Come get a glider ride, for only $100! You will fly at an altitude of 3,000 feet, and it will last 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the weather conditions of the day.

[NEW] We now offer mile-high rides!!! You will fly to an altitude of 5,280 feet (1 mile). Your ride will last 35 to 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions of the day. Availability of this ride depends on the weather conditions and some other factors. For more information, ask us by email.

Just email us and we'll set you up!

Who are we?

The Illini Glider Club is a soaring club located in Central / Eastern Illinois. We are located in the Vermillion Regional Airport at Danville, IL (KDNV) as of 2019. 

The Illini Glider Club was established in 1948.

What do we do?

We fly every weekend from March 15 thru Dec 15, weather permitting. We fly as much as possible throughout the winter months. Tow pilots are often available for midweek tows if desired. Rides are given on weekends only.

Soaring in Central Illinois is huge fun. When the thermals are strong, a single flight can last for hours and traverse more than a hundred miles.

Our club is by far one of the most affordable ways to participate in aviation activities in the whole midwest, if not the whole country! We are a not-for-profit club, and the only costs you as a member of the club would have are the absolute costs (mostly hangar rent, aircraft insurance and maintenance). Since no-one is making a profit here, it is guaranteed you'll get the best economy. Furthermore, everyone is volunteering their time and expertise, so you won't need to pay for instructor time or tow pilot time either!

How do we do it?

Thanks to our service volunteers, we are able to keep costs low. Our membership enjoys low-cost instruction, no rental fees, and minimal tow fees. In all, we offer the best value anywhere in the nation.

We are a non-profit organization, and proud to be a Chapter Member of the Soaring Society of America.

Recent Announcements

  • Flying season starts The 2020 flying season started on March 8th. We are now back on our regular weekend operations. 
    Posted Mar 14, 2020, 12:00 PM by Illini Glider Club President
  • Preparation for 2020 flying season The club is actively working on preparing our aircraft for the 2020 season. We expect to start flying from mid February on any weekend day that has good weather conditions. NEWS: We now offer mile-high glider intro rides! Email us for more info.
    Posted Feb 1, 2020, 6:54 PM by Illini Glider Club President
  • Club Status, December 2019 The tow plane is undergoing its periodic annual inspection. Many club members are involved helping with this task. Once the plane is back in service, we will resume flying. 
    Posted Dec 12, 2019, 11:42 PM by Illini Glider Club President
  • Club Status June 2019 Summer is around the corner, and with it comes great flying weather! Our glider fleet were updated with high quality radios in time for the 2019 active season. We seek new members, tow pilots, and instructors, and also offer glider rides! Get in touch with us today.
    Posted May 29, 2019, 2:02 AM by Illini Glider Club President
  • Club Status, Feb 2019 The club is active! We are working on scheduling annual inspection for our aircraft. Intro to Soaring seminar on Feb 6, 27th and March 20, at Champaign public library (6:30 PM). Public attendance welcome / encouraged!Ground school will be held at the Champaign Library. Check the calendar for more details.
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 3:07 PM by Illini Glider Club President
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