How We Fly
Most glider operations in the United States use aerotow to get gliders airborne. In our club we launch from the ground, utilizing a long wire (approx. 2,400ft) to pull gliders up with a pickup. It is very similar to flying a kite, except on a much larger scale. This method typically achieves anywhere from a 1,000' to 1,400' release height.
Benefits of Auto-tow
-Less expertise required to tow
Downside of Auto-tow
-Lower tow heights, resulting in more difficulty finding a thermal
-Unable to tow the glider into a thermal on purpose
When We Fly
We usually fly from April through October. Flight training is typically done on Saturdays, usually starting late-morning and going throughout the afternoon. We don't currently fly in the winter months due to weak conditions.
Learning to Fly
Whether you have no flight experience or a lot, our CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) can work with you achieve your goals.
NOTE: Student or passenger weight limit of 260 lbs!
Stephen Layton (our flight instructor) will NOT be available for most of the spring & summer of 2023 due to taking a crop spraying job in the midwest. There is NO INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE at this time, so we will not be taking on new students.