Mendip GC Junior Centre


Mendip Gliding Club is an accredited Junior Gliding Centre. The purpose of a JGC is to enable and encourage young people to get actively involved in the UK's gliding movement. The sport of gliding offers young people the opportunity to get involved in a different kind of sport, enjoy an activity that is outdoors and is available to all levels of ability.  The legal age to fly a glider solo in the UK is just 14 years old. 

We now offer a Junior Fixed Price to Solo. The scheme is available to young people between the ages 13 to 25 and in full time education. The scheme last for 12 months or 100 winch launches or until completion of the first safe and satisfactory solo flight, which ever comes first. Three winch launches can be exchanged for one 2000 foot aerotow. This is now avaliable at the amazing cost of £500 (it is part-subsidised by Mendip Gliding Club). D/D Payment plan is available.

This scheme allows young people access to flying training, at a fixed cost and includes membership, all launch fees, all soaring fees (flight time) and instruction from our British Gliding Association fully qualified instructors.

You don't have to take out the 'Fixed Price to Solo Scheme' to become a member of the Mendip Gliding Club Junior Gliding Centre, you are more than welcome to enrol as a junior member and pay for your gliding on a 'pay as you go' basis, however, in the long-term the FPTS nearly always works out to be the cheaper option. In either case the best thing to do initially is to come up to the airfield when we're open and have a chat with a member/instructor, no-strings attached, it just gives you the oppurunity to get to know the club first, if you want you can also take out a introductory flight.  If you would like to learn to fly gliders but are concerned about the cost, please contact us for options.

UK Junior Gliding Youtube Channel

This is a link to one of the youtube videos which are posted on a Junior Gliding Channel. Please subscribe and follow as many interesting videos are uploaded there. 

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Junior Worlds 2009

Amazing video from the Junior Worlds 2009. This particular one was held in Finland. There are teams from many countries. UK also has it's own Worlds Team for juniors.

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Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals are great for junior pilots to take part in a competition on national level. The entry requirement is Silver C. A number of our Junior club members have taken part in the Nationals.

Please take a look at this link for more information

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