Scooter Tow Hang Gliding in New York
Scooter tow hang gliding in New York is another way for us to train our students how to hang glide. This short two and half min video below shows some of the capabilities of Scooter Towing. The glider used here is a Wills Wing Condor 330; we nicknamed it Big Bertha. Every pilot in this video is/was a rated hg pilot at time of filming. Sorry to disappoint you, but as a student, you will NOT be going this high to start. Until we know that you can steer the glider and can land safely on each of your flights. When you’re a student, we try to keep you at or below 6 ft, and we can progress the flight time/altitude from there.
Some of the best parts of scooter towing is that it involves any size training hill that the instructor needs for the student, and that as a student you don't need to go back up the training hill with your 45- to 50-pound solo hang glider. As a new student, you will be limited on when and where you can fly. As your skills improve, your New York scooter tow hang gliding flights will get longer and higher. In the beginning, we try our best to keep you at about 3-5 ft off the ground.
Now there are lot of factors that come into play here: wind direction and velocity; are you as the pilot gripping the down tubes, or are you pulling in or pushing out, to name a few. They all play a factor as to how well your flight will go. As you show us that you are capable of steering and landing safely, we will add altitude from 3-5 ft from the first time out until you can keep the glider flying straight and level. Then to the 10-15 ft range, 20-30 ft, 50-75 ft, 100+ or till the climb is maxed out by the amount of line out/ conditions.
In light winds, scooter towing offers us the ability to choose any size training hill for that particular student. Depending on skill level, wind conditions, glider type, and amount of line out all effect just how high we can go. At best we can achieve about half the height of the total line out. So for example, let's say we have 1000 ft to the end or where the pulley is, we can see max altitudes of about 500-700 ft. This is best case of course at max climb, most flights are spent well below that. We will bump up the amount of altitude for each student as they progress through steering and foot landings while flying learning to fly solo. We could provide an intro solo lessons with the scooter weather permitting, but still highly recommend that you take a few tandem flight lessons or have if you have already taken at least 3 thill days before we scooter tow you as the student.
With scooter tow hang gliding in New York, it's very difficult for the instructor or instructors to keep up with you as you're getting towed off the flat ground. As a result, we use two-way radios. As a student, you will limited to listening only, since your focus needs to be on the flight at hand. Weather that the flight plan be a nice and easy straight flight at a given altitude or maybe even the cone course for turn practice or working on your approach. Once you have reached the off by cones the tow will be slowed and come to stop as you keep flying till your back on the ground. At first, you will probably land with the New York scooter towing line, but as you progress, you will be using a standard aero tow release to detach from the tow line. A lot of your instruction will be spent here when conditions allow. The best times for solo lessons are the early morning to late morning and again in the late afternoon/evening. When the wind conditions are generally lighter and thus easier for you as the student and us as instructors to handle. Solo lessons start at 9 am and go till 1 pm. After which we usually go to lunch. After lunch we will reassess the current wind conditions for pm lessons. Lunch will be at least 45 min to an hour. In most cases, though, we don't get started back up again until 4 or 5 pm, and then we'll go until you call it or until we get within 30 minutes of dusk.