Motor Gliding Trial Lesson FAQs
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about Motor Glider Trial Lesson flights. Click on the question links to see the answers
What is a Trial Lesson ?
A Motor Glider Trial Lesson is just that. Your Instructor will brief you before the flight on what to expect while in the air. Once airborne your instructor will show you how the basic controls work and will give you a chance to handle them yourself. The take-off and landing will be performed by your instructor.
If you prefer not to take control then you can sit back and enjoy your flight over the South Downs National Park and the Sussex Weald.
(For compliance with legal requirements, we are obliged to provide some form of instruction during your Trial Lesson)
How do I book a flight ?
The easiest way to book a Motor Glider Trial Lesson is complete the form on the Motor Glider Trial Lesson page of this website.
On completing the form you will be taken to PayPal to make the payment
You do not need to set up a PayPal account to make a credit or debit card payment
Once we receive your request and payment we will post a voucher pack to you within 5 working days
When you are ready book the actual flight, phone us during office hours (see below) and we will check the aircraft's and instructor's availability contact you finalise a date and time.
On the day please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled flight time. Please be aware that your flight may be delayed for operational reasons
If the weather on the day is not suitable to conduct your flight we will arrange an alternate date and time.
How will my voucher be delivered?
Once we have received your payment, we will post your voucher pack to you which should reach you within five working days.
For those of you who have purchased your Trial Lesson as a gift, the voucher pack is unmarked and sent to the person purchasing the Trial Lesson. The voucher will be in the name of the lesson recipient.
Can I bring friends and family to watch on the day ?
Yes, but we expect that you follow instructions given to you by club members with regard to your safety, please remember that this is an active airfield.
We may ask your guests to remain in the viewing area in the vicinity of the Clubhouse because of powered aircraft operation.
Children must be supervised at all times
Dogs may be brought to the airfield but must remain on a lead at all times and within the viewing area as above
Are there any limitations as to who can fly?
Yes anyone not meeting the following may not be able fly.
Anyone over 14 can fly with us subject to the following conditions.
There is a maximum weight limit of 16 stones (224lbs or 102kgs). Contact us if your height is over 6ft 2in (1.88m) or if your weight is less than 7.5 stone (105lbs or 48kgs)
You must not fly if you are suffering from any serious medical condition (including epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, high blood pressure or heart condition) or have recently undergone surgery, unless you have a certificate of fitness to fly from your doctor.
You must tell us about any disability or health problem that might affect your or our personal safety.
We are not qualified to express an opinion about your fitness to fly.
Click here to see our full terms and conditions
What happens if my flight is cancelled?
Motor Gliding is weather dependent so we may be forced to postpone your flight. If the weather conditions are not suitable for flying on the day we will re-book your flight for another day. The voucher pack includes a contact phone number so you can check with us before leaving home.
We may also cancel your trail lesson for operational reasons where we are constrained by crewing levels or aircraft serviceability.
Please remember your voucher is valid for one year.
At our discretion, we may extend the one year period if we have cancelled your flight for operational reasons
Please read our full Terms and Conditions