Going Solo

All our pilots remember the first time they went solo. It's an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life, and here at OGC we will train you right from the start.

When you join as a member, you'll be given a starter pack which contains helpful items, some of which are listed below;

  • BGA Approved Log Book

  • Copy of the OGC constitution

  • BGA Training Card

  • "Welcome to OGC" info pack

Right from your first flight up until your solo and beyond, our committed and experienced instructors will provide the BGA's world renowned syllabus, but tailored instructional service unique to your needs.

Initial Training consists of basic exercises such as perfecting the winch launch, lookout, normal flying control, speed control and landing. This section ensures that the student can safely pilot the aircraft before moving on to more advanced exercises.

Your first solo will occur when both you and the instructor team feel you are ready for it. It's hard to describe flying for the first time without an instructor, but it's an experience you won't forget.

First Flight

Initial Training


Pre-Solo Training

First Solo

Your first flight marks the start of your flying career. Whether it be part of a taster flight, group session or training package, you'll start your training here.

Advanced Pre-Solo training ensures that the student can cope with flying the aircraft in abnormal situations. It includes exercises like stalls and failed launches, but also looks at utilising energy in the atmosphere (called thermals) to extend flights.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long will it take to go solo?


It varies from person to person, but it's between approximately 60 to 100 winch launches.


How affordable is it to go solo?


The good news is that it's surprisingly affordable to go solo in a glider. For links to our pay-as-you-go prices and packages, click below

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Oxford Gliding Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and we fully support the promotion of and participation in the sport of gliding. If you want to fly with us but are concerned about the cost, contact our membership secretary.

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