Wyvern runs 4 – day intensive gliding courses throughout the year, which are open to serving service personnel and MOD (civilian) employees and civilian members not employed by MOD, but these are at the discretion of the Chairman and is decided on the availability of places on each course. These are extremely good value for money and offer student pilots t
he opportunity to receive intensive training in the 5 days, with the potential to fly solo for some candidates.
Flying training will be conducted in our ASK 21 two – seat gliders or our high performance DG 1000; a full brief will be carried out on the first day, in the classroom, where all aspects of your weeks training will be highlighted. A full health and safety and airfield brief has to be given before a candidate can set foot on the airfield, after this the fun starts and you will find yourself above the airfield with your instructor teaching you how to fly the glider. If you have any previous flying experience, this will help, but it is not important as some experienced powered pilots find a glider handles differently to a motorised aircraft.
The ab-Initio scheme runs for a full 12 months and is open to aspiring individuals who may not want to, or be able to attend a 5 – day course. The scheme includes 12 months Full membership and all gliding fees until first solo or 6 months (whichever comes first). Please email the Courses Secretary for further information.
Basic Gliding Courses at Army Gliding Club (Wyvern) 2017
The Army Gliding Association (AGA) runs basic introductory gliding courses at Wyvern (Army) Gliding Club at Upavon in Wiltshire. The courses are designed to introduce military personnel of all ranks, both Regular and Reserves, into the sport of gliding and provide the opportunity for intensive flying training over a five day period. MOD employed civilians and dependants can apply for courses but will only be granted a place in the event that military personnel cannot fill course vacancies. Courses are open to all 3 Services and their Reserves.
The aim of the course is to teach the basic principles of flight and how to fly a glider. Following the course, the opportunity then exists for further training, ultimately up to solo, competition and Instructor standards. Regular Continuation and Adventure training courses are also run throughout the year on behalf of the AGA.
The course schedule for 2018 is as follows:
WGC 1: 19 – 23 Mar (Band of the Rifles)
WGC 2: 14 – 18 May
WGC 3: 18 – 22 Jun
WGC 4: 17 – 21 Sep
The cost for the course is £177.00 (to be reviewed) for serving military and £220.00 (to be reviewed) for Civil Service and dependents. A £50.00 deposit will be required when allocated a place on the course – full details will be sent to successful applicants; the balance is payable on arrival. Owing to the number of individuals who fail to turn up to courses having been allocated a vacancy, deposits, once paid, will only be refunded if applicants are unable to attend due to operational or exceptional extenuating circumstances. In this instance, a letter stating the reason must be submitted by the applicant’s units and countersigned by the applicants CO/OC. In most instances servicemen can get assistance from non-public funds to offset some, if not, all of the cost. Apply through your unit admin office.
The course fee (for servicemen/women) includes all gliding and motor gliding during the course and twelve months membership of the Wyvern Gliding Club. In addition, any further gliding and instruction within the first six-month period is free or until solo standard is achieved, (with the exception of any additional motor gliding where a nominal charge will be made). Normal Club rates for flying will apply for all, including servicemen, once solo standard is achieved, or for non-military after the end of the course. More information is available at our fees page.
Successful applicants will be required to produce a supplied certificate endorsed by their MO/GP, stating they meet the DVLA group 1 requirements applicable to driving private motor vehicles (this does not require a medical). Applicants must not exceed an upper weight limit of 242 lbs (fully clothed) or exceed 6’3” in height.
Application forms (or queries) should be sent to the following address at least one calendar month before the course but late bids will always be considered on a fill-up basis:
SGT Paul Wright
c/o Wyvern Gliding Club
Or send a message to the courses secretary: