Sat 2/23 -2/24 Hang Gliding, Camping and Hiking: This is the chance to take an introductory hang gliding flight at a greatly reduced price. Normally the fee is $175/each. However, the owner, Malcolm, has agreed to reduce the price to $120/ea for our group, providing we have a minimum of 10 participants. Normally, breakfast would be included but at that price he is asking for a "$5 or $10 donation for breakfast. Wallaby Ranch has the best safety record you could ask for with 100,000+ tandem flights with NO INCIDENTS, not even a scratch. They fly only with new, well maintained equipment.
HANG GLIDING; Since they fly only when the wind is calm, we will be flying Sat. evening from ~4 PM to sunset, and Sunday morning from 8 AM to ~10 AM. If you like, and are able to get there by 8 AM Sat. you can, of course, fly then. Basically a small plane with a 180' rope behind it attaches to the tandem glider. The plane throttles up, everything starts rolling and within a few seconds you (and the instructor) are off the ground. You fly up to an altitude of 2000 feet, cut loose from the plane and gently glide back to the ground. The instructor does all the flying on takeoff and landing but will allow you to fly (if you like) at altitude. You may be grinning for hours after the flight. It is a lot of fun!!! If you'd like to know more, go to http://wallaby.com
Camping - We will probably camp in a cove just off the runway and near the bathrooms and showers. Also in that area is an outdoor screened dining area, wood fired pizza oven, grills, ping pong table....all kinds of fun stuff. Also, they have cabins for rent on a first come basis. Call 1.800.WALLABY to reserve.
Hiking - There is an abundance of hiking trails just off the runways. The trails go off in all directions and can be viewed from Google Map or I will try to take some aerial photos.
PAYMENT; A pre-pay of $40 is required two weeks before the event with the remainder due after the flight. The pre-pay is for the purpose of staffing the event properly.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 S to I-4 W. Go through Orlando on I-4 and turn north on to US27. Go about 1 1/2 miles and turn left on Dean Still road. Go a little more than a mile and look for a large silver mail box on the left. Look for the large numbers 1805 on the box. Turn in and make your way to the parking area near the big oak trees.
We will meet at the Wallaby Ranch site at or around 10AM on Feb. 23 and set up camp. We can have lunch there (at 3PM, and $10 per person) OR, there are several restaurants in the area.
Leader: Al Sasser [masked] sassman010 ‘at’ att.net
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