Gliding Flight in Devon Experiences: Flying

Gliding Flight in Devon

Head to the clouds and enjoy the pure tranquillity of an aerotow gliding flight.

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Availability: Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday afternoons from Good Friday until the end of September. We recommend booking at least four weeks in advance, even earlier for summer weekend dates. Weather: Gliding is weather dependent. It is crucial to call the club for a weather check and to confirm the time of the flight between 8am and 9.30am on the day (or the day before if travelling far). Duration: The length of glider flights depends entirely on the prevailing thermals (currents of warmer air that provide the lift). As a guide, this aerotow flight lasts between 12 and 20 minutes. Numbers On Day: The briefing may be shared, the flight will be held on a one-to-one basis with the instructor. Spectators: Spectators are welcome. A camera or a pair of binoculars will come in handy. Dress Code: Wear flat-soled shoes and bring a jumper in case it gets cold at higher altitudes. Sunglasses are recommended all year round. Guidelines: From the A377 at Umberleigh follow the road to Exeter to Kingford and turn right up the hill then at the top of the hill turn left onto the B3217. Turn left at the Radar Station towards Ashreigney then after 400 metres, at the crossroads turn right. The closest rail station is Umberleigh. Restrictions: Maximum height is 6'4''. Maximum weight is 17 stone. There is no formal minimum age. You can't fly if you suffer from epilepsy, fainting or certain other physical or mental disabilities - check when booking. Other Info: The venue operates as a non-profit-making club and guests may be asked to help others launch and retrieve their gliders while waiting a turn to glide.

On arrival, a qualified instructor will talk through safety, the aircraft and the flight ahead. Next it's time to board a dual-controlled glider ready for take-off. Get towed to heights of around 2,000 ft and enjoy the picturesque scenery, before the rope is dropped and the glider soars tranquilly in the thermal currents. During the flight, the pilot will hand over the controls so sample the joy that goes with flying an aircraft.

Umberleigh, Devon

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