5About the Club
Our club offers 5 gliders for you to use. We have 2 two seaters , GTG- ASK21, GME -Twin Astir and also 4 single seaters - GBD - PW5 GSD - PW5 and GML- Jantar Standard GSS - ASW28, which you move onto once you can fly solo.
Our club operates with a tow plane only.
Our instructors are available to you all the time. They are happy to teach you the basics to advanced soaring.
The airfield is private and the club is responsible for all flying operations and maintenance. Taupo has excellent conditions for gliding. High altitude, long distance and long duration flights are all possible from our airfield.
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays are official club days, the other days are by arrangement.
NOW 7 days a week... contact Club Manager Thomas Anderson 07 378 5627 - 027 4939 272
What is gliding?
If you like flying you will LOVE gliding there is no other activity like it.
From the age of 16 to the age of 106 -gliding is an inspirational sport that can be enjoyed at all levels.
At club level, to aerobatics, to international racing competitions -the sky is yours.
Gliders fly using the same air currents that birds use to fly. The
aerodynamic efficiency of a well designed glider enables speeds of up to 170 mph. and heights up to 40,000 feet.
You can strive to achieve records or enjoy gliding as a casual hobby, and a way of meeting new people. It can be an inexpensive way to
get airborne and take in the birds eye view and discover a different perspective of the earth and the sky.
Of course it is also the most silent and graceful way of flying since there is no engine noise. You are using nature and nature alone to stay up there.
Is it safe?
Yes, it is very safe. Gliders have normal aircraft controls. They are easier to fly than most aircraft and can safely fly at lower speeds. The gliders are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand.