The York Soaring Association (YSA) has a long history of successfully training youth Transport Canada licensing standards since 1972. Qualified participants may obtain their Glider Pilot license in 2-3 weeks on a youth camp, or by learning at their own pace over the course of the summer.

Youth flying at YSA enjoy:

  • Discounted memberships so that they may continue to build solo time after their licence training so that they can advance to other types of gliders, obtain passenger ratings, and receive advanced training to achieve FAI badges for height, duration, and distance.

  • Use of more advanced gliders such as the single seat mid performance SGS 1-34, and with time other high performance gliders.

  • Eligibility for Youth Flight Canada scholarships as licensed pilots to provide additional low cost flight time and advanced training opportunities.
  • Air Cadets who successfully obtain their licence at YSA may apply through their squadron to attend the CRGS conversion course that will enable them to fly with their local gliding center.(This does not apply to students who have been previously RTU'd from CRGS)

Qualified youth with disabilities are able to learn to soar at YSA through our affiliation with Freedom’s Wings Canada. Paraplegics or high functioning quadriplegics please seek more information through the Freedom’s Wings website.

To see YSA’s Youth Training Program in action, check our video (created by one of our own Youth Flight Canada scholarship recipients):

Information for Parents

During the day, students are supervised on the flight line by club instructors involved in the training program. In the evening, male and female adult club members are present on site in case of emergency and to enforce lights out (11 pm for youth members). Parents are welcome to camp over night and to participate during the course of the camp.  For more information on the youth camp, an individual self-paced youth training option, ground school training options, please contact the Chief Flying Instructor in the 'About Us - Contacts' menu.


Soaring scholarships are available both from Youth Flight Canada, and the Soaring Association of Canada.  York is a particularly good soaring site for students, as we have a number of facilities specifically geared towards them.  We offer free bunkhouse, cabin, and trailer accommodations on an assigned basis (contact Tracey Brake) to males, females, youths and those with disabilities.  Parents and caregivers may be charged a nominal camping fee.  As well, we have accessible showering, and cooking facilities.  We also have a range of gliders that meet the needs of beginning pilots and a 7-days-a-week flying operation in the summer.

Selection Criteria:

The applicant must:

•Be a licensed glider pilot.

•Be between 16 and 22 years of age

•Have an infectious enthusiasm for gliding

•Be a full time student with good grades

•Render an hour of volunteer effort to the club for each flight taken above and beyond normal club duties.

•Keep the areas they use clean and tidy.

•Submit a written report to why they should be selected and be willing to write a report that evaluates the impact the Scholarship had on them.

•Submit their application to the Chief Flying Instructor before May

•Confirm they will use the Scholarship to its fullest extent during the Summer months (flying season)

•Preference given to graduates of York Soaring or CRGS

•Join YSA as a youth member by July 1

 Scholarships may be awarded past the initial deadline if not all the funding available was allocated on May 1 or if recipients forfeit their scholarship by not joining/flying by July 1.  Interested parties should apply.

Scholarship Benefits:

 The successful individual will pay a reduced fee as an annual membership fee and $5 for each flight (covering rental and tow costs). The Scholarship funds will cover the difference in costs until the scholarship amount awarded has been exhausted. Flight time in the two twin Grobs owned by YFC is also free to scholarship recipients.

for more info please contact: Eva Dillon

Youth can obtain their full glider pilot license in less than 3 weeks by attending York's annual youth camp.  Youth camp at the field, prepare their own meals, fly 4 flights a day, and study for their written TC exam.  For more information on the package price contact our Treasurer via the 'About Us - Contacts' menu.

York Soaring has a 40+ year history of successfully providing Glider Flight Training to Transport Canada standards to over 600 youngsters from across Ontario. Most participants are air cadets, however, any youth >14 years old that completes York's on-line ground school can also attend. We will have one youth camp this year so that qualified participants may obtain their Transport Canada Glider Pilot license. Interested students may also join the club and learn to fly over the course of the summer. The course starts June 28 and participants must sign up ahead of time because space is limited to a maximum of 9 pilots.

The course offers a great many advantages

  • Low Cost – The York Program is less expensive than obtaining the license privately, and offers a fixed cost rather than paying per flight. Students must however reach solo stage after 28 training flights. Additional flights will be charged at Club rates.

  • Short Duration – At two-three weeks,( Weather providing) the York Program enables the students the flexibility to maintain summer jobs, attend other camps, or go on summer vacation.

  • Comprehensive Program – York offers the students the opportunity to train on three standard Schweizer Gliders (SGS 2-33), as well a single seaters.

  • Increased Flight Time – The York Program offers students the opportunity to learn thermalling and the chance of obtaining the C-badge for 1 hour sustained flight. SAC clubs and cadet gliding centers require licensed pilots obtain a minimum of 10 hours solo time before carrying passengers and longer solo flights will help participants reach that milestone sooner. No charges will be applied for additional flight time.

  • Flexibility – The York programs are ideal for air cadets who do not qualify for the six week CRGS program provided the cadet can obtain a Transport Canada Class 3 or 4 medical. Successful cadets may apply for the CRGS conversion course to fly at the local Gliding Centers. (Note: civilian glider pilots who have been previously RTU'd from cadet glider training are no longer allowed to participate in the air cadet gliding program)

  • Supervision – Adult supervisors are available at the camp at all times.

  • Future Development – York Soaring does provide the students with the opportunity to qualify for Youth Flight Canada scholarships, can facilitate involvement with the national youth soaring team, community involvement through the Freedom’s Wings program and can fly with York Soaring for the remainder of the summer as a youth member paying only for additional aero tows.