Gliding Is For Everyone

Gliding can be a lifelong journey that will take you places that you never imagined.

The sport of gliding is an exhilarating, spectacular yet serene flying experience. Gliders take to the air like birds with wings outstretched, soaring on rising air currents, immersed in three dimensional space and flying silently with an eagle’s view of the world.

How much does gliding cost

Gliding is the cheapest form of flying . Introductory flights for juniors are typically between $90-$120. Further training will be less expensive, as most clubs in Queensland offer heavily discounted rates to Junior pilots once they become a club member. 

How old do I have to be to learn? 

The lower age limit to solo is fifteen (you are able to start to learn to fly at a younger age)

How fast can a glider go? 

Some modern gliders have a top speed of up to about 250 km/h. A normal thermalling speed is about 70 – 90 km/h.

What is a glider? 

A glider or sailplane is a high performance aircraft which has been designed to have a very flat glide angle. The glide angle is expressed as a ratio. For example, some modern gliders have a glide ratio of 60:1. This means that when the glider travels 60 metres forward through the air it loses 1 metre of altitude. Light powered aircraft have a glide ratio of about 10:1 with the engine off. Most club gliders in Australia have a glide ratio of 30:1 to 45:1

A typical junior pilot’s journey may look similar to Matthews in the video