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Mini Courses

Full Day Mini Course
Full Day Mini Course
Half Day Mini Course
Half Day Mini Course

The Scottish Gliding Centre's Mini Courses are an ideal introduction to gliding. A Mini Course lets you spend a whole day making a real start on controlling the glider yourself, unlike an Air Experience Flight which is an exhilarating experience or a thrilling day out.

Mini Courses are available for a whole day, or a half day.

A Mini Course is aimed at absolute beginners so no previous knowledge or experience is required. As the emphasis is on flying, the course fee covers as much flying as you can fit into the day or half-day.

188金博网appPeople of all ages from schoolchildren* to retired routinely take up this exhilarating sport. You do not need to be particularly athletic or super-fit; anyone in a reasonable state of health can fly a glider**. The sport is equally suitable for both sexes.

At the end of the course you will have a thorough appreciation of what you need to learn to fly a glider and you will be able to discuss with your instructor how much flying you are likely to need to go solo.

If you decide you want to take up gliding, we can upgrade your Mini Course flight to a Learn to Glide188金博网app package - contact the office for details.

188金博网appTraining is carried out in our modern, rugged, 2-seater, dual-control, high-performance gliders, and is given by experienced British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructors.  All our training follows the BGA's syllabus.

We currently run our Mini Courses year-round from Monday to Friday, with the emphasis on flying rather than theory. With a maximum of 3 students per instructor and depending on the weather conditions, you can expect to fit in eight or more short flights or around one hour of soaring in a day's course, or proportionately less in a half-day.

We are located very close to 2 extensive hill ridges which give soarable conditions in almost all weather conditions.  Depending on the time of year, thermal or wave flying is also possible. Courses comprise 3 students for the day during summer and 2 students in winter (November to February) when daylight hours are shorter.

Buying a Voucher

188金博网appPlease note:

  • We cannot fly anyone who weighs less than 45kg (7 stone), or more than 102kg(16 stone)
  • Persons under 1.52m (5') or over 1.88m (6’ 2”) will probably not fit into a glider

Before buying a voucher please check our full terms & conditions.

A Mini Course voucher costs just £130 (half day) or £220 (full day).  You can buy one for yourself or as a present for someone else.

You can buy a voucher online188金博网app, or alternatively you can purchase a  voucher by post.  To do that, please send your cheque made out to 'The Scottish Gliding Centre' to:-

The Scottish Gliding Centre
Portmoak Airfield
Scotlandwell
KINROSS
KY13 9JJ

Please include the name of the person for whom the voucher is being purchased, and the name and address to which it is to be sent.

188金博网appTo book a place on a Mini Course contact the Scottish Gliding Centre. The courses are popular and early application is advisable. When making your booking please note that you should plan to arrive at least half an hour earlier to allow time for a few formalities and an introductory talk by the instructor. If you need any further information or guidance please  the club.

The small print

188金博网app*Under current legislation you need to be at least 14 years of age to fly solo. It is probably not worthwhile learning to fly until you are about 13 years old so that you will not get to solo level too long before you can legally fly. If you are under the age of 18 you will need your parent's permission.

188金博网app**Generally if you are fit to drive a car you are fit to fly.

People much heavier than 16 stones or unusually tall or short people may not be able to fly in our gliders. There are also a few medical conditions which may make it unsafe to fly. If you are uncertain or want to discuss things first please contact the club for further information.

Please see our tariff188金博网app for details of these and other learn-to-fly courses.