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Gliding in Surrey

Near Croydon
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    • Our only gliding school within the M25
    • Learn at Kenley Airfield in Surrey, nr Croydon
    • Weekday flying lessons offered all year round
    • Friends & family welcome to watch the action
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    Weekly Special Delivery Guaranteed next working day £7.50
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Delivery Type Delivery Time Price
Standard Delivery Estimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day* £1.95
Weekly Special Delivery Guaranteed next working day £7.50
Saturday Special Delivery Saturdays Only £11.70
European Delivery 3 - 5 working days £4.50
Rest of World Delivery 5 - 7 working days £6.50
Evoucher Instantaneous Free

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

What can I expect on the day

Experience the delights of silent flight with a session of gliding in Surrey! Ride the thermals and take in the picturesque local sights of the towns and cities in amongst the fields throughout the area of Surrey. Conveniently placed inside the M25 and with easy access from London, we think this gliding school is a perfect choice for those in the capital and the southern counties.

Gliders soar using the same air currents that birds use to fly. The first successful piloted glider flight was way back in 1891 by German brothers Otto & Gustav Lilental and at the beginning of the 20th century the Wright brothers designed and flew many gliders. Nowadays, experienced cross country pilots at this gliding airfield in Surrey have achieved flight distances of more than 600 miles and achieved heights of nearly 40,000 feet.

Aerotows and winches are the most popular launch methods used by glider schools. This gliding club at Kenley offers winch launches, which involves being attached to a wincher with a long reel of wire. You and your qualified instructor will be taken to heights of up to about 1000ft and when the cable is pulled in, the glider gets the speed to fly before the cable is released and you soar the skies piloting the plane under expert supervision.

The club is at the historic Kenley Airfield, which was opened in 1917 as a fighter squadron base, and it has to be said, the airfield is bursting with history - including Hurricane and Spitfire missions departing day and night during WW2, to its complete ruin under enemy fire. Things are, thankfully, a lot calmer today. The Surrey airfield now plays host to the only gliding club within the M25 and is also home to the Volunteer Gliding School for Air Cadets Flight training. No more murmur of Merlin engines, just the sound of the winches as you launch off in either the slender winged and streamlined body Grob, or Schleicher two seater dual-control gliding trainer planes.

It's up to you whether you choose two or four launches for your gliding. Surrey from the air is bound to take your breath away and we think this is a truly uplifting sensation as you get airborne without the noise of a propellor or motor. You’ll be soaring the skies, catching the thermals and exploring the sights of Kenley and the surrounding Surrey countryside from a rare birds eye view, for the the ultimate free flying experience.

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Gliding in Surrey
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Review posted last month
A very laid-back and friendly place. Gliding is a sublime experience that seems like a form magic ... For a few moments you can slip quietly through the air until the earth's inexorable grasp returns you to reality. More please!
Yes, I recommend this product.

Gliding in Surrey
5.0
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Review posted 4 months ago
Had a great time really friendly staff all the way through the experience
Yes, I recommend this product.

Gliding in Surrey
5.0
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Review posted 7 months ago
It is a very nice experience...
Will recommend...
Very friendly and experienced people...
Thank you
Yes, I recommend this product.

Gliding in Surrey
5.0
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Review posted 8 months ago
Felt very safe with the number of safety procedures covered. Whole experience was great fun.
Yes, I recommend this product.

Gliding in Surrey
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Review posted 9 months ago
I was given glider flights as a gift. Booking was really easy, the lady on the telephone was very helpful. We arrived and once we had been directed to the correct place the staff who are volunteers, were helpful, pleasant and enthusiastic. Safety information was clearly explained, we climbed in and the winch started and in a few seconds the glider took off, and we were gliding free over south west London and Surrey. Amazing views. The first flight was quite short. We took off again and this time climbed higher, had a longer flight. The instructor showed me how to steer and turn the glider which I did for a short while. He was great at pointing out the landmarks and easy to chat to. On the second flight we climbed higher by circling on a thermal, and I have to admit that this did make me feel slightly nauseous, so if I were to do the flight again, or recommend it to a friend, I would take a travel sick pill first - not something I usually suffer from. Overall a fun experience that I would recommend to anyone, young or old.
Yes, I recommend this product.

What's included in this experience?

Two Lesson Experience
• Two Winch launch lessons each providing 5-10 minutes of flying time
• Tuition in a dual controlled Glider from a qualified Instructor
• Opportunity to take the controls and fly the glider under instruction 

Half Day Course
• Four Gliding lessons each providing 5-10 minutes of flying time
• Gain a greater understanding of Gliding and progress your skills with more hands on flying time
• Depending on your progress you may be able to handle elements of launch, circuit and landing  

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When is it available?

•  Gliding experiences are offered Monday to Friday, weather permitting, throughout the year

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Where can I do this experience?

• Surrey, the gliding centre has easy access from London and the South East, with access from Junction 6 of the M25

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Who is it suitable for?

• The minimum age is 13
• Maximum height 6'2"
• Maximum weight is 15 stone

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Can anyone come along to watch?

• Spectators are welcome to come and watch

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Anything else I need to know?

• All instructors for gliding experiences are British Gliding Association approved
• Depending on the length of each flight your total allocated flight time may be met with fewer launches

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