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Learning to fly gliders with the Melbourne Gliding Club...

Melbourne Gliding Club has one of Australia's best fleet of aircraft, with three modern DG training gliders available for instruction.

Like all gliding clubs in Australia, to fly or learn to fly with the Melbourne Gliding Club you need to do the following:

  • apply to become a member of our club MGC on this website, and
  • take out Gliding Federation of Australia membership, which covers such things as public liability insurance and the gliding magazine, Soaring Australia.

If you would like to join the club please follow the Join Us! link at the top of the page. This includes all current membership fees.

Is it fun?

Yes, we think you'll be hooked!

How much does it cost to learn to fly gliders?

An estimate of the cost to your first solo flight, based on 50 flights of 25 hours in 2 seat glider with instructor and solo within one year of membership is approximately $3000.

An average training flight would be 8 minutes on aerotow behind one of our tugs, taking you to an altitude of 3,000ft (600 metres). If you spent 30 minutes flying in a DG-1000 during training, you would be charged around $60 for the aerotow and around $30 for the glider.

Instruction is FREE. Our fully qualified instructors volunteer their time to train members from your first flight through to cross-country, aerobatics, competition flying and even to becoming an instructor yourself.

As well as membership fees you will be invoiced for each flight. Invoices are sent to you monthly.

What fleet of aircraft do you have?

We have one of the best club fleets in Australia with seven gliders, and two Pawnee tug aircraft. There are three DG training aircraft: 2 x DG-1000 and 1 x DG-505 (and all three are very capable cross-country aircraft with wingtip extensions). We have a Duo-Discus XT for cross-country flying. In the single-seaters, we have a Junior for our first solo aircraft, progressing to a Discus CS. Find out more on our Fleet page.

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