Subsidised Gliding for London Schools

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Every year, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP) offer London schools the opportunity to take part in a heavily subsidised day out at a BritishGliding Association (BGA) Gliding Club. The offer is open to students of secondary schools and academies in London on behalf of a group of City of London Livery Companies led by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. For only £8 each, students will receive a flight in a glider under the instruction of an experienced qualified instructor.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a first hand experience of flying, students will also be involved in the structured, yet enjoyable environment of an operational airfield, interacting with committed and enthusiastic volunteers. Since being established in 2004, the subsidised programme has developed the soft skills and confidence of participating students.

The flights are conducted at BGA Gliding Clubs, which are approved as Junior Gliding Centres. These are:

• The London Gliding Club, Tring Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2JP
• Lasham Gliding Society, Lasham Airfield, Alton, Hampshire, GU43 5SS
• Booker Gliding Club, Wycombe Air Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3DP

The selected Gliding Clubs have experience of working with not only this scheme, but also other
organisations such as the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and, as such, will assist
schools with their Risk Assessment processes. Each Gliding School is fully insured and will have different
requirements and limitations as detailed below:

The London Gliding Club

• Insured to £5M
• Minimum age: 12yrs
• Minimum height: 5ft
• Maximum height: 6ft 4in
• Minimum weight: 6.5st (41.25kg)
• Maximum weight: 16st (101.6kg)
• Maximum group size: 12 students. Two adults must accompany the group.
• Further information can be found on the LGC website www.londonglidingclub.com
• Contact Andrew Roch, Manager, LGC. Tel; 01582 663419 Fax; 01582 665744

Lasham Gliding Society

• Insured to £3M
• Minimum age: 13yrs
• Minimum height: 5ft
• Maximum height: 6ft 4in
• Minimum weight: 7st (44.5kg)
• Maximum weight: 16st4lbs (103kg)
• Maximum group size: 10 students. Two adults must accompany the group.
• Further information can be found on their website http://www.lashamgliding.com
• Contact Sharon via telephone 01256 384900 or office@lasham.org.uk

Booker Gliding Club

• Insured to £3M
• Minimum age: 14yrs
• Minimum height: 5ft
• Maximum height: 6ft 3in
• Minimum weight: 7st (44.5kg)
• Maximum weight: 16st (102kg)
• Maximum group size: tbc – contact Booker to discuss. Two adults must accompany the group.
• Further information can be found on their website http://

Application Process

The Head Teacher or lead teacher for the scheme should notify the Air Pilots of their interest in the scheme. The Air Pilots will approve the application by ensuring that charitable funds are available and that the Gliding Club has space available. The school will then be advised to contact the Gliding Club directly. All subsequent arrangements for dates, numbers of students, etc, should be made directly with the Gliding Club.

 

To apply for the scheme please contact Zoë Gell: zoegell83@gmail.com/07881385848

For more information about the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and their outreach programmes: https://www.airpilots.org/about-the-company/the-city-and-the-livery/air-pilots-london-schools-gliding/

 

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