TRAINING - GLIDERS
must be a member of the Gliding
Federation of Australia to be trained
to fly a glider.
training is provided by volunteer
instructors who are approved by the
Gliding Federation of
training takes place at Horsham
Aerodrome on Saturdays and Sundays, or
by arrangement with one of the club's
training syllabus has been developed
over many years by the Gliding
Federation of Australia and is followed
by all gliding clubs and commercial
schools throughout Australia. This
consistent standard ensures the safety
of our sport.
must meet the health and fitness
requirements to drive a car in
Australia. Before you fly, you will
need to sign a medical
- If you
are in doubt regarding you health, we
recommend you seek the advice of an
Aviation Medical Examiner.
minimum age to go solo is 15 years.
There is no maximum age limit, although
after 70, you will need a doctor to
sign once a year that you are fit to
per year Membership of the Gliding
Federation of Australia, which includes
a monthly magazine.
per year Membership of the Horsham
is provided free of charge
Hire @ 50 cents per minute (Average
training flight is 20 minutes or
launch by Jabiru J230D @ $2.50 per
minute (Average launch is 9 minutes or
average training flight will cost about
trial instructional flight will cost
training is on a "pay as you go"
Solo and Beyond
students will 'Go Solo' or fly for the
first time by themselves in about 30 to
progress to 'Solo' is dependent on you
own ability, some students with
previous flying experience have gone
solo in under 10 flights, others have
taken more than 50. There are no set
minimum number of hours to be
- It's a
good plan to have 2 to 4 training
flights each time you come to the club.
Also come as regularly as possible in
order to reinforce your progress. After
all, practice makes perfect.
main aims of going solo are to make
sure that you are safe to fly alone,
and also to make sure that you have
completed certain exercises to a good
level so that you are able to cope with
any potential problems.
course, learning doesn't just stop when
you go solo. Most would even say that
solo is just the start of your
involvement in the sport, you never
stop learning! Further training is
available for almost as far as you wish