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.

Requirements:

  • 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, casual 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
  • Be aware that the control stick will be between your legs at approximately your knees, so a dress may not be the best attire for a glider ride.

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: In order to take paying passengers, the FAA requires that the pilot have at least a "Commercial Glider" rating. This means that the pilot has been tested to a higher standard by an FAA-designated examiner than a pilot with a "Private Glider" rating. This rating also requires more experience. Some of our pilots have their "Certified Flight Instructor - Glider" rating, which is the highest certification available from the FAA in the world of soaring. That said, there are inherent risks in flying a glider and any small, private aircraft.
  • Q: Does the rider/passenger 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. If you are interested in learning to fly, please see our glider instruction page.
  • 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 see our glider instruction page and then ask us about membership.
  • Q: How long will I be at the airfield? A: Allow a couple of hours. A ride is typically around 20 minutes. However, we are conducting other takeoff, landing, and instructional operations for our members, so sometimes a wait is required for an available glider, pilot, and/or tow plane.

If you have other questions please contact us.