Learn to Fly Gliders
Learn to Fly at Byron Bay
Have you ever dreamed of flying, soaring the ridges and thermals just as the eagles do? Have you been inspired by the books of Richard Bach and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, but never knew how to go about taking the first step? It’s a lot easier than you may think, and quite inexpensive.
Byron Bay Gliding Club offers training in robust MotorFalke self-launching gliders. This training will be conducted by instructors from our Flying Instructor Panel which includes some the best gliding instructors in Australia.
You may be able to arrange a bulk flying period from a day to several days with club instructors depending on their availability. A concentrated period will give you an introduction to the joys of the air and a very good idea of whether the sport is for you. Currently initial training costs $150 per hour on the Falkes in which you will learn. Once you go solo then the rate reverts to the standard club flying rate based on engine time and flying time. Gliding with the engine off is very inexpensive and once solo you can easily halve your flying costs.
Additional costs include memberships of our club and of the Gliding Federation of Australia, both of which can be purchased for a short term period initially. There will also be a small additional cost for books (Pilot’s Logbook and Basic Gliding Knowledge)
The best times for student courses are in Spring and Autumn when the air tends to be generally calmer. Summer brings strong sea-breezes which make circuit training difficult for the novice pilot. These same North-Easterlies are a blessing to the experienced soaring pilot, as they produce ridge lift – we have one of the best ridge sites in the country, and certainly the prettiest. Coorabel ridge was the site of two Australian records flown some 60 years ago.