Anyone can fly. No matter your age or background, we can help you get in the air. We have had members go solo at just 15 years of age, (the lowest age at which this is legally possible); and we have members who are still flying beyond 90 years of age! In association with Soarability arrangements can be made to assist anyone with disabilities to experience the thrill of flight and even to learn to fly.
Learning at GCWA has many advantages. Cunderdin Airfield has two large tarmac runways, safely approachable with the wind from any direction. We have no trees or other obstructions near the runways, making wind conditions predictable and landing approaches easier to judge. Plus, we’ve got a great bunch of experienced instructors who will work with you to ensure that you learn in a safe, supportive environment – and that you have fun!
Learning to fly a glider – while not at all difficult – requires some time, persistence, and dedication. The more effort you put into it and the more regularly you undertake lessons, the quicker you’ll progress. Progression is competency based. You will need to learn to display particular skills consistently and competently while demonstrating good decision-making choices and safe behaviours. The Australian syllabus includes the following fundamentals:
Our instructors will help you master all of this (and more!) during your learning journey via a number of hands-on one-on-one lessons tailored to your ability and progress, in a two-seat training glider. Training does not end at the first solo. It is one step in progressing to a GPC (Glider Pilot Certificate). There is much more to learn beyond that, with many valuable skills to be acquired as you continue to learn and engage in the joys of soaring flight, move into single-seat gliders, and ultimately take on the greatest of soaring experiences – cross-country flight.
If you want a head start on the theory and to get a good idea of what you’ll need to know, we encourage our new members, and anyone else who is interested, to download a copy of the manual Australian Gliding Knowledge, provided by Gliding Australia. The AGK manual details much of the theory that you’ll need to get to grips with in a very readable format that is simple to understand and will greatly help you during your lessons.