$149 for a 4,000-foot piloted glider package ($255 value)
- A 30-minute glider flight (a $235 value)
- 25 minutes of orientation and instruction
- An over-the-shoulder DVD of the flight (a $20 value)
After a quick orientation acquaints passengers with the ins and outs of the sailplane, they take their seat at the front of the craft while an FAA-certificated instructor hops on the controls in the back. A tow plane smoothly pulls the gliders up to 4,000 feet, releasing them to effortlessly glide through the air, free from the noise of a regular plane’s engine. Pilots customize each flight, majestically circling breathtaking scenery or swooping through the air to satisfy thrill-seeking passengers. Passengers are even invited to take control of the stick themselves and get some practice at carving up their own piece of sky over the Southern Minnesota Lake Region.
Cross Country Soaring
Cross Country Soaring owner Don Ingraham brings more than 4,000 airborne hours of experience to his sailplanes' controls, maneuvering the engineless crafts through the air with bird-like agility. Tow planes loft each passenger flight airborne, sending planes thousands of feet up into the sky before leaving pilots and their guests gliding through the atmosphere without the noisy distraction of a typical flight. Each flight is different—sailplanes may gain altitude in thermal updrafts before bottoming out stomachs with daring dives. Picnic tables and couches cluster around the hangar, giving friends and family a comfortable place to watch soaring flights. Students eager to earn their own glider rating and fly solo can take advantage of Cross Country Soaring's experienced instructors, learning the ropes under the hawk-like eyes of seasoned pros.