Soar Like a Bird. Tandem is one of the best and safest ways to experience this unique sport. Flying with an experienced USHPA Certified Tandem ushpa logo YellowInstructor, you can take the controls and learn how to turn, speed up and slow down; all with the comfort of knowing the pilot is right there with you.

Safety is No Accident- We have been flying and teaching for nearly 3 decades. Are safety recorded is remarkable considering the the many factors that must be managed before every flight. We will not hesitate to cancel the flight lesson if there is ever any factor that would increase the already inherent risk of this sport. Safety is paramount to us.

Requirements:  No prior experience is necessary. Participants do need to weigh between 80 and 240 pounds (special considerations for passenger students over 210) Student pilots need to be able to run a short distance when launching and landing.  The launches are usually not very steep. Please let us know if you have any past injuries or health conditions that may increase the risk of participating in this activity. We cannot take you if you are pregnant. You will need to be able to hike on uneven ground, sometimes for as long as 30 minutes or more to get to the launch sites. Launch sites are determined by the current weather. Let us know if you have any concerns.

During your training flight, you may take the controls and experience first hand what it is like to fly a paraglider. We do our best to fly when the conditions are optimal, giving us lift and allowing us to stay in the air as long as possible. It is not uncommon to have flights over 10 minutes and sometimes over 30 minutes. Unfortunately some times the conditions don’t allow us to soar but we can still fly. Even a short flight is very exhilarating but we will often give a small discount for the short time or make another flight.

Each tandem training flight is $225.00 (We offer group discounts with parties of 3 or more)

Photos and Video:   If you like, we will produce an exciting edited video of your flight adventure of  you for $75 and upload it to Vimeo in HD and often able to send copies  directly to your smart phone. We can also quickly provide you with a memory card with the unedited footage for $30 

BOOK YOUR TANDEM INTRODUCTORY LESSON After completing the steps below in preparation. You can either, call 907-223-7891, text this number or email us at info@skydanceparagliding.com to book your lesson.  

Let us know the days you will be available, how many people, their names, ages, weights, time zone and your contact number.

Once you are booked, we will ask you to check in the afternoon or evening the day before your flight for a Weather Check. At that point we will establish a good time to check-in the day of your flight based on weather and your adventure plans.

All Tandem Students must:

1-Watch the Tandem Video above before the flight. There will be a brief oral quiz before your flight                                                                                      2- Also please visit the sites below to learn learn more about aviation.  

Flight Manualhttps://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/airplane_handbook/media/airplane_flying_handbook.pdf

FAA Weather Manual– https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC%2000-6A%20Chap%201-3.pdf

For More Information please visit –  https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/airplane_handbook/


Where do we fly? We fly around the Anchorage area.  Eagle River 30min. North, or Hatchers Pass 1hr. North. All very beautiful and different. The weather typically decides for us and then the people going out flying for the day. Like how are with a strenuous steep hike with 20 lbs (half the gear) on your back.  Sorry can’t carry 40lbs up anymore.

What time of day do you typically fly?  Typically afternoon and evening is the best time to fly.  By this time the sun has heated up the ground and warm air begins to rise. We then know the weather the day is producing and can better predict it. With the long days in the Summer mid day is around 4 and can fly to 9 pm quite often.

How long does the adventure take start to finish? Plan 3 hours for your adventure.  If the weather cooperates we can meet up, sign paperwork, get the gear on and launch and fly. But plan 3 hrs so if we need to wait for better conditions.

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What to wear: Dress and prepare as if you were going for a long hike in the mountains. Good ankle support boots are best. Like hiking boots. Ideally don’t wear jean denim type  material.  Wearing a nylon synthetic will slide better making it easier to slide back into your comfortable seat after takeoff. Don’t worry you can not slip out or flip over. That would be BAD. Cotton is not the best in the outdoors. Bring some layers and a windbreaker for the flight.  Bring water, snacks, sunglasses, cameras, and sunscreen.

How long is the flight? Although we wish we could stay up as long as we want on every flight, flight times more than 10-15 minutes is a bonus. We are a glider and even though we know when it is safe to fly, we never quite know how long the flights will be.  We can guarantee if we take- off we will be landing.

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What you can expect:  Once we meet up on the scheduled day, we will have you fill out some paperwork,”of course” and then head up the hill.  You may need to help carry a pack to the launch site, otherwise this will be your senior discount.  The pilot will attach you securely to the wing and explain the launch procedures. Once we have the proper conditions we will pull forward inflating the glider overhead.  If all is good you will run forward and be gently lifted into the the air. The speed of the wind dictates the running launch speed, and distance. Depending on the weather and your physical abilities a launch may or may not be safe. We take safety seriously and will not attempt to fly unless it is safe enough for the instructor and you. Once airborne, flights will be approximately 1500-3000 ft descent from launch to the landing zone (LZ).

How do we charge?  If we don’t complete a tandem introductory flight lesson there is no charge and thank you for trying.  It is weather dependent and we try our best to predict the weather for great conditions.

How you can prepare?  Make sure you sleep and eat well. This will best prepare you for a new sensation. A positive attitude will make the flight even better. Fresh ginger, Ginger Tablets, Bands, Dramamine and such can be taken to reduce the chance of an upset stomach.

Should I be worried about getting air sick?  It is true that you will experience totally new sensations during your flight. We often need to limit first flights to 20 minutes so not to tax your body too much.  The best thing is not to worry about it. Two main factors to air sickness- nerves and where you focus your eyes. We will try to tell you where to look during your lesson. Please get plenty of rest the night before and eat well.  Definitely don’t party too hard the night before. Eat a good breakfast. Stay hydrated. You will feel better and be in better shape for your flight lesson.

Now lets fly and the only way to fly is to try!