ASK-21, a popular 2-place sailplane often used for giving rides and glider flight instruction.

Looking for a Glider / Sailplane Ride,
or Glider Ride Gift Certificates?

Updated 12/5/2010 — check back often for latest information.

Who We Are

We are an association of independently owned and operated soaring centers that provide glider rides to the public. We've joined together to promote and protect the sport of soaring.

Why Have We Put Together This Web Site?

Our industry has recently been attacked by unscrupulous online gift certificate sellers who are hurting both consumers and soaring centers (see below.) Use this directory to see who does and does not accept gift certificates sold by national ticket agencies. If you have any questions, contact the soaring center to make sure that they will accept gift certificates sold by any online sellers before you buy. If they don't, you can buy directly from most of them. (Note that as of 12//5/2010 we're still gathering information about which centers do or do not accept tickets sold by other agencies. Again, when in doubt, contact the soaring center directly.)

What Is Soaring?

The sport of soaring involves FAA licensed pilots flying FAA certified sailplanes, which are also known as gliders, (not to be confused with hang gliders). The thrill of soaring involves staying aloft without an engine, maneuvering like hawks. Sailplanes offer excellent visibility for thrilling views. They typically carry one passenger plus an FAA commercial pilot but a few glider ride operators have a larger glider that can carry two passengers plus the pilot. The maximum passenger weight limit is usually between 200 and 250 lbs except in the larger gliders which can carry between 300 and 350 lbs for the passenger or combined passengers' weight. Please ask the ride operator you plan to use about their gliders' weight limits.

Glider Ride Locations:

State
Nearest Large City
Local Soaring Center
(click on link to go directly to their site)
Telephone
National Tickets Honored?
Accepts
Soaring Adventures of America
Accepts
Skyride
(aka Thrill Ride, Soaring Sports, and many others web site names.)
AZ
Phoenix, Estrella Arizona Soaring, Inc. (520) 568-2318
YES
NO
  Phoenix, Payson Sky King Soaring (602) 622-2257
YES
YES
  Phoenix, Peoria Turf Soaring (602) 439-3621
YES
NO
CA
Los Angeles, California City Caracole Soaring (760) 373-1019
NO
NO
  Los Angeles, Fresno Skylark North (no web site) (661) 822-5267
NO
NO
  Los Angeles, Lancaster Southern California Soaring Academy (661) 944-1090
NO
NO
  Sacramento, Redding, Chico Williams Soaring Center (530) 473-5600
NO
NO
  Sacramento, Reno Soar Truckee (530) 587-6702
NO
NO
  San Diego Sky Sailing, Inc. (760) 782-0404
NO
NO
  San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey Bay Area Glider Rides (831) 636-3799
NO
NO
  San Francisco, Napa Crazy Creek (707) 987-9293
NO
NO
  Santa Barbara Windhaven Glider Rides (805) 688-2517
NO
NO
CO
Boulder Mile High Gliding (303) 527-1122
NO
NO
FL
Miami Unusual Attitudes, Inc. (786) 243-7640
YES
NO
  Naples High Soaring, Inc. (866) 669-2359
NO
NO
  Orlando Seminole-Lake Gliderport (352) 394-5450
YES
NO
HI
Oahu Honolulu Soaring (808) 677-3404
YES
NO
  Oahu Acro Flight International (808) 221-4480
NO
NO
IL
Milwaukee, Chicago
Sylvania Soaring Adventures (262) 210-2835
YES
NO
  Chicago, Mokena Park Forest South Aviation Group (708) 479-5578
YES
NO
MA
Martha's Vineyard, Edgarton Martha's Vineyard Glider Rides (508) 627-3833
YES
NO
ME
Boston, Hartford, Rhode Island Spirit Soaring (207) 319-9514
YES
NO
  Boston, Hartford, Rhode Island Peregrine Flight (207) 542-4304
YES
NO
  (Note that both Spirit Soaring & Peregrine Flight share the same web site.)    
MI
East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ionia Benz Aviation (616) 527-9070
YES
YES
MN
Minneapolis Cross Country Soaring, Inc. (612) 730-3905
NO
NO
  Minneapolis Stanton Sport Aviation (507) 645-4030
NO
NO
MT
Bozeman Big Sky Jet Soaring (no web site) (406) 580-5410
NO
NO
NC
Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC Bermuda High Soaring (803) 475-7627
YES
NO
NJ
Blairstown Yards Creek Soaring (908) 362-1239
YES
NO
NM
Albuquerque Sundance Soaring (505) 832-2222
YES
YES
NV
Las Vegas Las Vegas Soaring Center (702) 874-1010
YES
NO
  Reno Soar Minden (800) 345-7627
NO
NO
  Reno Soaring NV (877) 276-2768
NO
NO
  Reno, Sacramento Soar Truckee (530) 587-6702
NO
NO
NY
Syracuse LTA Aviation (no web site) (315) 255-2402
YES
NO
West Hampton Beach Sky Sailors (631) 288-5858
YES
YES
  Wurtsboro Wurtsboro Flight Services (845) 888-2791
YES
NO
  NY, NY; Philly, PA Sport Aviation (610) 847-8320
NO
NO
OH
Waynesville Stewart's Air Service (513) 897-7717
YES
YES
OR
Portland Northwest Sky Sports (503) 708-8869
NO
NO
  Portland Cascade Soaring (503) 472-8805
YES
YES
PA
Julian Ridge Soaring Gliderport (814) 355-2483
YES
NO
  Mercer Silent Wings Soaring (724) 748-5530
NO
NO
  Morgantown Black Diamond Soaring (610) 913-7627
NO
NO
  Philly, NY NY Sport Aviation (610) 847-8320
NO
NO
SC
Columbia, SC; Charlotte, NC Bermuda High Soaring (803) 475-7627
YES
NO
TN
Chatanooga Chilhowee Soaring (423) 338-2000
YES
NO
TX
El Paso, Marfa Marfa Gliders (800) 667-9464
NO
NO
  Houston Greater Houston Soaring Association (866) 478-2323
YES
NO
  San Antonio San Antonio Soaring Society, Inc. (830) 981-2345
YES
NO
  San Antonio Hill Country Motorgliding & Soaring (210) 667-3716
YES
YES
UT
Salt Lake City, Provo Soar Utah Inc. (435) 654-0654
YES
NO
VT
Stowe, Morrisville Stowe Soaring (802) 888-7845
YES
NO
  Warren, VT Sugarbush Soaring (802) 496-2290
NO
NO
WA
Seattle, Portland Wave Soaring Adventures (253) 380-8226
YES
YES
Seattle Northwest Eagle Soaring (206) 313-1610
NO
NO
WI
Milwaukee, Chicago
Sylvania Soaring Adventures (262) 210-2835
YES
NO
If the soaring center's name is not a clickable link, then we don't have current website info for them.
When a soaring center is located near major cities in two states, it is listed under each state.

Note: We're currently adding info for who accepts national ticket agency tickets & gift certificates. If in doubt, contact the soaring center directly.

For more information about soaring in general, contact the Soaring Society of America, which is theU.S. national organization for soaring and sailplane pilots.

Why to Use Caution When Buying Gift Certificates:

Please be aware of gift certificate ticket agency web sites that can deceive you into thinking they have a local glider operator in your area when, in many cases, they do not have one for hundreds of miles. That's why we're providing this directory of local soaring and gliding sites. Glider ride operators are not the only ones in the aviation ride industry to have been affected by them. Here is a local Fox News Story that details the problem. If you feel that you have been scammed in any way by someone selling glider ride gift certificates please let your nearest glider operator know about it. Glider rides are FUN and we aim to keep it that way!

Below are some websites that other aviation businesses have created to warn people about problems they have had with gift certificate ticket agencies:

Hot Air Ballooning
Fake Testimonials
List Of Scam Sites

 

 

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