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Welcome to Kent Gliding Club

****** In line with government and BGA policy and advice flying is taking place at Kent Gliding Club but due to the COVID 19 situation there are special measures in place*****  Please click here for more details.

The cafe is closed and we ask that members of the public do not visit the club or the site until the situation improves. If you would like to buy a Trial Glider Flight or have enquiries about membership or learning to fly please e mail or telephone the club and leave a message and someone will get back to you. (please click on 'The Perfect Flying Gift' above for details). Please note that we are currently unable to fly Trial Flights. Validity of Trial Flight Vouchers will be extended automatically and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can resume suitable operations.



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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