Gliding in Devon lets you see the beautiful countryside from an amazingly serene aerial vantage point as you glide through the skies above this quiet South Western corner of the country. The small and friendly North Devonshire aero club offers modern sailplanes to get your gliding dreams off the ground and aims to make you feel part of the team for the entirety of your glider experience.
For the one aerotow flight and the full day gliding experiences this Devonshire club which is one of the oldest established in the county uses modern Blanik and Bergfalke twin-seater gliders that are very easy to control. Before being launched (the club has Piper Super Cruiser a Bellanca Citabria and even a Chipmunk as tug planes!) your instructor will run through the pre-flight checks with you as well giving you a safety briefing on the flight controls and instrument panels of these trainer sailplanes.
Once airborne you’ll soon start to get an aptitude for silent flight…no droning engines no smell of aviation fuel just the whistling sound of the wind as you are gliding effortlessly through the Devon sky. If you are keen to have a go the instructor will hand you the controls so you can fly the glider yourself and if you’re feeling really confident in your newfound winged abilities you can stay in charge for the remainder of the flight!
If you choose to be in the glider for three aerotow flights you can expect to spend most of the day at this friendly Devon club. This gives you the opportunity to really feel like part of the team working together to get a glider into the air – from manoeuvring the gliders on the ground and launch preparation to log keeping and administration you’ll see it all.
All aircraft used for these gliding over Devon days have valid certificates of airworthiness and all instructors are fully qualified and members of the British Gliding Association. For a different birds-eye panorama we also offer other gliding experience venues throughout the UK.