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Victorian Soaring Association (VSA)


The VSA also provides grants to clubs. The direct link to the list of VSA grants is


 My dream is clear

I read an article this week that made the point that if Martin Luther King had said, “I have a Plan” rather than “I have a Dream” history would have remembered him differently, if in fact it remembered him at all.
I think it is important to define what it is that we are trying to achieve with gliding in 2016 and 2017.

One of the recurring themes in the responses to the Members Survey was the time needed to achieve progress when starting training. There were many many comments about time being a limiting factor - causing pilots to move away from gliding.


There are a number of Sporting grants available at a Federal, State and local Government level that can be applied for by clubs.  Corporations, such as Holden, also provide grants to sporting clubs.  The time and effort involved in applying for grants can be of huge benefit to your club in obtaining funding. Grants can be for one off projects such as upgrades to facilities or towards life- saving equipment such as defibrillators.  We have had several clubs take the initiative in researching and applying for the grants available and their efforts have paid off. 

For the past 3 months we have been asking new members to indicate how they heard about gliding.
The results show:

The GFA Insurance broker, Aviation Insurance, together with the two Australian glider insurers, Allianz and QBE, are offering a Club Insurance Programme (CIP) whereby clubs and private glider owners can benefit from consolidating their insurance policy renewal paperwork. Depending on the number of gliders participating in each club/group, discounts of 5 to 10% can be achieved. All that is required is to align the renewal date of policies for a number of private and club gliders.

I have come to have strong views on what I call “Bush lawyers”.  It seems that not a day goes by without someone being concerned and saying “Maybe we should get a legal opinion on that”. I understand that this is a general trend in our society but I am concerned that it is becoming too pervasive and it is stifling progress in gliding.

I had a number of responses to my question asking how clubs manage log keeping and members wanting to fly;
Ian McPhee of Byron Bay responded that  his club used air-switches and Hobbs

Based on legal advice GFA confirms it does not require members to have Police checks to fly or instruct young people in relation to general operations (as distinct from children-specific ops such as cadets). This is reflected in our current Member Protection Policy (MPP) document. Individual clubs can enforce extra requirements at their discretion.

A number of clubs are now offering UAS training to power pilots. It is proving popular and can bring in income and new members. There are resources available on the GFA website to assist clubs to implement this initiative.