Gliding

Includes: gliding, sailplaning Outdoors, Adventure, In the air

Activity time:
Full day

Age:
10+

Cost:
High
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Take flight

Gliding offers an incredible opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of our beautiful countryside. Show girls just how brave they can be with this challenging airborne activity.

Overview

Gliding is the piloting of lightweight unpowered aircraft called gliders or sailplanes. These are launched by being towed into the air by a powered aircraft or a winch.

Most UK glider pilots aren't qualified to take members of the public on pleasure flights, but some are permitted to fly fee-paying temporary members of clubs on trial lessons.

To take your girls gliding, you will need to find a British Gliding Association (BGA) approved site.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Girlguiding insurance does not cover members to undertake aviation activities. You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover. Please contact Girlguiding insurers AON for more details.

Check safety regulations below for more guidance on gliding.

The British Gliding Association (BGA)  specifies the qualifications of pilots allowed to instruct on trial lessons, and the insurance that must apply.

A gliding instructor must have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be able to provide the certificate number and date of issue.

The pilot should brief participants on:

  • the use of safety and other equipment
  • the purpose of the flight
  • sensations likely to be experienced when flying.

Gliding must be undertaken using the standards and controls laid down by the British Gliding Association and must take place at a BGA-approved site.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

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2 adults needed