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Old 11th Nov 2018, 17:17
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
Well, they knew we were used to paying 3/minute, they probably thought we see 2.60 (or whatever it was) as cheap!
The way to make it really cheap is to go back after your winch launch trial lesson. The fee for the trial lesson includes a period of clubmembership, typically 2 or 3 months. If you go back, your winch launch is now circa 8 quid and you are more likely to get a longer flight if weather permits....tho, yes, you do get to push gliders around for the privilege.
if an aerotow is available, take it, the airtime goes up and chances of soaring increase and learning to fly it is fun!
give it a go!
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 08:36
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My lesson on Saturday ended up being cancelled due to horrendous weather....
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 16:52
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HW, You've just had a lesson in glider meteorology. You need to learn where you can find relevant forecasts - the club members can show you where to check.

Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground
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Old 4th Dec 2018, 13:59
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Originally Posted by henwood View Post
My lesson on Saturday ended up being cancelled due to horrendous weather....
My partner started gliding a couple of months ago and managed to get some nice flights in - but the last few weeks she has not managed to get airborne at all due to all the rain we have been having.
Typical - last November was gorgeous up here LOL.

Hopefully the weather will co operate next time for you.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 14:04
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here. I was a solo pilot on gliders on my 14th birthday - 2 years ago. I recently [last week] soloed on powered aircraft. Gliding was a great foundation to powered flying, but as others have said, it's quite time-consuming. If you have children with a similar passion there are many scholarships and bursaries to assist them; they usually fly for cheaper rates too, so it could [maybe] become a family thing to do so not so many guilty dad thoughts. Remember with gliding that going solo is only the beginning. there is a lot of post solo training to do before you can go cross-country; I appreciate that is the same with all flying, but something to be considered in your financial calculations.

As someone else said, Portmoak is a great place to fly. If it's a choice of PPL/LAPL flying, or flying gliders at Portmoak you are going to enjoy whatever you decide to do
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 14:30
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Well done Ellie!
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 13:37
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Here is a fun video - at a Gliding Club somewhere in Germany (a launch with a winch cable eye view )

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