Tandem Hang Gliding Flight
- Flying students for over 25 years
- 5 times more pilots train here than any other school in the U.S.
- United States Hangliding Association certified instructor
- Reach an altitude of over 2,000 feet!
Fly with a U.S.H.G.A. certified instructor by your side for a birds eye view of beautiful Lookout Mountain, one of Georgia's most scenic areas.
Just imagine soaring effortlessly 2,000 feet above the ground alongside red tailed hawks and bald eagles.
With the wind at your back and a huge smile on your face you realize hang gliding really is the purest form of flight and the only way to truly feel like part of the sky
You will be amazed by the grace of this aerial dance, tandem hang gliding is truly a once in a life time experience.
Participants must be at least 5 years of age and weigh no more than 250 pounds.
15-20 minutes of flight time
One per flight
Allowed, you may watch the participant do the hang gliding flight.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and closed toed shoes. Sneakers are recommened.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider
What is the safety record?
Our experience provider flies thousands of tandems every year without incident. The tandem pilots have hundreds of hours before they ever fly their first tandem, and tandem pilots go through a rigorous training program before they are ever rated to fly a tandem with you. There has not been an injury in the tandem program in 20 years.
How do you launch and land a tandem hang gliding flight?
All of the tandems are towed up behind an ultralight airplane that was designed specifically for towing hang gliders. This means that your tandem flight will launch and land on wheels. Both you and your tandem pilot will be flying, launching and landing in a prone, lying down position. No running involved.
Can I bring my camera?
You can bring your camera with you on the flight. They can not risk the possibility of you dropping or damaging your camera, so you will not be allowed to take pictures. Instead just enjoy your flight, check out the beautiful view, learn how to steer the glider. They will take the pictures for you.
How do you steer a hang glider?
Simply stated, hang gliders are controlled by weight shift. This means that a rated pilot shifts their weight to one side or another to turn the glider and control the speed of the glider by moving the weight forward and back. Technically speaking: by moving forward and backward and side to side, the pilot alters the center of gravity of the glider. This then causes the glider to pitch or roll in the direction of the pilot's motion and thus allows both speed control and turning.
How fast do you fly?
The trim speed of a hang glider is about 18-20 mph. Trim speed is defined as the speed a glider is flying when the pilot is flying hands off. Most gliders stall at around 15 mph, are towed at about 33-35 mph, and reach top speeds of 45-65 mph (depending upon the glider model).
What is the difference between a hang gliding and para gliding?
Unlike the rigid airframe that shapes the wing of a hang glider, a paragliding wing is maintained only by air pressure. This means that the hang glider wing is more stable and can be flown at higher speeds and in a larger range of wind conditions. Para glider pilots fly in a supine or seated position unlike hang glider pilots who fly in prone (laying down) position.
Is there an age requirement?
There is no minimum age requirement for tandem flights, however, we require persons under 18 years of age to have a parent's or legal guardian's signature on the Waiver and Release of Liability forms.
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"We loved every minute of our flight. I have already recommended this company to numerous friends. I am looking forward to returning for another."
"We had a blast hang-gliding. My wife's pictures didn't come out on her flight so they offered to take her back up and re-do the pictures for her! it was so nice of them to offer that and it was a great experience overall."
"I have flown airplanes, drove race cars, and been skydiving... but hang gliding at Lookout Mt was the best experience to date!"