We offer a few different Glider Ride options;
Standard Glider Ride is a 2,000 foot tow, lasts between 15-20 minutes for $125.00
Extended Glider Ride is a 4,000 foot tow, lasts between 25-35 minutes for $150.00
We also do double take off’s this is two 2,000 foot tows that last 15-20 minutes each for $180.00
A Glider Ride is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages. Young and Old alike love this attraction here at the Hannibal Regional Airport. The ride starts by taking off from the runway attached to the tow plane, our Cessna 172, you and your pilot steer the glider to follow the tow plane until you reach your desired altitude. Once you are at your desired altitude the pilot will then release the glider from the tow plane and everything becomes silent. The Glider is then soaring above the ground on it’s own two wings and the expertise of the pilot. Our Glider pilots have been flying their entire lives, they would rather live in the sky than on the ground. Our Pilots are all rated in multiple different aircraft’s and are proficient in each.
We have been asked what it is like to do a Glider Ride and in our opinion sensation of gliding is like no other; soaring 2,000ft above the ground in pure silence, with the horizon to gaze off into and so many other historic sites around you to see. You feel like you are on top of the world.
Our current Glider Plane is a Schweizer 2-33, this is the third Glider we have used since we opened our Glider Port for Rides. In our gallery you will notice the different aircraft’s; different colors, styles, sized and shapes. We have simply upgraded with our Glider’s over the years, none of our Gliders have not had anything “wrong” with them, we have just gone bigger each time we purchase a new Glider. The larger wing span allows for longer soaring time and a softer landing, and the bigger fuselage has allowed our weight limit to increase due to it’s ability to hold a larger weight capacity then the plane before it.
Experience is not necessary to participate in this Aircraft activity. We do require the passenger to weigh at minimum 70lbs but weigh no more than 225lbs. There is not an age requirement on this activity, however anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied, for paperwork, by a parent or legal guardian. We do ask that our passengers are physically fit to participate in this activity by this we mean: The Glider Plane is not build with a door, so will you be able to step over the side to climb in and out of the plane?
At 2,000 ft, which is standard Glider Ride altitude, the air does not get very thin, but we do recommend you talk to your doctor before you ride if you have questions or concerns in the matter.
Glider tickets make a great gift for any occasion!
Call us 573-221-3230 to purchase a Glider Ride or for any questions you may have.
Soaring Adventures of America sells tickets for Glider Rides, Skydives and Hot Air Balloon rides. We can only honor their Glider Operations Tickets here at Barron Aviation Private Flight Services. We are one of few Glider Ports in our area and we are proud to be located in Hannibal, MO.
The only requirements for doing a Glider Ride here at Barron Aviation Private Flight Services are: over 70 lbs or 13 yrs of age, the physical ability to step over the side of the aircraft (there is no door), we have a weight limit of 225lbs, and you must have a sense of adventure.
Our Glider Season starts at the beginning of April and goes through October. Be aware that this is a weather permitting activity and safety is our number one priority. You can call or visit us in the office Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. You can purchase tickets using Master Card or Visa credit cards, cash or check. We will schedule you for your appointment either when you purchase your ticket or at your convenience. Glider Rides make wonderful gifts! Our Phone Number: 573-221-3230 or you can contact us via email by clicking on the "contact us" link or by sending an email directly to email@example.com