TANDEM INTRODUCTORY LESSONS! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Fly with an USHPA Certified Tandem Instructor. You can take the controls and learn to turn, speed up and slow down, and soar like a bird.
Requirements: No prior experience is necessary. Participants must weigh between 80 and 230 pounds and be able to sprint a short distance to launch. The launches are usually not very steep. Please let us know if you have any injuries or health conditions that may complicate your flight lesson. We will not take pregnant woman. Sorry. It can wait. You will need to hike around on uneven ground and sometimes hike 45 minutes or maybe more. Let us know if you have any concerns.
$200.00 for each training flight near Anchorage. You will take the controls and experience first hand what it is like to be a paraglider pilot.
$40.00 Photos and Video during your adventure and you keep the 16gb micro memory card and adapter. $75.00 If we edit the video and photos for you and upload to Vimeo in HD.
BOOK YOUR TANDEM INTRODUCTORY LESSON After completing the steps below in preparation… You can either, call 907-301-6118, text this number or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the days you will be available, how many people, their names and weights and your phone number.. Also where you will be staying the night before.
Once you are booked we will ask you to check in the afternoon before your flight for Wx and then again 2 hrs before we meet up. This way we do our best not to waste your precious time.
All Tandem Students must:
1- Watch the above Tandem Video before the flight. There will be an exam.
2- Also please visit this site and learn a little about aviation. https://
Chapter 4- Principles of Flight
Chapter 5- Aerodynamics of Flight
Chapter 11- Weather Theory
3- More Information please visit – https://www.ushpa.org/page/faa-training-resources
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 typically do we 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 for 30 min in about 1.5 hrs. But plan 3 hrs so if we need to wait for better conditions.
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.
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? We limit your first flight usually to 30 minutes so not to tax your body too much on these new excited sensations. The best thing is not to worry about it. Get plenty of rest and eat well as mentioned above. So just to be clear. Don’t party hard the night before. Eat a good breakfast and lunch. 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!