Please reference this page for more information regarding participation and visitation with Morningside Flight Park during COVID-19.
updated 5/14/2020, 11:00 PM
New Hampshire Governor Sununu issued “Stay at Home 2.0”, which allows for the phased re-opening of certain businesses around New Hampshire until the end of May. As to be expected there aren’t any specific guidelines for a Hang Gliding or Paragliding facility, but there are important considerations to consider based on a number of guidelines that have been issued:
- social distancing still in effect
- reduced capacity of all facilities
- cleaning & sanitation of common facilities
- “cashless” transactions
- gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people
- use of face masks, gloves and other PPE
As we face these challenges, we ask that you be flexible and conscientious of everyone at the park, including all other customers, visitors and staff. Our goal is enable those want to use the park for outdoor activity the opportunity to do so in a safe and healthy manner.
USHPA RATED PILOTS
For the rest of May, if you are not a New Hampshire resident, you must be a Season Pass Holder to come fly at the park. We are taking reservations for “flying days”. Heath will be making a 3-4 day schedule for use of the hill (150, 250 and 450) based on the best judgement that he can with weather forecasting on Sundays and Thursdays.
Each day will have 2 sessions for pilots to sign up for use of the hill. We will cap the use of the hill to 10 total HG or PG pilots per 4 hour flying session (9AM and 1PM). This will be available to Season Pass holders [PURCHASE SEASON PASS] and local New Hampshire rated pilots who pay the daily flying fee. Morningside will provide rides up the hill at normal rates (no charge for hiking), and only Morningside approved staff/personnel will be permitted to drive the vehicles. Capacity for PG rides up the hill will be limited based on social distancing guidelines.
We are admitting students on a VERY LIMITED capacity. We will be reaching out to students that we have already scheduled about lessons for this month first, and then open up lessons to others to book once we get those students scheduled or rescheduled first.
We will be restricting lesson types to only those that we feel we can offer in a manner where social distancing can be adhered to…this will severely limit and likely eliminate most Introductory Lessons until later this month or mostly likely after May 31.
If you are a new student interested in getting on the schedule for lessons, we recommend that you sign up for after May 31st as soon as possible. The schedule is likely to fill up very quickly.
AEROTOWING & RUNWAY
The runway is still a bit boggy and wet, but we’re hoping with a good stretch of weather we can get that dried out and possibly operational for solo aerotowing by sometime closer to May 23. We’re working to get there, so please bare with us as we sort out the staffing and setup. We will post more updates about that on the website and on social media (aka Facebook) as soon as we have an idea for that.
Tandem Hang Gliding is likely not going to be available until the end of the month.
CAMPING, ZIP LINE & OUTDOOR LASER TAG
Camping is permitted now in the state, but is typically restricted to “members” or Season Pass holders and residents of New Hampshire. We’re working on our procedures for cleaning/sanitizing our bathrooms but we are likely going to have to close showers until a later date. Please keep in mind that access may be limited to those facilities depending on those procedures. Likewise the outdoor kitchen, sink and common areas will likely have restricted access based on sanitation practices as well as social distancing guidelines.
The Zip Line Course is set to reopen sometime in early June as is our outdoor Laser Tag gaming.
PRO-SHOP, CLASSROOM & OFFICE
Our indoor facilities will be restricted to employees only accept by appointment or invitation by the staff. All staff and visitors will be required to wear face protection (masks) while inside and asked to maintain social distancing practices while inside, just as they are expected outside as well all around the park.