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Come join us for a tandem flight and enjoy the splendor of the Connecticut River Valley from the air. This is a great way to experience high altitude hang gliding. First, a professional tandem flight instructor will give you an overview of the flight to come. The two of you are then hooked into our special tandem hang glider side by side.
This hang glider is set up to safely take off and land on wheels so that no running is required. After you and the hang glider are hooked to a powered aircraft by a towline and other safety equipment, the fun begins. As the aircraft pulls the hang glider down the runway, you take to the air with the instructor on the controls. After a few minutes of being attached to the tow line you are over 2000 feet above the ground and it’s time to be set free from the tow plane. You are now gliding freely around the sky while taking in the awesome view. About this time, your instructor will let you try your hand at the controls if you’re interested.
As you approach the ground, your instructor eases the hang glider back onto the runway and rolls to a stop (similar to the landing of a conventional aircraft). The typical flight duration can be 12-15 minutes, or longer depending on conditions and your desired altitude. Students must be at least 10 years old to fly. Students up 87 years old have flown at Morningside. We can accommodate tandem passengers up to 225 lbs. Morning and evenings are the best times to fly (especially for those over 200 lbs) because they are the most smooth. Mid day conditions can be more active and therefore more turbulent. Pilots will postpone and resume flying during the day according to the conditions.
Cameras including sports or actions cameras can not be taken up but pictures can be taken by friends and family on the ground.
There will be a camera mounted on the glider to take pictures or video for a separate cost.