We are able to offer you a hang gliding experience with a
few different companies in east Tennessee and western North Carolina. I have included information on a
couple of different companies, their rates and what they offer.
Hang gliding for those that have never done it before is
done in tandem, just as ski diving is.
One company that is available, the owner/pilot has 28 years
experience so we are comfortable recommending/using him. With his business they
still do things the old fashion way, foot launching
from high mountain bluffs
verses using a tow plane,
Upon arriving and after the introductions you go through a
10 to 15 minute ground school, then you get into the harness and a helmet, and
after the pilot does a preflight inspection of the craft and a “hang check”
(lying down in the harness to assure you are attached to the hang glider
properly, and then it’s
off you go. The whole process takes an hour and a half to two
Pricing is as follows:
2 People – 1 flight each
Group rate of 3 or more
3 Flight training program (for individual flight)
1 HOUR + Hang Gliding Odyssey (Soaring conditions
permitting) _____________ $235.00
At the end of each flight you will receive a roll of 35mm
print film shot from the glider mounted camera.
Our second example is a company that offers three different tandem flight
The first option is their most popular one-day hang gliding
experience. This one begins with you flying your first flights in a controlled
environment “surfing” the slopes of small hills and only about 5 to 10
the ground. You will get five opportunities to fly from a small hill with a
certified instructor guiding you step by step. After your morning session you
will fly tandem with an instructor by your side
to an altitude of 2,000 feet
where you will build on your experience in learning to fly a glider, Mild
exertion is required. Flights for ages 12 and up. The “Introductory Experience
Package” is $199.00.
The “Discovery Tandem Option” consists of a flight with a
certified instructor/pilot by your side. These tandem flights are towed to an
altitude of 2,000 feet by a special ultra-light aircraft. These flights give
you 12 to 20 minutes of flying time and in-flight photos will be available.
These flights are priced at $149.00 and a two flight package (for the same
person) is $219.00.
The third option is the “Double High Discovery Tandem
Flight”. With this option you fly twice as high as the other packages, reaching
an altitude of 4,000 feet. Flight time with this option is 20 t0 25 minutes.
The price on this option is $219.00.