What can I expect on the day
There's no better place for a gliding lesson in Corby than at this cracking club! Boasting some serious pedigree dating back to the 1950s, it's all about excellent facilities that you'd normally associate with a club that's a lot bigger. We think it's a great place to enjoy anything from a taster glider flight to a full day gliding course in their two seater Grob Acro or Schleicher K13 aircraft.
The passion for gliding here is clear, ever since founder member John Knight had an idea for gliding in the area back in 1955. He approached his employer, Frank Perkins the diesel engine builders, to see if the proposal would be accepted by the company's Sports Association - and it was! Since then, the group has flown under various names and at many different locations, but now this glider club has been settled in Corby since 1990, where it offers lessons to everyone from complete beginners, to those wanting to fly solo.
With around 40 members today, the site has a friendly clubhouse and there's hangar that sits in a sheltered hollow, making it the perfect home for several club and privately owned gliders. For launching, there is a winch system that can pull you up to between 1000 and 1300ft, as well as a Rallye tug plane that can take you even higher before your release over the gentle rolling Corby countryside, which, we have been reliably informed by the Chief Gliding Instructor, makes it ideal for thermal soaring - the holy grail on all lessons!
If you opt for the basic Taster Flight, you're in for a five to ten minute thrill in the air by winch launch. On the Intro experience in Corby, the duty instructor will decide on the day which launch method you will be using for your lesson. It could be one long aerotow flight lasting anything up to fifteen minutes, or up to two winch launches (which means double the landing fun!) that give you up to fifteen minutes air time.
Those seeking to soar like a bird for longer should go for the 3000ft High Flyer, the Mile High Flight, which tows you to 5300ft before your release, or the one day course for a trio of aerotow flights (or the equivalent time in winch tows) across a full day spent at the club. Whichever experience you choose, we know you will love this small and friendly club for your gliding lesson near Corby.
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