Learn to Fly

Your First Glider Flight PGC is a great place for your first glider flight and we offer a couple of exciting options: Aeronautical Orientation Flight (AOF) – A flight with an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot is available for $100. Depending on weather conditions, an orientation flight is typically 20 minutes.

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Mile High Club – A flight starting at one mile above the ground is available for $160. The view is fantastic. Your guide will also be an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot and you should be in the air for 30 minutes or more depending on weather conditions. The best time for one of our flights is a weekend day from May through October, between noon and 4:00 pm. Orientation Flight and Mile High Club Gift Certificates are also available at the field during normal flying hours(weekends) or by contacting Phil Klauder.

Who Can Fly Gliders? Flying a glider does not require extraordinary skill, but rather sound judgment and the ability to learn new things, reasonable hand-eye coordination, and physical condition that supports the activities involved with soaring. PGC members range in age from 13 to 85 years old. FAA requirements allow solo flight at age 14 and a license examination at age 16. PGC members come from all walks of life with the common bond being a love of aviation.

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Going Solo PGC members enjoy a comprehensive flight training program conducted by our cadre of twelve Certified Flight Instructors. As a student progresses through the training syllabus their readiness for solo flight is determined on an individual basis. Prior to soloing a student must successfully complete the FAA written examination. The collective flight experience of PGC members provides a valuable pool of aeronautical knowledge, this allows students who fly more often and spend more time at the gliderport to progress well in their flight training.      
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Private Pilot Certificate
During the post-solo experience, student pilots must take a check ride with an instructor every fifth flight and are only permitted to fly solo with an instructor present on the airfield. As proficiency builds the student pilot will begin to develop the skills and knowledge required for the Private Pilot flight examination through periodic training flights. When the student has accumulated enough solo flight time and mastered the required skills he will request a recommendation ride from an instructor. This recommendation then qualifies the student for a check ride with an FAA Examiner who will award the pilot with a Private Pilot Certificate upon successful completion. Power Pilot Transition to Gliders The club welcomes power plane pilots who would like to transition to gliders. Power pilots do not have to take an FAA written examination, but are required to take a check ride with an FAA Examiner. Due to their prior flying experience, and familiarity with the principles of flight, power pilots usually progress quickly to a glider rating.