Two people at the controls of a flight simulator. One holds a map whilst the other flys. In front of them is a high resolution view of a mountainous landscape.

Newton Flight Academy

Newton Flight Academy is an immersive new experience at Glasgow Science Centre!

It is the UK’s first Newton Flight Academy and home to Scotland’s only full-motion flight simulators. In fact, there are 3 of them in this state-of-the-art facility!

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is most suitable for ages 12+ and not suitable for anyone aged 8 and under.

Keen young flyers aged between 9 and 11 must share their flying experience with an accompanying adult.

Discover the science of flight as you take-off at the controls of a light aircraft under the reassuring guidance of our flight instructors. So, whether you’ve had any experience of a simulator before or are totally new to piloting you’re sure to have an unforgettable time from check-in to final landing.

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is a thrilling experience unlike anything you’ve done before:

  • a realistic wrap-around 180-degree view of the landscape generated from real map data
  • full feedback from the controls – feel every slight adjustment to your flight as the simulator cabin moves
  • full instruction and background to the science of flight from our flight crew.

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FAQs

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Who is Newton Flight Academy suitable for?

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is most suitable for ages 12+ and not suitable for anyone aged 8 and under.
Keen young flyers aged between 9 and 11 must share their flying experience with an accompanying adult. If you are visiting with two children aged between 9 and 11 you will need to book two simulator experiences and they will need to attend with 2 adults.

How do I get to Newton Flight Academy?

Newton Flight Academy is on Floor 2 of Glasgow Science Centre. The address is 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA - how to get here.

When is Newton Flight Academy available to book?

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is currently available to book for sessions at weekends and local school holidays through May. Further dates will be available in due course.

What plane will I fly?

There are two different light aircraft available in the simulator to fly: The Beechcraft 58 Baron (B58) and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk (C172).

The B58 has twin IO-550 300 HP engines.

The C172 in the simulator is the 180 HP 172 SP variant.

Where will I fly to?

In your 30-minute flight simulator experience, your flight will take off and land at Glasgow Airport giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the controls while flying over the city. Then you will have the opportunity to fly a short sightseeing flight around a city of your choice.

How easy is it to fly?

You will be fully supported by our flight instructors throughout your experience to ensure a successful take-off and landing.

How accessible is Newton Flight Academy?

We have endeavoured to make Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre as accessible as possible. The simulators have a set of three steps with handrail to reach the seats in the cockpit. To discuss any particular accessibility needs, please email us before booking.

Can other members of my party observe?

A maximum of two non-flying members of the visiting party are welcome to attend Newton Flight Academy and observe the simulation experience. Space around the simulators is limited and observers will be required to stand during the experience.

Tell me more about Newton Rooms

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is proud to be the first of its kind in the UK. It is part of the international Newton Room network offering education experiences within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Find out more about the Newton Room concept.

Ready to reach new heights?

Experience the sheer thrill of flying in our state-of-the-art full motion flight simulators in Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre!

Take-off at the controls of an aeroplane and set a course across the sky above the city of Glasgow, and then a destination of your choice, with our Flight Instructor.

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Educator?

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is available as an immersive STEM education experience for small groups of S2 and S3 students.

Over the course of a day, they’ll work together and apply their skills and knowledge to chart a flight path, learn about flight and working together in a team to solve real-world scenarios, and experience the thrill of putting the planning into action by taking the controls of a full-motion flight simulator!

Find out more and enquire about a visit Newton Flight Academy for schools!


Event organiser?

Give your colleagues an unforgettable teambuilding experience filled with challenges to overcome together and the rewards of flying high in our state-of-the-art full motion flight simulators!

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is a unique space and is available to host your event.

We are taking event enquiries for Newton Flight Academy and would love to hear from you.


Partners

Newton Flight Academy at Glasgow Science Centre is a partnership between Glasgow Science Centre, FIRST Scandinavia, Boeing, University of Strathclyde and MathWorks.

Find out more about how to support Glasgow Science Centre’s charitable mission to inspire everyone to explore and understand the world around them and to discover and enjoy science.

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