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Gliding Experience in Lincolnshire

Saltby Airfield, near Grantham   

• Go gliding at Saltby Airfield near Grantham
• See the Lincolnshire countryside from the air
• Winch, aerotow & motorised glider flights offered
• One day glider experience ideal for budding pilots
Introduction to Gliding



What's Included

• A gliding experience using either winch launches or aerotows
• All experiences start with a welcome and safety briefing from an experienced instructor
• Although specific launch or flying types can be requested the flight and aircraft type will be chosen by the instructor on the day taking weather conditions and other factors into account

Introduction to Gliding
• A short introduction to the sensation of flying
• Flights last between 5 and 10 minutes
• Please allow approximately two hours on site

Glider Flying Lesson
• Learn the basics of gliding and how to control the aircraft
• Extended flight time or multiple flights giving around 20 minutes of flying time
• Opportunity for assisted hands-on control of the aircraft
• Allow for around two hours on site

One Day Gliding Course
• Comprehensive tuition on various aspects of gliding
• Learn to help with the flying operations
• Take two or more extended flights with around 60 minutes of total flying time
• You will form part of a small group of 3 participants
• Refreshments are included
• Lunch can be either purchased on site or you can bring a packed lunch

What Can I Expect

Gliding in Lincolnshire comes in three guises: you can be towed up by a tug plane, you can be winched up on a cable, or you can propel yourselves up into the blue skies of Lincolnshire in a glider with its own motor. All are great ways to see the patchwork quilt countryside of the East Midlands and we've got a full range of flight options available for you.

he flight and aircraft type for these experiences at Saltby Airfield in Lincolnshire will be chosen by your instructor on the day, primarily to suit your needs, as well as taking into account things like weather, equipment and pilot availability.

We are offering the Introductory Flight taster, the Glider Lesson option that gives you around 20 minutes of airborne time (one flight, or spread across multiple flights) and the one day course giving you a full day at this Lincolnshire aerodrome with two or more flights.

The winch tow offers a quicker launch to a lower altitude. You'll then be able to enjoy a smooth, leisurely flight back to the airfield - but be warned, your ascent is anything but slow and gentle! The winches take you from 0-60 mph in around three seconds, providing a blast of adrenaline, before allowing you to take in the spectacular views that a glider flight in Lincolnshire offers, at a slightly more sedate pace.

On aerotows, the club's tug plane takes you up to around 1,500-2,000ft before detaching, leaving your gliding soundlessly across the Lincolnshire skies, as your instructor explains and demonstrates the controls of this elegant aircraft.

And finally, for a spot of gliding at this Lincs airfield with a difference, there's the glider with a motor. This self-propelled aircraft still looks like a traditional sailplane with the large wingspan, but it is equipped with a motor and propeller. That means you actually take off like a standard light aircraft, before gaining altitude and then turning the engine off to then glide gracefully back down to earth.

As well as the flexibility with flight times and aircraft, this club plays another ace card by operating seven days a week (weather depending). It is also handily located near to the motorways and major A-roads, making gliding in Lincolnshire accessible for glider fans from all over the East Midlands.


• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Experiences are subject to availability and weather conditions
• One day courses generally start at 10:00 and finish at 16:00


• Saltby Airfield, Skillinton, Lincolnshire,
• Conveniently located just off the A1 south of Grantham

Suitable For

• Minimum age of 12 years
• Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult on the airfield
• Weight restrictions: minimum 7 stone, maximum 15 stone
• Height restrictions: maximum 6ft 2ins
• Please contact Into the Blue if you are close to these limits


• Spectators are welcome to watch the lesson from the clubhouse


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 5
Recommend to Friend 3
about 4 years ago
Everyone was very welcoming. The flight was great and I was given the chance to take the controls of the glider myself when we were up, although I wasn't great at flying in a straight line! It was all well organised at Buckminster Gliding Club and I would thoroughly recommend it. Best to use a voucher in the summer months though when there is a better chance of thermals and a longer flight. They did very kindly give me a second flight but that was at their discretion and not part of the deal.
about 5 years ago
Purchased for my wife on our 40th Wedding Anniversary. She just loved it. I'm very pleased with product.
about 6 years ago
Great day out. Warm friendly people. Just at the right pace. Two glider flights very well done by th club. Very recommended
about 9 years ago
After some rainy days we finally made it up on a cold January day for a fantastic gliding experience at the Grantham Airfield..and there were thermals! We both had a go and the birthday boy stayed up for nearly an hour with his tutor and I, as a passenger, broke the January record at over an hour!
Georgina, by email
about 9 years ago
Service rating - excellent: great experience, would use this againProduct rating - excellent: wonderful time was had, would recommend this experience to anyone without a doubt
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Gliding Experience in Lincolnshire
Introduction to Gliding
Total Price£55.00
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