Learning to Fly

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

Learning to fly on gliders leads not only to an exhilarating and challenging pastime but can be a great lead-in for those 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 within 30 consecutive days under the Air Experience Flight limitations. Ideally the 10 flight should be conducted within a week so the flying skills can develop and consolidate.

2 of the 10 short course flights may be winch launches for the student to experience that form of launching.

Included in the maximum 10 flights is up to 4.5 hours total flying time and temporary club membership.

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

This provides a good ratio between soaring and takeoff and landing practice. Total flight time may be reduced due to weather conditions. 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.

Short course cost is $1000

For more information

Cheif Flying Instructor

Trevor Burke on 07 5485 1898 or 0400 348 711


Contact Details:

Sunshine Coast Gliding
Gympie Airfield
132 Lobwein Road,
Kybong QLD 4570
Phone: 0400 348 711

ABN: 36 835 368 992

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