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Hay and Talgarth

Black Mountains Gliding Club

Talgarth airfield is home to a small but very active gliding club, set 970 feet above sea level in the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains halfway between Hay on Wye to the east and Brecon to the west.

The club is open for flying 7 days a week March to October, and at weekends throughout the remainder of the year.

With soarable conditions on most days, we have longer average flight times than any other UK club, and for the experienced pilot we can offer ridge runs and wave flying in almost any wind direction and excellent cross country options. For the less experienced, we offer training at all levels from ab initio to advanced wave and hill soaring.

You can book a trial lesson or further training by telephoning Liz at the club office during weekday mornings.

In a northerly wind the ridges work from Hay Bluff down into the Brecon Beacons, and beyond for the more adventurous and experienced hill pilot. NW winds give wave over the Wye valley. Easterly wave occurs in the Cwmdu valley. High climbs are possible in SW wave over Brecon, Llangorse and sometimes, when in phase, in the Golden valley to diamond heights. Talgarth is also establishing itself as an important cross country site.

At the Black Mountains Gliding Club we aim to maximise your air time, so you learn quickly and efficiently. You are taken through a training schedule, which allows both you and your instructors to monitor your progress through to solo.
Your airtime will be greater than most locations because the local terrain provides good ridge soaring potential. Training flights are typically 45 to 60 minutes, which means you get more time to practice than many locations.

By the time you are sent solo, you will be able to act as pilot in command, undertake pre-flight inspections, handle aircraft correctly on the ground, assist with airfield operations, take off, land and deal with in flight emergencies.

The trial lesson
We always recommend you take a trial lesson, prior to learning to fly. This is an opportunity for you to meet the instructors and confirm you will enjoy flying sailplanes. You will also be able to chat with other students and get an undiluted opinion of the club.

Already a member of another gliding club? No problem, book yourself in for some training under our reciprocal arrangements.

Talgarth - where other UK glider pilots go for their holidays!

Contact Details

Contact Name: Liz Torrence
Tel: 01874 711463
Visit our website:

Black Mountains Gliding Club
The Airfield

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