Glider rides will resume starting April 2021. Gift Certificates are available for purchase at anytime via our website. They make great gifts that will be remembered for a lifetime. Gift Certificates are valid for 2 years from date of purchase. For your safety, IDPH & CDC COVID-19 rules in effect at Sky Soaring.
Experience the Thrill and Beauty of Glider Flight!
Whether checking off a must do on your bucket list or just seeking a thrill, an FAA certified commercial pilot will take you in a comfortable two seat glider and you’ll soar quietly above the beautiful Hampshire countryside back to earth.
Glider rides may be purchased at the field the day of or with a gift certificate purchased in advance. See Below.
We offer four different types of glider rides.
1.) Mile High Glider Ride;
The cost of a Mile High glider ride is $265.00. With one of our FAA Certified Commercial Pilots, you will be towed to 5280 feet (1 mile) above ground level (6200 MSL) and soar like an eagle above the beautiful Hampshire country side. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Chicago and beyond. Your flight will last approximately 45 minutes depending on weather. The ultimate glider ride. You may purchase an additional mile high ride for the same person for $130.00 at the field.
2.) Scenic Glider Ride;
The cost of a scenic glider ride is $130.00. Scenic glider rides last about 25 minutes. You will fly with a FAA Certified Commercial Pilot. Our towplane will tow you up to 4000 feet (MSL) where you will release from the towplane and soar quietly back to the Sky Soaring airport. Scenic views of the Hampshire countryside are in every direction. On clear days you can see the Chicago skyline. You may purchase an additional scenic ride for the same person for $45.00 at the field.
3.) Winch Launch Glider Ride*;
The cost of a winch launch glider ride is $50.00. Take an exhilarating* winch launch and soar back to Sky Soaring. Our 400hp winch will launch you to 1000 feet above ground in 25 seconds. When released from the winch you will spend the next 3 – 4 minutes gliding back to the runway. You may purchase an additional winch launch for the same person for $25.00 at the field.
* A winch launch is a very aggressive and fast takeoff accelerating to 60mph in 3 seconds. People with heart conditions or other ailments should not attempt winch launching.
4.) Take Your First Glider Lesson
What is the FAST program?
The FAST program gives you the opportunity to get a taste of what soaring is all about. It is a program that offers you an introductory lesson in flying a glider, during which you will handle the controls of the aircraft under the guidance of an FAA certificated glider flight instructor. The cost of a FAST flight lesson is $139.00. Visit the shop for details on your first flight lesson.
Glider rides are provided on any day we have operations, generally weekends and some weekdays and a commercial pilot is available, between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Rides available from mid April through October, weather permitting. For a winch launch ride please, call the field office before leaving home.
We do not book reservations. First Come First Serve.
We have a picnic area where you can sit and watch our operations.
See Passenger Restrictions below.
Please call the field office before leaving home to verify we’re flying. (847) 683-7627
Give that once in a lifetime adventure ride with a Gift Certificate.
Weight Limit: 220 lbs.
Minimum Height Limit: 4 feet
Minors require parental presence.
Please call the field office before leaving home to verify we’re flying. (847) 683-7627.
Don’t forget to bring your camera!