Introduction to Soaring

What is Soaring | Getting Your License

About the course

Prerequisites: None

Approximate time to complete: 25 minutes

This course provides an overview of the sport of soaring. In it, you will learn about the glider, the various ways that gliders can be launched, the types of lift that glider pilots can use to stay aloft, and the fun things you can do once you get your glider pilot certificate. You will also learn about the process of getting your private pilot certificate, including how long it takes, and how much it costs.

The course wraps up with a short, one-minute long video that takes you through the different parts of a flight, from aerotow to landing, demonstrating the excitement and beauty that is the sport of soaring.



Course Overview

  • Welcome FREE PREVIEW

The Sport of Soaring

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 1 & Instructions

Getting Your License

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 2 & Instructions

Let's Go for a Flight

  • Section Overview
  • Bonus Video

Final Test

  • Final Test & Instructions

About Your Instructor

Russell Holtz

Russell Holtz

Russell is the author of two well-respected and widely-used soaring flight training books in the United States - the Glider Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Flight Training Manual for Glider Pilots.

Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

He obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in gliders in 1995, in airplanes in 1996, his Commercial Certificate in Gliders in 1998, and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in gliders in 1999. He completed the FAI Silver Badge requirements in 1997, and the Gold and Diamond requirements in 1998. Russell has given over 2,800 hours of primary, cross-country, contest, and aerobatic flight instruction, and has over 4,000 hours total time in gliders.

Russell's passion for understanding and communicating soaring knowledge is evident in his teaching.




From Rand Baldwin

To the point, clear, well illustrated, and just long enough...

Very informative

From Robert Maldonado

Easy to understand.

Introduction to Soaring

From Ron Reddell

Whole course was easy to follow and retain. Very enjoyable! Recommend it highly.

Great Course

From Armida Hollingsworth

I ordered a glider logbook from this company over a year ago and received an invitation to try this online course. I love it! It was clear and informative. I just wish these course were available...

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