Gliding Initiation Course

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Discover the pleasure of gliding

The gliding Initiation Course is an introduction to the basic skills needed to practice gliding.

Whoever tries this type of flying, gets hooked, since there’s no better way to see the Cadí and the Pyrenees mountains than from the cockpit of a glider.

During the course you will learn about sailplane aerodynamics, flight controls, tows, landing and basic gliding theory.

Barcelona Flight School (E-ATO-037) is an authorized centre by the Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea under EASA Part-FCL with the ATO number E-ATO-037 to provide flight training, with over 60 years of experience.


The course consists of three glider flights. Each session consists of a theoretical briefing before and after the flight. The theory shall be practised during the flight and then analysed in the post-flight briefing. Each flight lasts approximately 30 minutes.


The price for the course is €315.00


In the first flight the behavior of the sailplane, the effect of the flight controls, the importance of speed and the effect of the airbrakes are taught.


During the second flight the student shall have the opportunity to take-off and fly the glider whilst being towed, as well as landing. Furthermore, an introduction to thermal soaring is given as well as a review of the basics learnt on the first flight.


On the third flight the knowledge acquired in the first two flights is practiced as well as an introduction to slope soaring.


Applicants must comply with the following:

  • Must be over 18 yo
  • Must be able to pass a Class 1 Pilot Medical Exam
  • Must be able to pass a maths, physics and English exam at the ATO

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