Training, from the first 'Flying Start' or Weekend Course flight, right through to the most rigorous checks is available at Lasham. The club has a dozen two-seater gliders, instructors, briefing rooms with visual aids, and other facilities second to none. All our training is carried out at Lasham Gliding Society (LGS). For the latest information about their courses (options, costs, availability), please visit their website. Various combinations of courses and casual flying (turn up and fly when you can) exist. A summary of the types of training is listed below.
Weather permitting, flying takes place at
Lasham every day in the year except Christmas Day. While it is more pleasant to
fly in the summer, the trainee pilot may find that getting a flight on a good
summer day can be quite difficult. On good days, the training gliders are
heavily over subscribed, with people arriving before breakfast in order to
secure a good slot on the flying list.
This is a short (usually half-day) course typically costing about £150. You get three aerotows, giving you enough time to get the feel of the controls. It conveniently bridges the gap between the Trial Lesson about (£60) and a Weekend Course (about £225). (2008 prices!!)
So as to reduce the
'unknown' factor, Lasham offer this
deal to get beginners to solo in one year. The deal includes Lasham membership
till 31 December, and all the flying you need to go solo by then. To make the
most of it, join
One of the fastest ways to progress is to join a five-day course run by an LGS staff instructor. On these courses the number of students is restricted to ensure that each student gets the maximum amount of flying and ground instruction.
A less expensive option to a full week's flying course is a weekend course. These courses are run by fully-qualified volunteer instructors and last for two to three days, depending on bank holidays. Although these courses are as intensive as the full five-day courses, they do not require the commitment (financial and time) needed for a full five-day course.
Some instructors run regular
early morning or evening courses for small groups of students. These courses
tend to be fully subscribed, and a student who gets a place on one of these
courses is expected to attend regularly. Many
For those who wish to fly on
a casual basis at Lasham, the procedure is as follows.
If sufficient students are present, the flying order is decided by ballot. The ballot for the 'K13' two-seater training gliders is held at , and for the Falke (motor-glider) at . Otherwise, by mutual agreement, flying is on a 'first come, first served' basis, for both the motor glider and the K13s. The flying lists are pinned to the LGS notice board until flying commences, thereafter they are kept at the launch point. Anyone who misses the ballot may add their name to the end of the list. It is as well to point out that casual flying is the most time-consuming method of training - particularly at weekends.
However you decide to learn, the
Once qualified, the
The art of gliding is an
absorbing mixture of flying skill, decision making, aerodynamics, meteorology,
map reading, radio etiquette and air law. The degree of understanding depends
on the ambitions of the pilot; local soaring demands less than long distance
cross countries or National competition flying. There are highly competent
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