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 Bursaries 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

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 cabin, and trailer accommodations such the both males, females, youths and those with disabilities can be served.  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 26 years of age
•Have an infectious enthusiasm for gliding
•Be a full time student with good grades
•Render volunteer effort to the club as do all members.

The amount of the scholarship is $1000. Preference may be given to previous club members. 
Successful applicants will receive the value of the scholarship in their member account. The scholarship may be used to pay for flying costs. In recognition of receiving the scholarship, York Soaring Association will reduce your youth membership fee to $50 (plus HST). Once your scholarship has been exhausted, you are then responsible for the payment of 100% of your flying costs. York Soaring also requires club members to be members of the Soaring Association of Canada. Membership is free for youth 18 and under and $50 for youth age 19-25. The Soaring Association of Canada offers a limited number of bursaries to youth pilots and recipients of a scholarship from YFC qualify to apply for funding from SAC if they plan to purchase an unlimited flight time package to maximize their time building. Scholarship recipients may also camp overnight at York Soaring free of charge and are entitled to free air time in the ASK-21 owned by YFC for soaring mentoring flights as well as free air time in the 1-34 to build hours and practice soaring skills. 
Please complete the application form and submit it via email to Molly Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​. You (and your parents if you are <18 years old) must read, accept, and sign that you agree to the terms of conditions outlined in this document in order to apply to the scholarship. Applications are due by May 1, however, if not all funding available is awarded in May subsequent reviews will take place on June 1 and July 1.


The YFC Soaring Scholarship Application form may be downloaded in the Learn To Fly - Club Documents section of the website.  

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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 45 year history of successfully providing Glider Flight Training to Transport Canada standards to over 600 youngsters from across Ontario. We will have a two camps this year so that qualified participants may obtain their Glider Pilot license. Interested students may also join the club and learn to fly over the course of the summer.

The course offers a great many advantages

  • Low Cost – The York Program is far less expensive than obtaining the license privately, and offers a fixed cost basis rather than paying per flight. Students must however reach solo stage after 30 training flights. Additional flights will be charged at Club rates.

  • Short Duration – At 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), which enables rapid progress to solo and licence standard.

  • On-line Ground SchoolYork offers a free on-line ground school to prepare students for the written Transport Canada Exam.  Tutoring sessions will be provided on non-flying days and each evening during the camp and the transport Canada exam will be administered at the field.

  • Maximum 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 and since all participants are members of the club until the end of the year they are welcome to continue after the course and fly at club rates for the remainder of the summer.

  • 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.


2018 Schedule


Course #1


Completion ( weather dependent)


            Six (6)Students max.

Sat. July 7 @ 1 pm

Fri. July 27









The fee includes all taxes (HST included) flying time, aircraft insurance, logbooks, bunkhouse accommodations, as well as Transport Canada licensing and examination fees.  The enrolment form on the following page provides the requirements, and should be filled out and submitted to Ivor David along with a $500 deposit to secure a student’s enrolment. Students will be enrolled on a first-come, first served basis.  Payment should be made by cheque payable to York Soaring Association or by Interac to   If you prefer a different form of payment please contact Ivor David by phone or e-mail.




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