You’ll be training on our gear. Your training is broken down into 2 phases. First off, you’ll get extensive training in the field ground handling your glider and classroom work covering laws of the sky, glider and motor essentials, weather and safety.
In Phase 2, we’ll put everything together in flight and develop your ability to skillfully take off, fly and land your glider.
Foot Launch $3500.00
- Comprehensive Ground School
- Extensive Ground Handling
- Forward &
- Reverse Launch
- Gear Rental Included
- USPPA PPG2 Rating Pathway
READY TO FLY?
If you're ready to take the first steps towards flight or still have questions, fill out our New Pilot Training Application. We will get back to you to schedule a training date or assist you in any way.
GLIDER HANDLING SKILLS
Before a new pilot even attempts to fly, it is necessary to have complete control of the glider on the ground. Foot launching students will learn to inflate and hold their wing overhead (Kiting). Students will successfully execute forward and reverse launches appropriate for different weather conditions.
Successfully kiting the wing is one of the most challenging parts of training, but it’s also a lot of fun to learn. Everyone picks it up at a different pace, but usually by the end of day 2, new students are getting the hang of it.
YOUR FIRST FLIGHTS
Prior to solo, students rehearse their first flight in a hang simulator from beginning to end. There won’t be any surprises when you take to the air for the first time and see the world from a whole new vantage. Solo day is the day we’ve been looking forward to. For us as instructors, it’s the most rewarding part of training.
After solo day, pilot confidence will increase rapidly as we continue to refine take-offs and landings. By flights 7 to 10, your instructors will begin stepping out of the process and allowing pilots to progress towards totally independent flight. Between 20 and 25 flights, we usually start thinking about sending you home to finish developing your skills on your own, but we’re always available to talk over weather and flight considerations as needed.