A visit to Tucson this past week meant that I could finally accept the invitation from Phil Kislak to go for a glider flight.
Phil is part of the fine people who make up the Tucson Soaring Club. The group operates the El Tiro Gliderport and owns all the club buildings and equipment, but leases the land from the BLM.
I enjoyed two flights with Phil on a beautiful day outside of Tucson.
The El Tiro Gliderport is a beautiful field that is actually inside the Ironwood Forest National Monument. The sites are spectacular aloft and the experience is one I will long remember. Phil Kislak gave me not only a memorable afternoon of flying, he reminded me of how wide our AOPA’s members’ interests are when it comes to aviation. I met some great aviators last week who regularly go aloft looking for thermals and never consider where they will land if they lose an engine!