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Welcome to Kent Gliding Club

***Introductory Flights and Day Courses re starting from Mid September***

(Covid 19 update)

We hope to restart Introductory Flights (Trial Lessons) and Day Courses by the middle of September. We have pushed this back from mid August to allow for ongoing restrictions due to the covid situation. We plan to offer these on pre-arranged days, probably a Friday afternoon or an evening for Trial Flights; and either a Tuesday or a Thursday for Day Courses. To buy an Introductory Flight or book a Day Course please contact the office.(see below) Any vouchers already purchased will have their validity extended by 6 months.

Please click on 'The Perfect Flying Gift' above for further details

If you would like to be advised directly when Introductory Flights will restart, please email the Kent Gliding Club Office (details below), and we will keep you updated via e mail about our re-opening progress.  Further details will appear on our web site.

The Kent Gliding Office is now open for two mornings a week on Saturday and Wednesday, please call at any time and leave a voice mail or email as detailed below:

Contact details   (Voucher Sales/Flight and Course Booking/Membership Enquires)

Telephone: 01233 740307




Most of us will have looked up on a summer's day and seen the gentle, graceful turn of a sailplane high in the sky. The fascination of silent flight, seeking thermals and climbing up to the clouds is not easily described. Nor is the achievement of managing to stay high in the sky, without an engine, for an hour or more. Above Challock there are magnificent views over the North Downs and the Weald of Kent. On a clear day you can see Southend and the coast of France in one 360° turn.

From your very first lesson, with an intructor to guide you, you are "hands on", and in the ensuing flights you will gradually learn how the controls work, coordination of the stick and rudder, keeping the wings level and making gentle, graceful turns. All of your training leads to your first goal - going solo. Once you are flying well and consistently, the big day arrives and after several check flights your instructor sends you off on your own. They say the best landing you ever make is on your first solo flight! Enjoy a glider flight.

What Can Gliders do?

Watch this video made by Nicholas Huet from France who spent a week with us on a Holiday Course: great flying and staying in a beautiful location.

Adam Petty, another student, attended a One Day Gliding Course and says:
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I would like to extend my thanks again to Peter and Chris for their excellent tuition.I am aware of your video on your Web Site and I am sure that you have seen many others. However just so that you are aware I have put my little rendition on You Tube to help promote the sport and your club.
Here it is...


If you are looking for something a little different to give as a gift why not give a Trial Glider Flight voucher. They are valid for 12 months and give the recipient a 2,000 ft aerotow above the Kent countryside with one of our BGA trained instructors. All trial lesson participants will get  a £50 discount off of subsequent club membership, allowing them to learn to fly at club rates - a start of a lifetime’s passion!

Learn more about our Trial Glider Flight here!

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