Soaring has been a part of south central Kansas for more than half a century due
to the enthusiastic efforts of pilots who joined together to further the art of
soaring. There are currently four main associations in the Wichita and Hutchinson area.
Each association was formed to serve it's unique purpose and location primarily separates them.
Sunflower, KSA, and WSA
Sunflower Gliderport is the home of KSA and WSA. The three entities and membership base make up one of the largest, most highly available soaring operations in the mid-west.
Each weekend from May through September, our membership voluntarily fills the calendar positions required to insure safe and ideal soaring operations. These positions include a tow pilot and two line managers being placed on duty, each weekend, from 1pm to 5pm.
All members get a turn at providing this service during the season as a way to keep costs as low as possible.
If you are visiting and do not need a training glider you will need to belong to KSA (and SSA) to qualify for tows.
We also have several commercially rated glider pilots who can give you a demo flight (only $30), your experience will be best if a demo flight is pre-arranged with the pilot, as well as prevailing fair weather and light winds.
Training is provided each Saturday at Sunflower starting in May and continuing through September.
At least one of our volunteer CFI-G instructors (we have many) are assigned to be present to give afternoon flight lessons to students, conduct bi-annual flight reviews, and to checkout members in other club gliders.
To receive instruction, you will need to be a member of both KSA and WSA (two separate membership applications).
Expect to spend about $155 for memberships fees and allow a few weeks for paperwork approval to get your membership started.
Contact Andrew Peters (KSA) at (316)393-2261 or Jerry Boone (WSA) (620)662-5330 for more information. You can also go to the Newsletters and
read the Variometer for general information and activities. Also, this training syllabus is VERY handy to track your progress when working with multiple instructors.
Wichita Gliderport, SLT, and WSSA
Wichita Gliderport is the home to SLT and WSSA. To fly, receive glider flight training or receive a tow through SLT at the Wichita Gliderport, you do not need to belong to any organization, club or association. To be a part owner and fly the sailplanes owned by WSSA at the Wichita Gliderport, membership in WSSA is required.