Junior Programmes

Did you know that you can legally fly a glider sooner than you can drive a car?

At the age of 14, a young person may become a solo glider pilot in Ireland and the UK. Over the years we have helped a number of junior members achieve this goal, and are looking forward to many more!

Harry Houlihan aged 14 yrs after achieving his first solo flight. 

Harry Houlihan aged 14 yrs after achieving his first solo flight. 

The Ulster Gliding Club encourages young people to participate in the sport. Club membership for juniors, students, and young people is available at reduced rates. 

Instructional gliding in a 2-seat aircraft with a qualified pilot instructor is suitable for boys and girls of any age, with parental consent. However, due to the nature of the sport, the following considerations must apply: 

  • Ideally, participants should be tall enough to be able to reach the controls of the glider in order gain maximum benefit from a lesson. This is to ensure compliance with the sport’s Code of Procedure for Gliding Lessons. 
  • The Air Navigation Order prohibits anyone under 14 years of age from acting as pilot in command of a glider.
  • The sport is suitable for males and females of any age however design of the two-seat gliders allows a maximum weight of 103 kg / 227 lb./ 16 st. 3 lb. per occupant. Young people are welcome and they gain maximum benefit from a lesson if they are of sufficient stature to be able to reach all of the controls.
  • For those under 18 years of age a parent or guardian must countersign the registration form and fair participation policy. 
  • Considering the hazards present on any active airfield the club requests that parents/guardians of those under 16 years of age accompany their children to the airfield and to supervise them during their stay to ensure their safety.
  • Special clothing is not required. However, airfields tend to be exposed places without much shelter. Participants should bring a warm coat, hat and footwear suitable for walking on grass that may occasionally be wet. It is recommended that girls wear trousers if they are to have flying training.