Subsidised Flying - NSW


The NSW Gliding Association has what is known as the Uncle’s Foundation. They provide financial sponsorship to NSW junior pilots each year to attend gliding events. All that is required is a short application with:

  1. A plan of what you are proposing to do
  2. A list of expected costs
  3. A supporting letter from your club (this can easily be obtained from your club’s secretary)

For more information or to apply, contact Beryl Hartley at


The NSW Gliding Association Young Pilot Support program aimed at pilots under 18. It allows funding to be sent to their Club to go towards to their Club membership and flying accounts for the coming year. To be eligible you must:

  1. Be a 12 month full GFA member
  2. Be aged 18 years or younger
  3. Have completed 10 flights in the past 12 months

The first 40 applicants each year will receive a $100 grant. To apply for this program, please send an email to Dave Boulter at


The Hunter Valley Gliding Club offers a reduced membership cost for people under 26 and runs a scholarship program for young people aged 15 to 25 to learn to fly gliders.

The scholarship is given to up to 6 people annually and is valued at $2000. Each scholarship provides:

  • One year’s student membership of the Gliding Federation of Australia
  • One year’s student membership of the club
  • A pilot’s log book
  • Flying training to the balance remaining of the initial $2000

More info on the scholarship is available on the Hunter Valley Gliding Club’s Scholarship page and their student membership rates are detailed on their prices page.


The Lake Keepit Soaring Club offers many discounts and incentives to young people. They include:

  • $125 junior membership (<25)
  • $45 cadet membership (<19)
  • Half price glider hire
  • $10 winch launches
  • An established form of communication between members to organise carpooling to the airfield

More details are available on the Lake Keepit Soaring Club’s website.


The Southern Cross Gliding Club has a scholarship available to young people wanting to fly gliders. It provides glider hire at no charge and reduced membership costs. To eligible, you must:

  • Have not yet had your 20th birthday
  • Be wholly or in substantial part supported by a parent or guardian
  • Have served a probationary membership period after joining the club, normally by acceptance of a membership package consisting of a specified number of flights

For more information, visit the Southern Cross Gliding Club website.