an airfield, trousers and an extra layer as an exposed airfield often feels cooler.. A narrow-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses can be useful for keeping the sun out of the eyes.
  • Are there any restrictions? As long as you are under 103 kg for the balance of the glider, and large enough to be safely strapped in (usually over 13 years/5’), almost anybody may be flown. Please enquire if you have any medical conditions you are uncertain about; special provision will be made where possible.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Trial flights – groups and casual visitors
      First flight £30.00; second flight £15.00
    • School groups (day time)
      First winch launch £20.00; second flight £15.00
    • Special package for school groups
      One winch + one 2000′ aerotow £85.00