MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND - 15th May, 2008 - Piako Gliding Club is on the hunt for four budding glider pilots, to fill an upcoming 'learn to fly' gliding course starting on Saturday the 31st of May 2008.
Run over 6 consecutive Saturdays, the course aims to teach students everything they need to know to safely pilot a glider, from take off to landing. Subjects such as weather, ground handling of the gliders and safety aspects are taught by experienced instructors who kindly donate their time.
No previous flying experience is required. Ideal age range is 16 - 55. Weight limits for pilots are 50 to 110 kg.
"Learning to fly a glider is an amazing experience, and is surprisingly affordable." says Tim Bromhead, who participated in the course about 18 months ago.
The training course is just the beginning for pilots, who can go on to fly cross country, take passengers, learn glider acrobatics, or enter gliding competitions. Gliding can easily become a lifelong passion, with many of the Piako Gliding Club members flying for over 50 years.
The club owns a fleet of 5 gliders, including 2 trainers and a recently purchased competition class glider.
The course costs $350, plus flying costs, which are approximately $150-$200 per flying day, making gliding one of the most affordable ways to learn to fly an aircraft.
For bookings or more information contact course director Steven Care on 07 843 7654, or visit www.glidingmatamata.co.nz.
Piako Gliding Club flies most fine weather Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Waharoa Airfield, just north of Matamata. Members of the public are welcome to visit or book a trial flight. More information can be found on our website www.glidingmatamata.co.nz
phone 07 858 3595
mobile 021 217 9049
Caption: Instructor Bob Gray gives a pre flight briefing to a previous course student.
Caption: Instructor Steve Care and student Emma after her first flight.