Costs for Members

Gliding is the cheapest way to learn to fly.

Trial Flight / Introductory Lesson: £25

For a pre-solo member there are three main costs:

  1. Annual membership
  2. Launch Fee -  Charged for getting into the air
  3. Airtime Fee - Charged for every minute you fly
 

The number and length of flights you have will depend on the weather, how busy it is that day, and what stage your are in your training.

Annual Membership

Student Membership - £80

Staff/Alumni Membership - £575 (Includes full membership to Cambridge Gliding Club)

Please note that mature students of significant wealth may be asked to pay Staff membership rates.

Flying Cost - Student Members

Flight Cost = Launch + Airtime

Launch

Launch cost depends on method of launch, height of launch, and if you are flying with an instructor or flying solo. More information on launch methods. Higher launches result in longer flights, and increase your chance of soaring. The launch methods most commonly used by our members are in bold.

Method Height (Feet)

With Instructor

Cost
Winch 1,000 - 2,000 Yes/No £9.25
Aerotow 2,000 Yes £25.00
Aerotow 2,000 No £40.00
Aerotow 4,000 Yes £40.00
Aerotow 4,000 No £54.00

Airtime

Airtime cost depends on the type of aircraft you are flying. More information on aircraft types. Airtime is billed in blocks of 5 minutes, with a maximum cost of 3 hours. The aircraft and times most commonly flown by our members are in bold.

 Aircraft Type Cost
 5 min (min)  10 min  30 min  1 hour  3 hour + (max)

K21, Grob 103, Puchaz

(Two Seat Training Aircraft)

 £1.87  £3.74  £11.23  £22.46  £67.37

Junior

(Beginner Single Seat)

 £1.68  £3.36  £10.08  £20.16  £60.48

ASW 19b

(Univeristy Single Seat)

 £0.75  £1.50  £4.50  £9.00  £27.00

Pegasus, Discus, ASW-24

(Advanced Single Seat)

 £2.46  £4.92  £14.76  £29.52  £88.56

Example Student Flight Costs 

Time Instructed Solo (Junior) Solo (ASW-19b)
0:10 (Typical Training) £12.95 £12.65 £10.75
0:30 (Long Training / Short Solo) £20.35 £19.45 £13.75
1:00 (Long Training / Typical Solo) £21.45 £29.65 £18.25
> 3:00 (Long Solo) (Max Cost) £75.00 £70.00 £36.25

For more detail see the long term gliding costs

Flying Cost - Staff/Alumni Members

Current CGC Aircraft Rates

 Soaring Fee (Solo in ASW-19b) - £20.00/hr (£0.34/min) Capped at 3 hours

Scholarships and Bursaries

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