AAFC Glider Training
AAFC gliding activities use the facilities of Air Force- approved service providers. Week- long training courses are held during school holidays.
Gliders are controlled and flown just like conventional powered aircraft. Gliding trains pilots to be very well coordinated on the aircraft controls and to have a high degree of in- flight situational awareness and excellent out- of- cockpit lookout. Many Australian Defence Force and commercial aviators began their flying careers by learning with the AAFC.
Learn how to be a glider pilot in the AAFC
- A cadet can begin gliding training after he/she completes 12 months’ home Squadron basic training and has been recommended by the Squadron Commanding Officer. Cadets must also have parental consent .
- A cadet can fly solo at the age of 15 years after completing the pre-solo training syllabus.
- A, B and C gliding certificates can be achieved during training, with patches and badges awarded by the Gliding Federation of Australia and the AAFC for each competency level .
The Air Force Flying Scholarships
Flying scholarships for cadets were first sponsored by the Air Force in the 1960s.
The Chief of the Air Force reintroduced the Air Force Scholarship program in 2009 for both gliding and powered flying disciplines. Successful applicants receive considerable financial assistance with their initial flying training.
Cadets who apply for a scholarship must be recommended by their Squadron Commanding Officer, have parental consent, and be selected on their overall commitment to the AAFC (through attendance at a home Squadron, plus Wing-based activities). Applicants undertake a selection interview for personal suitability, enthusiasm and commitment to aviation.
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