Gliding in Australia is based on a club system. There are nearly one hundred clubs located throughout the country in all states, the ACT and Northern Territories. The sport is self-administering under the auspices of the government regulator CASA. Gliding has well-developed systems and structure, with roots extending back to the 1930s. It is a mature sport and used as a model for other recreational aviation.

Most clubs operate every weekend, weather permitting. You can find the club nearest to you by choosing the Find a Gliding Club menu link. Gliding clubs provide training and coaching, club aircraft and facilities, and launching services. Many also provide on-site accommodation. Much of the day to day running of gliding clubs relies on volunteers, which helps keep the cost of flying low compared to other types of aviation.

Like most sports, gliding relies on various activities, people and disciplines working together. Activities can broadly be split into three main categories. Airworthiness involves the maintenance, servicing and repair of aircraft and equipment. Operations including teaching new pilots to fly and maintaining safety standards. Sport, the more exciting side of flight, covers cross country training, racing, competition and coaching.

Many club members enjoy an opportunity to participate in the maintenance and engineering tasks, other pilots concentrate on teaching and coaching and all club members enjoy simply being on an airfield surrounded by gliders and aviation.

Most clubs organise social activities throughout the year and many members become lifelong friends. Clubs are family-friendly as well. All family members, from the youngest to the oldest, are all welcome to soak up the atmosphere and become a part of gliding in Australia.


Courtesy of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.