Why Benalla?

Great club

  • Leading OLC League club in Southern Hemisphere
  • Largest club in Australia
  • In our 82nd year of operations
  • Friendly and supportive club atmosphere
  • Welcoming and friendly social environment
  • International Flavour with many Northern Hemisphere repeat visitors
  • 7-days a week operations in Soaring season
  • Weekend club operations year round

Great Fleet

  • 4 tugs for rapid launching – 3 Pawnees, 1 Scout, eTug (V8-powered Pawnee)
  • 4 two-seaters for all forms of training – 2 new ASK21, a Twin Astir plus a Duo Discus for advanced soaring training
  • four single-seaters: Junior, 2 x LS4, LS7
  • Motorfalke for XC checks
  • all club aircraft FLARM-equipped for improved safety
  • 70+ private sailplanes based at Benalla

Great facilities

  • Large, safe airfield with separate glider & power runways (low power traffic levels)
  • Lots of hangars including space to hire for short to medium term
  • Good tie-down facilities
  • Large, fully equipped club-house
  • Broadband Internet access across clubhouse, Aero Park and Accommodation
  • Auxiliary equipment for hire – parachutes, Volksloggers, etc
  • Daily weather and tasking briefing using up to date weather data and leading edge soaring forecasting models adapted for our region offer the best task choices for the day
  • All SPOT-equipped aircraft tracked in real time for improved safety
  • Flight simulator for training and fun
  • Fully staffed maintenance facilities with licensed on-site power and sailplane engineer

Great flying

  • Whether you are into local soaring, novice cross country, racing cross-country or touring, there will be others doing the same
  • Comprehensive 9am daily briefing means you pick your best task (and team up with others doing the same) in plenty of time to get ready
  • Real-time trigger temperature monitoring for picking when to launch
  • Priority launching for the cross-country “great white fleet” at the appropriate time gets you airborne when you want
  • Minimal airspace restrictions – none within 50km below 8,500′ and generally FL125 elsewhere
  • Almost unrestricted choice of directions to fly
  • Informal local IGC-based daily competition so you can see how good you are
  • Aerotow paddock retrieves generally available most days

Great weather

  • Summer days typically 25-40 deg C with light winds and scattered cumulus
  • November and December have more unstable weather
  • January through March have typically drier and hotter days
  • Far enough South to avoid sub-tropical weather and storms
  • Far enough inland to avoid sea-breezes almost altogether
  • Long daylight hours for extended tasks
  • Visit our weather pages.

Great terrain

  • Benalla’s location is ideal for thermal soaring at whatever level of task you choose to do.
  • Wide open plains to the north and west (elevations generally below 1,000; or 300m) and 10,000? (3,300m) days in the hot summer season provide opportunities for big distances over these very safe areas.
  • To the east and south the mountains of the Great Divide give exhilarating flying with strong thermal and wave conditions starting only 25km away.
  • Desert country to North-West and North (200+km).
  • Learn more here.

Great clubhouse and social atmosphere

  • On-site catering during summer for affordable after-flying meals and socializing
  • Inside dining and bar area for up to 110 people
  • Large and fully stocked bar at club prices
  • Attractive al fresco dining and social outdoor area
  • Self-catering kitchen facilities
  • Onsite accommodation for single and dual occupancy
  • Modern computer equipment accessible to all
  • Quiet room with TV, DVD and video
  • Lounge area with good set of books and magazines
  • Great facilities for families and partners and children

City of Benalla right next door

  • Walking distance to city shops & motels (map)
  • Lots to do for non-flyers and on non-flying days
  • Wineries
  • superb modern regional Art gallery
  • Ned Kelly history at Glenrowan
  • Motor racing at Winton
  • Ski-fields

Affordable for all

  • Club-based pricing – no annoying and expensive surcharges every time you turn around or touch something
  • Credit card facilities (no surcharges)
  • Check our prices.

Easy To Get Here

  • Australia’s second-busiest international airport just 2 hours drive away