Students of all ages are welcome. Pilots can solo as young as 14 years old! Getting to solo usually requires 30 to 40 flights with an instructor. This is roughly equivalent to 10-12 hours of flight time and is dependent upon the progress of the student.
Adult and Youth Estimated Training Costs
After solo, student pilots may qualify as a Private Pilot-Glider after completing the following steps.
- Are at least 16 years of age
- Have logged at least 10 hours of flight time in a glider
- Have had at least 20 total glider flights
- Have 2 hours of solo flight time in a glider
- Have passed the FAA written examination
- Have passed the flight exam with a FAA Examiner.
Private Glider Pilots can qualify as a Commercial Glider Pilot if they meet the following critera;
- Be at least 18-years of age
- Pass a written FAA examination
- Hold a Private Pilot license with 25 hours of flight time in gliders and 100 glider flights as pilot-in-command
- Or have a total of 200 hours of flight time in heavier-than-air aircraft including 20 glider flights as pilot-in-command
- 3 hours or ten flights training in a glider
- Five solo flights in a glider
- Pass a flight test.