Come Fly With Us

Gliding is the ultimate free flying experience. You can start your journey by taking one of our Trial Lessons, sampling the thrill of the sport.

Our Trial lessons make the perfect gift! 


The sales and redemption for Trial Lesson Vouchers remain suspended until further notice. 

For customers who have already purchased vouchers, we will, within good reason, extend the voucher once we are able to resume our Trial Lesson programme. 

Take A Trial Lesson

The first step to take up the sport of gliding is to take a trial lesson where in your first flight you may be able to handle the controls under the guidance of one of our instructors. Find out more by clicking the button below 

Join The Club

Following a trial lesson or if you are a glider pilot at any level of progress we will welcome you to join the club to enjoy flying over the South Downs National Park just click the button below for more information

Learning To Fly A Glider

Learning to fly a glider is open to almost anyone and is one of the lowest cost routes to getting into the air. The club is able to provide tuition to a high standard. To see more details click the button

Trial Lessons
About East Sussex Gliding Club

Gliding in this area dates from the Itford Hill meeting in1922 and the club was originally located at Firle Beacon.


The present club was formed in 1974 as East Sussex Gliding Club Ltd is owned and operated by the members.


All the club's flying and management operations are carried out by the club members of which there are currently around 120.


The club is affiliated to the British Gliding Association, our sport's governing body, and all our training is given by BGA approved instructors.


All flights are made as members of the club, with temporary membership and trial lessons available to help you get started.


Our current club fleet comprises four two seat and four single seat gliders, with a motor glider available for basic and advanced intensive courses. There are approximately 30 privately owned gliders on the airfield.


We are among the few gliding clubs in the country to own our own airfield. We have a good clubhouse, with a social room and a bar, other facilities are available in our own workshops and two hangars.