Take an Introductory Glider Flight
A glider flight is a thrilling experience. Let one of our FAA-certified commercial pilots or FAA-certified instructors take you up in one of our two-place sailplanes. You will sit in the front seat of the glider and your pilot will sit in the back seat. A towrope will connect the glider to the towplane and the towplane will tow the glider aloft. Once a proper altitude has been reached, your pilot will release the towrope.
scheduling a ride
We fly intro rides on Saturday and Sunday, weather and other factors permitting. We strongly recommend you schedule your ride in advance by calling during the week:
- (979) 398-5827
- If it is already the weekend, call the field instead at (979) 478-2323.
Demo/Introductory rides last about 20 minutes and cost:
$90 if you are 21 or older.
$60 for under 21.
- Riders must weigh under 230 pounds and at least approximately 75 pounds.
- Riders must be mature enough not to touch the dual flight controls in the glider.
- A liability waiver must be signed by the rider before the flight or by a parent or guardian if the rider is under 18 years of age.
- Tall riders (taller than about 6' 3") may find the glider a tight fit.
- We operate on the weekends when it is safe to operate.
What to wear: Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended.
To get into the glider:
- A high step is required
- Riders must be able to support some of their weight on their hands/arms as they get in and out
Please leave your name and cell phone number when you call to schedule a ride so we can call you with updates regarding weather and timing on the day of your flight.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: Can I buy a gift certificate for a glider ride? A: Yes, please go to our gift certificates page.
- Q: Can I pay for my glider ride at the gliderport on the day of my ride? A: Yes, we accept cash or credit card.
- Q: Is it scary? A: At first, the ride may be a bit unnerving. There is some up-and-down movement like in a larger airplane. Most people are comfortable after the first couple of minutes.
- Q: Is it dangerous? A: There are inherent risks in flying a glider and any small, private aircraft.
- Q: Does the rider fly the plane? A: No. We provide an FAA-certified commercial pilot or instructor who will sit in the rear seat of the glider and operate the controls.
- Q: Where can I learn more about soaring? A: Please visit our "What is Soaring" page.
- Q: How can I learn to fly? A: Please ask us about membership.
If you have other questions please contact us.