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Wednesday, 18 February 2009 11:53

The Southern Riverina Gliding Club offers the whole spectrum of training from ab-initio tuition to cross country flying. You can benefit from the experience of four times World Champion, Ingo Renner who is the club's Chief Flying Instructor.  The club operates every weekend and public holidays and weekday flying is also available by prior arrangement. Dual flying is in the IS28, a beautiful glider for cross country training.  The club also operates an ASW15 that solo pilots can hire for local or cross country flights.

The town of Tocumwal is situated on the banks of the Murray River, 250km north of Melbourne. This is a prime location for soaring because of the flat terrain and there are more than 300 sunny days each year. Pilots at Tocumwal have access to the superb thermal country between the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan Rivers. It is very safe for outlandings and therefore an ideal centre to practise cross country flying. It is also possible to access the mountainous terrain of the Australian Alps in NSW and Victoria.

The township of Tocumwal offers a variety of motel accommodation, four hotels, a Chinese restaurant, two clubs and a number of takeaways. Accommodation for visiting pilots can be arranged by the club if required.

In the centre of town the Information Centre displays historical information on the World War 2 airbase. The Tocumwal Aerodrome used to be called McIntyre Field and this was a large base for the giant four engined Liberators. A number of the original large hangars still stand around the aerodrome.

Visitors can also enjoy a game of golf just walking distance from the aerodrome or on the Cobram Barooga golf course just 10 minutes away by car. And of course the river offers a variety of water sports e.g. swimming, fishing and waterskiing. Houseboats are also for hire at Cobram which is a short 15 minute drive east of Tocumwal.

On the foreshore of the Murray River are two town icons. One is the giant Murray Cod and the other is a glider on a pole. These are symbols of what has put Tocumwal on the map and Tocumwal has become known world wide as one of the best gliding locations in the World.

With so much to offer bring your family and friends to experience the thrill and beauty of silent flight with the experienced instructors at the Southern Riverina Gliding Club.

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Tocumwal

During the Second World War the town was the site of Royal Australian Air Force Station Tocumwal, which was a major Royal Australian Air Force training airfield and aircraft depot. Today, the airfield has grown to be a renowned gliding site.