Glider Ride and Flying Lesson

From: $235   Region: San Diego (View all 75 San Diego experiences)


Warner Springs, CA


Daily - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
*Pending instructor availability

Combine the thrill and tranquility of a glider ride with a lesson on how to pilot these incredible machines.
  • One of the largest soaring centers in the U.S. and in business since 1959
  • FAA certified pilots
  • Views of Lake Henshaw, Hot Springs Peak, Palomar Mountains and more
  • After your ground training instruction, you will get to fly the plane yourself, no experience necessary!

More detailed description >

After a short ground instruction prior to the flight, you will take to the air over beautiful Southern California.

After climbing to nearly 1 mile above sea level you hear the click of the tow rope being released from your glider.

The tow plane disappears out of sight and you are left with only the sound of the wind as you experience flying in its purest form.

Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Henshaw, the beautiful San Jose Valley and surrounding mountains, including Hot Springs Peak and the Palomar Mountains.

During the flight you will get to fly the sailplane as much or as little as you want. At the end of you flight you will receive a complementary logbook to record your journey.

Key Info >

Essential Information:
No experience necessary. There is a weight restriction of 242 pounds.

40 minutes of flight time

Maximum Participants:
1 per glider

Allowed, you can watch the glider take off and land.

Weather Dependent:
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. It is approximately 10 degrees cooler during flight.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider

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View FAQ's >

  1. Is it safe?
    Yes! All the flights are flown by FAA Certified Commercial pilots. It is also extremely safe because the sailplane carries no fuel or a heavy engine, and is designed to land slowly in a unimproved field.
  2. What is the minimum age to fly?
    He/She has to be at least 14 years old to fly solo.
  3. What is the best time to fly?
    Earliest flights between 11:00am- 3:00pm are the smoothest.  During the heat of the day there are more unstable winds which means it is probably better soaring, but bumpier!
  4. How far is Warner Springs from San Diego?
    From downtown San Diego plan on a nice hour and a half drive.

Customer Reviews:

  • Glider Ride and Flying Lesson

  • April 04, 2012

  • 5

  • San Diego

"My Pilot Ted was a great host and instructor. He provided a very pleasant and exciting experience. Both at the same time! Thank you again. Michael Oleary"