Primary Instruction for Beginners:
If you dream of becoming a skillful pilot, then start by learning to fly gliders. Not only is it the most economical and enjoyable type of FAA-governed aviation, you will learn valuable skills and knowledge that will serve you well in airplane flying. Many of the world’s most famous pilots are also soaring enthusiasts.
Over the course of your training our highly experienced instructors will guide you step-by-step through each of the elements of flight. Every customer comes to us with different backgrounds and aptitudes so we do not have cookie-cutter, one size fits all training packages. On average most of our clients complete their training in as little as 2.5 weeks with a cost of about $4200-4500. Every person is different so time and cost will vary. Each lesson is tailored to the specific needs of the student. Our focus is on helping you attain the skills you need in an efficient manner while maintaining high standards for safety. Flying is also about having fun and our friendly instructors have a relaxed manner that will put you at ease.
Each year Arizona Soaring Inc. trains more new glider pilots than any other site in the US. Our pricing is very similar to most other professional soaring sites but people come to us because of our reputation, weather, instructors and convenience. No other site gives you as great a combination of these important factors.
For experienced pilots that already hold a FAA airplane or helicopter pilot certificate Arizona Soaring Inc. is the most dependable and professional glider school in America. Our combination of weather, private airport, large fleet and professional staff enable us to provide an intensive training schedule that just isn't possible at any other site in America. Adding a glider rating is a great way learn valuable skills, complete a BFR and to reacquaint yourself with the thrill of flying.
At Arizona Soaring Inc., a Private Glider add-on is typically completed in just 5 days with a cost of approximately $2500. A Commercial Glider add-on typically needs only 6 days and about $2800. Highly experienced pilots are many times able to complete their training in a day less. As always, each customer is different so we adjust the training accordingly. These estimates are also assume an intensive training schedule. Add an extra day or two if you want a more relaxed, vacation-like experience. Examiner fees are extra. No written tests are required for Private or Commercial add-on ratings. Every customer is different of course and these price estimates also assume the customer is relatively current in their flying. If you are not current, don’t worry! Many of our customers haven’t flown in many years (or decades) and our staff will work hard to get you proficient as efficiently as possible, but it will require a little more time and money.
If you are already a flight instructor you can also add-on a CFI-G after completing your Commercial Glider add-on and taking the CFI-G written exam. Time and cost associated with a CFI-G can vary quite a bit so please call us for an estimate based upon your personal flying and teaching experience.
Regardless of what rating your pursue our professional instructors will guide you through the training process at a pace that ensures quality and fun. Each year Arizona Soaring Inc. trains more new glider pilots than any other site in the US. Our pricing is very similar to most other professional soaring sites but people come to us because of our reputation, weather, instructors and convenience. No other site gives you as great a combination of these important factors.
Glider aerobatics has been part of our core business since our inception in 1969. Former owner Les Horvath was a pioneer of glider aerobatics in the US and became a multi-time US National Champion in addition to being a teacher and mentor to hundreds of aerobatic glider pilots. Current owner Jason Stephens is carrying on this tradition with 4 US National Championships, dozens of air-shows, participating in the 2009 World Air Games and being featured on several TV shows. With almost 20 years of experience teaching glider aerobatics Jason can help you gain confidence and mastery over your aircraft through his 5- and 10-flight aerobatic courses. Each course is tailored to your preferences and skill level and will be both comfortable and challenging while still being fun.
The 5-flight course ($1000) is geared more towards loops, recovery from inverted, and spins. The 10-flight course ($2000) typically covers loops, cloverleaves, ½ rolls, inverted flight and full rolls. Package pricing includes all costs (tows, rental, etc.) in addition to free nights in our bunkhouse during the course. Plan 2 days for the 5-flight course and 5 days for the long course.
All of our aerobatic training flights are done in our MDM-1 Fox which is the pinnacle of glider aerobatics capability and safety. Its very high speed limits and “G” limits ensure a maximum margin of safety can be maintained at all times. Video recording of your flights is also available(for a small fee) to aid your learning process in addition to showing your fellow pilots how much fun you are having!