Really, we are going to be doing the same as before but better – so a large part of the program is around directing effort to reduce duplication, reduce volunteer effort and improve the training pathway. Of course we will be producing and rolling out the Syllabus for instructors and coaches over the next 12 months as we work with the selected Pilot clubs. The thought is that once we have a clear pathway and product using the pilot experience the clubs not included in the pilot can make changes to become S2F ready to take part in the second phase of the roll out.

We have a draft application form which we hope will be approved by the committee at our meeting on Tuesday the 12th of September. I will publish a draft as soon as I can.

  • Standardise – training, documentation (pilot training book), procedures
  • Modernise – electronic log keeping, cashless systems, integrated book keeping
  • Prioritise – arrange courses to suit members – week long courses, remove the burden from clubs – prioritise Flying and Fun

We are going to create clear pathways for members to progress in gliding in all areas, eg if I have a DI rating how do I get a component replacement rating?, If I am solo how do I get a GPC? These pathways will be exactly the same and available at all S2F approved clubs.

No – it is entirely voluntary, but of course we do hope to get as many clubs as possible.

Check out the S2F club requirements for Facilities, Equipment and IT (coming soon) and put a plan together on how to upgrade to meet those standards. A full list will be available later this year. Some things will be must-haves, others nice-to-have (eg Shade at launch point – must have, GoPro for debriefs and landings – nice to have).

Round 2 has just closed with 9 clubs accepted into the program. We anticipate that Round 3 will open late in 2019 or early 2020.

We will provide a percentage of funding for certain items to enable clubs to upgrade facilities and equipment to S2F standards eg refurbish glider cockpits, install electronic flight logging, upgrade shelter sheds at launch points, set up and integrate “paywave”/cashless systems, install internet connections, implement online booking systems. We will refine the rebate schedule over the first 12 months during our pilot rollout with 5 clubs. There will be a maximum available for each club per year.

This pathway takes post solo students through the GPC syllabus. We know that this is an area that is currently not well supported and an area where we lose a lot of members.

Clubs can share instructors – with standardisation it won’t matter which club they are based at – maybe semi-professional instructors going from club to club in return for free flying. If I was 21 that’s what I would do!

Maybe 10% or 20% in the beginning. It took sailing 7 years to get all of their clubs on board.

It will be based on a variety of factors to give a cross section of all clubs eg winch and aerotow, large, small, regional, etc.

They don’t have to – it is entirely voluntary.

$100K for the first 12 months.