With our two
two seater gliders we are able to offer training
for anybody. The training is done by volunteer qualified members
of the club, who have been trained through the Gliding Federation of
Australia. Training usually requires about 30-40 instructional flights,
before solo flying is possible.
however does not end at solo.
We maintain a
close eye on all pilots as they progress. Once solo you will fly duel
any day you come to fly before being allowed solo again, this is daily
checks. Later you will be on monthly checks and eventually annual checks.
Even the top guns are checked every year.
is only the first step.
It takes years
to hone your skills to become a top competitive pilot. It has been said
by pilots with 1,000 hours flying "I'm just beginning to get the idea
The Gliding Club
of WA has an innovative programme to encourage budding cross country
pilots at both the ab-initio (learning to fly) stage, and also the post
solo stage of your flying career.
We offer pilots that are learning
to fly, the opportunity, to get beyond sight of the airfield with one
of our more experienced pilots so that they can set their sights a bit
higher, and they can be exposed to operations at a higher level away
from the field.
in the post solo stage, especially after a pilot has gained the level
of privileges required to leave the airfield area by themselves, the
club offers coaching to interested people so that the new pilot is able
to fly with an experienced pilot and develop their cross country soaring
Eventually pilots will be
trained to a level where they can fly club, state or even National competitions.
Alternatively you may wish to be a pilot who attempts to break records.
GCWA has a
long history of cross country flying, and some of our results can be
and PW-5 lining up for the take off.
Knut von Hentig is preparing the Jantar Std.2 for the cross country
at the GCWA
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