The Gliding Club of Western Australia
Welcome to the Sport of Gliding!
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." 
 - Leonardo da Vinci 
 
Gliding is the ultimate flying experience, the most pure form of flight that you can engage in.  It is an activity that can be enjoyed at all levels: from the relaxation of a quiet local flight, experiencing the challenge of soaring across the countryside, the excitement of aerobatics, or the thrill of regional and international racing competitions. 
 
Sailplanes soar using the same air currents that many birds use to fly, but have also been designed with the kind of aerodynamic efficiency that enables top speeds of up to 260 kph. Distances of over 1200 km have been flown in Australia and heights of over 40,000 feet have been reached - all utilising the natural air currents provided by the landscape below. Gliding gives you the freedom to explore the world from a unique birds eye view whilst enjoying a safe and exciting sport. 
 
It is a sport for all ages - from those who start early and fly solo on their 15th birthday through to mature age groups; there is no upper age limit.  Gliding is a silent and graceful way of flying without an engine.  You may wonder how you get airborne, and how you stay up. You will find the answers to these questions and more here at the Gliding Club of Western Australia.

Did you know?

The Gliding Club of WA is the oldest gliding club in Western Australia - and the second oldest in the country!

We have been in operation for more than 75 years, with humble beginnings following WWII at Caversham near Perth, and over 60 years of flying from our current home at Cunderdin Airfield.

Want to Know More?
If you're looking for information about how Gliders work or how they stay aloft using natural air currents, this is the place to look.
Want to come and try it for yourself?  If you want to come for a flight just for fun or are interested in becoming a member and learning how to soar, then look here.
More information about the club, its facilities and aircraft can be found here; along with other info on social events and flying activity.
News
Girls Fly 2 - October 16 to 18
Now that many of the restrictions put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, GCWA has rescheduled the Girls Fly 2 weekend!  Get some friends together and come out to see what gliding is all about.  Click below for further details.
POSTPONED : Girls Fly 2 - March 27 to 29
GCWA is running an event for the ladies!  Come and give gliding a go in the company of other like minded women.  Even better - get a group together and make a weekend of it!!  Click below for further details.
3 Month Trial Membership
Ever wanted to try out gliding for yourself, but unsure about committing to a full club membership? GCWA now offers a Trial 3 Month membership package for new pilots to give gliding a go. 
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