Trial Flights

We are proud to offer a range of instructional trial flights from the very affordable 15-20 minute glider flight to the ultimate “Mile High” experience, where you will soar for up to an hour from 5300 feet. You will have the opportunity to sit back, relax and become familiar with the sensation of silent flight in our unique sport before taking control under the expert guidance of our fully qualified instructors while searching for that elusive lift that will keep you soaring for longer. It is an experience of a life time!

While each trial flight option provides for an introduction to the sport with ongoing membership a goal, temporary club membership will be issued prior to your flight permitting a limited number of additional instructional flights before full club membership is required.

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Standard Trial Flight - $125

This is our basic trial flight and includes a tow to 2500 feet above the magnficent Manawatu, where you'll be released to sit back, relax and enjoy the wonder of unpowered flight. Our Standard Trial Flight should be good for at least 15-20 minutes of silent soaring, enough to enjoy unmatched views of Palmerston North, Feilding and beyond. Prior to the flight you will be given a short briefing, covering all essentials so that you can confidently take the controls under the supervision of one of our experienced instructors.

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Super Trial Flight - $195

For those that wish to guarantee an extended flight with spectacular views to Mt. Ruapehu and the Kapiti Coast on a clear day, then our Super Trial Flight is for you. This flight includes a tow to 4000 feet above Feilding and should be good for 30-40 minutes, weather permitting, or longer if conditions are good! This will allow more time at the controls and plenty of opportunities for capturing snaps to record your experience.

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Mile High Trial Flight - $250

If you'd like the ultimate soaring adventure, then the Mile High Trial Flight is for you! A tow to 5300 feet (one statute mile) over feilding should allow unprecedented views to the west coast of the North Island and over the Ruahine and Tararua ranges, well into the Wairarapa. The higher tow will allow you the maximum opportunity to take in the soaring experience as you explore the local area for up to an hour in the splendour of silence.

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Become a Qualified Glider Pilot

Gliding Manawatu is also proud to offer a Trial Membership (3 flight introductory package). If your trial flight was just the greatest thing since sliced bread, then now's the time to find out more about training to become a Qualified Glider Pilot.

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What to Bring?

Just bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera to record your adventure.