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Welcome to Kent Gliding Club

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 in 2011 on a Holiday Course: great flying and staying in a beautiful location.

Adam Petty, another student, attended a One Day Gliding Course on Monday 23rd July 2012 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...

 
See more comments at Learning to Fly/Testimonials.

If you are looking for something a little different to give as a gift why not give a Trial Flying Lesson voucher. They are valid for 12 months and come with 3 months'  temporary full club membership from the day of the flight, allowing flying with free instruction at very reasonable club rates. Find out more:

Kent Gliding Club: 01233 740274 and soaring@kent-gliding-club.co.uk

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