About our Club

The Gliding Club of Western Australia (GCWA) is based on the Cunderdin airfield in the heart of the wheatbelt region of WA, an easy one and a half hours drive East from Perth. The Club was established in 1944 at the former Caversham Airfield (now part of Whiteman Park) and moved to its current home in Cunderdin in 1959. 2024 will commemorate our 80th year making us by far the longest established Gliding Club in the State (and the second oldest in the country!).

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GCWA has grown over the years to be a close-knit club with a strong emphasis on cross-country flying and maintaining a strong social atmosphere amongst great friends.  For young and old alike – and for all genders – gliding is truly a sport for anyone. In association with Soarability arrangements can be made to cater for the special needs of the disabled as well.

GCWA is ideally situated for gliding. We have a safe spacious airfield environment with paved areas and taxiways leading to long paved runways. Our runways are free from turbulence generated by trees and buildings in close proximity. We have good hangarage and ample space to build more. The area surrounding the airfield is all flat farmland and poses negligible risk to flying operations. Being slightly further from Perth puts us in the best position to take early advantage of the good soaring conditions provided by the relatively flat, sun-drenched wide-open spaces of the wheatbelt and we are seldom affected by early sea-breezes that can put an end to soaring conditions closer to Perth. We have few airspace restrictions – another advantage of being that bit further away from Perth.

Apart from the best flying we have a spacious, air-conditioned clubhouse with modern kitchen and facilities. There is satellite based NBN service with free WIFI in the clubhouse. Limited overnight accommodation (reverse-cycle airconditioned) is available at reasonable prices and we have a member caravan park and ablution facilities + laundry.

GCWA own a large fleet of gliders – three 2-seaters and six single-seat aircraft. All are available to members at reasonable hire rates. The club owns two glider-tug aircraft (Piper Pawnee’s) one of which has recently been converted to an eTug configuration by replacing the old motor with a modern GM V8 powerplant – it’s an awesome tow aircraft and the only one of its kind in WA.

The amazing Lana and Stephen from GoldenLight WA Photography & Video made this awesome video of their AEF experience! Thanks guys!!
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What People Are Saying

Great bunch of people happy to take you up to the skies with them.
Definitely something you have to do at least once! Awesome experience.
Caroline Keech

I have enjoyed a number of Joy flights and social events at this active gliding club over the years. My husband instructs here it’s a great place to learn to fly!

Many people don’t realise their solo gliding hours count towards a PPL ! So much fun and affordable for those who love flying.

Lisa-Maree Ellett

Gliding enthusiasts would surely enjoy the ride because of the amazing aerial scenery around cunderdin’s part of the wheatbelt region

Edwin Villarina