• Experience the joys of soaring over the local countryside
• All flights include a ground briefing and are carried out by a BGA qualified instructor
• Opportunity to take the controls during your flight
• Lengths of flights are weather dependent and can last longer
• Flights usually lasts 15-20 mins, with an aerotow to 2,000ft
• Two flights usually lasting 15-20 mins each
• In the event of your first flight lasting in excess of 45 mins, you may not be taken up again for a second tow, or you could take your flights as one aerotow to 4,000ft weather permitting
• Sessions last half a day and include up to 3 flights (around 45 minutes plus of flying in total) as well as a months membership to the Gliding Club
What Can I Expect
Going gliding at High Wycombe is sure to be an exciting day out, as this airfield near High Wycombe is very active with British Airways training schools, a helicopter and two fixed wing aero clubs all on site. There's always lots going on, so anyone with an interest in all forms of flying will delight in getting stuck in to the aviation mix here in High Wycombe.
Officially know as Wycombe Air Park, many still call the airfield simply 'Booker', harking back to the days of RAF Booker, that was open for operations in 1941. Making the transition from Air Force to civilian aerodrome in the early 1960s, this High Wycombe site has grown in popularity to the busy little place it is now, with many types of aviation on offer including the gliding you'll be doing.
Indeed, you'll be taking your lesson at one of the foremost gliding clubs in the country, with a full fleet of aircraft, including several two seater trainer planes such as the ASK13, 21 and Duo Discus. Single seaters include the Pegasus, K-18 and the Junior gliders. And to get each glider up in the air over High Wycombe, the club has a Robin, a Piper Super Cub and a Piper Pawnee as tug aircraft.
With so much going on around you, your glider flight is bound to be full of excitement. As you head off being towed by one of the tug planes, keep your wits about you and you'll see some rather fine vintage aircraft based at the same airfield - you may strike lucky and spot the Spitfire from your privileged viewpoint inside the glider's cockpit that is housed on site here in High Wycombe too!
Whether you book one, two aerotows or an introductory half day giving you three trips up in the glider, High Wycombe's friendliest club is the ideal take off airfield for enthusiasts, as well as those keen to 'have a go' and experience the serenity of powerless flight - and yes, you will be having a go at the controls so get ready to handle the glider all by yourself!
Into the Blue has a variety of gliding centres throughout the UK as well as a wide choice of experience days for almost any activity.
• Usually available seven days a week throughout the year
• Dates are subject to availability and weather conditions
• You must call on the morning of your flight to check that weather conditions are suitable
• The minimum age for all glider flights is 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult
• Weight retrictions: minimum 7 stone, maximum 16 stone
• Height restrictions: minimum 5ft , Maximum 6ft ins
• Spectators are welcome to come and watch as you take your glider flight
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Glider flights are under the approval of the British Gliding Association
• Excellent facilities on site including a restaurant and bar
• There are also good viewing and picnic areas, to make for a fun day out for all the family
• Buckinghamshire, the airfield is two miles from Junction 4 of the M40