Trial lessons enable us to introduce members of the public to the sport of gliding and to our club.
During your trial lesson you will fly over the beautiful Moray countryside with a qualified instructor in a two-seat glider from our airfield at Birnie, 3 miles south of Elgin. The trial lesson will normally consist of a comprehensive pre-flight safety briefing, an aerotow to a minimum of 2,000 feet and a flight of 15 to 30 minutes' duration. The instructor will demonstrate how the controls work and there will be the opportunity to do some of the flying or just relax and enjoy the bird's eye view of the local scenery.
Trial lessons can be booked from the beginning of April to the end of October however under special circumstances, we can accept vouchers any time during the year (Weekends Only). If there is a specific date you would like to fly on which is outwith the trial lesson season, please contact us. Bookings can be made online or by telephone using a pre-paid voucher.
If you would like to know the dates and times we have available for booking before purchasing a voucher please use the - - Please note that this is provided as a guide only, as available slots may be booked at any time by voucher holders.
Purchase a Voucher
A trial lesson costs £75 (plus £1 P&P). If you would like to purchase a voucher and pay by cheque please Contact Us. We will reply with details of where to send your cheque. If you would like to pay with a credit or debit card please click on the PayPal logo below (you do not need to have a PayPal account). Please allow 7 days after purchase for the delivery of a voucher. Vouchers can be purchased at any time during the year
Under the General Data Protection Regulation, and as part of our sale contract with whoever buys the voucher, we retain personal data for the voucher buyer for 2 years after the purchase (or for a shorter period if the trial lesson is taken sooner). The personal data will then be removed from all of our records.
Please read our Visitor Information page before making a purchase as this includes our terms and conditions and important safety information.
Book a Trial Lesson
Update - 17th August 2021 - We have restarted trial lessons. If you already have a trial lesson voucher please Book a Lesson. If you are booking a trial lesson please be advised it is highly likely we will not have an aircraft available for towing the gliders as of the beginning of September in which case we will be offering instead of an aerotow, 2 winch launches or a soaring flight of up to 30 minutes from a winch launch if conditions allow. Despite relaxation of most government restrictions visitors to the airfield must still comply with our COVID safety measurers. You will need to bring a face mask which must be worn during the glider flight and at any time indoors. The clubhouse should only be accessed for use of the toilets or if you are required to do so by your instructor. If you have made a booking and subsequently develop COVID symptoms or test positive or have been advised to self isolate by the Track and Trace system, please cancel your booking and rebook after you've had a negative test. No voucher will expire until at least 2 years after the end of the crisis. If you are actively seeking to join the club and train to fly gliders or have any queries please Contact Us
After a Trial Lesson
We recognise that many of you only want to try gliding once in the same way that many people only do one parachute or bungee jump.
For those of you who only ever intended having a once in a lifetime glider flight we hope that it was all you expected it to be.
Those of you who have been bitten by the gliding bug and now have a taste for more are in for a treat! One month's free membership is included with your voucher and this starts on the day of your trial flight. This means that you can turn up at the weekends and have more lessons at normal club rates (see the Costs page under 'Learn to Fly'). We do however have a booking system that's open to full members and they have priority over temporary members, but there's plenty of time to go around!
All flying done on a temporary membership must be paid for by cash or cheque on the day.
If you are totally bitten by the flying bug then you may wish to join the club as a full member on the spot! This allows you to use the booking system for guaranteed instructor time. If you do so within one month of your trial lesson we will refund you £30 of your trial lesson fee against your first year's membership.
Have a read through Join the Club for more information.
Hope to see you soon!