Thrill-A-Minute Sports can provide you with an exhilarating mountain launch tandem hang gliding flight. Discovery flights for the adventure seeker and expert instruction for the advancing pilot. I have been hang gliding for 34 years. Come and enjoy the thrill of hang gliding with me, an incredible adventure that you will never forget.
So give me a call and lets talk about scheduling your flight today! Call 423-949-3396 or Email Me

 

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Mountain launching ... that's what makes flying with me unique!

Pricing: 1 Flight - $189.00
1 Hour + Hang Gliding Odyssey (Conditions permitting) $289

NEW! GoPro HD Video or Photographs. By using GoPro cameras mounted on the glider, I can create a personal DVD of your flight shot from one of My glider mounted GoPro cameras for $45.00. Or if You want I can shoot photographs, 5 megapixel stills @ 2 frames per second. In a few days you will receive a DVD of your flight in the mail.

Want to edit Your own video? Then lets use two or three camera angles for that professional look. Two camera angles for $60 or three camera angles for $75

Have Your own GoPro use My mount for $15 Your choice of 7 different locations on the glider.

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  Why fly with me?  

How long does the hang gliding flight last?

Two main things affect flight duration. Altitude between the launch ramp and the landing field and the available lift. Henson's Gap is 1450 feet above the valley floor, this allows for a 5 - 7 minute flight with no lift present. With lift I have had flights of over 4 hours above the Sequatchie Valley. The length of your flight depends on the weather conditions during the flight and how long you want to fly.

What is lift?
Simply put, lift is air going up fast enough to take the hang glider up with it. There are two kinds of lift hang gliders use in the Sequatchie Valley - ridge lift and thermal lift. Ridge lift is formed when wind is blowing up slope. If it is blowing strong enough it will take the hang glider up. Thermal lift is when the Sun shines on the ground and the surrounding air is warmed. The warm air starts to rise like a hot air balloon. Most people have seen birds circling and rising without flapping. This is thermaling. For you lift savvy readers the valley does produce Wave Lift, but it is typically too windy for hang gliders to fly in wave conditions.

Do I get to fly the hang glider?
Yes! I let everybody fly, usually in the middle of the flight when we are well clear of any obstacles. Don't worry, I will be right there to keep you out of trouble.

How small or large a person can you fly with?
I have flown with 65 pound passengers and with 260 pounders as well. The hang glider I use for tandem flying is rated for 500 pounds.

How do I need to dress to go hang gliding?
Apparel appropriate for the temperature and a 20 mph wind chill. Also I request passengers to wear long pants and shoes they can run in.

Do I need any special equipment?
No! I have all the gear needed.
 
I still fly the old-fashioned way, foot launching from high mountain bluffs. Lots of places tow from the ground up these days. That's great if you're in the flat lands, but if you're in the mountains and you don't want to miss the whole hang gliding experience then be sure to ask if you are flying from the top of the mountain. It takes longer but the effort is worth it. There is nothing like the feeling of picking up your hang glider and flying off effortlessly into the wind.

Foot launched flight is the best thrill in hang gliding. Need another reason? Club atmosphere, The Henson's Gap flying site is like a park. Nice grassy set up area with lots of shade trees. There is a club house, pavilion, picnic tables, hiking and mountain bike trails, camping and of course an incredible view of the gorgeous Sequatchie Valley. All this is owned by Tennessee Tree Toppers Hang Gliding Club. This is not a big commercial operation where you are just one of scores of tandem passengers in a day. The club has quiet (no tow planes) friendly feel to it. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the other pilots, have a nice picnic lunch, relax and enjoy a great view and of course, go hang gliding! I am one of a few tandem hang gliding instructors that fly from Tree Topper owned sites.
 
  Directions - How to get to the launch ramp.  
  Directions - How to get to the launch ramp.  

From Chattanooga:

Take highway 27 north to state highway 111 north. Go 11 miles to Lewis Chapel road. Take the exit ramp and turn left across the overpass.
Go 4/10 of a mile and turn right on Picnic Road
Go 2/10 of a mile to Henson Gap Road and turn left.
Go another 2/10 of a mile and turn right on Window Rock Road.
G0 1.5 miles to the site. Marked by a huge rock with The Tennesssee Tree Topper logo on it.

From Knoxville:
Take I-75 south toward Chattanooga
Just before the I-24 split turn right onto Hwy 153 north
Go 15 miles to Hwy 27 north
Go 11 miles to Hwy 111 north
Go 11 miles to Lewis Chapel Road, exit and turn left
Go 4/10 of a mile and turn right on Picnic Road
Go 2/10 of a mile to Henson Gap Road and turn left.
Go another 2/10 of a mile and turn right on Window Rock Road.
G0 1.5 miles to the site. Marked by a huge rock with The Tennessee Tree Topper logo on it.


 

From Nashville:

The easiest way is to take I-40 to Cookeville
Get on state highway 111 south. Once you are in the valley at Dunlap you are 10 minutes away.
Stay on 111 go up the mountain past Dunlap to the Lewis Chapel Road exit.
Exit right and go 3/10 of a mile to Picnic Road.
Go 2/10 of a mile to Henson Gap Road and turn left.
Go another 2/10 of a mile and turn right on Window Rock Road.
G0 1.5 miles to the site. Marked by a huge rock with The Tennessee Tree Topper logo on it.

From Atlanta:
Take I-75 north to Chattanooga
Stay on I-75, just after the I-24 split, exit onto Highway 153 north
Go 15 miles to Hwy 27 north
Go 11 miles to Hwy 111 north
Go 11 miles to Lewis Chapel Road, exit and turn left
Go 4/10 of a mile and turn right on Picnic Road
Go 2/10 of a mile to Henson Gap Road and turn left.
Go another 2/10 of a mile and turn right on Window Rock Road.
G0 1.5 miles to the site. Marked by a huge rock with The Tennessee Tree Topper logo on it.
 

Weather temperature in Dunlap, Tennessee, United States Of America
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Weather Conditions / Forecast for Dunlap, TN
Best soaring conditions are usually when days are sunny and warm and the nights are cool. Conditions are often good after a storm or rain front moves through the area on a Southeast heading out of the Northwest. Best wind conditions are from the Northwest 10 - 15 mph. Call Me for details about the weather. Ph. 423-949-3396





 

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