What we do
The Melbourne Gliding Club is a non commercial gliding club located near Melbourne at Bacchus Marsh. Our purpose is to provide a friendly environment with the most modern fleet in Australia to help club members realise their dream of silent flight. We have a team of GFA approved instructors to cater for all levels of glider flying from beginner to advanced cross country soaring and even aerobatics.
Every year the Melbourne Gliding Club holds numerous camps in fantastic locations to help club members get the most out of gliding. This includes flying in the mountains at Mt Beauty on our Easter Camp, operating out of Wangaratta Airport for our Xmas Camp which offers the option of flying cross country over flat lands or heading to the high country. Club members participate in other camps and competitions in Australia and overseas.
Maintenance on our aircraft fleet is mostly carried out by club members and we hold training courses on Glider Maintenance and Daily Inspections.
We also hold training courses on Instructor Ratings as well as Air Experience Pilot ratings, Aerobatic Ratings and much more.
But don't take our word for it, come and visit the blue and white bus at Bacchus Marsh Airfield on any weekend and see how we operate and what sets us apart from the pack.
When we do it
The Melbourne Gliding Club operates at Bacchus Marsh most weekends (weather permitting), with flying on other days (including Public Holidays) by arrangement (0402 281 928). During the summer months we frequently operate on Fridays. Training takes place during the weekend operations.
Saturday and Sunday in winter 10.00am – 5.00pm (daylight hours) and summer 9.00am – 6.00pm (daylight hours).
In addition the club typically holds three camps away from Bacchus Marsh each year:
- Xmas Camp – Runs from Xmas eve for two weeks at a location suitable for cross-country flights of over 500km.
- Easter Camp at Mt Beauty – providing members with gliding in spectacular scenery and the opportunity to learn new skills of gliding in the mountains. If conditions are suitable it is possible to fly north to Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain.
- Melbourne Cup Weekend usually held at Porepunkah in the valley below Mt. Buffalo – provides a good introduction to ridge soaring together with opportunities to climb above the Mt Buffalo plateau for spectacular views.