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 two seat glider behind it to tighten 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 glider releases 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 single seater 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.