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Frequently Asked Questions

Who will I fly with?

For an Air Experience flight you will fly with a fully qualified gliding instructor and, if you wish, will be given the opportunity to handle the controls of the glider during your flight.  We fly every Friday when the weather is suitable and, apart from the instructor, have two helpers to assist pupils with getting into and out of the glider.

If you join the club the sky is the limit!  We train members to solo and beyond - WoA members have become cross-country pilots, instructors, and learnt basic aerobatics.

Where and when do you fly?

Our base where most of the flying happens is the Scottish Gliding Centre, which is the largest gliding club in Scotland and the third largest in the UK. We normally fly on a Friday, and operate an online booking system.

We also run expeditions every year to the Cairnform Gliding Club, at the entrance to Glen Feshie in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorm mountains. It's popularly known as 'Feshie'.  When on expedition we fly as much as the weather permits, every day of the week if possible!

Who runs WoA?

We are run by our members. We have a Board of Directors, many of whom are also disabled. As well as our members we are supported by many volunteers, in particular our instructors and helpers. Volunteers also maintain our glider.

How does a glider fly?

It's possible to go into a great deal of detail about how a glider flies, but the Scottish Gliding Centre have an excellent page about it on their website. We don't believe in reinventing the wheel!

What facilities are available to WoA?

Our glider, WA1, is a Schleicher ASK 21 which is a rugged, modern two-seat training glider which has been adapted to have hand controls as an alternative to the rudder pedals in the front and back seats.

The Scottish Gliding Centre has fully wheelchair accessible premises, with disability friendly washroom facilities and rooms. There are catering facilities and the club is open 364 days per annum. However please note that Walking on Air usually only operates on Fridays.

How much does it cost?

Gliding is one of the cheapest forms of flying, with an hourly cost well under half that of powered aircraft training. For details of the costs, please see our Tariff.

Who can glide with WoA?

Almost everyone with a disability can glide with Walking on Air, from teenagers onwards.

In terms of medical requirements, as a guide, if you can drive a car you can fly a glider. Even if you can't drive a car you may still be able to fly a glider: the minimum age for flying solo is 14. There is no fixed upper age limit. The weight limit is about 100 kg or 16 stone, and unusually tall or short people might not fit safely and/or comfortably in a glider.

Some medical conditions or medication prevent solo flying but you might still be able to fly with an instructor. If you're uncertain whether you'd be able to fly just get in touch with us.