Flying at 5,000 ft. above sea level, seated comfortably in a powered hang glider for some seems like a far- fetched idea. For others, it’s a weekly activity that they will get to cross off their bucket lists. Often called a Nanolight or Hang Motor, this powered hang glider comes with a motor and propeller in a pusher configuration. (Motor Behind Engine). Powered Hang Gliding is a hands-on joyous extracurricular activity you at least need to experience once in your lifetime!
Powered Hang Gliders are a unique and easy way to fly. In Gulf Shores, Alabama there are guided tours for you to enjoy with experienced FAA – Certified Instructors. Flying the latest state-of-the-art aircraft capable of 13/1 glide ratio, these unbelievably fun aircraft are very safe and can even glide to safety in cases of any emergency. These Gliders usually come complete with a full pod and wind screen able to cruise the open skies when equipped with a long range fuel tank lasting approximately 250 miles. That’s plenty of airtime for anyone!
Once aboard, you will be equipped with a noise canceling headset to wear during your excursion soaring through the sky. During your first flight, you will get a general overview of the glider, be taught proper airport and taxi procedures, hear all radio calls and possibly be allowed to take off. During your flight you will be asked to demonstrate level flight control, turning, as well as ascending and descending maneuvers if you feel comfortable. Each Discovery Flight is a little different and range from half hour to hour flights which are always subject to change.
Fortunately, everyone that is 9 years old and 4’6 tall and up will get to experience this flight of discovery wearing only shorts and a t-shirt if you so desire. One company in Gulf Shores called Discovery Flight suggests below 80 degrees you should wear long pants and also bring a long sleeve shirt. Discovery says you will be provided a flight suit, gloves, and a protective helmet, so just bringing yourself and a companion is all you would need. If you so choose, furthering your career becoming a Solo pilot is also an option. Piloting one of these powered hang gliders in your introductory lesson would count as an official flight for your log book allowing you credit towards your total flight time required for your pilot’s certificate. Just remember as long as you’re 17 years of age and able to read, speak, write and understand English and hold a U.S. Driver’s License you will be eligible to start taking lessons.
Experiencing a complete flight in one of these awesome gliders over and over and sharing this dream come true with family and friends will be memories that last a lifetime. Soar over the beauty of the Gulf and see the allure of the sands here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Once you take your first flight you’ll want to do it again and again!