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Gliding in Essex

Ridgewell Airfield, Sudbury   

• Glider flying at Ridgewell Airfield in Essex
• Lessons based on soar time & release height
• A small, close-knit team of instructors & members
• It's gliders only (& the tug!) at this airfield
Silver Flight



What's Included

• All flights are preceded by a briefing and explanation of glider flight
• The effects of the controls will be demonstrated to you during your flight
• Opportunity to take the control of the glider

Bronze Flight
• 2000ft aerotow with around 20 minutes flight time

Silver Flight
• 3000ft aerotow with approximately 30-40 minute flying time

Gold Flight
• A mile high flight (5280ft aerotow) providing around 60 minutes of flight time

What Can I Expect

You're sure of a warm welcome at this Essex gliding club! Based at the tranquil Ridgewell Airfield, hidden in the glorious countryside around the Suffolk/Essex borders, this 'glider-only' airfield has a very relaxed 'family' feel to the membership. That's why we're offering the full range of glider experiences here at this Essex club.

As you may already know, gliding is all about soaring, but how long you get to do this for does depend on your launch height and weather conditions on the day of your glider flight. If the thermals over Essex are playing ball, you'll easily soar away for 20 minutes on one flight when you're launched from around 2000ft with the Bronze experience. The Silver experience sees you being released at 3000ft above the ground, giving you typically between 30 and 40-minutes' flying time. The Gold flight is the big one. This time the Piper Pawnee tug plane will release you from one mile up and you'll be gliding for the best part of an hour.

By planning glider flights in this way, this Essex gliding club ensures that all students get the most air time possible and consequently, more opportunity to have hands-on experience when you're up in the air. This is what these experiences are all about, with the idea being that you follow the same basic lessons as budding pilots learning their craft. So the first thing to master is handling 'straight and level flight', followed by turning the glider!

These gliders have a tandem seating configuration, which means you'll be up front (the best seat in the house for checking out the views of Essex!), whilst your instructor is in the rear seat. Of course, all the gliders used for lessons are dual-controlled. This Ridgewell Airfield club has a two types of two seat training gliders that are regularly used for these trial glider flights over Essex. You might be launching in the PW-6, which is a modern fibreglass model, or the K13, a classic design of glider that's a true delight to fly.


• Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and November
• All dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Participants should contact the flying school on the morning of their flight to check weather conditions are suitable


• Ridgewell Airfield, Ashen, Sudbury, Essex

Suitable For

• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Maximum weight 16 stone (101kg)
• Maximum height 6ft 2ins (188cm)


• Spectators are welcome

Anything Else

• You can take along a camera, but it must use a neck-strap to firmly attach it


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 9
Recommend to Friend 9
about 1 year ago
I took my flight on Saturday. The people at the Gliding Club are very friendly. I had two flights, one being towed up by a plane and the other by winch. I enjoyed the whole experience, even though it made me feel nauseous. My pilot was Cathy, someone who made me feel very safe. My husband also enjoyed his time on the ground chatting to the club members. Great experience. Sheena Stevenson
Sheena Stevenson
about 1 year ago
An awesome experience. All the club members made us feel part of the gliding family immediately and the pilot was just brilliant, ensuring that I had a day I'll remember for ever. Highly recommended doesn't cut it - just fabulous.
Tom Moore
about 1 year ago
I had an amazing experience with the crew at Essex . Cathy was fantastic as I was nervous and she really helped me calm down and enjoy the view. It was fun and exciting and I’d recommend anyone to do it at least once.
Bobbie Perry
about 2 years ago
Flight was excellent, pilot brilliant. Unfortunately told at the start there would be an hours delay that stretched to two hours no reason given. Hence some negative feedback.
Colin Murphy
about 2 years ago
Absolutely fantastic! Super nice people, very informative and make you feel like your apart of the gliding family.
chris benson
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Total Price£145.00
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