the ninety-nines Conversion Course
A Conversion course in support of the nintey-nines group
The main reason women join The 99s is because they love to fly! This power pilot transition course is especially designed and structured for women who are licensed pilots and are looking for an area of flight to develop skills and have fun. Join this program to easily convert to a Glider Pilot License in as little as 1 week!
Here's what you need to know
The 99s Conversion Course is an accelerated course in transitioning from a powered pilot license (ATPL/CPL/PPL) into a Glider Pilot License. 99s who are already Glider Pilots through Air Cadets can also benefit from this camp as a skill refresher and progression to higher performance equipment. Flights for these participants will be tailored to advance their soaring skills and judgement needed to fly gliders cross country.
When is the course held?
What's included in the cost
In short: EVERYTHING. This is by far the best bang-for-buck for anything to do with aviation. Here’s the breakdown of what you get:
- Ground school
- 40 Air Tows (includes 20 solos)
- Dual instruction
- Course material
- Glider Pilot Log book
- 2022 York Soaring membership fee
- GPL License fee
Camping is available for those who prefer to stay at the airfield. York has facilities for RVs, trailers, and tents as well as 3 rustic cottages available at no extra charge during the camp. Our clubhouse has a full kitchen available as well as toilets and shower facilities.
The only thing you will need is a Soaring Association of Canada membership for insurance purposes (which costs $80).
What to expect
Licensed pilots already possess most of the basic knowledge needed to successfully pilot a glider. The course will provide a refresher with topics of gliding and soaring being covered in the mornings of each day before flights commence.
Days start at 9:00am with the intention of getting in the air by 10:00am. Expect to conduct up to 6 flights per day.
What do you fly?
All of your training and dual instruction will be done in a fiberglass ship; the ASK-21. You will need to do a spin check and this is done in the Schweizer 2-32.
You would have completed 20 solo flights at the end of the course. After your final check-flight and some paperwork, you will be a licensed Glider Pilot. No Transport Canada examination is required.