Learn to fly
After an air experience flight, you may decide you like it and would like to learn to fly a glider. Gliding Tasmania offers complete flight training carried out by fully qualified instructors to the standards laid out by the Gliding Federation of Australia. As all our instructors are volunteers and we use a tow aircraft to launch our gliders.
Learning to fly a glider is much the same as learning to fly a light aircraft. In the glider used for training, the instructor will usually sit behind you and have a full set of duplicate controls. How long it will take you to go solo depends on a number of factors such as your aptitude, how open you are to the instructor’s guidance, and how relaxed you are. The closer together the lessons are, the easier it is to build on the knowledge gained from the previous one and the faster you will learn.
Once you are able to fly the glider solo another new world will open for you and, if you are so inclined, there is the opportunity to perhaps become an instructor yourself one day.
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!
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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 the 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 from 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 aid in glider launches.
Coming to the Club?
Carpooling 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 clothes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are advisable.
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