Air Experience Flights
Every flying day visitors are welcome, and an instructor is nearly always available to take you for a glider flight if you wish. If you’d like to try your hand on the controls, just say the word and will be happy to oblige. Air experience flights are the best way of trying gliding without committing yourself, however once you’ve tried gliding you’ll be hooked!
Why not even spoil a friend with a gift voucher?
Could I learn to Fly?
After an air experience flight you may want to learn to fly yourself. The Soaring Club of Tasmania has an active training program with qualified instructors, who give their tuition for free! Club members only need to pay for the launch and hire of the glider only.
Is it safe?
That’s usually the first question people ask. Gliding is a safe sport. Strict codes of practice and maintenance requirements are set on the sport to maintain and improve safety. Also you could say it’s like driving a car – there are inherent risks but the risks are proportional to the way you drive. And by following the training program you will be skilled to become a safe glider pilot.
How long does it take to learn?
The answer depends on how quickly you adapt and how frequently you fly. Typically it takes up to four to six months to reach solo stage but that’s really just the beginning! While the first solo flight is a milestone in any pilot’s career, it is still just a step. From there you go from strength to strength, earning yourself a series of certificates and higher qualifications. We have had pilots begin training at age 14 to age 74 so you are never too young nor too old to learn to fly gliders.
What else happens?
In gliding there are opportunities to learn about subjects such as meteorology, aerodynamics, navigation, engineering, and photography for anyone interested.
Club members also often assist and learn about aircraft maintenance, radio operating, and in aid in glider launches.
Coming to the Club?
Car pooling is usually available from Launceston and Hobart by arrangement.
Also, if traveling the midlands highway and you see the ‘Open’ sign up, it means we are flying so feel free to drop in and have a flight.
Tea and coffee are available at the club; however a packed lunch, warm cloths, sunglasses and sunscreen are advisable.