Flight Reviews changing to 2 yearly cycle

 CASA has approved a change to a 24-month Flight Review cycle, which will take effect with the issue of Operations Directive 02/20 ‘Flight Reviews’ that was comes into effect on 3 August 2020. From the commencement date of this Operations Directive, the maximum period between flight reviews will be 24 months and flight reviews will be conducted in accordance with Operations Advice Notice (OAN) 1/20. The Manual of Standard Procedures Part 2 (Operations) will be updated at Sections 10.4 and 11.3.4 to reflect this changed process.


 This means that Flight Reviews conducted after 3rd August will expire in 24 months unless the reviewing instructor (or Club Training Panel) sets a shorter interval if considered appropriate. Factors that may suggest a shorter interval could include a newly issued GPC, currency or recency considerations, airmanship or judgement considerations, or ageing pilot considerations. For the avoidance of doubt, current annual flight reviews will not be extended to 24 months without a new flight review. For further information, please see the GFA website for relevant questions and answers.

 Other MOSP 2 Changes

 The advice at Sections 8.1.22 ‘Use of ‘Class A’ Airspace by Gliders’ and 19.4. ‘Area frequency requirements’ now mirrors the CASA/GFA agreed advice in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) ENR 1.1 – 47. Paragraph 6.2.4 and ENR 1.1.- 68, paragraph 10.1.10.

 Instructor Flight Refresher Courses

To maintain flight instructing skills, gliding Instructors must complete a Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) every four years. Because of COVID-19, the GFA hasn’t been able to schedule FIRCs and many instructors will become overdue beyond the annual instructor return on 31st August 2020. The Ops Department has produced an on-line FIRC which will comprise a self-paced online quiz and a series of online Zoom presentations delivered by the Regional Operations Managers. The initial seminar will be live in mid-August and the presentations will be recorded for subsequent refreshers.

 Training System Update

The Ops and Soaring Development Panels are working together to update the GFA Training System starting from ab-initio through to instructing, coaching, cross-country and competition flying. The changes include updates to outdated documents and syllabuses and new cross-country and coaching courses. Drivers for these changes are:

  • The GPC syllabus has been in place for over 5 years, but some units of competency don’t yet have training processes,

  • No syllabus exists for most post-GPC training courses including instructor training and advanced training,

  • Feedback from annual GFA surveys to Improve and standardise training,

  • As a Soaring to the Future (S2F) initiative to improve post solo retention,

  • Incorporates instructor feedback on existing Glider Pilot Training Record and Australian Gliding Knowledge documents, and

  • Add simulator training options to new syllabuses.

Here is a vision of the future GFA Training System showing the phases and activities of flying and the courses to support these activities. Some courses have been designed and run e.g. Flying Start and Flying Further.


GPC Training

Advanced Training

High-performance Training

Instructing and Coaching




Advanced competition

Grade 4 instructor (was AEI)


Ridge Soaring

Record Flying

Grade 3 instructor (was lvl 1)


Wave Soaring


Grade 2 instructor (was lvl 2)


Advanced cross-country


Grade 1 instructor (was lvl 3)






Silver coach


Diamond coach


High performance coach


Flying start

Flying further

Flying faster


Instructor training courses


Flying competitions


Coaching courses


Basic aerobatics course


The Training Development and Soaring Development teams are currently designing the GPC syllabus in the following table as an integrated course combining operations and coaching Units of Competency (UoCs). The 11 Soaring Development UoCs and Pilot Guides have been drafted and reviewed. The Ops Training Development team has drafted roughly half of the Ops training UoCs which are currently allocated to RMOs for review. The timeline is to have the Training Manual completed by the end of this year for CASA review and complete the new Pilot Guide, Instructor Flip Cards and GPC Logbook next year.

 Training Document

Changes and updates

GPC Units of Competency

44 Units of Competency comprising:

  • 2 added UoCs,

  • 2 UoCs combined,

  • Minor wording changes, and

  • UoCs re-sequenced.

All pre-solo UoCs can be trained by instructors. 2 UoCs can also be trained by coaches. 5 post-solo cross-country UoCs will exclusively be trained by coaches to ensure that trainees receive standardised training from current cross-country trainers.

GPC Training Manual


Training Manual Part 1 – How to train

Incorporate updates since 2001 Instructors Handbook edition and add S2F Training Principles and Techniques

Training Manual Part 2 – What to train

44 Units of Competency will be written with:

  • aim,

  • pre-requisite Units of Competency,

  • Competency elements with performance standards,

  • key messages,

  • lesson plans with instructor tips,

  • Threat and Error Management (TEM) considerations; and

  • further references for trainers.

Pilot Guide

Pre and post-solo pilots’ reference information directly aligning to the GPC syllabus.
UoCs referenced to Training Manual Part 2.
Diagrams moved from current Glider Pilot Training Record (GPTR) to Pilot Guide. Tablet and hard copy formatted.

Instructor Flip cards

Updated in-flight reference for instructors including instructional patter. Smart phone and hard copy formatted.

GPC logbook

Initial logbook from first flight up to GPC achievement.
Assessments broken down by UoCs and Competency Elements from existing GPTR

So far, the Training System update project has been a major task for the Training Development and Soaring Development teams and there is much more work to come. Next steps are to:

  • Develop Silver, Diamond and High-performance Coaching course syllabuses;

  • Develop Instructor training syllabus;

  • Develop syllabuses for other courses including basic aerobatics, Flying Faster, Flying Competitions;

  • The terminology of Air Experience Instructor rating is an anachronism and the rating should reflect that this authorisation is an instructor that teaches a subset of the GPC syllabus. Consequently, the labelling of instructor levels will change to align with CASA instructor grades; and

  • Upskill existing instructors and coaches via initial training courses and FIRCs to be able to train new courses.