Magalies Gliding Club

The Magalies Gliding Club is situated approximately 50km west-northwest of central Johannesburg and 65km southwest of central Tshwane. The club operates out of the Orient Airfield on weekends and most public holidays, and has around 200 members.

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Orient Airfield is 5100 feet above sea level with two parallel 1500m long grass strips laid out 18-36, a cross runway of 700m (11-29) and an emergency strip of 500m. This area enjoys some of the best thermal soaring conditions in the world, making it a hugely popular club with locals and tourists alike.

Flights of 300 km are regularly achieved by novice gliders, while and some the competition pilots have achieved between 500 and 750 km flights.

Although the facilities are only fully accessible, on a regular basis, for members, there are day-access passes. For those wanting to learn and enjoy this unique sport as a day activity, an introduction to gliding day is available that provides all the benefits of membership for a shorter period. Visitors can choose one of three flight options with a fully qualified and experienced instructor.

Facilities

The club fleet consists of 3 Grob G103 Twins, 3 Grob G102 Astir CS’s, 1 Jeans Astir, 1 Super Falke Motor Glider, 1 Piper Super Cub (180 hp) and a Cessna 182 tow Plane.

Image courtesy of <a href='http://www.mgc.org.za/'>Magalies Gliding Club</a>

Image courtesy of Magalies Gliding Club

For those wanting to extend their stay, there are 2 self-catering bunkhouses with ablutions for hire. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a bar where guests can enjoy a few drinks after a hard day’s flying. The swimming pool and braai facilities are available to members and their guests, as well as those doing the day-course.

Admission

ZAR 4,200.00 - ZAR 6,850.00

Visiting hours

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