Author: Rob Thompson


Currently our operations are very limited.
Fortunately, as we are a not for profit flying school we are able to tick along in maintenance mode with our volunteers doing plenty of work to keep us ready to resume operations.
This means we will definitely survive and will be able to honour gift certificates once the restrictions are over.
If you have a gift certificate with an expiry date coming up we will gladly extend that date.


Morning Glory Cloud Documentary

Secrets of a Strange Cloud – A video about the Morning Glory Cloud of Northern Australia

SMGFG occasionally bases our Dimona H36 in Burketown from late September to mid October to chase the famous Morning Glory clouds. If you are interested in joining us please let us know.

The remote Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia is home to one of the world’s most extraordinary and spectacular meteorological phenomena, the Morning Glory Wave Cloud.

SMGFG instructor  Rob Thompson along with friend Russell White were the first glider pilots to soar the Australian Morning Glory Cloud. Rob is a video producer and his documentary “The Secrets of a Strange Cloud” film has been broadcast on SBS Television Australia at various times times early 2015.

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Cockpit Software

We have set up a Nexus android tablet in our cockpit with the XCSoar program installed (see

This is a great addition but as always we stress to our students that any instrumentation in a glider is SECONDARY to looking out the cockpit and feeling what the air is doing.

Morning Glory Cloud Trip

We are planning on having our Dimona motor glider based in the Gulf this coming September and October. If you are interested in flying with us please get in contact soon.
This video was filmed around Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland and features the amazing Morning Glory Cloud and the surrounding landscape.

Motor glider computer simulation

Here is a computer animation of a flight in a H36 Dimona motor glider like ours.

It is quite a realistic simulation. Our landings and much of the flight itself however are all generally carried out with the motor switched off. Except for the launching we mainly operate our motor glider as a pure glider.