Ground School

2018 Glider Pilot Ground School (Winter Course)

The Gatineau Gliding Club and Rideau Valley Soaring are announcing their joint annual glider pilot Ground School. The Gatineau Gliding Club (GGC) is located at Pendleton airfield, about 50 kms east of Ottawa, and Rideau Valley Soaring Society (RVSS) is located at Kars, on the banks of the Rideau River.

This training fulfills Transport Canada Ground School requirements and prepares each student for the Transport Canada Glider Pilot License (GPL) written exam. The total length of the course of ten lectures is thirty hours, of which 15 hours of instruction are required by Transport Canada in order to obtain a Glider Pilot License, in addition to the actual flying experience required, and a GPL Flight Test. The lectures are delivered by enthusiastic and experienced licenced Glider Pilots.

There are two text books that are mandatory for students taking the course. The first is “From the Ground Up”, and the second is “Soar and Learn to Fly Gliders”. These will be available for purchase at the start of the course.

Tuesday evening beginning Tuesday January 09th, 2018 ending March 20, 2018 (10 classes)

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Albert Street Education Centre (Classroom C 115), 440 Albert St., Ottawa, ON.

$200 (cash or cheque on the first night of the class). Includes an introductory flight for the 2018 flying season.

Registration Instructions:
Pre-Registration is encouraged because last year the course was filled to capacity and late admissions were not accepted. In order to pre-register please complete the following:
1. Send an email to indicating that you are interested in taking the groundschool.
2. Visit and sign up for the Groundschool Newsletter email list. We will be using this mailing list to transmit news and important details to the group.

January 09/18 – Introduction & Ground Handling
January 16/18 – Airframes/Systems/Flight Instruments
January 23/18 – Air Navigation/Map Reading
January 30/18 – Air Law & Procedures/Flight Operations
February 06/18 – Aerodynamics & Theory of Flight
February 13/18 – Weather/Meteorology
February 20/18 – Soaring & Cross Country Flying
February 27/18 – Radio Communications
March 06/18 – Human Factors
March 20/18 – Radio Operator Exam/ Course Review