If you are looking for the place to come fly long cross-country flights, this is it! Hundreds of thousands of miles of soaring flights are flown every year from Moriarty.
By riding columns of rising air called thermals, gliders ascend to altitudes of up to 18,000 feet above sea level and can stay aloft for hours. On occasion we are joined by eagles, hawks and falcons. While the thermals peak May through September, they occur throughout the year. Riding a thermal is always exciting.
In the winter, New Mexico enjoys another form of lift called mountain lee wave, or just wave lift. Oscillating rivers of air create standing waves which sailplanes can use to fly to spectacular heights. The New Mexico state altitude record is 36,000 feet! The world record is over 50,000 feet. Because this wave is usually very gentle and smooth, catching the wave can be a very serene experience.
Soaring at Sundance
For the soaring enthusiast we have lots to do. We routinely work with pilots who are seeking to achieve a personal goal, like reaching an altitude record, or going across country for the very first time. We have several gliders for pilots to rent ranging from trainers to high performance ships. The Southwest Soaring Museum is located just 2 miles away in Moriarty