Women invited to glide into the skies at Gransden Lodge Airfield

A K21 glider takes off.
A K21 glider takes off.
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An opportunity for women to meet female pilots, share experiences and get into the skies is being offered at Gransden Lodge Airfield.

Cambridge Gliding Centre, home to recent women’s world champion Sarah Kelman, is holding its first Women Glide event on Sunday, August 16 from 10am until 5pm.

It’s an event aimed at encouraging women of all ages to get into the sky, have a go at catching a thermal and experiencing the thrill of soaring into the skies for themselves.

The Women Glide event is an opportunity for women new to the sport to fly with a female instructor in one of the club’s dual control K21 gliders at a discounted rate, as well as meet other female pilots and chat with women also interested in flying.

Members will be on hand to talk about their flying experiences and to discuss what is involved in the sport, so future pilots can get a taste for flying without even leaving the ground. There is no need to book - prospective pilots are welcome to just come along to the Cambridge Gliding Centre on the day. Tea, cake and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Gliders are aircraft without engines that use hot air rising from the ground to carry them to the clouds, using much the same principles as soaring birds. The sleek modern aircraft can travel hundreds of miles in the right conditions, without using any fuel and so they are the cheapest and the most environmentally friendly way to fly. The skill-based sport of competitive gliding allows men and women of all ages to fly across the country and compete at the same level.

To keep up to date with the event and to let organisers know if you are planning to go along on the day or have any questions visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/109050009435099/

To find out more about Women Glide UK (WGUK) visit the website;

http://www.womenglide.co.uk/

For directions to Cambridge Gliding Centre visit

http://www.camgliding.uk/cambridge-gliding-centre/gransden_lodge.aspx