(Victor Valley)–August 23rd is Ride the Wind Day – a carefree day to soar above the earth. You can catch a ride with the breeze, or float along slowly like a gentle, late summer cloud. That’s the feeling you get when you take a ride in a Sailplane.
A sailplane, or glider, is a type of aircraft that does not have an engine. This type of aircraft is usually towed aloft by an airplane. At the desired altitude, the glider pilot releases the towline, and begins to glide.
Here in the High Desert you can ride in a sailplane with the Southern California Soaring Academy (SCSA), a non-profit membership corporation, operating out of the Crystalaire Airport in Llano. They offer 3 different lengths of rides, from gentle to aerobatic, with an FAA certified commercial pilot or flight instructor. Whether you choose a gentle scenic ride or a thrilling aerobatic one, it will be an experience you will never forget.
SCSA also offers all levels of instruction, they give commercial glider rides, and provide glider aero-towing, repair, and storage.
As a non-profit corporation SCSA has several outreach programs – they work with school children to introduce them to aeronautics and flight. One of their newest programs is working with the Wounded Warrior Project – the foundation that works to help rehabilitate wounded service members.
For more information visit their website www.soaringacademy.org