Do you need a new bucket list item? Are you feeling a little dare devilish?
Imagine soaring across the sky in a glider/sail plane with no engine or fuel! Soaring is the art and science of flying gliders, aerodynamic marvels which in the hands of skilled pilots can remain in the air for hours!
Join us on a glider tour that will allow you to soar across the Tennessee River Valley and get a bird’s eye view of what makes North Alabama so beautiful. With a pilot on-board, you will learn basic soaring methods and how to fly great distances by harnessing the sky’s energy. No license needed. Just an adventurous soul willing to fly with the birds.
Introductory Experience: A soaring flight designed to let you experience the thrill of being towed into the air behind our powerful Pawnee, being released 2,500 – 3,000 feet above the ground where you’ll have a true birds-eye view of North Alabama. Our pilots will guide the glider through some gentle maneuvers demonstrating basic soaring and cruising methods. Your landing will return you to our 2,200-foot grass runway, where your friends and family await.($125)
FAST-Plus Experience; Designed for the more adventurous or for those who may want to begin their training to earn their FAA Private Pilot Glider-Rating. Your first flight will last approximately 60 minutes, where you’ll be towed into the air and released (weather permitting) 5,000 feet above the ground. (Some call this the “Mile-High Flight”) At this altitude you’ll be able to see north into Tennessee and south to the Tennessee River! Your pilot will demonstrate thermal soaring and the techniques to find the magical lift to keep you aloft for the rest of the hour. With this experience, you’ll be allowed to try some of the maneuvers yourself – true hands-on flying! This experience includes 2 additional pre-paid training flights, a 3-month membership in our club and the Soaring Society of America, a Flight Logbook, and an FAA Glider Flying Handbook. We recommend you schedule the 2 additional FAST-Plus Experience flights with an instructor we’ll assign to you after your first flight. At this point, you are poised to continue your training and pursue the Glider Pilot rating, or you’ll have had 3 great soaring flights that will be the subject of many a tale with your friends.($250)
Location: Moontown Airport – 200 Airport Dr. Brownsboro, AL 35741. Heading East from Huntsville on Highway 72E, turn South onto Moontown Road, go past the runway on the right, and turn right on Airport Drive. Park in the small lot next to the pilot’s lounge.
Date/Time: Saturdays and Sundays weather permitting. You will be connected with your guide for confirmation.
Introductory Experience: plan on being at the airport for approximately 1 hour
FAST-Plus Experience: plan on being at the airport for approximately 1.5 hours
What to Wear: Very casual and breathable clothing. The cockpits of gliders are not cooled and can get quite warm until we’re at higher altitudes. You’ll want to wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Comfortable shoes that you can wear walking on soft grass.
-COVID Precautions are in-place at Huntsville Soaring. Wearing face masks and frequent sanitizing are standard practice.
-Participants need to be age 13 or older. Talk with our pilots if you have questions about this suggestion.
-Health – We recommend you be in good health, with no medical limitations. If you think you are prone to motion sickness, please talk with one of our pilots on steps you can take to be prepared so your experience is as pleasant and fun as possible.
-Weight – Weight and Balance is a critical factor in all flying sports, and especially in gliders. Participants will have to declare their weight to their pilot, who will confirm if they are within the aircraft’s limits.
-Disabilities: Individuals with physical disabilities can fly properly-outfitted gliders as well as anyone. At Huntsville Soaring, we do not have gliders with these controls, but we can still provide the Introductory Experience flights to all individuals.
-Number of participants: We can only accommodate one individual per Experience flight. If multiple people wish to fly consecutively, please discuss this with our pilots beforehand, and we will do our best to accommodate your desires.
Questions before purchasing? Email Huntsville Soaring at email@example.com or call (256) 600-0409