History of YouthGilde QLD

Youth Glide QLD was created in 2018 on the basis of getting all the junior glider pilots  in Queensland together and have fun together.

Introduction- the Need

There is an increasing number of Junior members in Queensland in all clubs.

Training and solo Junior pilots need a support network of similar age and interests which are often not available in their clubs

Networking juniors on a regular basis will help retention of those members and make a more fun activity.

Young role models are needed to enhance the new junior pilot’s enjoyment and progress.


To provide a network opportunity for Queensland Juniors of all levels of flying skills and qualifications.

YouthGlide will promote the concept of holding ‘Mini-Camps’ to provide an opportunity to support existing members and help them stay actively involved in the sport. Mini-Camps will also offer an opportunity to introduce potential new members to our sport at gliding sites around the state. Mini-Camps will also aim to build positive relationships with host Clubs.

YouthGlide will foster the development of juniors for AEI, Level 1 instructors, and introductory airworthiness skills.

YouthGlide particularly aims to capture the imagination of junior pilots from 14 to 18 who mostly need parental involvement and close support from instructors and clubs. While this age-bracket is our target we cater to all those that fall under the junior age bracket for gliding i.e. 13 to 26, we have special regulations for participants under 15, see under the subheading “Safety” for more.