High-flying gran has ticket to glide

A HIGH-flying grandmother is seeking aero enthusiasts' support to get a new Maryborough gliding club off the ground.

Veteran pilot Janet Neisler said it had been more than a decade since gliders were regularly seen soaring across Fraser Coast skies.

"It has been 12 years since the former gliding club operated in the cane fields along the Glenorchy Straight outside of Maryborough," she said.

"We think it's time to start another after great interest at our open day meet last month."

Working with fellow aviation buffs, she hopes to have the new club established within months.

Mrs Neisler, a member of the Fraser Coast Aviation Group, has logged more than 600 hours in powered aircraft and gliders.

Learning to fly with the Maryborough Aero Club in 1974, she was flying solo by 1976 and has retained the passion since.

"Within two years I had a licence which allows me to fly a powered aircraft anywhere in Australia and I still hold that licence today," she said.

"I fly as often as I can. I love it - life's too short not to,"

Mrs Neisler said Maryborough airport was under-utilised and ideally suited for recreational aviation.

"And that's what gliding is all about." she said.

Those interested in helping form a gliding club in Maryborough can contact Mrs Neisler on 4124 3089.

GLIDER FACTS

  • Gliders are generally launched at 2000-3000 feet
  • Average glide speeds are between 90 and 130kph
  • Some gliders can reach speeds of 300kph
  • More than 1200km has been covered in one day
  • A second-hand glider costs between $20,000 and $50,000
  • Gliders are also known as sailplanes