Shipping Gliders Safely
Flights should be arranged during the day while gliders sleep
Direct flights are best to avoid transfer errors.
Gliders should be “packed” in the following manner:
A plastic tote box should have small holes drilled in it for ventilation, but needs a top that will snap on tightly. There are other options as well here is pictures of a few.
The glider needs to be in a fleece sleeping pouch with snacks such as apple slices or sliced grapes, that will provide hydration and nourishment during the trip. You can also use hydro packs. Be sure to include several fleece blankies for warmth as well or lessen the fleece if warmer. I personally use a mesh shipping bag created by Gini's Gliders and Gifts when it is warm or colder weather.
This Tote, Carrier, or Mesh should then be placed in a crate as pictured and secured. Do not secure this outer crate at this time so the airlines can inspect the contents.
Once you arrive at the airport, there will be paperwork to complete and they will inspect the contents and then you will secure the outer crate to keep it closed. Be sure to always bring extra screws, a drill in case you need to drill more holes to secure, zip ties and scissors. Stickers and paperwork will be attached and the glider will be on their way.
Take pictures of this process to assure the receiver that it was done properly and just in case an issue arises. The gliders can be checked by tracking their airway bill number.
There is discounts for breeder to breeder shipping on the flights. Military and also PALS program to discount flights. Make sure to have and complete or have your vet complete all Paperwork needed by your airline. Usually flights range 160-275 including cost of carriers etc just depends on your discount applied.
Recently there also is the option of Ground transport. The process is the same as above but you can use smaller travel cages so the gliders will have room to get around until arriving at their new home. Requirements are different depending on the transport service but i would make sure they are USDA Licensed to transport and insured.