Welcome to the Alice Springs Gliding Club

Soaring the skies of Central Australia since 1955...

The Alice Springs Gliding Club has been operating from the Bond Springs Aerodrome for more than 50 years. With our fleet of gliders you can experience silent flight above the incredible scenery of Central Australia all year round.

Our experienced instructors are qualified in training for everyone, from new students with no previous aviation experience, to seasoned commercial pilots looking for some weekend sport flying.

We offer ‘Training Introductory Flights’ for people interested in learning to fly.

No bookings are required, just follow the directions out to the Bond Springs Aerodrome and come and join us in the sky. 

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Club Update

Good news to end 2016

We've had quite a year at Alice Springs Gliding Club: new members, people leaving town, great achievements and exciting adventures.

December brought the unprecedented challenge of dealing with a break in, which has never happened in the history of the club as far as we know. But thanks to the amazing work of the police and local people, we managed to recover most of the stolen gear. 

In the same week, we heard we were the recipients of a Northern Territory Government grant. We will share more on that as details become clear, but the following copy was published in the Centralian Advocate on December 13:

A NEW storage facility at Ross Park and a two-seat training glider highlight a round of Facility and Capital Equipment grants given to Alice Springs sport and active recreation organisations announced this week.

The NT Government announced they will contribute $276,900 to the Alice Springs Town Council, the Alice Springs Gliding Club, the Australian Bowhunters Association and Girl Guides NT for a range of separate projects.

ASTC will erect a storage shed at Ross Park to be shared among the council, cricket and soccer while the Bowhunters Association will replace its 20-year-old solar system and the Girl Guides will refurbish external areas of their hall.

The Gliding Club will put their share of the funding towards a new two-seat training glider with club (chief flying instructor Robert Smits saying the news was a huge boost for the sport in the Red Centre.

“It will help us to purchase a long-awaited new modern two-seat training glider because at the moment we’re operating on quite old-fashioned equipment,” Smits said.

The club will look at purchasing a German-designed fully aerobatic ASK-21, which Mr Smits said would offer new dimensions to the club’s offering. Mr Smits thanked the NT Government and previous governments for their “crucial” support, without which the club couldn’t operate.

“It will be easier to fly so people will go solo quicker and it will really put the club in a good position for the future,” he said.

“It brings another thing you can do in Alice Springs. It’s an affordable form of aviation, plus it’s a form of aviation that everybody can do from young to old.”

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the grants would allow the Alice Springs based organisations to improve their everyday operations.

“I’m thrilled about the four Alice Springs FACE grants and look forward to making further announcements in the coming days,” she said.

“Sport and active recreation activities are extremely important in the Northern Territory and they need continued support to grow.

“They provide fun, healthy competition and encourage participation from children to adults.

“I hope the FACE grants assist with the day-to-day running of each organisation or facility.”

The 2017/18 Facility and Capital Equipment grant program will open for applications in July 2017.

To read the article about the break in, click HERE