$149 for Glider Flight at 3,000 Feet with One Hour of Ground Instruction at Sky Soaring Glider Club ($299 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Two-seat glider soars 3,000 feet above the Hampshire countryside while a commercial pilot mans the controls

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Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather conditions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Gliders let you experience flight without the roar of an engine or the obnoxious crackle of the pilot making "vroom" noises over the loudspeaker. Soar in silence with this Groupon.

$149 for a Glider Flight with Ground Instruction ($299 Value)

After an hour of instruction on the ground, riders take their seat behind an FAA-certified pilot inside a glider, which is towed to a height of 3,000 feet for a smooth glide above the Hampshire countryside.

Sky Soaring Glider Club

The tow plane’s propeller starts to spin, and rapidly disappears into a dizzying vortex. Immediately the plane lurches forward, causing the towline that connects it to the Schweizer SGS 1-34 glider behind it to tauten and begin hauling the engineless aircraft down the 2,600-foot grass runway. The pair picks up speed until the forward plane lifts off the ground and into the great expanse of blue above it, the glider still following obediently. When they reach the intended altitude, the tow plane drops the towline, allowing the glider to soar effortlessly without the help of fuel, which it can do for hours.

The all-volunteer staff of FAA-certified instructors and tow pilots at Sky Soaring Glider Club construct such a scene for students and joy riders alike each week. Including the SGS 1-34, the crew operates a fleet of six gliders, using them for everything from student-training runs and flights with members. When not at the controls of a glider’s avionics instruments, the staff conducts ground instruction at its hanger and classroom near their own privately owned airport.



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    Hampshire

    US Highway 20

    hampshire, Illinois 60140

    773-935-2400

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