Learning to Fly Sailplanes

If you've never flown an aircraft before, you will 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 and accurately to your slightest touch.

 

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

 

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

 

But unlike 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. 

 

These are just two of the reasons that even if your eventual goal is a career in professional aviation, there is 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.  Ask us to show you how you can save time and money on your airplane ratings while enjoying yourself learning to fly in sailplanes!