How Much Does it Cost to Get a Gliding License?
A common question is to wonder how much your first season of gliding is going to cost as you move toward becoming licensed. Naturally, this will depend on your own dedication to learning and the pace you choose to follow. Power pilots converting to gliding will usually require fewer flights.
The costs include membership at SOSA, initiation fee to the club, membership in the Soaring Association of Canada, ground school and Transport Canada ground school multiple choice test, the cost of individual tows and finally the cost to rent the gliders. In brief, you should expect to pay about $4,800 with everything included. This will likely get you to a situation where you will be flying solo and will have enjoyed between 40 and 60 flights depending on your time and energy.
70% Less than the Cost of Powered Flight Training
Gliding is a fantastic gateway to aviation. Since you’ll learn skills that are applicable to flying any aircraft, gliding opens the door to both recreational and professional flying. Unlike learning to fly a powered aircraft, glider training is inexpensive, costing 70% less than obtaining a private license for a single engine aircraft.
Full SOSA Fee Schedule
You can find more details about the membership costs on the Fee Schedule.