Glider Rides

Experience a magical time in the skies while flying in a glider plane!

Sailplanes can soar effortlessly in the air for extended periods of time. As the plane glides in the clouds, you will be taken back from the amazing views beneath you.

Come experience the excitement of flying with the birds!

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Glider Sailplane Ride for One in Grand Rapids Michigan

Glider Sailplane Ride for One near Grand Rapids, MI

Break out of the same old, same old routine and treat yourself to a glider ride. It’s a golden opportunity to enjoy the elegance and tranquility of silent flight. We believe it will be a welcome departure from your daily grind as you forgot about the hectic pace of life and let your cares melt away. All you need is Thrillant and our access to glider rides nationwide.


Before you get started, here’s some general information to keep in mind. Gliders are also known as “sailplanes” and they offer the purest form of flight. They are engineless aircrafts that rely on solar power, thermal ridges, and air currents to stay aloft and modern sailplanes are designed with a high lift-to-drag ratio, enabling extended flights.


There are two common methods for launching glider planes: aerotow launching and winch launching. In aerotow launching the glider is towed behind a powered aircraft and they take flight together. Once your glider pilot reaches the desired altitude, the rope from the powered aircraft is released and the sailplane begins independent flight. Winch launching involves a powerful stationary engine located on the ground. The glider is attached to one end of a cable, the winch quickly winds it in, and then the glider is launched skyward as its journey begins.


No prior experience or extensive classroom instruction is required for a glider ride. All that’s required is a spirit of adventure and a little time for pre-flight education. Before takeoff a certified pilot will cover general flight and safety information and answer any questions you may have. Then you and the pilot will be safely secured in the cockpit and fully prepared for flight.


There’s more to life than meets the eye so discover all the possibilities it has to offer. You can start today by exploring the freedom of flight with a glider ride. Go ahead, you deserve it!

Information to Know for
Glider Sailplane Ride for One near Grand Rapids, MI

The price for this experience is good for one (1) person.


Ionia, Michigan Metro Area


Flights are made at this location year round every day but Mondays.


Plan to be at the airport for half a day. This flight could last anywhere between 35-60 minutes depending upon thermal conditions.


Guests are welcome to come and watch you fly from the ground. Who knows, maybe they'll decide to take flight themselves!


Weather can be a factor as aerial activities become too dangerous with high winds, heavy rain, fog, or other inclement weather. Rescheduling several times may be necessary as pilots may have to postpone your flight due to inclement weather.


Dress comfortably for outdoor activity-wear appropriate footwear for walking in fields. Early mornings can be cool and damp- waterproof shoes will add to your comfort. Dresses, shorts, or sandals are not recommended.


This experience is good for adventurers of all ages.


Approximately 220 lbs.



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