Learn to Glide

Train with us!

Why not learn to fly with the Canberra Gliding Club? Our qualified instructors will take you through our detailed syllabus, and in under a year you could be flying one of our gliders solo and working towards your Glider Pilot's Certificate.

The number of flights required to reach solo depends on pilot aptitude, prior experience, your visit frequency, knowledge and study habits, ability to consolidate training experience, fitness etc. We utilise a competency-based flying training syllabus. The real learning and enjoyment is developed post-solo! 

What you'll learn

The training syllabus includes instruction in:

  • The characteristics of a glider and soaring to the personal skill level where you can control the glider at altitude, thermal to gain height and fly accurately to an airfield;

  • Controlling the glider close to the ground, controlling speed, pitch, roll and yaw, and glider direction in take-off, circuit, approach and landing;

  • Recovering from spins, unusual attitudes, and flight without complex instrumentation;

  • Rules of the air, where you can fly, what airspace is controlled, how to communicate by radio, how to maintain a lookout and keep clear of other aircraft.

Training continues post-solo, and you will:

  • Learn how to fly wave and cross country, covering distances of 50km, 300km, 500km, even 1000km;

  • Progress through the Club's fleet of high performance single seat gliders;

  • Qualify to fly with your friends and family as passengers

What will it cost?

As a club member, instruction provided is completely free! All you have to pay for is the launch cost and glider time.

As you progress, it's completely up to you whether you strive for an exciting sport or just enjoy a tranquil hobby. There is a full range from simply flying skills to extraordinary complexity in competitive soaring. It's always a team effort to get airborne, but once you're there, you are on your own.

Membership and Flying Fees

Bunyan Airfield

Located an hour South of Canberra, 10mins past Bredbo, and 15mins from Cooma, Bunyan Airfield on the Monaro Highway is home to the Canberra Gliding Club.

Visitors please follow the road to the clubhouse, or pull up next to the horse float if we have aircraft operating on the runways.