About Us

The Balaklava Gliding Club was founded in 1953 and was originally known as the "Clare Soaring Club". After operating for 10 years near the country towns of Clare and Blyth, some 100 kms north of the City of Adelaide, the club moved to Whitwarta, 10 km north-west of the township of Balaklava in 1963. In 1968, the club became the first in Australia to own its airfield with the purchase of 153 acres of land.

The club has since progressed, with a huge effort made by members, many of whom have been involved in gliding for over 25 years. Several large hangars, a club-house, bunkhouse and caravan park have been built. Two winches were also built. All of this work, and the continuing maintenance of aircraft, airfield and facilities, is carried out "in-house" by members.

Other projects include running gliding competitions and the club's own Regatta. Members have assisted at two World Gliding competitions held in Australia and helped crew for local pilots competing overseas. Several State Championships have also been held at Balaklava over the years.

The club at present owns four gliders, all fibreglass, two of them 2-seaters. There are a number of privately owned gliders and power planes based at the airfield. Club pilots regularly compete in various contests, or aim for long cross country flights. The first 500 km triangle flown by a 2-seater in Australia was in the club's "Blanik". Another pilot set a record for speed around a 750 km triangle in a Standard Class glider. The latest significant achievement by a club pilot is the Australian speed record over a 1000 km out-and-return task at an average of 133 km/h! The flight from Balaklava to north of Marree in the state's north and back to Balaklava took about 7 1/2 hours.

Flying operations are normally on every weekend or by prior arrangement. Visitors are always welcome.

Location

Balaklava Airfield, Balaklava, South Australia.

Position

34 05' S, 138 20' E, Elevation 150ft AMSL.

Address

P.O. Box 257, Balaklava, SA 5461

Telephone

(08) 8864 5062

Email

admin at bgc.asn.au

Office bearers can be contacted as follows:
president at bgc.asn.au
secretary at bgc.asn.au
treasurer at bgc.asn.au
cfi at bgc.asn.au
coach at bgc.asn.au
whisper at bgc.asn.au
webmaster at bgc.asn.au

Days of operation

Weekends and by prior arrangement.

Membership

Around 45 -50 flying members.

Fleet (Club)

ASK21 (ZBG); Flight Manual
ASK21 (BXC); Flight Manual
Astir CS (WQH); Flight Manual
Astir CS 77 (KYS); Flight Manual
Mini Nimbus (FQB); Flight Manual

Fleet (Private)

Pik 20D (WVC), Motorfalke (HNM), LS3 (WUD), Mosquito (FQK), Grunau Baby 2 (GDN), Mini Nimbus (IUY), ASH25M (YBE).

Launch method

Winch launch; 2 dual drum winches.

Accomodation

Bunkhouse, Caravan Park, Camping Ground.

Facilities

Clubhouse, Bar, Canteen, Toilet, Showers, Barbeques, Hangars, Aircraft Maintenance Workshop, Tie-down Areas.
Club owns airfield.

Club Facilities for members and visiting glider pilots

As owners of the airfield, the Balaklava Gliding Club has established permanent facilities around the airfield and undertaken a large tree planting programme to enhance the appearance of the location and provide a pleasant surrounding for those waiting on the ground for their turn to fly.

Clubhouse

Within the clubhouse are the clubrooms, kitchen/canteen and bar. Visitors are welcome to use these facilities. The canteen is run on an "honour" system. Various items are available for purchase such as pies, pasties, pizzas, ice creams, and a range of cool drinks. Prices are clearly displayed. Payment for those items taken from the canteen should be made as soon purchase is made.

The licensed bar is usually opened at the end of flying operations. Club Committee Members and Instructors have access to the bar.

Club House

Various kitchen appliances and utensils are located in the kitchen. These are available for use within the kitchen. Items used must be cleaned and returned to their respective locations and the kitchen left clean and tidy. Phone, Fax, and Base Radios are located Balaklava Gliding Club - About us

About Us

The Balaklava Gliding Club was founded in 1953 and was originally known as the "Clare Soaring Club". After operating for 10 years near the country towns of Clare and Blyth, some 100 kms north of the City of Adelaide, the club moved to Whitwarta, 10 km north-west of the township of Balaklava in 1963. In 1968, the club became the first in Australia to own its airfield with the purchase of 153 acres of land.

The club has since progressed, with a huge effort made by members, many of whom have been involved in gliding for over 25 years. Several large hangars, a club-house, bunkhouse and caravan park have been built. Two winches were also built. All of this work, and the continuing maintenance of aircraft, airfield and facilities, is carried out "in-house" by members.

Other projects include running gliding competitions and the club's own Regatta. Members have assisted at two World Gliding competitions held in Australia and helped crew for local pilots competing overseas. Several State Championships have also been held at Balaklava over the years.

The club at present owns four gliders, all fibreglass, two of them 2-seaters. There are a number of privately owned gliders and power planes based at the airfield. Club pilots regularly compete in various contests, or aim for long cross country flights. The first 500 km triangle flown by a 2-seater in Australia was in the club's "Blanik". Another pilot set a record for speed around a 750 km triangle in a Standard Class glider. The latest significant achievement by a club pilot is the Australian speed record over a 1000 km out-and-return task at an average of 133 km/h! The flight from Balaklava to north of Marree in the state's north and back to Balaklava took about 7 1/2 hours.

Flying operations are normally on every weekend or by prior arrangement. Visitors are always welcome.

Location

Balaklava Airfield, Balaklava, South Australia.

Position

34 05' S, 138 20' E, Elevation 150ft AMSL.

Address

P.O. Box 257, Balaklava, SA 5461

Telephone

(08) 8864 5062

Email

admin at bgc.asn.au

Office bearers can be contacted as follows:
president at bgc.asn.au
secretary at bgc.asn.au
treasurer at bgc.asn.au
cfi at bgc.asn.au
coach at bgc.asn.au
whisper at bgc.asn.au
webmaster at bgc.asn.au

Days of operation

Weekends and by prior arrangement.

Membership

Around 45 -50 flying members.

Fleet (Club)

ASK21 (ZBG); Flight Manual
ASK21 (BXC); Flight Manual
Astir CS (WQH); Flight Manual
Astir CS 77 (KYS); Flight Manual
Mini Nimbus (FQB); Flight Manual

Fleet (Private)

Pik 20D (WVC), Motorfalke (HNM), LS3 (WUD), Mosquito (FQK), Grunau Baby 2 (GDN), Mini Nimbus (IUY), ASH25M (YBE).

Launch method

About Us

The Balaklava Gliding Club was founded in 1953 and was originally known as the "Clare Soaring Club". After operating for 10 years near the country towns of Clare and Blyth, some 100 kms north of the City of Adelaide, the club moved to Whitwarta, 10 km north-west of the township of Balaklava in 1963. In 1968, the club became the first in Australia to own its airfield with the purchase of 153 acres of land.

The club has since progressed, with a huge effort made by members, many of whom have been involved in gliding for over 25 years. Several large hangars, a club-house, bunkhouse and caravan park have been built. Two winches were also built. All of this work, and the continuing maintenance of aircraft, airfield and facilities, is carried out "in-house" by members.

Other projects include running gliding competitions and the club's own Regatta. Members have assisted at two World Gliding competitions held in Australia and helped crew for local pilots competing overseas. Several State Championships have also been held at Balaklava over the years.

The club at present owns four gliders, all fibreglass, two of them 2-seaters. There are a number of privately owned gliders and power planes based at the airfield. Club pilots regularly compete in various contests, or aim for long cross country flights. The first 500 km triangle flown by a 2-seater in Australia was in the club's "Blanik". Another pilot set a record for speed around a 750 km triangle in a Standard Class glider. The latest significant achievement by a club pilot is the Australian speed record over a 1000 km out-and-return task at an average of 133 km/h! The flight from Balaklava to north of Marree in the state's north and back to Balaklava took about 7 1/2 hours.

Flying operations are normally on every weekend or by prior arrangement. Visitors are always welcome.

Location

Balaklava Airfield, Balaklava, South Australia.

Position

34 05' S, 138 20' E, Elevation 150ft AMSL.

Address

P.O. Box 257, Balaklava, SA 5461

Telephone

(08) 8864 5062

Email

admin at bgc.asn.au

Office bearers can be contacted as follows:
president at bgc.asn.au
secretary at bgc.asn.au
treasurer at bgc.asn.au
cfi at bgc.asn.au
coach at bgc.asn.au
whisper at bgc.asn.au
webmaster at bgc.asn.au

Days of operation

Weekends and by prior arrangement.

Membership

Around 45 -50 flying members.

Fleet (Club)

ASK21 (ZBG); Flight Manual
ASK21 (BXC); Flight Manual
Astir CS (WQH); Flight Manual
Astir CS 77 (KYS); Flight Manual
Mini Nimbus (FQB); Flight Manual

Fleet (Private)

Pik 20D (WVC), Motorfalke (HNM), LS3 (WUD), Mosquito (FQK), Grunau Baby 2 (GDN), Mini Nimbus (IUY), ASH25M (YBE).

Launch method

Winch launch; 2 dual drum winches.

Accomodation

Bunkhouse, Caravan Park, Camping Ground.

Facilities

Clubhouse, Bar, Canteen, Toilet, Showers, Barbeques, Hangars, Aircraft Maintenance Workshop, Tie-down Areas.
Club owns airfield.

Club Facilities for members and visiting glider pilots

As owners of the airfield, the Balaklava Gliding Club has established permanent facilities around the airfield and undertaken a large tree planting programme to enhance the appearance of the location and provide a pleasant surrounding for those waiting on the ground for their turn to fly.

Clubhouse

Within the clubhouse are the clubrooms, kitchen/canteen and bar. Visitors are welcome to use these facilities. The canteen is run on an "honour" system. Various items are available for purchase such as pies, pasties, pizzas, ice creams, and a range of cool drinks. Prices are clearly displayed. Payment for those items taken from the canteen should be made as soon purchase is made.

The licensed bar is usually opened at the end of flying operations. Club Committee Members and Instructors have access to the bar.

Club House

Various kitchen appliances and utensils are located in the kitchen. These are available for use within the kitchen. Items used must be cleaned and returned to their respective locations and the kitchen left clean and tidy. Phone, Fax, and Base Radios are located Balaklava Gliding Club - About us

About Us

The Balaklava Gliding Club was founded in 1953 and was originally known as the "Clare Soaring Club". After operating for 10 years near the country towns of Clare and Blyth, some 100 kms north of the City of Adelaide, the club moved to Whitwarta, 10 km north-west of the township of Balaklava in 1963. In 1968, the club became the first in Australia to own its airfield with the purchase of 153 acres of land.

The club has since progressed, with a huge effort made by members, many of whom have been involved in gliding for over 25 years. Several large hangars, a club-house, bunkhouse and caravan park have been built. Two winches were also built. All of this work, and the continuing maintenance of aircraft, airfield and facilities, is carried out "in-house" by members.

Other projects include running gliding competitions and the club's own Regatta. Members have assisted at two World Gliding competitions held in Australia and helped crew for local pilots competing overseas. Several State Championships have also been held at Balaklava over the years.

The club at present owns four gliders, all fibreglass, two of them 2-seaters. There are a number of privately owned gliders and power planes based at the airfield. Club pilots regularly compete in various contests, or aim for long cross country flights. The first 500 km triangle flown by a 2-seater in Australia was in the club's "Blanik". Another pilot set a record for speed around a 750 km triangle in a Standard Class glider. The latest significant achievement by a club pilot is the Australian speed record over a 1000 km out-and-return task at an average of 133 km/h! The flight from Balaklava to north of Marree in the state's north and back to Balaklava took about 7 1/2 hours.

Flying operations are normally on every weekend or by prior arrangement. Visitors are always welcome.

Location

Balaklava Airfield, Balaklava, South Australia.

Position

34 05' S, 138 20' E, Elevation 150ft AMSL.

Address

P.O. Box 257, Balaklava, SA 5461

Telephone

(08) 8864 5062

Email

admin at bgc.asn.au

Office bearers can be contacted as follows:
president at bgc.asn.au
secretary at bgc.asn.au
treasurer at bgc.asn.au
cfi at bgc.asn.au
coach at bgc.asn.au
whisper at bgc.asn.au
webmaster at bgc.asn.au

Days of operation

Weekends and by prior arrangement.

Membership

Around 45 -50 flying members.

Fleet (Club)

ASK21 (ZBG); Flight Manual
ASK21 (BXC); Flight Manual
Astir CS (WQH); Flight Manual
Astir CS 77 (KYS); Flight Manual
Mini Nimbus (FQB); Flight Manual

Fleet (Private)

Pik 20D (WVC), Motorfalke (HNM), LS3 (WUD), Mosquito (FQK), Grunau Baby 2 (GDN), Mini Nimbus (IUY), ASH25M (YBE).

Launch method

Winch launch; 2 dual drum winches.

Accomodation

Bunkhouse, Caravan Park, Camping Ground.

Facilities

Clubhouse, Bar, Canteen, Toilet, Showers, Barbeques, Hangars, Aircraft Maintenance Workshop, Tie-down Areas.
Club owns airfield.

Club Facilities for members and visiting glider pilots

As owners of the airfield, the Balaklava Gliding Club has established permanent facilities around the airfield and undertaken a large tree planting programme to enhance the appearance of the location and provide a pleasant surrounding for those waiting on the ground for their turn to fly.

Clubhouse

Within the clubhouse are the clubrooms, kitchen/canteen and bar. Visitors are welcome to use these facilities. The canteen is run on an "honour" system. Various items are available for purchase such as pies, pasties, pizzas, ice creams, and a range of cool drinks. Prices are clearly displayed. Payment for those items taken from the canteen should be made as soon purchase is made.

The licensed bar is usually opened at the end of flying operations. Club Committee Members and Instructors have access to the bar.

Club House

Various kitchen appliances and utensils are located in the kitchen. These are available for use within the kitchen. Items used must be cleaned and returned to their respective locations and the kitchen left clean and tidy. Phone, Fax, and Base Radios are located .0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt'>

Winch launch; 2 dual drum winches.

Accomodation

Bunkhouse, Caravan Park, Camping Ground.

Facilities

Clubhouse, Bar, Canteen, Toilet, Showers, Barbeques, Hangars, Aircraft Maintenance Workshop, Tie-down Areas.
Club owns airfield.

Club Facilities for members and visiting glider pilots

As owners of the airfield, the Balaklava Gliding Club has established permanent facilities around the airfield and undertaken a large tree planting programme to enhance the appearance of the location and provide a pleasant surrounding for those waiting on the ground for their turn to fly.

Clubhouse

Within the clubhouse are the clubrooms, kitchen/canteen and bar. Visitors are welcome to use these facilities. The canteen is run on an "honour" system. Various items are available for purchase such as pies, pasties, pizzas, ice creams, and a range of cool drinks. Prices are clearly displayed. Payment for those items taken from the canteen should be made as soon purchase is made.

The licensed bar is usually opened at the end of flying operations. Club Committee Members and Instructors have access to the bar.

Club House

Various kitchen appliances and utensils are located in the kitchen. These are available for use within the kitchen. Items used must be cleaned and returned to their respective locations and the kitchen left clean and tidy. Phone, Fax, and Base Radios are located