Sunriver Soaring is moving out of Sunriver!! Please keep an eye on our website for further information. Thank you!
THE GLIDER RIDE
Try to arrive 15 minutes early in order to go over our waiver, hang out at the airport and absorb the ambience. Our crew will bring you to the runway where they will get you seated and belted into the glider. They will connect the towline to the tow plane. Your pilot will perform pre-flight safety checks and when all is ready signal to the tow pilot. Tow plane and glider accelerate down the runway and into the air. The tow pilot will take the glider to areas of best lift, where upward currents of air help tow plane and glider climb. Once at the desired altitude you’ll release from the towplane and the fun will begin. You'll soar away while the tow plane heads back to the airport. Your pilot will let you decide on different maneuvers you’d like to experience. If you are a pilot or a budding pilot, for a few dollars more, you’ll be allowed to take the controls for part of the flight and get a little stick time.
Flight times can vary due to wind and lift. Generally, a morning flight will be smoother but may not last as long because of the lack of thermals. An afternoon flight will tend to last longer because the sun will have had a chance to heat the ground resulting in thermals that the glider can ride to gain altitude. Such a ride may last longer but may be more turbulent (ya can’t get somthin’ fer nuthin’) A Cascade Cruise will last anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes depending on lift and a Bachelor Blast will last between twenty and 45 minutes for the same reasons. When you’ve run out of altitude or ideas you’ll arrive back at the airport at about 1000 feet above the ground. Your pilot will then demonstrate the incredible accuracy with which these ships can be landed and maneuvered right back to the exact spot where they started.
Feel free to bring your still or video camera with you. You’ll be able to get some great shots from the air. Those who make prior arrangements can receive a dramatic video of their flight!
Please contact us for current pricing.
Tipping of ground crew and pilots is not necessary but it is certainly welcome and a nice way of recognizing their skill and caring.
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG (gulp!)
Like any outdoor activity, we are subject to the whims of the weather gods. We will not jeopardize the safety of our passengers so if winds or other weather is such that it presents any risk we will suspend operations. Our equipment is meticulously maintained to assure continuous safe operation. However, mechanical gremlins can raise their little heads and create issues that necessitate temporary delays in our flights. Should this happen we will re-schedule those whose flights are affected. We will not roll delays into the rest of the schedule as it creates a chain reaction that adversely affects a greater number of passengers. We appreciate your understanding.