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Learn to Fly



Gliders are like surfboards of the sky - it takes skill and understanding of the invisible forces at play.

Gliding is an all-inclusive and very social sport attracting men and woman of all ages and walks of life. In Australia you can fly solo from the age of 15 and some pilots continue gliding into their eighties. It is never too late to learn to glide and many pilots take up the sport in their 40s, 50s or even 70s.

Learning to fly on gliders leads not only to an exhilarating and challenging pastime but can be a great lead-in for young people wishing to become professional pilots, whether military or commercial.


It teaches a better co-ordination of controls and awareness of position than light aircraft flying, and is appreciated by aviation employers.


Short courses using aero-tow launching can be arranged to provide up to 10 flights. Included in the maximum 10 flights and or up to 4.5 hours total flying time and temporary club membership (total flight time may be reduced due to weather conditions). Two of the 10 flights may be winch launches. This provides students with the different launch experiences and a good ratio between soaring and takeoff and landing practice.


Instructional flights are between 20 to 30 minutes but if weather permits a (longer duration) short distance cross country flight may be possible. 


Ideally the 10 flights should be conducted within a week so the flying skills can develop and consolidate. The 10 flights must be used within 30 consecutive days.


Short Course

10 flights and up to 4.5 hours flying time. 

Aerotow and winch launches.


20% membership discount

for short course students

If a short course student wishes to continue training, they will eligible for a 20% discount on their first club annual membership.


While instructors give their time for free, it is in their interest and that of students, to keep the cost of training to a minimum. For this reason, first time gliding students are required to do initial training using aero-tow launches before moving on to winch launching. Glider training using aero-tow more easily allow students to develop the ‘stick and rudder’ skills to properly control the glider which then allows more efficient development of take off and landing skills.


Students with previous gliding or power flying experience may be able to move directly to winch launching for lower cost circuit and landing practice.

For more information

Club Secretary

Chris Macaulay on 0438 639 926

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