Gliding Federation of Australia

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Gliding Federation of Australia
Jurisdiction Australia
Founded 1949

The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) is the governing body for the sport of gliding in Australia. It was founded in 1949. The GFA is responsible to Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the conduct of safe gliding operations in Australia. This includes the setting and maintenance of flying standards and in particular training standards. It provides services to its members such as:

  • Regulatory issues covering pilot training, licensing and airworthiness handled under the delegations from the government regulatory body (CASA)
  • Liaison with government agencies (such as Airservices Australia, particularly in terms of that organisation's airspace management responsibilities
  • Liaison with other sporting and recreational aviation bodies on matters of mutual interest (e.g. through Australian Sport Aviation Confederation)
  • Arranging and managing liability insurance coverage for all members and clubs
  • Awarding badges and managing Australian gliding records
  • Encouraging and staging competitions at the national and international level
  • Technical matters
  • Promotion of gliding
  • Liaison with international gliding organisations (such as OSTIV and the FAI)
  • Publishing a magazine Soaring Australia

In Australia, glider pilots are exempt from holding pilot licences but the GFA is responsible for the establishment of pilot certificates. These are regarded highly enough by CASA and the aviation industry to be considered as a satisfactory substitute for licences. Pilots wishing to travel overseas can convert their GFA Glider Pilot Certificate to a CASA issued (and ICAO compliant) Glider Pilot Licence.

As the inclusion of 'federation' in the name suggests, the GFA is a tiered structure based on regional associations, which are in turn based on gliding clubs. It is only possible to be a member of the GFA if one is also a member of a gliding club which is affiliated to the GFA through the applicable regional association. The five regional associations are

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