Take flight with Hood River Soaring
Hood River Soaring is passionate about sharing our love of soaring with experienced and aspiring pilots and with the people who live in and visit the scenic Hood River Valley. We offer glider rides to the public and glider rental, towing, and instruction to our members. Our youth program makes glider pilot training affordable and accessible to the next generation who live in the mid-Columbia Gorge.
Experience the grand beauty and geologic wonders of the Columbia River Gorge from a two-passenger glider.
A World-Class Flying Experience
Hood River, Oregon is a world class soaring destination. Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River combines breathtaking scenery and consistent soaring conditions with a community of experienced, welcoming pilots.
We invite visiting glider pilots to come fly with us. We also offer temporary membership plans for novices who are visiting the Gorge to take introductory flight lessons.
all around nice folks to deal with
Rich Durant Scenic Ride Customer* View More Testimonials
an inviting environment that cultivates inclusion and support for all its young members
Hood River Soaring makes training and becoming a glider pilot accessible through its work-study program . . . We personally have incredible gratitude for all the hard work its board and club members put into making it such a success. *
Carrie and Mark Fuentes Parents of Youth Program Participant* View More Testimonials
Amazing and beautiful! We will be back!
Ground crew, Stan, was really helpful. Our tow pilot and glider pilot were knowledgeable and fun.
Alisa Brake Scenic Ride Customer* View More Testimonials
a transformative experience for our son
This club does far more than teach kids to fly . . . It's a place where they are welcomed by like-minded adults who guide and encourage them to pursue their dreams. *
Ron & Kelly Wiebke Parents of Youth Program Participant* View More Testimonials
The community is welcoming, knowledgeable, and ready to give encouragement.
Hood River Soaring has turned an interesting hobby into a dream come true. *
Ian Wiebke Youth Program Participant* View More Testimonials
Great instruction and help from all of the staff ! We enjoyed our flights so much!
Maayan Shalev Scenic Ride Customer* View More Testimonials
achieving one’s goals is easily attainable
I am grateful to Hood River Soaring for all of the support and for all of the opportunities that they offered me. *
Victoria Ervin Youth Program Participant* View More Testimonials
You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop for such a challenging and rewarding flight experience.
Steve Frisby HRS Member - Tow Pilot* View More Testimonials
Hood River Soaring is a unique place with unbelievable scenery and lift
Wow! What an amazing organization. I learned to fly gliders safely and affordably with Hood River Soaring, three years ago. This group of selfless volunteers helped me to achieve the dream job of commercial (glider) pilot. *
Cory Roeseler HRS Member - Glider Pilot* View More Testimonials
I really enjoyed the sailplane ride!
Our pilot was very informative and professional.
Mary O'Brien Scenic Ride Customer* View More Testimonials
Training the Next Generation of Pilots
We believe that learning to fly should be accessible to all people, regardless of age or economic means. That’s why Hood River Soaring provides work-study opportunities and scholarships for youth in our area to become glider pilots. If you are between the ages of 13 and 25, please contact us to learn more.