Training Goals

Courses provided by Treasure Coast Motorgliding are structured to allow the student to progress as rapidly as their skill level permits while attempting to keep their cost to the minimum required for completion.

The motor glider gives the instructor considerable flexibility designing each training session, flexibility that ensures required skills are mastered in the minimum amount of time.

By the time the student is ready to solo the glider they have strong stick and rudder skills, can hold precise speeds by reference to the natural horizon, understand how the wind effects the glide cone, are confident in executing approaches with the engine off, and can perform accuracy landings with a high level of consistency.

Training sessions also give them ample exposure to one of the thrills of glider flying, the thrill of soaring with the birds.

It’s an amazing experience to climb a glider in a reasonably strong thermal to cloud base and than go off in search of another one.

Airplane pilots go for the hundred dollar hamburger where glider pilots go in search of thermals to receive the reward of finding, centering, and cleanly flying the thermal to it’s maximum attainable altitude.

Treasure Coast Motorgliding Courses

Treasure Coast Motorgliding offers courses for the beginning glider pilot as well as advanced courses for pilots with a glider rating. We also provide training for someone who wants to obtain their Private Pilot license in an airplane.

Add On Glider Rating

​Pilots who are currently licensed airplane pilots, can obtain a glider rating by completing all of the training elements in this course.

The course starts with a review of basic airmanship with specific emphasis on stick and rudder skills using the natural horizon as the primary pitch and bank reference.

The student then develops proficiency in flying glider approaches to landing, where they must manage the glide cone to insure safe outcomes in varying wind conditions.

In approximately seven hours they've demonstrated mastery of the glider leading to a signed off to perform the ten required solo flights.

Another two hours brings them to the standards required for the practical flight test.

Upon completing the flight check, they gain entry into the exciting world of glider flying. 

Self Launch Endorsement Training

​This course offers self-launch endorsement training to all licensed glider pilots. We use the syllabus found in AC 61-94 as a guideline. Each course is tailored to the needs of the student but ensures they are proficient in the management of a self-launch glider.

Using the glider strictly as self-launch they will fly to altitude, turn off the engine, and then perform all actions one would normally do for non-motorized gliders.

The student is also exposed to using the glider as a touring glider where we fly to other airports using suitable navigation methods and fly expected traffic patterns based on airspace type.

The required duration depends on pilot experience but normal completion takes between two to four hours.

Primary Glider Training

This course offers all the required flight training for an FAA Private Pilot Glider rating where the student is not a currently rated pilot.

The glider is an excellent way to start to learn how to fly because it helps develop the basic airmanship skills every pilot should have. Early in the student’s training, they will learn to master coordinated use of all flight controls using the natural horizon as the primary pitch and bank reference.

Building on these skills, they quickly go to mastering glider approaches and landings.

Throughout the training, when good lift conditions exist, the student hones their flying skills on locating, centering, and flying thermals.

After soloing and completing the required ten solo flights, the training concludes with preparation flights for the practical flight test.

All of this training takes approximately thirty flight hours.

The FAA does require primary students complete the written knowledge test for Private Pilot Glider and Treasure Coast Motorgliding can help with this requirement.

Primary Airplane Training

We also provide training for someone who would like to pursue getting a license in airplane using a Luscombe 8E and a Cessna 152. The student would start their instruction in the Luscombe which provides an excellent platform for acquiring strong stick and rudder skills.

After soloing the Luscombe, the student is transitioned to the Cessna 152 for the cross country, instrument, and night flying phases of the training.

Benefits of this approach are the student graduates with strong stick and rudder skills as well as the ability to fly both tailwheeled and tricycle geared airplanes.


Tail wheel Endorsement

We now offer tail wheel endorsement training in a Luscombe 8E, an airplane with flying qualities well suited to this type of training.  The training duration varies based on previous experiences but would typically take ten hours for a pilot with no previous experience with tail wheel aircraft.


Treasure Coast Motorgliding offers rides in both glider and airplane;

  • Glider Ride - This ride is designed to give the customer a glider experience of taking off and climbing to 3000 ft where the engine is turned off. Then the soaring starts which involves searching and centering on thermals. It ends with a landing back at New Hibiscus giving the customer about a half hour of glider flight for $100.


  • Glider Tour - The tour leaves New Hibiscus and visits areas of Indian River County, pointing out some of the interesting features like Stick Marsh, Sebastian inlet and the Treasure Coast shoreline ending up back at the airport, where we turn off the engine and soar back to New Hibiscus. This gives the customer a full hour in the glider for $145.

  • Airplane Ride - We offer rides in the Luscombe for customers interested in flying in a classic aircraft like the 8E. The charge for this one hour experience is $120.

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Treasure Coast Motorgliding in Vero Beach

Treasure Coast Motorgliding in Vero Beach was established to provide cost effective flight training to aspiring glider pilots. The training methods used by Treasure Coast Motorgliding are based on more than 40 years of experience at many area flight training schools, which includes Piper Aircraft Corporation and Flight Safety Academy.

Treasure Coast Motorgliding is located at the New Hibiscus Airpark which is adjacent to the Outlet Mall in Vero Beach, Florida. We offer a full suite of training options for the glider pilot including Initial rating, Add On rating, self launch endorsement, and advance soaring techniques like locating and centering thermals.