Phoenix Sailplane Rides FAQ
Your FAQ for Phoenix Sailplane Rides
"What do I need to know?" ..."I have no idea what to expect" ...Find all your answers below!
If you're looking at this page, then chances are that your new to Phoenix sailplane rides. Even better, you're looking to advance your knowledge of how everything works before you try a Phoenix sailplane ride for yourself. We completely understand your wild and precocious quest for knowledge of how the sport works. To help you along smoothly to become competent with the basics on Phoenix sailplane rides, we've provided the following list to give you some background on this amazing sport:
Who will pilot my plane, and is gliding safe?
Phoenix sailplane rides are very safe. Sailplanes have the same type of controls as an airplane and all pilots in the Phoenix Sailplanes network are FAA-certified. They have logged hours upon hours flying gliders, and are trained to respond to any situation that arises during your adventure with Phoenix sailplane rides.
Are your sailplanes regularly maintained?
The planes in the Phoenix Sailplanes network are maintained constantly and consistently by FAA certified aircraft mechanics and in accordance with strict FAA maintenance inspection requirements.
What happens if my flight is cancelled due to poor weather?
Weather is a very important factor when flying. Naturally, a Phoenix Sailplanes network flight will be cancelled if the weather is bad. If your flight has been cancelled, you simply reschedule another one.
Do I need to bring any special gear for my glider ride?
No special gear is needed for a Phoenix sailplane ride. Oxygen is required for flights that exceed altitudes of 10,000 feet. However, Phoenix Sailplanes network gliders are generally equipped or can be equipped with oxygen for such flights.
How long will a glider ride last and can I take pictures?
The length of each Phoenix sailplane ride depends upon which flight you purchase. Our flights can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 40 minutes. Bring your camera and take photographs of some incredible vistas. It's a great idea and we encourage it.
Can I exchange the type of gilder flight I booked for another kind?
All you have to do to exchange one type of a glider flight for another is to contact us. There is no fee involved; however, you may need to pay a little more for an upgrade or longer flight.
How does a glider stay aloft?
In order for a glider to stay aloft since it has no engine, the pilot depends on one of three different types of lifts. There is the thermal life, indicated by cumulus clouds. Thermals are rising columns of warm air wide enough for the pilot to rotate continuously inside of them.
The ridge lift occurs when wind hits an obstruction, like a hill. A band of rising air is created immediately in front of the obstruction. The glider can stay in the air for as long as the pilot flies within this band.
A wave lift occurs when air flows across mountain, cascades down the side of the mountain, and then bounces up again. When certain meteorological conditions are present, this process continues for a long time, with the waves oscillating at great heights. This allows the glider to stay aloft at high altitudes for long periods.
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