New Pilot Training

Williams Soaring has FAA certified instructors and an FAA examiner on staff to help you earn your glider pilots license.

Be a glider pilot

ASK 21 Training Glider

Student Pilot - Initial Training

Dual Pilot Training in ASK 21Age Requirement: The student glider pilot must be at least 14 years old and be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. There is no upper age limit.

Medical Certificate: An applicant who intends to pilot only gliders, including self-launch gliders, does not need to have an airman medical certificate. (See FAR 61.23 - Medical certificates)

Identification: When applying for a student pilot certificate you must present identification that contains your photograph, signature, date of birth, and actual residential address. This can be a problem for students without a driver's license. If you do not have a driver's license, you should make sure to apply for a government ID card (apply at DMV) or a passport well in advance of when you expect to solo.

Training consists of flight training and ground training.

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Student Pilot Solo Requirements

Eric's First Solo FlightTo Solo a glider (be the sole occupant of the glider) a student pilot must:


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Private Glider Pilot

Student Solo Pilot in ASK-21The Solo student may qualify as a Private Glider Pilot once they:

Experience has shown that each pilot learns at their own pace, so these times are estimates.

*We also offer Commercial and CFI training.

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Recommended Flight Training Books and Materials

(Books and Materials are available in our Pilot Supplies Section).

The following books are recommended for flight training and are available from Williams Soaring Center.

To get started:
As you progress in training:

How do I start?

The friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Have your private pilots license? Get your Glider Add On or continue to Advanced training, learn Cross Country soaring, earn your SSA Badges. You can move up to Commercial Pilot, and then go on to obtain your Certified Flight Instructor ratings.

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