Sit back and relax as you take off in these amazing powered gliders.
Be enthralled with the spectacular views of the Byron Bay coastline. After climbing high above the countryside, the engine is turned off and you fly like a bird enjoying the freedom of a limitless sky.
These self-launching motor gliders embody all the advantages of powered aircraft combined with the inherent safety of sailplanes, and regularly soar the rugged ridges of Mount Warning and the cliffs above the historic Byron Bay Lighthouse, as well as one of the longest ridges in Australia, the Coorabel – site of a famous endurance flight back in the 1930s.
Your highly-trained and experienced pilot will give you a pre-flight briefing before you climb aboard and get comfortably strapped into your safety harness ready for take off. You will sit beside your pilot and once airborne you’ll have an unimpeded panoramic view of our paradise.
Tyagarah Airfield, Old Brunswick Road, Byron Bay (Go past the first hangars on the right and continue along the road for about a kilometre to the eastern end of the airstrip, the end closest to the sea – see the see the contact page for more directions)
We usually fly 4 days, weather permitting. Flights are available throughout the day but booking is essential.
Paying For Your Flight
You can pay for your flight by Credit Card or PayPal. You must bring your receipt as proof of payment to give to your pilot.
“Ultimate High” is approximately 60 minutes in duration. Take off and climb over the spectacular Main Arm Valley towards Mt Warning. Enjoy the views in the east of the Byron Coast all the way up to the Gold Coast. Look to the west and marvel at the beauty of the Nightcap and Border Ranges National Parks. After switching off the motor, glide back along the Coorabell Ridge soaring a wave then over to Byron Bay Lighthouse to spot dolphins or whales and finally back to Tyagarah for a landing.
“Taste of Freedom” is approximately 40 minutes in duration. Take off from Tyagarah and arrive at Cape Byron flying low around the lighthouse, keeping an eye out for dolphins or whales at Watego Beach. From there you will go to Broken Head where “the rainforest meets the sea” and you will see our pristine, uninhabited beaches.
Turning inland you will climb to 4500ft for an overall view up and down the coast before the engine is turned off and the propellor feathered for soaring. You will have magnificent views of the Great Dividing Range, Mount Warning and the Gold Coast as you glide back to the airstrip on silent wings.
Subject to aircraft availability, enjoy a partner flight where you can fly in two similar gliders close to each other. You can even talk to one another by radio as you enjoy the spectacular scenery of Byron and Mt Warning areas. Remember you will go further and you will see more as our gliders are capable of higher cruise speeds than most….
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Learn to Fly
If you think you’d like to take things a step further and learn to fly, we’d be delighted to help.
When & Where
Flights are conducted from Tyagarah Airfield, just off the highway about halfway between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. We usually fly four days per week, weather permitting.