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When is the best time of year to learn?

In Sussex, the most reliable month is September, with December a close second! January and February also offer very good learning conditions. People have learnt from scratch to Club pilot in as little as five days during the winter months.

Why? Because winter offers very stable conditions with no thermals or sea breeze to complicate matters and with generally less wind on the hills.

The summer months are the most popular in which to learn but they do not offer such good or reliable conditions It can be unpleasantly hot for walking up hills; We are beset with periods of strong winds; The strong thermals & sea breezes can mean long breaks during the middle of the day while we wait for conditions to moderate. But at least it is warmer while you watch the experienced pilots make use of the stronger thermic conditions...

 
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