Youth Engagement

The Vancouver Soaring Association has been proud to support the development of the next generation of soaring pilots since the club’s founding in 1966 and has trained numerous youth to Transport Canada licensing standards over the years.

In addition to our reduced membership dues for youth members (<25 years on Jan 1 of the year of membership), the VSA aims to support the development of young glider pilots and create awareness about the sport of soaring among the youth demographic.


2019 Youth Bursary

This Vancouver Soaring Association (VSA)/Soaring Association of Canada (SAC) Youth Flight Bursary provides an opportunity for up to two youth, aged 16 – 18 years old, to learn how to fly gliders and participate in the volunteer activities of our club. All flight training takes place at the Hope Airport.

Flight Training

The VSA will provide 10 instructional flights with a qualified instructor in VSA’s 2-seat gliders. Flight training occurs primarily on weekends from May to October, and is highly dependent on weather. On a typical flying day, you could expect a maximum of two flights, which means your 10 flights could take approximately 2 – 3 months to complete. All flights must be completed in 2019.

Ground School

 The VSA instructors will provide pre and post flight briefings, and instruction on completing daily inspections of gliders, radio license training and some self-directed ground school topics including air regulations, theory of flight, meteorology and basic navigation.

Student Expectations

The bursary is structured to provide students with approximately 10 instructional flights. A self-learning package will be provided which will list required reading for students to complete on their own time.

In addition, the student is expected to contribute to volunteer activities of the Vancouver Soaring Association. Some examples of these volunteer activities include timekeeping (recording glider up and down times), flight line activities (wing running, glider ground handling), general grounds maintenance, and clubhouse upkeep.

Application process

If you are interested in learning more or applying for the 2019 Bursary, please see the Application Form. If after reviewing all the details along with your parents/legal guardians you wish to apply, please send a signed copy (preferably scanned to PDF) to the email address shown below.

Youth Bursary Application Form 2019

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