Welcome! The Cu Nim Gliding Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the sport of soaring. Our club is made up of roughly 60 passionate pilots, a dozen instructors, two high-performance two-seat gliders for training and mentoring, as well as three single seat gliders for licensed pilots to explore Southern Alberta. We are located just outside of Black Diamond, and serve anyone interested in gliding in Calgary and surrounding areas.
No flight experience? No problem! We love introducing new people to the sport of gliding! Individuals can solo by age 14 (and start younger) and license at 16. We have members from their teens into their 90s – soaring is relatively easy on the body and great fuel for the mind.
Gliding is the sport of flying unpowered aircraft over long distances at high speed. With modern gliders, skilled pilots routinely fly 300, 400, and 500 km in a single flight and stay up for many hours. In optimal thermal conditions, flights exceeding 700 km are possible. Cu Nim pilots regularly fly from Black Diamond to the US border and back, and bump into Class B airspace at 12,500’MSL. In lee mountain wave conditions they climb to altitudes well above 20,000’MSL.
Do you have an interest in taking on a new and exciting personal challenge? Learn to fly
Just want to try a flight and see the world from a new perspective? Introductory Flights
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