Frequently Asked Questions


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    When can I schedule a flight?

    Windy City Soaring provides soaring rides April through November during the weekend daytime hours, depending on the weather. With enough advance notice, we may also be able to schedule group outings during the week but can’t guarantee it without calling us. Call 815-286-7200.

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    Do I have to make a reservation?

    Due to the popularity of our soaring flights, reservations are strongly suggested to avoid disappointment. If you don’t have a reservation, we will try to accommodate your request, depending upon availability and weather conditions.

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    Can I purchase the ride at the time of the reservation?

    For your convenience we encourage you to pre-purchase your ride certificate on our website. You can also purchase your ride certificate at the airport if needed. We accept Visa, Discover, and Master Card. Sorry, we don’t accept cash or check.

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    When do ride certificates expire?

    Ride certificates are valid for one year from date of issue.

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    Will I be notified if the reservation is cancelled due to weather?

    In the event flying conditions would preclude a safe and enjoyable flight, our ride program coordinator will contact you to reschedule your flight for another day. Please be sure to provide a phone number on the order form.

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    What is the minimum age and weight limit that is accepted for a glider ride?

    We do not have a set age requirement but do require that all passengers be large enough to be properly secured in the passenger seat, be able to clearly see out the cockpit and be able to reliably take instruction from the ride pilot. Our aircraft have a minimum passenger weight requirement of 100lbs. In the event that the passenger is a minor, we require signed parental permission on the waiver form that is included with the ride certificate.

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    What is the maximum weight allowed?

    Our planes have a passenger weight limit of 242 lbs.

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    What is the experience of my pilot?

    All our ride pilots have many years of soaring experience and are FAA certified Commercial Rated Glider pilots.

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    Do you take groups?

    Yes! Windy City can accommodate small groups for an exciting outing. Our soaring program will assist your company, club or organization to step out of the box, build teamwork and create personal confidence.

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    Are there age restrictions?

    No, we have flown with toddlers and the elderly. It is important that very young riders are able to understand and follow simple directions. Parental permission must be given for those under 18 years of age.

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    Still have questions?

    Just give us a call at 815-286-7200 or email us at windycitysoaringrides@gmail.com.