What do I wear to a ride or lesson?
Generally, a light colored shirt and a hat (preferably a hat without a button on top). And sunglasses are recommended.
Will I get sick?
It’s very rare to get sick during a glider ride. If you start feeling a bit queasy, be sure to let your pilot know so he can fly more conservatively. You can also stick your hand out the little window in the canopy which always makes you feel better.
Is there a height and weight limit?
Yes. For normal flight, no taller than 6′ 10″ and no heavier than 250 lbs. For Acrobatic flight no heavier than 200 lbs.
Can I take pictures or video?
Yes, more often than not it is OK. Just be careful to hold your hand over the top of the camera so it doesn’t scrape the canopy if the glider changes direction. Be sure to tell your pilot if you plan to take photos or video.
Gliders don’t have engines, right? How do they stay in the air?
Gliders are just like hawks. They circle in rising air to climb. Glider pilots are adept at reading weather patterns and finding thermal lift. The amazing thing about flying without an engine is how quiet the ride is. It’s very serene and calming.
In the winter, New Mexico enjoys another form of lift called mountain lee wave, or just wave lift. Oscillating rivers of air create standing waves which sailplanes can use to fly to spectacular heights. The New Mexico state altitude record is 36,000 feet! The world record is over 50,000 feet. This wave is usually very gentle and smooth.
How early should I arrive before my ride?
About 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time is fine.
What if the weather looks bad?
Be sure to call ahead and ask whether we are flying. We also try to call you if the weather looks bad. If we don’t fly, rescheduling is no problem.
What if I have to cancel my flight?
Rescheduling is easy and we will do it at no additional cost.