Think you want to go powered hang gliding…but you have some questions? This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) provides answers to many common questions about Hang Gliding Tahoe lessons.
This is an interactive flight lesson which introduces you to the basics of flight. This is commonly known in the aviation community as an introductory, demonstration, and/or a discovery flight. It is “Flight Training” as defined by Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Title 14, performed by an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) in an FAA approved aircraft. It introduces you to the “passion of flight” where you can pilot the aircraft and feel the freedom to fly while getting a new perspective of the world. Ask any pilot about their first flight where they fell in love with aviation and they will beam as they tell you about it.
During the HANG GLIDING TAHOE experience, some take the controls minutes after takeoff and fly most of the time (except takeoff/advanced maneuvers/landing), while others are a bit scared and do not want to take the controls. Either way, you learn the basics of flight and can continue learning to fly, or remember this as an experience of a lifetime.
This intro/demo flight is the first lesson in the comprehensive “Hamilton Pilot Training System” that can take you all the way to becoming a real FAA certified pilot. You get an official logbook entry which qualifies as official training time towards your FAA pilot license.
Any flight is scenic, it is one of the benefits of flying. If you only want a tour or a ride, we recommend a bus, boat or a helicopter. If you want to experience an interactive flight lesson and the “Freedom" of flight, this is for you.
A 60 minute lesson is typically 50 to 60 minutes in length. The time you are in the trike taxiing and flying is 40 to 50 minutes and the time you are actually airborne with the wheels off the ground is 35 to 45 minutes.
A 90 minute lesson is typically 80 to 90 minutes in length. The time you are in the trike taxiing and flying is 70 to 80 minutes and the time you are actually airborne with the wheels off the ground is 65 to 75 minutes.
Flight times will vary depending on the weight loading of the aircraft, weather conditions and air traffic.
We will contact you on your mobile phone as soon as possible, usually the night before or in the morning if there are any changes due to inclement weather. It is usually the winds aloft (high altitude winds) over the mountain passes that make flying less comfortable because of the bumps that we want to avoid. During the summer we are able to fly 95% of the time, during the winter we can fly 90% of the time so overall chances of flying are very good.
In a balloon ride you are packed in with a number of people and go up and down. In the powered hang glider you have your personal pilot/instructor and go where you want and as high as you want. You are in control with the powered hang glider, you can do the flying if you want.
Although we generally fly early in the morning same as balloons, we fly much later in the day so you do not have to get up quite so early. We can fly all day in the higher winds but we attempt to be finished by 11:00 AM in the summer to provide a smoother and more enjoyable experience before the air "bumps" get uncomfortable.
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