Pro Pilot in a Glider? ‘Sully’ Says, ‘Sure!’

Flying a glider has tons of great benefits for airline pilots, those who aspire to be airline pilots, and those who want to learn to fly.

In this week’s installment of V1 Rotate, Sam Weigel brings us to the bucolic Chilhowee Gliderport in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee. Giving us the pilot’s-eye-view as he receives currency instruction and gets checked out in his first single-seater, Sam shares the surprising history of experienced glider pilots saving stricken airliners, and enumerates the lessons, skills, and enjoyment that glider flying bestows on even seasoned professional pilots. Look for the rest of the story in the second quarter issue of FLYING.


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