The Starting point for your gliding experience at 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) will be a flight or series of flights in a Viking winch launched glider. You will begin by attending, with others from your Squadron, Detached Flight or CCF unit, the VGS to be taught the Gliding Induction Course (GIC).

The GIC has been designed to give you a taste for Air Cadet Gliding and consists of 3 different levels of instruction. You will be shown various aspects of aerodynamics that you will have been taught in the classroom before being taught the ”effects of controls” in the air. You will have the opportunity to take control and practice what you have learned. On your first visit you will be taught the GIC 1 and your subsequent visits you will progress to GIC 2 and 3.

After you have completed the course, you will be awarded a GIC certificate.

CWO Hannah Best about to take Flt Lt Kevin Hemsil, her CO at 2174 Sqn, on a GIC flight (1 Sep 07)

Course Content

GIC 1 - 3 Launches or 20 Minutes
GIC 2 - 4 Launches or 25 Minutes
GIC 3 - 5 Launches or 30 Minutes

You will be shown and have the opportunity to practice

bullet How the glider is manoeuvred in the pitching plane (GIC 1)
bullet How to manoeuvre the glider in the rolling plane (GIC 2)
bullet How the rudder affects the glider in the yawing plane (GIC 3)
bullet What happens when the glider stalls (GIC 3)

In Brief…

bullet You must be aged at least 13 years and 3 months
bullet You must have the parent’s consent to fly page signed in your record book or 3822
bullet You must have a high level of motivation
bullet You must not have any temporary or permanent medical condition that would make flying unsafe for yourself or your pilot

Visitors from 316 Sqn Australian Air Force Cadets May 2005                     GIC trainees from 197 Sqn in June 2007