One of our main missions is to help others experience the joy of soaring flight and become safe pilots.
Our students experience a combination of ground school, self-study, and in-air training provided by our experienced instructors.
Our students range from those who have never flown an aircraft, to those with hundreds or thousands of hours of time in powered aircraft making the transition to engineless flight.
Some students are only interested in gliding, while others see it as a step towards obtaining a private pilot certificate for powered aircraft. Much of the knowledge learned during glider instruction is relevant to powered aircraft.
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Requirements for Becoming a Glider Pilot
Glider Pilot licenses are issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in that regard is similar to that issued to power pilots or balloon pilots. The requirements for qualifying for a pilot licensing are included in Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Student pilots working towards a Private Pilot-Glider license may solo at a minimum age of 14 with a student certificate endorsed for solo flight at the discretion of a FAA-Certified Flight Instructor for Gliders (CFIG). Generally, 30 to 40 flights with a CFIG are required to solo. This is roughly equivalent to 10-12 hours of flight time and is dependent upon the progress of the student.
Once a Student Pilot has qualified to Solo they may only fly solo in a glider under their flight instructors’ supervision.
After solo, student pilots may qualify as a Private Pilot-Glider provided they:
- Are at least 16 years of age; and
- Have logged at least 10 hours of flight time in a glider and that flight time must include at least 20 total glider flights, and
- Have 2 hours of solo flight time in a glider, and
- Have passed the FAA written examination; and
- Have passed the flight exam with a FAA Examiner.
Commercial Pilots-Glider must be at least 18-years of age, pass a written FAA examination, hold a Private Pilot license with 25 hours of flight time in gliders and 100 glider flights as pilot-in-command, or a total of 200 hours of flight time in heavier-than-air aircraft including 20 glider flights as pilot-in-command, 3 hours or ten flights training in a glider, and five solo flights in a glider and pass a flight test.
Certified Flight Instructors-Glider
Certified Flight Instructors-Glider must hold a commercial rating, pass a written and flight test and have an endorsement from a qualified instructor of aeronautical knowledge and flight of proficiency.
Pilots Transitioning to a Glider (“Glider Add-On”)
Holders of a valid FAA Power plane license with 40 hours as pilot-in-command need a minimum of 10 solo flights to qualify to take the glider flight test. No written exam is required to add a glider rating to a power license. In all cases, refer to the Federal Aviation Regulations for details on pilot licensing.