Sailplane and Glider Rides

Let your spirit soar as you glide through the air and fly like a bird! Share the sky with the eagles as you soar above the clouds in silent freedom. Your voyage begins as you slip in to the sleek glider and experience the sheer elegance of soaring on top of the world.

Gliders were developed in the 1920s for recreational purposes. As pilots began to understand how to use rising air, gliders were developed with a high lift-to-drag ratio. These allowed longer glides to the next source of 'lift' and so increasing their chances of flying long distances. This gave rise to the popular sport known as gliding.

The two most common methods of launching gliders (also known as "sailplanes") are by aerotow and by winch. When aerotowed, the glider is towed behind a powered aircraft using a rope about 200 feet long. The glider pilot releases the rope after reaching the desired altitude. However, the rope can be released by the towplane also for safety purposes. Winch launching uses a powerful stationary engine located on the ground at the far end of the launch area. The glider is attached to one end of 2,500-4,000 feet of cable and the winch rapidly winds it in. Whatever launch method is used with your glider ride, you will be amazed at the freedom that only a sailplane can offer!

Thrillations is the largest provider of soaring adventures in the U.S. We are very proud of our operation and strive to make your experience not only memorable but the best in soaring adventures. Let us arrange an experience that you will never forget!

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