Bathurst Soaring Club holds training courses for beginner and low-time pilots, usually twice a year.

The courses run for 7 days, Saturday to Friday.

Dates of the next courses:

26th October - 1st November 2019 - Course Full

Sat 21 March – Fri 27 March 2020 (tentative dates)

We have decided to make the first day of the course a Saturday. This will allow those attending to complete the necessary paperwork and get a feel for the club's operations. We normally host a welcome dinner on the Saturday night which will help new students meet our members. In addition to completing several instructional flights during the weekend, duty pilots and other club members can train students on the course in:

  • safety procedures
  • general on-field glider handling
  • wing running
  • tug signalling
  • completing flight sheets
  • hooking up gliders
  • driving the retrieve vehicle
  • washing gliders, hangaring, etc...
  • filling in glider's Maintenance Release

This introductory training will greatly assists the instructors to get into flying earlier on the Monday morning and running the course more smoothly. 
Bookings permitted, course attendees will get their first flight with a weekend instructor on Saturday or Sunday. This is likely to be limited to one or two flights only so as not to impact on other club members, however, if time permits, additional flights might be possible. Intense flight training will start on Monday.


The training course includes:

  • All Course materials, log books, the "Basic Gliding Knowledge" textbook, lectures
  • Launches (20 to 2,000 ft, or equivalent tows to a total of 40,000 ft)
  • Glider hire
  • Instruction (maximum 3 students per instructor - Monday to Friday)
  • Three months membership of the Bathurst Soaring Club and Gliding Federation of Australia
  • Bunk House accommodation and use of Club Facilities (includes the use of Kitchen, BBQ, TV, Wifi, etc)

If due to adverse weather or for any other reason you are not able to take your 20 launches during the week, you will be credited with the launch height remaining from the initial allocation of 40,000 feet and you are free to take further flights during the following weekend or during normal operations over the following three months. 

This course is for Ab Initio (beginners) or early glider pilots with limited hours only.

Cost for October Course:

  • Non-Members (not school students and others): $2,100 including 3 months BSC membership, GFA ($166), Log Book and 40,000 feet launch with free glider hire. We collect $1,936 before the course and the student pays $166 to the GFA on line at the beginning of the course.
  • Non Members  (school students) $2,030 including as above except 12mths BSC membership and GFA
  • Members (school students and others): First course $1,700, subsequent course: $1,650 (no logbook or GBK)

If you are interested, please contact us

Happy Soaring...