Green Dragons

- Hang Gliding

About Hang Gliding:
A simple and popular flying sport

Fun Day
Flying solo. Your first step to being hooked to a new sport. This is also a popular and great gift.

Elementary Pilot
The first qualification status. Progressing to higher and more skilled flights, with instruction

Club Pilot
The first qualification to enable you to fly unaided, without instruction.


Club Pilot - Hang Gliding

  • Qualified pilot
  • Can fly unsupervised
  • Advanced flying exercises
  • Theory sessions
  • Higher performance gliders
  • Expert instruction

Club pilot is the final stage of learning within the school environment. Once you are qualified as a 'CP' you can class yourself as a real pilot, and spread your wings around the UK, flying other sites, and joining local clubs. You no longer need to book your flying days, and can go flying at your leisure or after work. You have arrived...welcome to hang gliding!!
During the club pilot course you are taught, to soar the skies reaching 500ft plus, using ridge and thermal lift. You may also be taught how to land back on top of the hill so you will no longer have to walk up after every flight, although this may be done in a club at a later date.

You will learn how to make your glider fly faster, control it in active air, recognise and recover from stalls, and how to fly safely with other gliders. Circuit and landing patterns will be perfected during the CP course.

You will sit a series of 4 x 40min lectures during the CP course covering Metrology - Airlaw/Airmanship - Theroy of Flight- followed by a 45 minute exam, 70% being the pass rate.


PHASE 6 (Consolidation and Conversions)

  • Consolidation
  • Glider Conversion
  • Prone Conversion

PHASE 7 (Higher flights / Circuits)

  • Higher flights / circuits

PHASE 8 (Improving Skills)

  • 180 deg turns
  • Planned Approaches
  • Slow flight appreciation and recovery
  • Nil and moderate wind take offs
  • Theory - advanced equipment

PHASE 9 (Soaring)

  • Ridge soaring preparation
  • Soaring flight
  • Flying with others

PHASE 10 (Theory and Exam)

  • 4 Theory lectures
  • EP exam


  • A Club Pilot costs £899. A group of 10 or more and you will be entitled to a 10% discount.
  • If your course is cancelled due to bad weather, you can book another date and will not loose any credit.

You need to call at 21:00hr the evening before to get an update on the weather conditions and a start time for the following day.

You need to be ready and prepared to be here at 07:00hr onwards pending your instructors announcing of your start time. Please make sure you are wearing boots, casual clothing, and you have food and drink with you for the day. We have a toilet block and hot drinks available.

Age limit and health condition

  • The minimum age limit for a hang gliding CP course is 16. Under 18's need parental consent to undertake the course.
  • You must be in good health, and reasonably fit. Please contact us if you are unsure


  • All equipment required for the flight will be provided for you.
  • Weight limit is 16 stone, although you must be fit enough to be able to walk up small training hills, and run a few yards
  • Your flying voucher is valid for 12 months after the date of purchase. You must do your flight in this time period. If you do not redeem your voucher within the 12 months, we unfortunately cannot offer a refund or extension of any kind.
  • We are open 7 days a week, all year round. Any yes we do fly in the winter! Some of our best training days are held during the winter

Also see:

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- Thermal Chasers - International
  • Feb 19th - 26th
  • Mar 16th - 24th
  • Jun 15th - 23rd
  • Oct 19th - 27th
  • Nov 30th - Dec 8th
- Thermal Chasers - UK
  • Feb 4th - 8th
  • Mar 4th - 8th
  • Apr 1st - 5th
  • May 6th - 10th
  • Jun 3rd - 7th
  • Jul 1st - 7th
  • Aug 5th - 9th
  • Sep 2nd - 6th
  • Oct 7th - 11th
  • Nov 4th - 8th
  • Dec 2nd - 6th
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