|Where Can I Fly?|
You can fly at a soaring club.
In Canada almost all training takes place at soaring clubs. Instruction is usually free of charge, a student only pays for launches and rental of the glider. However, belonging to a club means paying a membership fee. Included in this fee is usually your SAC dues, which provides the pilot with third party liability insurance lest they land on something, or someone, and cause damage. Also, SAC provides a high quality magazine which is published once every two months and mailed to all members.
Clubs vary in size and structure, but everyone goes to the gliding club for the same reason, to fly. After taking an introductory flight you may decide to pursue your lessons in earnest. Your club's CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) will help you set up your agenda and find you the best instructor for your needs. From that point onward you will train until you are ready to solo, or fly by yourself (without the excess weight of the instructor in the back seat). After that you will get your license and hopefully pursue some personal goals, be they cross-country flight, instructing, or just flying around the club for fun!
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