One Week Gliding Course

What is it?


NT Soaring runs week long (5 day) intensive flying courses in association with  the Alice Springs Gliding Club. You will stay at accommodation of your choice in town; or we also have limited accommodation available on site. This course is perfect for you if you want to accelerate into gliding. It's a great alternative to the normal club training schedule of one day a weekend, which will see you progress over a much longer period of time.

We also run one day and two day courses, call us for info.

Learn to Fly


Every morning you will have a pre-flight briefing and lectures of various gliding topics. You will get a printed copy of "Australian Gliding Knowledge" - and a GFA Glider PIlot Training Record. Through those you can keep track of your progress.

Hours are from 09:00 AM til 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

Our instructors are GFA accredited and have thousands of hours of gliding experience

It's all in a Day


This is an intensive course, packed with action and definitely demands focus! We start the day early with cleaning of the gliders in the hangar and getting things ready for operations. After the briefing you will be flying hands on, and do it all over again after a short lunch break.

What's included?


Everything! Membership of the Gliding Federation of Australia, Club membership, all winch launch fees and all glider hire. You will fly about 10 hours in total. All instruction is done by GFA accredited instructors of NTSOARING or the Alice Springs Gliding Club.

After the course you're welcome to continue you flying training with the club during the weekends. 

After the course....


You will learn a lot. You might even go solo or will be very close to solo flight, depending on learning capabilities and aptitude. After the course you can continue your training in the weekends at any gliding club in Australia, or join the Alice Springs Gliding Club and fly as much as you like!

Next available course


  • Accelerated Gliding Courses are available throughout June, July , August and September.. You can start any day you like.
  • Limited availability from October til February. Call us!
  • Glider Trial Flights available every day and weekends throughout the year. Not available.from November til February.

Go Gliding - Andrea's story

with thanks to GFA and Discover Soaring S2F

Go Gliding!

Pathway to become a Glider Pilot


On a good soaring day glider pilots stay in the air for many hours at a time, and fly distances of many hundred kilometers, before returning back “home” from where they started.

Sometimes flights can last as long as 9 or more hours! A few hundred km is normal, but here in Alice distances of more than 1,200 km have been flown – and many national and international records have been broken right here.

Competition pilots battle it out every summer in many state and national gliding competitions, regatta’s and other “glider races”, reaching average speeds of 150 km/hr and much faster…. There is a serious, but friendly rivalry between clubs and pilots all over Australia, and indeed the world.

Leisure pilots take to the sky and climb to heights of more than 10,000 ft and soar a few hours locally with the eagles – all without engine noise, getting lifted up high by thermals, air heated up by the sun. Some pilots travel on “safari’s”, flying to a new and further away airfield every day, other chase long distance flights or try breaking records.  

Gliding is not just aviation – it’s so much more than flying; it’s a true sport, versatile like no other and as a glider pilot you will become part of a truly unique community which will give you friendships for life. So are you a glider pilot? Yes you are – anyone can do it and you’ll find all sorts of people gliding, all driven by the same passion for free flight. Get the gliding bug!

This is the pathway to become a glider pilot:

Step 1) Join the Gliding Federation of Australia. You can do this online at , follow the links for new members. To fly a glider in Australia you must be a member of GFA.

Step 2) Join a gliding club. NT Soaring membership is free and there is no joining fee.

Step 3) Book a course. GFA strongly recommends one week gliding courses. These will get you flying solo, or at least close to it, in 5 days. This accelerated learning process is today much preferred over the much slower pace of club training, which in some occasions could drag out to months, even years to make proper progress.

NT Soaring runs these courses every week, from March to October. This will get you in a single seater fast – so you can start enjoying the sky with your club mates much quicker than ever before.

Step 4) Once you’re flying solo there is so much more to learn, the real fun begins! You can now continue flying with NT Soaring and fly single seaters for reduced rates 7 days a week, when it suits your busy schedule.  No volunteer work required - Or you can join the Alice Springs Gliding Club and start flying Saturdays with the club.

Step 5) Next you start working towards your A, B and C certificate, and finally the Glider pIlot Certificate, which allows you to fly passengers, cross country flights, operate independently of a club. The various certificates are steps you’ll take towards becoming a real soaring pilot. There is more to learn and especially fine tuning your skills to stay in the air will take some time. You can work towards this through the gliding club, or again you can do accelerated courses towards this with NT Soaring as well. Talk with us; we will always work in with your availability schedule.

Step 6) Before you know it you might hire a club glider and go cross country to do a badge flight, enter a competition, travel to go and experience mountain wave flying – the sky is literally the limit! At this stage you might also consider to buy your own glider, given you the ultimate freedom to fly when and where ever you like. A glider usually doesn’t cost more than a small car; good performing and pleasant to fly gliders are available from less than $10,000 up to half a million dollars and more. The choice is yours! The cheaper ones are just as good, they are often just older but just as much fun to fly.

With NT Soaring you will get absolute one on one instruction from experienced professional GFA accredited instructors. We all have thousands of gliding hours and are active cross country pilots, regularly partaking in state, national and even world gliding championships. We can train you from ab-initio to cross country coaching, 7 days a week, all year round and at days or hours that suit you.

Call Robert 0427 368 707, or email today and go gliding!  

One happy pilot after his first solo

One happy pilot after his first solo