Gliding is one of the least expensive ways to fly.
As a Student Glider Pilot You
- Follow a course of ground and flight instruction that leads to a glider pilot license (GPL), issued by Transport Canada.
- Pay only for the aero-tow and glider rental - instruction is free.
- May credit a portion of your glider hours towards a power private (PPL) or commercial pilot license (CPL).
- May fly solo at the age of 14.
- May be licensed at the age of 16.
- Are licensed by Transport Canada.
- Teach from the Soaring Association of Canada (SAC) syllabus.
- Are volunteers who teach for the love of our sport.
Our Sailplane Fleet
- Consists of a Schleicher ASK-21 and two PZL Krosno two-seat gliders. The K-21 is a great cross-country training aircraft and is well suited for transition training to higher performance gliders. The Krosnos are ideal training sailplanes with ease of handling and exceptional visibility for both pilot and student on a training flight, or for a passenger on a scenic flight.
- Has two single-seat sailplanes available for members to fly. The ASK6 is an excellent glider for transition to single-seat gliders. The high performance ASW 19 is an excellent cross-country sailplane and is equipped with an oxygen system for high-altitude flights.
- Is equipped with PowerFLARM collision avoidance systems.
Our Tow Plane
- Is a Piper Pawnee crop duster.
- Has a 265HP Lycoming engine.
- Is equipped with a quiet four-blade Hoffmann propeller.
- Has a proven track record for glider towing.
Our Tow Pilots
- Are Transport Canada licensed.
- Some are club members with glider licenses.
- Are volunteers.
- Some have commercial and airline licenses.
Great Lakes Gliding Club