January 28, 2020

AUSFLY 2020 All Aviators Under One Sky

AusFly is a relaxed, traditional Aussie fly-in event where aircraft owners, pilots, builders, industry supporters and enthusiasts come along and soak up the true spirit of Australian general aviation. AusFly is a non-commercial event, focussed on all aviation…
January 27, 2020

NEEDED: Team Captains WGC Germany and France

NEEDED: Team Captains World Gliding Championship Germany (Open,18m,15m) July, and France (Club, Std, 20m ) August 2020 All good teams require excellent Team Captains. The GFA Soaring Development Panel invites expressions of interest from two enthusiastic…
January 19, 2020
2 Seat Nationals

2-Seater Nationals Change of Venue - 2 seat Open and 20m Classes

The venue for the 2 Seat Nationals has changed to Narromine. The dates remain the same - 16-22 February with a practice day on Saturday 15 February. To register, please contact the club via their contact page at narromineglidingclub.com.au or phone +61 2 6889…
January 18, 2020
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Expressions of Interest for hosting next season’s Nationals

Clubs are invited to tender expressions of interest for hosting the following competitions:2020/21 Club and Sports Class Nationals 2020/21 Multiclass Nationals 2020/21 Two-seater Nationals Offers should include proposed dates and whether the club would prefer…
January 17, 2020
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WWGC Lake Keepit Concludes Champions Declared

The closing ceremony of the WWGC Lake Keepit saw the French team receive the gold medal for their combined peformance followed by Great Britain with silver and Italy receiving the bronze medal. France dominated the 18m Class with a consistent performances by…
January 16, 2020

10 Days Racing at WWGC Lake Keepit

The 10th racing day of WWGC Lake Keepit began with a different sky with grey high clouds and the hint of rain in the distance. At briefing, weatherman Dave Shorter was once again confident that it would be another good soaring day. Task setter Bruce Taylor…
January 14, 2020

Great Racing Weather High Speeds at WWGC Lake Keepit

Jenny Ganderton Club Class Australia on the flight line It was another great soaring day at Lake Keepit. After oversetting the tasks on 10 January and hitting the sweet spot yesterday, the weather today exceeded expectations and all tasks were completed with…
January 09, 2020
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Cumulus and changing conditions on good AAT day at WWGC Lake Keepit

Lisa Turner waiting to launch her ASG29. Today’s launch time was set for 11am. Dave Shorter forecast a good day but again cautioned that there would be an early cut off to soaring conditions and recommended that the pilots be in final glide by 4.30pm. Some…
January 03, 2020

WWGC Lake Keepit Begins

The opening ceremony for WWGC Lake Keepit took place on 3 January. The teams from the ten competing countries lined up at the launch point of runway 32 in sunshine and heat. A Welcome to Country was given by James Hogbin of the Kamilaori Nation, the…
December 18, 2019
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Women's World Gliding Championships Lake Keepit Program

WWGC Lake Keepit begins on 3 January. With the unprecedented weather patterns occurring now over Eastern Australia, the competition promises to be fascinating and brings the possibility of incredible soaring conditions, providing the flying area is not…
April 10, 2019

From the GFA President

The GFA Board met in Melbourne last weekend for our Annual budget meeting. We made some significant decisions at the meeting that are a result of increased costs from external sources, the removal of significant funding from CASA, and the consistent loss of…
March 28, 2019

Australian Junior Gliding Team Selected

The Australian Junior Gliding Team has been selected to compete in the 11th Junior World Gliding championships to be held at Szeged in Hungary, from 24th July to 10th August 2019. David Collins Sunraysia GC, VicReuben Lane Mt Beauty GC, VicJoshua Geerlings…
March 10, 2019
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World Gliding Championships at Narromine 2022

The IGC meeting taking place in Turkey has awarded the 2022 in Club. Std. 15m classesto Narromine. WGC 2022 will be held in January 2023, which makes timing more convenient for international teams to ship gliders to Narromine and fits in better with European…
January 27, 2019
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Terry Cubley AM

The GFA Executive Officer Terry Cubley has been named a Member the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours 2019.The GFA and I am sure all members congratulate Terry for his outstanding achievements and dedication to Gliding and our sport in…
January 10, 2019

Change to Badge Claim Procedures and Payments

Recently we have introduced changes to the way in which Badge and Distance Claims are made. The process is now completely online and no paper forms or separate payments will be accepted. The online claim form is part of the MyGFA Menu, and it will take you…
December 11, 2018

Australian Multiclass Champions Declared

After eight flying contest days, the hard fought Multiclass Nationals finished on 7 December. Tom Claffey is the new 18m / Open Class Champion, flying a top class competition in his ASG29 beating Norm Bloch in a JS3 in second place and Geoff Brown in a J1C in…
August 28, 2018
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Perlan Sets New Winged Altitude Record Soaring to over 76,000 ft

On August 26 2018, Perlan 2, flown by Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock, achieved a new unconfirmed altitude record of approx 62,000. This is 10,000 ft above their recently confirmed record of 52,000 ft also achieved at El Calafate, Argentina. Two days later…
August 13, 2018
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Allan Barnes and Matthew Scutter take 4th Place at WGC Hosin in 20 M Class

The World Gliding Championships at Hosin in Czech Republic has just finished. After 12 competition days with much good flying weather, WGC concluded with Allan Barnes and Matthew Scutter finishing in 4th place just 21 points behind the bronze medal winning…
July 28, 2018
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Graham Brown awarded Paul Tissandier Diploma

Graham Brown has been awarded the prestigious Paul Tissandier Diploma by the FAI. Graham received the award for his exceptional professionalism and devotion to the sport of gliding in Australia and overseas. In particular, he was awarded for his tireless work…
June 11, 2018
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The GFA is delighted to congratulate Cathy Conway on being awarded OAM in the 2018 Honours list. She has been given the award for service to gliding. Service includes:Adelaide University Gliding Club:President, since 2017, (and on several previous…
May 05, 2018
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Airworthiness Training Videos Now Online

GFA is proud to announce a series of videos to help you learn about the daily inspection. In these videos, as well as the accompanying training material and instruction at your club, you will learn how to perform one of the most basic aspects of safety and…
January 31, 2018

OGN The New World of Networked Gliding

Emerging technologies, the internet and projects including the Open Glider Network (OGN) glidernet.org are changing the very nature glider competitions around the world. In World Gliding Championships team flying and communication with ground crew is…
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 25, 2017

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

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

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
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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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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


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 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

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…