Pilot training is carried out according to the GFA training manual. We don't offer intensive courses, rather you fly on the days it suits you and take your own time to complete the syllabus. You will get an opportunity to fly with every one of our instructors and you will quickly find out which training style suits you. The instructors give their time for free - you only pay for the glider hire.Here are some things you should be aware of if you are considering learning to fly. Weight limitation:
Unlike power planes, there is no minimum number of hours you have to do to go solo. When the instructor thinks you're ready, you're ready. There is only one book to buy (we can sell you a copy) and no stressful exams to do. In Australia, there isn't even a licence - unlike Dumbo the elephant, you don't need to hold a piece of paper to fly. This is safe because it's impossible to get into a glider and take off "unlicenced," you can only get off the ground with the assistance of other club members, notably the tug pilot.
The student sits in the front seat of the glider. This is done for two reasons: first the balance of the glider is not changed when the instructor climbs out to let you go solo and second, it is better training for a single seater, where every seat is the front seat. The two seater feels light and easy to fly until you get into a single seater. Then you can feel the ultimate soaring experience.
As a student at HVGC, you will be expected to help get the gliders out of the hangar in the morning, prepare them for the day and put them away again in the afternoon. This makes gliding affordable. There are no paid employees. It does unfortunately mean that a solid investment of time is necessary.