Soaring is the art and science of exploiting our knowledge of the atmosphere to pilot advanced motor-less aircraft, with perfect control, for hundreds of miles. It is akin to sailing, but in the ocean of air above us rather than on the seas. It is elegant, beautiful, and exhilarating.
Soaring, like all forms of aviation, relies on technical knowledge, stick and rudder skills, sharp intellect, and sound judgement. It requires an understanding of meteorology, aerodynamics, and navigation, as well as perseverance and safety awareness. From DaVinci to the Wright brothers, the dream of flight has captivated artists and scientists alike. It has spawned endless technological advances, changed our way of life, and created a great industry.
The Philadelphia Glider Council is a non-profit, membership-based flight school composed of men, women and families who are dedicated to the joy and adventure of soaring flight. We are located in beautiful Hilltown, Bucks County, PA. Schedule an Aeronautical Orientation Flight to experience soaring for yourself! Or visit us at the field any sunny weekend and ask the field manager to have someone give you the tour. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day. (No charge - all are welcome.)