Ground school begins 10 January, 2017.

The 2017 Ottawa Gilder Pilot Ground School will begin Tuesday January 10, 2017. Please register by sending a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate whether you need to purchase the reference material.

This training fulfills the Transport Canada Ground School requirement and prepares each student for the Transport Canada written exam for the Glider Pilot License. The course is a total of 30 hours; a minimum of 15 hours is required to fulfill the Transport Canada Ground School requirement to obtain a Glider Pilot License (GPL).

The sessions are taught by enthusiastic volunteer glider pilots who always have interesting stories to tell.


Tuesday evenings beginning January 10, ending March 21. Ten sessions total. No class on March 14.

Time 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Ottawa Technical School

440 Albert Street. Classroom number TBA.

There is free parking available, with an entrance off Slater Street, between Bronson and Bay streets.

Cost $190. Includes an introductory flight in the 2017 flying season.
Payment  Cash or cheque on the night of the first class.

Reference material.

The following supporting reference books are available to purchase at the ground school.

$20 Soar And Learn to Fly Gliders
$50 From The Ground Up

A message will be circulated by eNewsletter when the costs of books is finalized.

Directions to the venue

Contact the coordinator

If you can't find the answer on this page, ask the Ground School coordinator. Send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Drier weather this week improved field conditions. There was midweek flying, midweek lessons and some x-c flying. Good weekend weather now.

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Flying resumes today. Wet on the sides,so takeoff and land in the center of the runway.

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Rain, rain, go away. The runway is waterlogged and not suitable for gliding operations, so no flying today, Sat Jul 15.

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So much water! Runway has turned to mush. Planned mid-week flying was canceled. Please, some dryer weather before the weekend.

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