Some of my fellow pilots wonder why I chose to open a soaring school. I did it for selfish reasons. I really love teaching basic piloting skills in a glider (aka sailplane). I've had two students this year with zero flight experience come to our operation to solo the sailplane. The rest of the students were power add-ons. One was a fellow who wanted to get his private pilot airplane but couldn't find a flight school close to his residence. We kinda live out in the sticks. He came to me to start in the sailplane. After he soloed, he bought a Cherokee 140 & found a CFI willing to teach him. His new CFI was amazed how well he flew. His coordination, slow flights skills, & cross wind landings were "like a seasoned pilot". His instructors words. The 15 year old in the picture soloed a couple of weekends age & also flew very well. He's seeking future airline or military flying job, so what a start! Even though we're not making much profit with only being in business two seasons, the rewards have been unsurpassed. When I decided to reinstate my CFI after a long period of inactivity a few years back, a soaring school was what I zeroed in on. I just had to break it too my wife that I wanted to buy an airplane & a sailplane! She actually loves the business now too. Even though I have logbooks filled with dual given in airplanes over the past 40+ years as a CFI, soaring is still the best! That said, I still enjoy taking my 182 straight tail towplane out exploring backwood strips in the mountains.