Rides and Lessons
You are invited to visit us at Lake Village Airport for an introductory flight
in one of our FAA-certified Schweizer 2-33A sailplanes in order to help you decide if learning to fly is really for you. The ride will last from
15 to 30 minutes depending on how many thermals (columns of warm rising air) we
All introductory flights are given by commercial glider pilots licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We operate primarily on weekends from April through November, weather permitting. To check if we will be flying on any particular day, please call us the night before to schedule a glider ride.
Please contact us to schedule an introductory flight today! Schedule one for yourself, a friend or a loved one. It will be an experience of a lifetime and they make great gifts!
If you are seeking assistance in beginning an aviation career then learning to fly
soaring gliders is an excellent way to learn the fundamentals of flight that every
pilot, from ultralights to airline captains, need to know. Please click here if you
would like to learn more about available scholarships.
Instruction is given by our cadre of FAA-certified flight instructors. The FAA places no age requirement on when you may begin learning to fly. An FAA-certified medical examination is also no longer required. Hours logged as flight time in a glider also count towards more advanced ratings in glider as well as other aircraft categories such as airplanes and jets.
The decision to learn how to fly is not a trivial decision. It takes time, money and opportunity to achieve your flying goal. It is not something that can be achieved in one day, one weekend or even one month. Thus you must carefully evaluate your life situation to determine if learning to fly and achieving pilot certification is something that you are really ready to do. Many student pilots drop out because they have not carefully examined their life situation, motivation, and goals before setting out on their flying journey.
Once you have attained your private pilot certification, you may conduct your own flights and carry passengers in the glider. The minimum FAA requirements for solo flight and private pilot licensing (pilot certification) are as follows**
For solo glider flight
FAA Private Pilot Certificate (new private pilot)
FAA Private Pilot Certificate (add-on for private pilots)
After flight training you can solo a glider before you are even allowed to drive a car!
** Always refer to Code of Federal Regulations for current authoritative requirements
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