A glider is an unpowered aircraft - an airplane without
a motor. Gliders are amazing graceful machines and are about
as close as humans can get to soaring like birds. Just imagine
yourself gliding effortlessly, silently, peacefully high above
the Nevada Desert, barely a sound to disturb you.
Without an engine, a glider's first challenge is getting off
the ground and up to altitude. The most common launching method
is an aero-tow. A conventional powered plane tows the glider
up into the sky using a long rope.
The glider pilot controls a quick-release mechanism, located
in the glider's nose and releases the rope at the desired altitude.
Right after release, the glider and the tow plane turn in opposite
directions and the glider begins its unpowered flight.
The key to staying in the air for long periods of time is to
get some help from Mother Nature whenever possible. For 30 minutes
glide through the sky. Ride the desert thermals - columns of
rising air created by the heating of the Earth's surface.
The thermals keep these unique aircraft airborne (flight time
may be extended if conditions permit). With no engines to disturb
the silence - the only sound you'll hear is the WOOOOSH of the
wind across the wings.
Our professional pilots all have more than 10 years of experience
flying gliders so you can just sit back and have a good time.
Our morning flights offer the smoothest rides, while our afternoon
flights may be extended due to optimum weather conditions. Try
our sunrise or sunset flights for spectacular photo opportunities!
Comfort & Safety
Maximum body weight on this tour is 225 pounds.