Learning to Fly Sailplanes

If you’ve never flown an aircraft before, you’ll probably be surprised by how forgiving and responsive a modern sailplane can be.  Despite the impressive wingspan (nearly 56 feet) of our Schleicher ASK 21 trainer, the sailplane responds gently, accurately and predictably to your slightest touch.  It’s a recreational vehicle, in every sense of the term.

If you’re transitioning from powered aviation, you’ll be pleased by the outstanding cockpit visibility a sailplane offers.  You’ll also appreciate the ease of handling crosswinds on takeoff or landing, due to the centerline gear and to the precise approach path control offered by the blade-type spoilers.

Regardless of your background, you’ll find flying a sailplane to be one of life’s special pleasures:  something truly enjoyable yet delightfully challenging!

But unlike many facets of powered aviation, simply mastering the aircraft is only the beginning of the adventure.  Cross-country flight without an engine requires accurate and precise aircraft control and an in-depth understanding of how the atmosphere really works.  It also requires superb decision-making skills and for this reason alone sailplane training is extremely valuable for any pilot who wishes to excel as an aviator.

These are just a few of the reasons that even if your eventual goal is a career as a professional aviator, there’s no better foundation available than learning to fly in sailplanes.  In fact, much of the flight time required for an airplane rating can be flown in sailplanes for full credit under the Federal Aviation Regulations.  You can save both time and money on your basic and advanced airplane ratings while enjoying yourself learning to fly in sailplanes!