Gliding Australia members take home honors at FAI awards 

Gliding Australia is proud to announce that its training programme steering group, the Integrated Training Panel has won the FAI awards for Group Diplomas of Honour.

This award recognises the team’s hard work in developing a common pathway for training pilots in core skills as well as soaring and cross country through standardising materials and adopting modernised training techniques.

“We are honoured to receive this award,” said Gliding Australia ITP spokesperson Pat Barfield. “Our training programme steering group has worked collectively and over the last 3 years to improve and develop a world-class training programme for glider pilots seeing them from first flight through to their glider pilot certificate.”

The team has reviewed and changed the basic programme, last changed in 2001, and developed an integrated and competency-based system for both trainers and students. Over the past few years they produced guides, theory lessons and updated logbooks which are helping to grow membership and improve pilots and skill sets. 

Congratulations to the team.

Beryl Hartley, a well known essential gliding figure in Australia, has won the prestigious FAI awards diploma, named in honour of Paul Tissandier, Secretary General of FAI from 1919 to 1945.

This diploma is awarded to those who have served the cause of aviation in general and sporting aviation in particular.

Recipients come from diverse backgrounds and represent numerous sports and countries, yet they are united in their commitment and energy at a high-level performance in their sport and in sharing their passion with others.

Beryl’s dedication to the Australian Gliding movement over many decades has helped to promote the sport around Australia. Her achievements serve as an inspiration to all who share her passion for aviation.   Beryl’s contributions over the years include world competition crew 3 times, team captain for Australia 4 times, GFA Vice President 2 years, Gliding Australia President for 2 years, and Gliding Australia treasurer for 5 years. Additionally, she has been an essential part of the IGC with regard to badges and records systems.

Whether it is helping with hangarage or seeking support from the government, Beryl has shown fantastic dedication not only to gliding but to air sports generally through her many hours of service on various committees and running a full-time summer gliding site.  She is a deserving recipient of her diploma. Congratulations Beryl.

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