Melbourne Gliding Club

  • 23 Jan 2020 20:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are some changes to MGC operations in 2020. We are temporarily stopping formal training on two of the eight duty teams (duty team 4 - Sunday; and duty team 7 - Saturday) to have these days be general flying days.

    How will operations work on general flying days?

    On general flying days there will be flying available for pilots with A Certificate or above. There will be no student training. There will be one instructor on duty to provide oversight of the operation. These days provide opportunities for cross country flying as well as local soaring. You must remember to book a glider to avoid disappointment! Normal rules apply

    · The bus, fire cart (in season) and emergency cart must be on the flight line.

    · Flight times must be recorded in the laptop as normal, but record your own times and check they have been added to the laptop flight sheet.

    · Get the glider out you want to fly, seek assistance as required.

    · The duty instructor will hold a brief when everyone is ready, which may well be later than normal.

    · The duty instructor and the members present will work out who will run wings, forward signal etc. Co-operation with other clubs is a good option.

    · The duty instructor will call a halt to operations if there are insufficient people to operate safely.

    What is different?

    · If you book a glider it is yours for the day.

    · Expect to fly the glider you booked during the best part of the day.

    · If cross country is planned, you must arrange a buddy to be your retrieve crew (and you can return the favour on another general flying day!).

    · Expect to be entirely responsible for getting the glider out and putting the glider away at the end of the day.

    · Expect to be helping on the flight line.

    · If you are on dual checks, call or text the duty instructor the day before, as dual checks will not always be available.

    The booking system has been updated to reflect these new arrangements. Normal operations and training continue to be available on the other six weekend days of the month.

  • 21 May 2019 19:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are running one ground school morning per month  – the first one will be radio and circuit procedures, others will be announced a few weeks out, but a mix of pre- or post solo subjects will be covered, tailored to suit the audience, feel free to come along and listen and contribute if you are an experienced pilot dates are as follows:

    • 25th May
    • 15th June
    • 13th July 
    • 10th August
    • 7th September
    • 5th October 
    • 09th November
    • 07th December

    For more information, contact the CFI, Paul Spooner.

  • 27 Mar 2019 08:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Safety Officer, Mark White, has prepared a great guide to gliding safely at Bacchus Marsh. It's available on our 'files' page, along with all the other club manuals - essential reading for all members.

  • 03 Dec 2018 16:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our club administration and operations manuals (essential reading for all members) are now available on the website (you must be logged in to access) under 'Files'.

    Thanks to Richard Traill for his work to update them.

    The club history manual has also been uploaded. Please reach out if you have a story, photos, or knowledge that can fill any gaps, especially ahead of our 75th anniversary in September 2019.

  • 23 Oct 2018 11:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following a review of the club finances and underlying costs, the Committee has decided that the following aircraft rates will apply from November 1, 2018. The practical effect is an approximate increase to a 20 minute training flight of around $5. 

    Aircraft hire rates from 1 November 2018:



    BCK/TNC Tow rate*


    Ferry rate












    *This tow rate will also be applied to MGC members towing behind SSO/KKR.

    The free glider time prior to 1100 has also been discontinued. 

    Further details on the rationale and basis for these changes will be shared in the next Glide Angle.

  • 23 Oct 2018 11:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Make your choice about your debenture by logging into the website and selecting your option. See member email for more details.

  • 28 Sep 2018 12:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't forget to register your attendance or apologies for the Club's AGM on Saturday 6 October 2018 at 1600 at the Clubhouse.

    Proxy forms for those unable to attend were distributed in the AGM Pack in the member email on 26 September.

    Register here: 

  • 28 Sep 2018 12:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Committee has decided to offer by ballot to the MGC membership (individual owners or syndicate), three currently available hangar spaces in the South Hangar. 

    The winners of the ballot will be offered a 3-year lease of the hangar space. At the end of the 3-year lease the hangar space will be returned to the Club.  

    For all details on the ballot, refer to the member email sent on 28 September 2018. Registrations for the ballot close on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 5.00pm.

  • 29 Aug 2018 11:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MGC will be celebrating its 74th birthday on the 1st of September 2018.

    While the people that formed the club had been flying for many years prior to this, this was the first meeting of the group that decided to form the club as we know it today.  Like all pilots, they spent so long flying, it took another 3 years before the club was officially formed in the eye of the government, and the first Annual General Meeting of the club was held in 1946.

    The club would not have one of the best fleets in Australia without the selfless work of its volunteers, many of whom work behind the scenes to keep the club running, from the committee, to the duty pilots and instructor's, everyone needs to continue to do their bit to ensure the club continues to be a success.

  • 24 Jul 2018 11:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Victorian Soaring Association Annual General Meeting and Presidents' Meeting is on Saturday 11 August 2018 at the Bacchus Marsh Clubhouse.

    AGM 1100-1230

    Lunch 1230-1300 (including VSA Awards)

    Presidents' meeting 1300-1530

    Please RSVP to the VSA Secretary, David Cleland [DavidLCleland[at]] by 30 July.

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