What is gliding?
Gliders are solid fixed-wing aircraft that use thermals of rising air to stay airborne. Gliding is pure ‘ stick and rudder’ flying and a great way to start to fly or begin a career in aviation.
How do I start?
Book an AEF online and see if gliding is for you. If you join we subsume the cost of this into your joining fees. Alternatively, come out to the Club, we’ll show you around and you can speak to the team.
How safe is gliding?
All aviation sports carry a small risk of injury. Gliding is relatively safe. There is an embedded safety culture at Boonah Gliding Club and your safety is our top priority.
Some apprehension is normal but this decreases with experience and building confidence in the safety of the gliders, in your instructors, and your own skills.
Will I get airsick?
Some people do feel a bit airsick due to the turning that gliders must do to stay within thermals. This often abates with time. It is important to eat only a light meal prior to your flight, keep hydrated and stay cool with light coloured clothing and a hat.
Are there restrictions on who can glide?
You must be under 110kg and reasonably able-bodied. Children over 10 years old can come for a flight but there is a minimum age of 15 years for the first solo.
Are my instructors qualified?
All our instructors are fully qualified and have a prescribed level of minimum experience to be able undertake introductory flights and gliding lessons.
How long does it take to learn to glide?
It takes approximately 35-75 flights to be competent for solo. Once solo you progress through the A,B and C certificates and then can be awarded your GPC (Glider Pilot Certificate). Of course, that is the just the start of the adventure as you can then progress to be a cross country pilot, competition pilot, instructor, aerobatic pilot or just enjoy leisurely Sunday flights around the airstrip.
Am I insured?
All passengers and students must be members of Gliding Australia and then benefit from their group insurances. You may still need to consider your own TPD and Life insurance (which must allow for a recreational aviation hobby).
Who are Gliding Australia?
Gliding Australia (formerly GFA) are the body that administer gliding on behalf of CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority). All glider pilots and passengers must be members of Gliding Australia. We will organise this for you when you arrive at the Club for your introductory flight. If you are definitely going to join Boonah Gliding Club then you should go onto the GA website and join beforehand.