Introduction to Gliding – Online Classes
Every spring, SOSA’s experienced instructors host 8 hours of classes aimed at aspiring glider pilots. Delivered online through Zoom, the sessions are interactive and engaging in format with all content tailored to beginners.
SOSA’s Introduction to Gliding classes are the perfect start to your glider pilot training. Scheduled to coincide with the start of the gliding season, they provide a foundational understanding of the theory and logistics that will support your early flying training at the field.
Participants will learn what gliding is all about, what to expect during flying training, and what it's like to be a member of the SOSA gliding community. The material covered qualifies for 8 hours of ground school instruction, which is half of the requirement for the Glider Pilot License. The second half is available after beginning your in-flight training.
Class participants will also be welcomed to SOSA for an in-person orientation session, facilities tour, and Q&A session on May 5, 2024. Scheduling of in-person activities may be subject to change based on the weather.
Participants are also welcome to join their classmates and existing SOSA members via our online discussion platform (Slack) for the duration of the course.
Please be advised that anyone looking to pursue a Glider Pilot License must meet certain criteria as outlined by Transport Canada. For a Student Pilot Permit during flight training, Transport Canada requires that you provide a declaration of your medical fitness before flying solo without an instructor. If you have experienced any of their listed conditions from the above form, then you would also require a certificate from a Transport-Canada approved Aviation Medical Examiner to confirm your fitness.
Upon completion of the class, you will receive a certificate confirming that you have completed 8 hours of the 15 hour Transport Canada ground school requirement.
The 2024 spring course consists of four Thursday evening sessions from 7-9 pm ET on the following dates:
Costs and Credits
Start your glider pilot training in 2024!
Online Class Registration Fee (2024)
2024 Intro to Gliding Online Class ($350.00, including HST).
Includes $100 membership fee discount if you join as a member before June 1st.
Registration for the class closes March 30th 2024.
"As someone completely new to gliding, and to SOSA, ground school was a great way to learn some of the basics before I started flying. The presentations were highly informative and the instructors took time and care to answer all questions comprehensively. In addition to the learning, I started to get a sense of the wonderful culture of SOSA. It became clear to me that I was in the virtual gathering place of old friends who share a passion for soaring. Highly recommended!"
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