Do I need experience to fly?
No, you do not need any experience at all to fly. Many of our members had never even seen a glider before they came flying with us. Your instructor will tailor your training to your abilities and experience.
Is gliding safe?
Yes, gliding is an extremely safe sport, providing that the strict safety measures are followed. There are a lot of misconceptions about gliding, a lot of people don’t realise that it’s possible to fly without an engine. You can read more about how gliders fly here. In short though, accidents are a very rare occurrence in gliding and are normally the result of someone pushing the limits of what is considered safe. At Cranwell, where we fly, safety is taken extremely seriously.
Who is allowed to join?
Any full or associate member of the University of Nottingham Students’ Union can join our club – that includes all students. Staff can pay a yearly fee to join the SU.
When do you fly?
We organise flying every Saturday and Sunday during term time. During the holidays we still fly, however the organisation is done on the Facebook group in a more informal way. Bare in mind that we are limited to no more than 10 people attending each day.
How do you get there?
During the term time we arrange drivers to drive members from University Park Campus to Cranwell. For this we charge around £6 per person to cover the cost of the driver’s petrol. On the rare occasions that a driver can not be found, we often travel to Cranwell (Sleaford) via train, which costs around £10.
How much does it cost?
Gliding is surprisingly affordable. Our membership is one of the lowest in the country and our flying fees are very competitive. You can expect to spend less than £20 per visit. Our full up to date price list can be found here.
How long does it take to learn?
The average number of training flights required before you will fly solo is 60, however it is entirely down to how often you fly and how quickly you learn. Some people do it in less, some people need a bit longer. If you start in September and attend regularly, you will hopefully be solo by the summer!