Once you are past the initial expense of earning your glider license, the cost of continuing the sport of soaring is very affordable. Most pilots enjoy flying the club ship or either buy or become part owner in a sailplane. Your aerotow will usually run about $25- $40 and can give you an entire day of flying in good soaring conditions.
The Adirondack Soaring Club is based at the Saratoga County Airport, we own (3) two seat training gliders.
Typically assume 50 flights for someone without any experience to solo. This will very based on progress.
For those who want to purchase their own sailplane, performance and age of the sailplane will determine the cost. Sailplanes in the low to medium performance category (glide ratio of 16:1 to 30:1) usually range in price from $5,000 to $15,000. High performance sailplanes usually range in price from $40,000 to $100,000. For those demanding the very best performance, sailplanes with wing spans over 80 feet and glide ratios approaching 60:1 can cost over $200,000.