Pilot CFIG Russ Hustead the diamond xtreme
                motorglider payson soaring sedona arizona scenic ride air tours instruction for PPL glider no medical needed links for gliding issues

Photo below was taken by Ted Grussing Photography 2011
Photo of Russ, owner of Sky King Soaring, departing the beautiful Sedona airport
for his home base in Payson,  AZ

Russ with



Flight Instruction and motorglider rides...Silence...Serenity...Safety ™

Touring Motorglider Flight School of Excellence


TOP 12 REASONS why you should receive your motorglider flight training at SkyKingSoaring:
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Contact Russ Hustead, Sky King Soaring, 602 622-2257, russ@skykingsoaring.com

Sky King Soaring
offer scenic air tours and soaring rides originating from the Payson Airport just south of the Mogollon Rim in the pine country of Arizona. By appointment, we offer scenic soaring flights out of Sedona.  

We also specialize in personalized motorglider flight training throughout Arizona and the United States in your own touring motor glider, i.e. Diamond, Stemme S6 or S10 , Pipstrel Pipistrel Sinus or Virus and Super Ximango. Sky King Soaring flies a tricycle gear Diamond Xtreme Motorglider, which is unparalleled as a glider trainer or as a delightful touring platform.

Whether you're an airplane pilot seeking a glider add-on rating, or if you just want to experience the best way to see what makes Arizona so beautiful, Sky King Soaring can take you on the adventure of a lifetime!  Give a Sky King Soaring Gift Certificate for the flight of a lifetime to your significant other, husband, wife, child, the perfect gift! 

See us flying with a 15 year old student in the pilot’s seat:

See our small promotion movie:

Sky King Soaring in the media:

Russ Hustead, owner of SKY KING SOARING, was interviewed by
Popular Mechanics on the 2009 Hudson River Crash
Click here to read

Sky King Soaring was recently featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA after being chosen by
as one of the TOP FIVE "Thrills in the Air" for the USA, the #1 SOARING ADVENTURE! 

And read this story about us in "Payson Roundup":


To begin, click on the links to pages above and they will guide you through the Sky King Soaring web site - and thanks for stopping by, and remember, 

"Have a great day soaring--with Sky King!"

Why we love soaring:

"Soaring (or Gliding) flight is so very different from airplane flight, almost a polar opposite. Airplane flying is usually directed at getting somewhere in as little time as possible. Soaring flight's goal is just to get there silently in the cool air, and have fun in the process! It's relaxed flying, just like the motionless in the turn. Soaring is exhilarating to be able to climb aided by the rising air, using your own bird like instincts while not depending on one drop of fuel. Soaring is like being a surfer riding the big wave, accelerating forward to the beach while standing above the water. Soaring is like sitting on gondola-like wings and feeling on top of the world."


Rain shower seen
                        from a motorglider


Reservations:  (602) 622-2257

    Russ Hustead, CFIG, Owner       


Questions?   russ@skykingsoaring.com


Sky King Soaring, LLC, Member, Better Business Bureau

Featured on Good Morning America, July 2006, Top 5 Thrills in the Air

 National Geographic Adventure Magazine, July 2006, Recommended #1 Soaring Ride in America