Trial Flights - You can fly a glider!


Choose 1 of our Trial flights with an instructor. Each package features:
· Personal Pre-flight briefing
· Aerotow launch takes you into our quiet world
· We can tailor make a flight for you!
· Longer flights allow exploring the sky for “lift”
· Tame or Game? Let your instructor know!
· You even take the controls and fly like a bird
· 5 further flights at club rates; you’ll be a temporary member for 90 days

Trial flights are available most weekends and during the week by arrangement.
Please click here to book a date and time online (please book ahead 2-3 days at least).
· You can also email [email protected]
· Vouchers are delivered by email, and may take up to 3 days for delivery
· On request, we can make faster arrangements
· EFTPOS and credit card purchases available at the Club
· Payment by direct credit can arranged;email [email protected]

Trial Flights

Online purchases can be made by clicking the "Buy Now" buttons below. We use and recommend Paypal. You may also purchase at the club on the day of your flight. Please note that it may take 3 days to receive your actual voucher by email.

Soaring

$160 for approx. 20 minutes airtime.
You will get launched by aero tow to 2000', and get to control the glider for longer (under instruction, of course) to get a feel for what soaring is all about.


  

High Flyer

$250 for approx. 30 minutes airtime.
You will get launched by aero tow to a height of 3000', and will have a longer time to fly the glider under instruction for a typical soaring flight.


  

Introductory Package 3W

$390 Three 2000’ Aero Tows with 20 minutes Glider time* per flight & Three Winch Launches, Glider Circuits and Landings.


  

Introductory Package 5A

$495 Five 2000’ Aero Tows with 20 minutes Glider time* per flight & One Winch Launch, Glider Circuit and Landing.


  
Availability   
* All flight times are approximate some weather conditions may result in shorter flights.
· Flights must be undertaken within one year of the payment.
· Two Flights maximum per day to be flown on introductory packages.
Trial Flight recipients may not exceed 6 flights in a 12 month period without joining a Gliding Club, as per Gliding New Zealand requirements.
The club operates on a volunteer basis with no paid staff; trial flights are available most weekends and by arrangement.
If on the morning of your flight, you are unsure if the weather is suitable, please text 0276 942 942 after 10am to check if flying is cancelled.
You could be on the airfield 1-2 hours; we ask you to be there 30 minutes before your scheduled time, so we can complete your pre-flight briefing.

Safety    Gliding is a well established sport, with an excellent safety record. At the Drury Airfield, we take everyone's safety seriously with all aspects of flying. Each glider is inspected for airworthiness before its first flight of the day by a Qualified Glider Pilot or Instructor.

Please bear in mind that other gliders are likely to be landing on the airfield during your visit; they can be difficult to hear and see!

Weight    Depending on the glider, body weight of up to 110kg can normally be accommodated. For front seat weights much below 70kg, one or more lead ballast weights will be fitted to balance the aircraft correctly. For weights below 50kg, you will need to ride in the back seat. You will be weighed on the day of your flight at the operations caravan.

Clothing    It is usually warmer in the cockpit of a glider than on the ground, so no additional clothing is required than for outdoors. Flat bottomed shoes are recommended, as are trousers for the ladies to ease climbing in and out of the glider. The control stick is positioned between the legs!

Photography    You are welcome to take a small camera up with you in the glider, but it must be kept clear of the controls for safety reasons. The views are stunning on a clear day. If you have access to a video camera, you may consider asking a friend or family member to record your take-off.

Further Training    If you enjoy your introductory instructional flight (and we sincerely hope you will!), your flight voucher includes temporary membership for up to three further instructional flights, charged at member flying rates. These flights can not be booked; flying with an instructor is normally on a first come, first served basis. Please ask for a Mini-Log Book following your trial flight, if you wish to exercise this option. This must be brought with you when you return to the Club to record your subsequent flights and progress. This is an excellent way to determine if gliding is for you too, without the immediate commitment of a year's membership expense. If you want to know how much it costs to join the club and hire gliders, click here.

Corporate Events    Whether you are organising a team building day for your staff, or just want a company day out, something different from the usual, the Auckland Gliding Club can help you with an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Spend a day with us and get a tour of the airfield and hangars, experience a real taste of gliding with flight training, adrenaline rushing winch launches and fast aerotows above the South Auckland landscape - all in club gliders with highly qualified flying instructors. End the day with a barbeque on the deck of our fully-licensed bar. Kitchen facilities (with or without chefs) are available. Ask if you require a lecture room and presentation equipment. For more information please email the Flights inquiry address.


Want to join the club?  Click here.


Refer to the attached information sheet below for further details.