Age ranges 

Anyone under 18 years old will require the written  consent of a parent or guardian.  Children 
under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the airfield.  Children over 14 
years old will be able to fly a glider at the discretion of  the instructor conducting the lesson.  Children 
under fourteen years old are unlikely to be within the height and weight limits and will usually not be 
mature enough to benefit from the trial gliding lesson.  There is no upper age limit. 

Sizes and weights 

If you are heavier than 16st 4lb (228lb, 103 kg), you will not be able to fly in our gliders as most 
gliders have a weight limit of 242 lb (110 kg) for each seat.  The pilot’s weight must include the 
weight of a parachute (15 lb or 7 kg). If you weigh more than 103kg or 228lbs then you 
cannot fly in a glider. People over 6’ 4’’ (193cm) may not be able to fly in our gliders.  The lower 
weight limit is approximately 44kg (7 stone or 98 pounds).  The minimum height for pupils is 
approximately five feet (152 cm).   

Medical declaration 

You will be asked to sign a medical declaration before you fly to confirm that you are fit to fly.  
Please ask your own doctor to sign the form if your have any concerns about your fitness. 
The following conditions may cause difficulty while flying. Sufferers from any of these you are 
advised to obtain medical opinion. Bronchitis, asthma, sinus disease, ear disease, defective 
vision (eg,inability to read a car number plate at 25 metres - corrective glasses may be used), 
migraine, diabetes of any form, kidney stones, psychiatric disorders, severe motion or travel 
sickness, any condition requiring treatment with drugs of any kind.  You are further advised that:  
• If you normally wear spectacles, you should always carry a readily accessible spare pair. 
• Minor illnesses, some prescription drugs and the donation of blood will probably make you 
temporarily unfit to fly. Mandatory safety notes 
2 1 December 2006 

Alcohol 

Even the most moderate drinker should be aware that the Railways & Transport Safety Act 
makes it an offence for pilots, including glider pilots, to fly whilst over the prescribed limit for 
alcohol.  The law is very clear on this, and even as a student you may not consume ANY 
alcohol within the eight hours before flying.  This applies to you EVEN for a trial lesson flight. 
1. You must have consumed NO alcohol in the 8 hours before your flight. 
2. You must not have consumed more than 5 units of alcohol in the 12 hours before your 
flight.  (One unit of alcohol is a half pint of regular beer or lager, a single measure 
(25ml) of spirits, or a small glass of wine, or a small glass of “alcopop” such as Smirnoff 
Ice, Bacardi Breezer.) 
3. You must not have consumed a substantial amount of alcohol (or “binged”) during the 
24 hours before your flight. 
IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO FLY IN A GLIDER WITH AN ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION IN 
YOUR BLOOD EXCEEDING 20mg per 100ml.  THIS IS ONE QUARTER OF THE 
DRINK/DRIVE LIMIT.  One drink will take you over this limit.   It is effectively a zero 
tolerance limit