Gliding club turns 90 with open day in Benalla

By Ed McLeish

Benalla-based organisation Gliding Club of Victoria (GCV) is celebrating its 90th anniversary with an Open Day this Saturday.

Victorian Soaring Association president and GCV instructor Vivienne Drew said she hoped the local community would come in strong numbers and sign up. 

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“One of our parameters is to get more women involved, there’s no reason they can’t do it - we’d love some more,” Ms Drew said.

“The day will have discounted flights on offer, gliding simulations, and a gold coin barbecue.

“We are the oldest gliding club in Australia and we’ve had 67 continuous years at Benalla.”

GCV was officially formed just after the start of the Great Depression in September 1929; Australia suddenly achieved a degree of popularity for which no realistic answer ever became available, according to a GCV statement.

Ms Drew said the gliding simulation would be popular, but with age restrictions (15-plus), because of the machine’s “fragility”.

“It’s not a video toy, it’s a training tool,” she said. 

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The GCV Open Day will feature:

● Discounted Air Experience Flights

● BBQ lunch – gold coin donation

● Glider and Tow Place display

● Gliding simulator

● Tour of the gliding club facilities

Club members will celebrate into the evening with a commemorative dinner and entertainment.


WHERE: Gliding Club of Victoria – 35 Samaria Rd, Benalla

WHEN: Saturday 29 February, 11 am – 3 pm

COST: Free (gold coin for barbecue)

CONTACT: 03 5762 1058

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