Because of the generosity of some club members and Youth Flight Canada we are able to offer a flying work bursary for several lucky individuals from our club. This will be an ongoing venture as long as the donations to Youth Flight Canada continue. Twenty were allocated in 2012 worth $10,000 in total.


Student & The Cost of Flying.

Although Gliding is far less expensive than power flying, the costs are nonetheless beyond the budget of most high school and university students. Additionally York Soaring is located (like most clubs) just outside the Pearson International Control Sector, approx.100Km. from Toronto. For students this adds to the expenses and inconvenience.
In the spring of 1999, York converted a construction bunkhouse trailer into the "York Hilton", a spacious 8 bed residence and lounge. Other than during the 4 weeks of youth training camps, this is available to all to all our young pilots to reduce the frequency of commuting that is otherwise required.
Although York offers students discounts, and has one of the most economical fee schedules in Canada, most of our young licensed students pilots cannot afford to continue flying while in school. Regrettably for most, the new Pilot license is not the beginning but the end of their flying for at least 6 to 8 years!


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.
•Submit a written report to why they should be selected and be willing to write a report that evaluates the impact the Bursary had on them.
•Submit their application to the Chief Flying Instructor before May
•Confirm they will use the Bursary 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


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

Bursary Benefits:


The successful individual will pay only $100 as an annual membership fee and $5 for each flight (covering rental and tow costs). The Bursary Funds will cover the difference in costs until the bursary amount awarded has been exhausted. Flight time in the two twin Grobs owned by YFC is also free to bursary recipients.

for more info please contact: Eva Dillon