In Europe, how much does it cost to learn to fly gliders if you're already a private pilot? I am one, so I already have the medical and theory etc. but what cost can I expect for a GPL on top of a PPL?
If you're in Romania, are a Romanian citizen and are under 23 you can do it for free in the Romanian Airclub.
Otherwise it's 15 eur/winch launch and 25 eur/tow at around 300m. I'm not sure if there's any deduction from the glider training if you have ppl but I know that if you have the glider licence you get a shorter training plan for motorized aircraft.
This is going to vary widely depending on circumstances, but I can share my personal experience since I did what you are asking about fairly recently.
I got my PPL back in 2004 but pretty much stopped flying two to three years later for financial reasons. In 2015, I determined through discussions with the glider club I am a member of that I could afford to start flying again in gliders. I started working on my rating in August 2015 and did my checkride in July 2016. My stats during training were:
- Flights (which equavlates to to takeoffs and landings): 67
Time: 12 hours, 48 minutes
Cost for instruction: \$0
- Cost for hourly rental and tows: \$2626
- Club dues: \$500 initiation + \$33 a month = \$396
- Misc (Books mostly): \$100
- The club I belong to, Skyline Soaring Association (SSA) is in Front Royal, Virginia USA. I don't know how these numbers would compare to other clubs or doing this through a commercial operation.
- Our club does not charge for instruction. Instead, instruction is one of the duties members (who are qualified) perform as part of their participation in the club. I would expect that instruction would be an extra charge in a commmercial operation as it is in powered flight schools.
- My club's rate sheet is here if you'd like to better understand how these costs break down.
Note: I posted this answer before the edit was made qualifying this question to Europe. I am curious though how the two would compare.