Soaring the sky a glider pilot’s Podcast

Soaring the sky is an aviation podcast all about the adventures of flying sailplanes and many other aircraft we love to fly. Join Chuck as he shares his adventures and talks with other aviators around the globe. You never know who my be the next guest on Soaring the sky.

27: Cross Country Flights & Buying Your First Glider Chris Snyder & Joe Capra

August 21st, 2019

On this episode we hear from two guest pilots. Chris from Richmond Virginia tells us about his recent first cross country flight and flying in a thermal with a eagle. He also tells us about how his club is teaching young aviators how to fly working with the Civil Air Patrol. Later in this episode Joe talks to us from Southern California about the process of buying your first glider and his experience buying his. He also shares with us his recent transition from a two place to a single place glider. All this and more now on Soaring The Sky !

26: Soaring And The Schweizer Family With Paul Schweizer

August 14th, 2019

On this episode Paul Schweizer joins the podcast to tell us about his journey and how his father and his two uncles taught themselves how to fly and start the Schweizer Aircraft company. He also shares with us his journey to soaring the gliders we all have learned to love and fly. Join us now to hear this exciting and interesting story about the Schweizer family and how it all started ! now on Soaring The Sky ! To see some pictures Paul shared with us go to 

25: Woman’s Soaring Pilot’s Association Member & Glider Instructor Mary Rust

August 7th, 2019

On this episode Mary Rust Joins Chuck to tell her story that began flying with her father in a J3 Cub over the corn fields of South Dakota. She later started her training in gliders out of a glider port in California. Mary is a member of the Woman's Soaring Pilot's Association to educate and promote woman in aviation and soaring. She has flown all over the world including flying among the Alps in Slovenia and many other parts of the world. One of her flights included a high altitude adventure in a 1-26 with military aircraft around her. Join us now to hear her adventure Soaring The Sky !

24: Cross Country Flying California To Maine With Riley Speidel Live At Oshkosh 2019

July 31st, 2019

Join us on this episode as we hit the road and talk with a young pilot who thru soaring was able to at the age of just 14 fly from California to maine ! Riley Speidel and her father talk to Chuck on location at Airventure Oshkosh 2019 50th Anniversary celebration under the wing of her aircraft that she flew this amazing jounrney in. Don't miss her exciting story on this episode of Soaring The Sky !

23: From The 2-33 To The First Lady Soaring With Rob Crone

July 24th, 2019

In this episode Rob Crone talks to Chuck about his aviation journey. Rob tells us how during a flight with his mother immigrating to this country from Germany the Captain announced that Apollo 11 had just landed on the moon. That moment gave him his inspiration to fly. Join us now as he shares with us his journey to the Air Force and his many adventures that followed. Join us now for episode 23 on Soaring The Sky !

22: Soaring Onto The Silver Screen With Jason Stephens CFI-G SEL/Mel

July 17th, 2019

On this episode Jason Stephens owner of Arizona Soaring, the largest glider school in the USA talks with Chuck about his aviation career and adventures. Jason is a CFI-G SEL/MEL and had his first solo flight in a glider at the age of 14. By the age of 21 Jason was already teaching glider aerobatics professionally. He is a 6 time National Aerobatic Champion ! Jason has also competed and placed in the World Glider Aerobatic Championships ! He also shares with us his many adventures with one of them being a stunt pilot for the hollywood hit movie Fifty Shades Of Grey ! Join us now to hear his story on Soaring The Sky !

21: A Hangar Full Of History Bob Armstrong

July 10th, 2019

In this episode we take the studio on the road to a grass strip and hangar in Western Maryland where we find Bob Armstrong a second generation aviator and his fully restored Schweizer SGU 1-19. He shares with us his adventures flying this aircraft over Oshkosh ! where it won Grand Champion Vintage glider in 1998. He also shows us thru his hangar as he shares with us other adventures and aircraft he and his father restored. To see pictures of Bob and his aircraft go to  Join us now to hear his story as we sit down on a calm rainy afternoon in the appalacian mountains in his Hangar Full of History on Soaring The Sky.   

20: The Wings Of A Champion : A Chat With Sebastian Kawa

July 3rd, 2019

On this episode Sebastian Kawa from southern Poland Joins us to tell his story. He holds 31 medals in World and European competitions and is the most titled glider pilot in history! He is a second generation glider pilot and is also known for his book "Sky Full of Heat". His achievements include the first in history to ascent in engineless flight over the Himalayas and the Caucasus Mountains and flying in wave in the Ukrainian Gorgan mountains.  Sebastion shares with us that very memorable flight in wave over the Himalayas. Join us now to hear more of his story ,advice and future goals on Soaring The Sky ! 

19: Just Add Water With Omegatau Podcast Host Markus Volter

June 26th, 2019

On this episode a glider pilot from Southern Germany, Markus Volter shares with us his adventures flying over the black forest, the Alps of Germany and the Alpine regions of France. He also explains the importance of water in cross country soaring for the pilot & the glider. He shares with us a interesting flight he had this year in a once in a lifetime experience. I have included a link to his podcast here is a other link markus wanted to share with you Join us now for episode 19 !

18: Flip of the Coin : Keith Chandler Interview From The United Kingdom

June 19th, 2019

In this episode meet Keith Chandler a glider pilot and instructor from the United Kingdom who has logged over 2,500 launches and has over 1,200 hours in sailplanes. He also incorporates his glider flights while he is on holiday and has flown all over the globe. Just one of the stories he shares with us in this episode involves a bird strike in a thermal over Africa. I have included some links here of youtube videos Keith is sharing with you. Enjoy episode 18 now on Soaring The Sky !

17: Ground school, Rope breaks & Solo flights: Wendy Carson Interview Soaring In New Mexico

June 12th, 2019

In this episode we talk with Wendy Carson a school teacher in New Mexico flying with Sundance Aviation about her journey to get her wings. Wendy also talks with Chuck about woman in aviation and the current opportunities they have in today's world. She also shares with us her own way she is sharing aviation with her students as well as her stories in the air. Join us now for episode 17 on Soaring the sky !

16: Soaring Fast in Open Class In Northern California With Thomas Greenhill

June 5th, 2019

In this episode Chuck talks with Thomas Greenhill, a glider pilot out of northern California. Thomas enjoys flying contest and hopes to fly in the world gliding championships by his 25th birthday. Flying over the pacific at 10,000 feet ? listen to this episode to hear the rest of that story. He also has been bringing other young pilots and others that want to learn how to soar together through social media in slack. To join the slack channel click on this link You can also watch his Youtube channel called Tango Soaring. Join us now to hear his story !

15: From gliders to the Royal Air force: Nick Anderson, A Lifetime Of Aviation

May 29th, 2019

Today we cross the great atlantic ocean to the English countryside to chat with Captain Nick Anderson a pilot who first learned to fly gliders at a very young age. Nick went on to fly with the royal air force and then later flew the airbus A340, A330 and A300 for Virgin Atlantic as well as many other aircraft you will hear about in this episode. Nick is also a podcaster where he enjoys being a co host on The airline pilot guy show. Nick also has his own podcast as well called Plane tales. you can find both podcast at  to see pictures of Nick and some of the aircraft he has flown log onto and click on our guest pilot page. We hope you enjoy this exciting episode! now! on Soaring The Sky !

14: Austria and the alps: Learning to Soar above the Alps With Clemens Ceipek

May 22nd, 2019

On this episode Chuck talks to Clemens Ceipek a glider pilot who grew up and learned to fly in the Austria Alps. Check out Clemens blog at he also is on twitter @chessintheair Join us now as we listen to his adventures soaring the sky ! This is episode 14

13: Bruno Vassel Interview

May 15th, 2019

Join us on this episode as we chat with Bruno Vassel, a gentleman you may know from his youtube video's of soaring. He also was interviewed on the weather channel as well as recently being part of the SSA webinars. Bruno has competed in sailplane competitions as well as hosting competitions. He loves to share his love of soaring and talked with Chuck about his journey and some of his many adventures in the air. you can see his youtube channel at  enjoy and Welcome to episode 13 on Soaring the sky !

12: I need more G’s! : Laura Radigan An Aerobatic Pilots Story

May 8th, 2019

Today we jump in the cockpit with an aerobatic pilot Laura Radigan as she walks us through a day in the life of a aerobatic pilot. Laura has her powered license as well as her glider license. She has a power glider rating as well as a seaplane rating. Laura has competed in the nationals and will be soon competing in the World Aerobatic competition. Join us now for episode 12 on soaring The Sky ! 

11: Adventures and finding a way to fly With Ted Reynolds

April 28th, 2019

Today we find we find ourselves near the southern edge of the Mendocino mountains in northern California. Ted Reynolds talks to us about his journey to soaring and some of his adventures in the air. Join us now for episode 11 on Soaring the sky ! You can check out some pictures he sent us by going to our website 

10: Falling from the sky to Soaring where birds fly: Mike Pilert

April 18th, 2019
  • In this episode Chuck talks to Mike Pilert who has been jumping out of airplanes for over 48 years. Mike jumped into aviation with sport parachuting and then made his way to powered and sailplanes. Join us now for his story on episode ten, Soaring the sky !

09: Third Generation Pilot : Olivia’s Story

April 9th, 2019

Join Us as we talk to a young lady that is following in her Grandfather and fathers footsteps. She is a  power rated pilot as well as a glider pilot that loves everything about flying. Olivia shares her stories with us now on soaring the sky !

08: Perlan II Project Pilot Miguel Inturmendi

March 30th, 2019

Today we sit down with Miguel Iturmendi a test pilot with the perlan II Project as he shares his soaring adventures. Sit back and enjoy hearing his story as we soar to new heights on soaring the sky !

07: Soaring through the lens of a glider pilot: Joe Capra Photographer & Glider Pilot

March 19th, 2019

In this episode meet Joe Capra ! A power rated pilot as well as a glider pilot and time lapse photographer. Join us as we talk to Joe as he shares his story behind the lens and under the canopy. From taking pictures in Iceland to soaring in big thermals in California we bring you episode 7 ! Enjoy !

06: Finding wave in Tampa Bay? Bruce Patton, Tow Pilot & Glider Pilot

March 10th, 2019

On this episode our guest is Bruce Patton From Sunny Florida ! Bruce is a Tow pilot as well as a Glider Pilot instructor. Today Bruce shares some of his unusual flights in Florida and other parts of the country. Bruce and Chuck also talk about the pros and cons of Commercial operations and Club operations. Join us now for Episode 6 on Soaring The Sky !

05: Grass Strips and Glass Ships: Chris Snyder Merlin Soaring

March 1st, 2019

Join Chuck and today's Guest Chris Snyder from the Merlin Soaring Association in Richmond Virginia ! Chris shares how he discovered gliders after flying powered and shares some interesting stories from his first ride to buying his first glider. Join us now for Soaring the Sky !

04: I found a thermal ! Chuck & Dan

February 19th, 2019

Join Chuck in this episode as he talks about how his aviation story started and how this podcast got its wings. We also talk with Dan about glider flight simulators and the benefits of them. Join us now on Soaring the sky ! 

03: Cross winds Turbulence and Ridge running

February 9th, 2019

Join Chuck and his guest Dan as he shares his soaring adventures.In this episode a bumpy start for his first Glider ride. The importance of flight training and tips to get your aviation adventure off the ground ! Also in this episode your feedback. Join us now for Soaring The Sky !

02: Crop dusters Tail dragers and gliders

January 31st, 2019

Join Chris and I as he talks about his aviation adventure ! from The Air Force to Flying young Eagles to towing gliders. 

01: Soaring The Sky Episode One!

January 19th, 2019

Hi I'm Chuck your host for soaring the Sky ! In this episode a glider pilot with over 30 years of experience joins me to share his story. Landing out on his first guest ride ! He also shares with us other adventures in the air. 

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