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Tandem Discovery Flights

Preparing for your Tandem Hang Gliding Flight

1. You and your instructor will be aero towed aloft by the Carbon Trike tow vehicle to 1000 or 2000 feet or good lift. Alternatively the "Scootzilla" winch can tow a tandem glider to an altitude of between 400 and 1000 feet. Rate of climb depends upon tug HP, atmospheric conditions and wing loading. Aero towed flights climb out at 200 to 400 ft./min. at airspeed of 30 to 34 mph. The winch towed tandem glider climbs under ideal conditions at 1000 feet/min. at 23 mph. With our systems we have a 230 lb. limit for the student pilot in ideal conditions. Flights to 2000 ft. average 15 to 20 minutes from launch to landing.

2. After releasing from the tow line the hang glider pilot's initial goal is to find and stay in lift, air rising faster than the glider naturally sinks, extending the flight time and providing the challenge and thrill all soaring pilots seek. Absent lift, gravity will prevail and the glider will sink at a rate of 200 to 400 ft/min with a 7 to 1 glide ratio at 23 mph.

3. You and your instructor will be flying in prone cocoon harnesses that are hooked into a glider designed to carry two people and equipped with wheels for takeoff and landing. You will be flying through the air headfirst as birds do. Be sure your lightweight helmet fits properly.

4. You will fly beside and a little above your instructor holding onto him. During your flight you can observe a digital readout of altitude and airspeed on the flight instrument while you sense the freedom of bird like flight.

5. Control of the glider will be mostly by your instructor via weight shift. To go right or left the pilot moves his body right or left inside the control bar. To go faster or slower, the pilot pulls through the control bar or pushes back from the control bar. All you have to do is hold on to your instructor so you both move as one unit. Do exactly what he tells you to do.

6. You will be flying a 2006 Wills Wing Tandem Falcon certified by the Hang Gliding Manufacturer's Association (HGMA) for tandem flight loads. This is not an FAA certified aircraft.

7. The glider is equipped with an emergency parachute designed to bring the instructor, student and glider down safely. The instructor has the parachute in his harness and either the instructor or student can deploy it. In case of a structural failure or a medical emergency, deployment is by pulling the red handle down and throwing the deployment bag hard into clear air. With both instructor and student wearing helmets, with no motor to quit or fuel to burn, and low airspeeds, hang glider flight is relatively safe.

8. Tandem hang glider flights are conducted under an exemption granted by the FAA. Being a USHPA member, holding a student rating and flying with a Tandem Instructor satisfies the FAA exemption requirements. All tandem flights are instructional flights for recreational purposes.

9. Before your tandem flight you must complete the USHPA Temporary Membership Application and waiver.

10. Most tandem flights are conducted at Aerodrome WesMar 16067 London Rd Orient Ohio 43146.

Contact: John Alden 614-795-2718


Tandem Aero-Towed Flights (video)

Bryce's tandem video

Tandem landing video