about us

Our Mission

Founded in 1961 by Walter Chmela, York Soaring is a member-run, non-profit organization dedicate to furthering the art and sport of soaring.

York Soaring puts on regular barbecues and fundraising dinners, mentors badge and cross-country flying, and organizes flights at venues around the world such as the USA, France, and New Zealand.

Extraordinary Experiences

When our founder Walter Chmela started the club, his aim was to make the wonderful sport of soaring available to almost anyone who was interested and to young people in particular because that is where he saw the future of soaring. York Soaring continues his legacy by being the home-base of programs focused on delivering extraordinary experiences to individuals who would otherwise never experience the joy of soaring.

  • Youth Flight Canada (YFC) provides bursaries to deserving young people who cannot on their own afford to fly. LEARN MORE
  • Freedom’s Wings is dedicated to providing flight experience and flight training to physically challenged people free of charge. York Soaring is proud to have the only paraplegic gliding instructor in Canada as one of our members. LEARN MORE.

In May 2007 Walter received national recognition for his almost 70 years of service to soaring by being inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

Airport Information

The active runway at York is usually 32 or 14.  Gliders and power aircraft fly circuits on opposite sides of the runway (gliders fly their base leg into wind and powered aircraft fly with a tailwind on base). Gliders have the right of way during take off and landing.