Photos by Jeff DiNucci

Glen Instructing in back. Photo by Steven Kempf

Welcome to your aerial classrooms:
The SF-34 and the K-7.

Flight instructors can design instructional programs for varying levels of experience and interest. Instruction programs consist of carefully assembled study materials, ground & flight instruction.

If you are starting from the beginning, from sitting quietly in the front seat of a glider that has just landed from your first-ever ride thinking, "Wow, that was very cool," flight instructors have a program for you. If you think the ride was awesome and are interested in learning to fly, you'll be happy to know that:

A.) It will take less time than you probably think.

B.) Soaring is an international sport, with sailplane rentals available all over the world, in breathtaking locations.

C.) You can pursue this Sport of Kings, into your golden years. Some of the best pilots in the world are over 60, and consistently place among the top ten in National and World Competitions.

Perhaps you have your "Student Glider Solo Endorsement", and you wish to complete your Private Pilot Glider License allowing  you to take friends up for beautiful pre-sunset flights. We can do that.

Maybe you have a Private Pilot Glider License, and want to move up to a Commercial or Instructor License. We can do that.

You might be a glider pilot, wanting to begin cross-country flying. The instructors could make an advanced program for you, including dual instruction with an experienced cross-country pilot.

We especially welcome power pilots, thinking of trying soaring. It's a good, fun way to satisfy your Flight Review, improve your coordination, or just to add another category to your ticket.


Flight Instruction

Several club members are licensed as a FAA certified flight instructor for gliders (CFIG). They are available by private arrangement for student instruction, refresher training, and flight reviews.

Club instructors reserve the right to set their individual fees



All ready? Let's do a check

  • Altimeter - set;

  • Airbrakes - closed and locked;
  • Ballast - check, in or out;
  • Belts fastened;
  • Controls - trimmed for take-off and free;
  • Cable - tow rope (or cable) connected;
  • Canopies - closed and latched;
  • Direction of wind - determined;
  • Emergency procedures for current conditions- reviewed aloud;
  • Radio-check with tow plane - loud and clear;
  • Pattern clear? check; Wag the rudder.
We're off and flying in formation vehind the tow plane. Enjoy the view.

Is this for you? You decide.

This is about as boring as it ever gets; wings level, maybe going 100 MPH., a couple thousand feet above the ground, heading for that thermal that will return you to 6000 ft.

Fun - the sole purpose. Safety - the key.

The smooth landing.

Add 'Pilot' to your resume. Rent a sailplane in the Alps. Take a friend soaring.

Not a bad goal for the year

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Last modified 24-Feb-2019 by CR