Benz Aviation has been the Great Lakes regions largest commercial soaring center for over 50 years!

All Benz Aviation pilots are FAA certified "commercial" pilots. This provides our customers a higher level of pilot experience vs. soaring "clubs" that also offer public glider rides.

Scenic Glider Rides • Glider Instruction • Glider Towing • Glider Rental • Airplane Rides
Aircraft Rental • FAA Testing • Fuel • Tie Down • Hangars • Events

Flight Training

Our experienced certified flight instructors are happy to help identify your aviation goals, whether you are just starting our or looking to advance your career in aviation. We are able to offer multimedia training – prior to your flight lesson, you may view it on the computer in the comfort of your home. An instructor will brief you and provide hands-on training during the flight. As West Michigan’s only certified Cessna Pilot Center, we take pride in a meticulously maintained, modern fleet of Cessna 172SP’s, providing you with the latest in today’s technology and amenities. Cessna has a proven track record of building safe, reliable aircraft for over 70 years. Clean, comfortable leather interiors, advanced avionics, smooth, well maintained engines will mean a great flight experience, whether you are a seasoned pilot or just starting to fulfill your dream of learning to fly. Our aircraft rental and instruction fees are very competitive. Call and speak to an instructor to set up your flight training program today.

Schweizer SGS 2-33 Glider

Built by Schweizer Aircraft in Elmira, NY, this American glider is a two-seat, high-wing, strut-based glider, excellent for training.

Cessna 172SP

Built by the Cessna Aircraft Company. A four-seat, single engine, fixed-wing aircraft. The most successful and popular aircraft in aviation history, more than 40,000 have been built.

Contact Us

We welcome your inquiries and comments. For flight scheduling or urgent inquiries, please contact us by telephone.

BY AIR: Y70 N 4256.3 W 08503.6
BY LAND: 3147 S State Road, Ionia, MI 48846 USA

Phone: 616-527-9070

9:00 am - Dusk  April 15- November 15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm November 15-April 15

We no longer can accept Soaring Adventures of America gift certificates.  
We are sorry about about the inconvenience.

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