If you feel the need to try something new - something that will provide excitement, beauty, new challenges and friends - the spectacular sport of gliding offers you a lifetime of pleasures. Real flying in modern gliders enables you to explore the skies for a whole day long, travelling perhaps two or three hundred
kilometres before you return home as the sun sets.
It is not difficult to become a safe glider pilot. So long as you are reasonably fit you can
learn to glide at any age; you can fly solo as young as 15. Once trained, many newcomers go on to fly cross-country and to enjoy for themselves the exhilaration of finding up-currents of air and viewing the unfolding world below in its proper perspective. And if you like to compete, gliding can be one of the most challenging and demanding of individual sports, both mentally and physically.
But, for most people, the joy of gliding comes from simply flying quietly like a bird in the freedom of the air and sharing with friends their enthusiasm for all that the sport has to offer. There is nothing else they would rather be doing.
We offer trial instructional flights to allow you to experience the
exhilarating three-dimensional world of glider flying. These flights not
only allow budding glider pilots to “try before they buy”, but are available
to anyone who wishes to enjoy the experience of flying. For further
details, click on the "Services
" link to the
The Beaufort Gliding Club provides initial and advanced training in glider
flying and has been doing so safely for over 60 years.
established in Melbourne during 1942 by employees of the Department of Aircraft
Production, Beaufort Division (Fishermen's Bend), which built
Bristol Beaufort bombers for the
Royal Australian Air Force.
The Club is affiliated with the Gliding
Federation of Australia and is run as a non-profit organisation that is
incorporated for the protection of its members.
It is managed by annually elected Officers and training is carried out by
Gliding Federation of Australia authorised Instructors who are provided free of
No licence is required to fly gliders whilst a member of the Club.
aim of the Club is to encourage people in all facets of gliding, with a
strong emphasis on the co-operative efforts of all members to keep costs
as low as possible. This ensures that the sport is affordable to the
widest possible section of the community.
the more detailed or specific questions that you will most certainly have,
please contact us using one of the methods below. Our contact will be
only too pleased to answer your queries.
- Peter Champness
- Postal address
- 66 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe Vic 3079
- Electronic mail
- General Information:
For Emergency and Operational Matters Contact:
Chief Flying Instructor
0418 114 454
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