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October 18, 2017
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VACANCY: Team Captains for WGC

VACANCY: Team Captains for World Gliding Championship Czech Republic and Poland 2018. All good teams require an excellent Team Captain. The GFA Sports Committee invites expressions of interest from an enthusiastic members to act as Team Captains for the two…
September 22, 2017
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Weather Model for GFA Members

The GFA Board is calling for expressions of interest for provision of a gliding weather forecasting program that is appropriate for our social flyers and others in the early stages of cross country and competition flying. We expect those who learn the…
September 05, 2017
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Sailplane Grand Prix Horsham

Horsham will host the Australian leg of the 9th World Sailplane Grand Prix in 18meter 22 – 28 January 2018 Planning for the contest is well underway, and the spring preparations of the Horsham airfield have begun. Registrations are open for this 7day event at…
September 04, 2017
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Perlan Sets New Altitude Record

On 3 September 2017, Perlan 2, flown by Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock, achieved a new altitude record of 52,172ft GPS altitude(unofficial). Congratulations to Morgan and the Perlan team.…
August 28, 2017
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GFA Awards 2017 Given at Presentation Dinner

At the AGM Dinner on 26 August, the annual GFA Awards were presented by out-going President Mandy Temple. Pictured above is Mandy Temple, president for the last two years, with the incoming President Peter Cesco. Tobi Geiger received four awards this year:…
August 25, 2017
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Soaring into the Future

GFA is pleased to announce the launch of Soaring into the Future. The launch can be viewed live from the AGM via the GFA Facebook page from 4pm E.S.T. on Saturday 26th August. By joining this streaming opportunity, you can participate in the Members Forum…
June 19, 2017
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Junior World Gliding Championships - Three Joeys To Fly With The World

Australia is fielding a team of three pilots for the Junior World Gliding Championships (JWGC), sending Australia’s top glider pilots under 26 years old to compete. Terry Cubley, Executive Officer of the GFA said, “The team is strong, with Ailsa and Dylan…
June 05, 2017
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Australia takes the FAI flag to Lake Keepit for WWGC 2019

Julie Maddocks accepting the transfer of the FAI flag (I wonder where they found it?) at the WWGC closing ceremony from Gisela Weinreich of the FAI. Australia will be hosting the next WWGC at Lake Keepit.
June 04, 2017
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WWGC 2017 over next stop WWGC Lake Keepit 2019

Ailsa McMillan flew 286km at 95kph on the final day of WWGC 2017 and finished the championships in 5th place. Alisa, 23 years old, won three of the 12 flying days in the competition, showing her great potential as a competition pilot. She will go on to fly in…
June 03, 2017
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Long Glides in the Blue at WWGC

Ailsa McMillan receiving her awards for her 3rd Day Win at WWGC 2017 The second last day of WWGC proved challenging with difficult conditions, resulting in Ailsa landing just outside the finish circle. Claire Scutter and Jenny Ganderton scraped home to finish…
June 02, 2017
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WWGC Day 11 Club Class Task

Webcam image from Zbraslavice 11am local time 2 June After ten days of flying racing in Czech Republic, Ailsa McMillan, 23 years old from Victoria is in the GOLD MEDAL position with just two racing days left to go. Ailsa has won three races and been at the…
June 01, 2017
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Ailsa McMillan wins third day at WWGC and maintains her lead

Ailsa McMillan won a third day at the WWGC to hold out German Sabrina Vogt. With just two racing days to go Ailsa is in top position in Club Class 206 points ahead of Sabrina. The weather looks good for the next two days, so it will be an exciting finish to…
May 28, 2017
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Matthew Scutter three day wins a Hahnweide

Matthew Scutter and Adam Woolley competed in the Hahneweide International in Germany. Matthew won three days and finished in 17th place. Adam was not far behind in 17th place. www.facebook.com/MatthewScuttersGliding https://www.facebook.com/Hahnweidewettbewerb
May 28, 2017
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Ailsa McMillan wins day at WWGC

Ailsa McMillan won Day Six at the Women’s World Gliding Championships in Czech Republic. After a steady performance she is at the top of the table in Club Class. Jenny Ganderton is currently in 14th position and Claire Scutter is in 19th place overall. Well…
April 11, 2017
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News from the International Team Committee (ITC)

The 2016/17 ITC selection ended with the completion of the 20m Class Nationals at Narromine, and as usual Narromine turned on the full range of weather reaching over 15,000ft one day and scratchy south westerly conditions the next. As in this competition, all…
January 31, 2017
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Ventus 3 with Andreas Lutz at WGC Benalla

Austrian 18 M pilot and Schempp HIrth engineer Andreas Lutz talks about the Ventus 3 at WGC Benalla
January 31, 2017
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Ventus 3 Andreas Lutz Launch at WGC Benalla

Ventus3 Andreas Lutz, Austria flying the Ventus 3 at Benalla on 1 January 2017
January 31, 2017
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WGC Benalla Cockpit video from Steve O'Donnell

Australian 15 m Class pilot flying from Benalla to the Victorian Apps on the official practice day.
January 24, 2017
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Champions Declared at WGC Benalla

Before the championship medals were awarded, the final day winners received their day win medals. Above Open Class Day winners 21 January Riccardo Brigliadori, 1st centre, Peter Szabo2nd left, Bruce Taylor 3rd right Champions Declared - Medals Awarded in…
December 20, 2016
SGP Winners

AUSTRALIAN SAILPLANE GRAND PRIX CHAMPION

After six exciting races, the Australian Sailplane Grand Prix Champion is Australian Geoff Brown. Mark Tingey from New Zealand took 2nd place followed by Sean Fidler from the USA in 3rd place. Both Mark and Sean now head to Benalla where they will compete in…
December 19, 2016
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Horsham Week Competition

4 – 11 February 2017 Horsham Week is now accepting entries online at www.horshamweek.org.au/horsham-week Horsham has a long history as a fantastic competition, eminently suited for people new to competition. It runs immediately following the VSA coaching…
December 14, 2016
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Sailplane Grand Prix Horsham - Day 1 Highlights

Day 1 of SGP Here is video from the evening debriefing and prizegiving given by Cpmpetition Director Tim Shirley. Brian DuRieu, Tim Wilson and Bill Gawthrop took the first three places
December 14, 2016
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WGC Benalla entrants eclipsed by locals at SGP Horsham

After an exciting low-level race, Day 1 of SGP Horsham is over. Local Australian pilots Brian DuRieu and Tim Wilson took the first two places, followed by WGC Benalla entrants Bill Gawthrop from the USA and Brett Hunter from New Zealand. Low thick cloud made…
November 28, 2016
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WHAT GLIDER IS THAT?

Ventus 3 WHAT GLIDER IS THAT? Some contestants are shipping gliders to Benalla that have never been seen in Australia before. Glider manufactures from around the world release new machines especially for World Championships, looking for victories to drive…
October 24, 2016
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Multiclass Nationals Kingaroy

New Australian 15 Metre Class Champion Adam Woolley After ten competition days, new National Champions in four classes of competition were decided at Kingaroy on 21 October. Terry Cubley who competed in 15M Class and is WGC Benalla Championship Director said,…
July 12, 2016

Australia Nicola Scaife wins World hot air ballooning Championship

Nicola Scaife, 31, from Albury has successfully defended her Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) World Women’s Hot Air Balloon Champion title, winning the championship for the second time.Nicola has been competing in the 2nd FAI Women's World Hot Air…
July 08, 2016

Horsham Sailplane Grand Prix

8th Series Sailplane Grand Prix – Horsham Australia 14-22 December 2016 The first event in the 8th Series of the Sailplane Grand Prix will take place at Horsham in Victoria, This event will be held in the leadup to the 34 th World Gliding Championships at…
July 06, 2016
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AGM and Annual Awards dinner 16 July

Saturday 16 July is a big day on the GFA calendar. Join us at The Annual General Meeting starting at 5:15pm. The Annual Awards dinner follows at 6:30pm which is a great chance to enjoy some wonderful company and hear from our guest speaker AIRMSHL Geoff Brown…
May 28, 2016
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Team Britain off to a Great Start for WGC2017 Benalla

Andy Davis - BBC Following on from the entries received from the highly experienced Dutch team, the British team has now been decided and is no less accomplished with a long list of top competition results. Team Captain Max Kirschner said, ‘It’s great to be…
May 23, 2016

Team Netherlands at WGC2017 Benalla

The Dutch will be sending six pilots to compete at Benalla. Alfred Alfers from Amsterdam will be competing in 15m Class. His home club is Amsterdam Club for Gliders (ACVZ) and is currently number 303 in the IGC Ranking. He has competed in several Dutch…
May 20, 2016
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New Zealand to send full team to Benalla

New Zealand is sending six pilots, two in each class, to WGC 2017 Benalla. Team Captain Julian Elder said, “It’s great to be bringing a full team to Benalla for the Worlds – a first for NZ in a long time” New Zealand is Australia’s closest gliding neighbour…
May 12, 2016

Austrian Team for WGC2017 Benalla Announced

The provisional Austrian Team for WGC 2017 Benalla has been announced. Austria will field five competitors in the three classes of competition. Werner Amann will fly in 15m Class. Werner’s home club is SFG Hohenems near the Austrian border with Switzerland.…
May 04, 2016

Help the Junior Gliding Team get to Lithuania

We have been lucky enough to be selected as the team that will represent Australia in the upcoming 20m World Gliding Championships, to be held in Lithuania between the 31st of July until 13th August of this year. This is also quite special as we are the first…
April 12, 2016

FAI Sailplane Grand Prix in Spain

The second Sailplane Grand Prix 2016 will begin on 17 April in the beautiful valley of Cerdanya in the eastern Pyrenees. The Cerdanya valley has a micro climate providing consistent and exciting conditions for gliding. At 3,000ft above sea level it is one of…
April 12, 2016

OSTIV Congress at WGC2017 Benalla

The 33rd Congress of the Organisation Scientific et Technique Internationale du Vol à Voile, (OSTIV) will be held at the WGC, Benalla, Australia from 8 to 13 January, 2017. The Congress addresses all scientific and technical aspects of soaring flight…
April 04, 2016

Australian Team for World Gliding Championships Lithuania announced

The World Gliding Championships will be held in Lithuania 30 July - 13 August 2016. The Australian Gliding team, will consist of six flying members.
March 09, 2016

Australian Team for WGC 2017 Benalla Announced

After strong performances in the Australian summer national gliding competitions, the Aussie team for WGC2017 Benalla has been decided. Bruce Taylor will fly in Open Class. Bruce has previously represented Australia at WGC Borlange in 1993, as well as…
March 04, 2016

Women's World Gliding Championships Lake Keepit

Terry Cubley EO attended the International Gliding Commission (IGC) meeting in Luxembourg and presented the bid for Lake Keepit to host the 2019 Women's World Gliding Championships. The bid was successful and championships will be held in November 2019. This…
March 04, 2016

World Gliding Championships Benalla

34th FAI World Gliding Championships, BenallaThe Australian Multiclass Nationals and Pre World Championships have now concluded and the countdown to WGC Benlla has begun.You can keep up to date with developments as they unfold and be part of the conversation…
March 04, 2016

JWGC2015 Closing Ceremony

After a sunny and cheerful medal and tropphy presentation the 9th JWGC was officially closed by Max Stevens. The FAI flag handed over to Karolios Mikalauskas the captain of the Lithuanian team where the 10th JWGC will be held.
March 04, 2016

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STANDARD CLASS Australian Matthew Scutter finished in 22nd place on the day but maintained his commanding lead of the field to win the Standard Class Championship by 255 points. Robin Smit of the Netherlands beat Matthew, coming in 18th for the day, and also…
March 04, 2016

Matt Scutter retained his large points lead after nervous end to difficult day

Sebastian Nagel from Germany preparing for launch 11 December. 'This is a tough competitionn.The conditions are tough, we are not usd to sm many competiton days in Europe.' Sebastian is proving himself to be a tough competitor in third place after 10 racing…
March 04, 2016

Robin Smit and Ronald Deerenberg win day at 158 kph

Robin Smit and Ronald Deerenberg from the Netherlands are the Standard Class joint winners of Day 9 with a lightning speed of 158 kph over the point to point task distance of 631.46 km. The two team members displayed incredible focus and discipline to muscle…
March 04, 2016

Matthew Scutter dominates Day 9 JWGC2015

The weather forecast at the beginning of the day showed highly unstable post trough conditions. Briefing was delayed by 45 minutes and it was uncertain if any tasks would be set at all. The tension was relieved when task sheets became available during the…
March 04, 2016

Dramatic finish to Day 7 JWGC2015

Dylan Lampard from Australia, flying in his first JWGC, won the day in Standard Class flying an LS8 with a speed of 104.56 km over 541.31 km. The day’s weather brought pre-frontal trough conditions with typical mixed air masses ahead of the trough. These…
March 04, 2016

Record Day for Junior World Gliding at JWGC2015

Mateusz Siodloczek from Poland just beat Joris Vainius from Lithuania to take first place for the day in Standard Class on a record breaking day at JWGC2015. Climbs to over 13,000 ft above ground level were achieved under scattered cumulus. Flying the 611.59…
March 04, 2016

JWGC 2105 Day 5 Another Great Competition Day

After all the scores were in I asked Competition Director Adam Webb about the day. He said, 'As we expected the weather has continued to heat up after the front went through earlier in the week.
March 04, 2016
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JWGC2015 Day 4 Success and rhythm

After watching the returning gliders on Day 4 I asked Operations Director Terry Cubley how he thought the day went. Terry said., 'Today you could begin to see that it was business as usual for the pilots. They were getting onto the rhythm. The griding was…
March 04, 2016

James Nugent youngest pilot to win day at World Gliding Championships

James Nugent today became the youngest pilot ever to win a World Gliding Competition day leading the pack in Club Class. He was followed by Nick Hanenburg from the Netherlands and Australian Joe O'Donnell. Matt Davis for Great Britain took first place in…